CENTRAL OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER INC

Local change. A world of difference.

aka The Environmental Center   |   Bend, OR   |  https://envirocenter.org/

Mission

To embed sustainability into daily life in Central Oregon.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive DIrector

Mike Riley

Main address

16 NW Kansas Ave

Bend, OR 97703 USA

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Formerly known as

The Natural Resource Center

EIN

94-3098623

NTEE code info

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Gardens

Research indicates that integrating garden-based learning into the school environment generates a variety of positive outcomes for students – including physical, intellectual, psychological and more.

We’ve seen this in action at our own Kansas Avenue Learning Garden. Kids love being outside, tasting fresh food and getting their hands dirty while they learn. And teachers report that our outdoor classroom is a great complement to what students learn indoors!

In 2016, we began taking what we’ve learned here on Kansas Ave. to more local schools through our “Garden For Every School” initiative. Achieving this vision requires a multi-faceted approach that provides several types of support for teachers, schools and gardens — including a regional garden educator network, a school garden grant fund, and district-level support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Teachers

At the Environmental Center, we believe that educating kids about sustainability is crucial to a healthy future for people and the planet. We empower future leaders to create a sustainable tomorrow with hands-on educational programs in local classrooms, and outside in gardens and on public lands. We help students understand the connection between humans and the environment, and to make decisions that reduce their impact.

In addition to educating kids, we also support local schools and educators working to put sustainability into practice.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

We are in a time when we need to Rethink Waste – what we view as waste, how we can prevent it, and what we can do with it. Our in-county Knott Landfill is projected to be full by 2029.

Our Rethink Waste Project provides waste prevention and reduction education for Deschutes County residents. Rethink Waste is about changing our relationship with our stuff, and taking time to recognize the upstream and downstream effects of our consumption and avoiding waste in both directions. We connect residents, businesses and tourists to resources that help make this happen!

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 1988, we’ve brought people, business and government together to help shape a sustainable community. Our work today extends far beyond environmental education. We're a hub for engagement and action across the region. We bring people together at events like the Earth Day Fair and Parade, Green Drinks, and Sustainability Awards. And we advocate for local and state-wide government policies that support and encourage climate action and a sustainable, equitable future.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We believe Central Oregon can (and should) be a leader in a low-carbon, clean energy future. We work to advocate for and implement ambitious energy and climate plans and accelerate the equitable adoption of low carbon technologies in our community such as solar and electric vehicles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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CENTRAL OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Seals

No Affiliation

Term: 2019 - 2021

Peter Geiser

Retired Financial Planner

Dave Howe

City of Bend Fire Dept.

Allen Engle

Retired Engineer

Diane Dedrick

Seven Peaks School

Michael McLandress

Independent Construction Project Manager

Don O'Brien

Independent Life Coach

Jennifer Hoffmann

OSU-Cascades/COCC

Lisa Seales

Farmer's Conservation Alliance

Glenn Van Cise

Retired Nonprofit Executive

Steve Rooney

Retired

Kevin Doner

MountainStar Family Relief Nursery

Diana Lemus

Financial Product Manager

Emily Dougan

Commute Options Project and Admin coordinator

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/03/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/24/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.