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COCC Launches Sustainability Series

BEND, OR -- Central Oregon Community College kicked off a series of sustainability lectures and workshops, Wednesday. Professor Owen Murphy says events within the five week Sustain: Central Oregon series will cover a broad array of topics, "To reach out and remind people about sustainability, engage them, educate them about aspects of sustainability they may not have previously been aware of, and hopefully engage them and start to change behaviors."


Murphy tells KBND the concept of sustainability goes beyond the obvious. "From a cultural perspective, we focus a lot on recycling perhaps on recycling. But, if you backup and take the systems view, if you didn’t use things in the first place, that would be even more sustainable. So, reduce and then reuse and then recycle; and that’s actually one of the topics that will be covered by the Environmental Center towards the end of April."


The series began with a discussion on climate change. "Then we segue into essentially a week of food and agricultural-based events," says Murphy. "We’ve got a showcase of local farmers on Saturday, and then various lectures on seeds and biodiversity and garden planning." Saturday's showcase is at COCC’s Wille Hall, in Bend.
Sustain: Central Oregon is a joint venture between COCC and the Central Oregon Environmental Center. Most events are free. Click HERE for a complete schedule.

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