Bend Park & Recreation District values environmental sustainability by making decisions that help protect, maintain and preserve our natural and developed resources.
Here are some of the things we do to be environmentally responsible:
- Construction contracting includes provision requiring recycling of materials.
- Staff utilizes web-based meeting technology for training, reducing the need for travel.
- Partnership with Commute Options to reduce travel for staff and patrons.
- Participant in the Energy Trust of Oregon Strategic Energy Management Program to initiate mechanical and cultural improvements to building systems and occupant awareness to reduce the consumption of energy in a measurable and verifiable manner for the long term.
- 68% of District‘s electricity is purchased through Pacific Power Blue Sky Renewable Energy program which supports alternative energy resource development projects.
- District Office is certified LEED Gold that includes interpretive signs and educational tours of building to promote sustainable construction.
- The Board Meeting room is outfitted with technology that significantly reduces the amount of paper printed for board meetings.
- Park doggie bags for patron use in parks are bio-degradable.
- Juniper Swim & Fitness Center utilizes recycled glass beads in pool filtration tanks rather than sand. This utilizes recycled materials, lasts longer and cleans more efficiently, resulting in cleaner pool water for longer periods.
- Organic fertilizers are used on parks near the river. In other parks, fertilizers that contain Phosphorous are no longer used.
- At McKay Park, 22 concrete panels were reclaimed from the old pedestrian bridge and are used as seating walls and plaza areas within McKay Park.
- We have reused play equipment, site furnishings, and light standards in parks where appropriate.
- New and replacement site furnishings and play equipment contain recycled materials.