COVID-19 Response and Reopening

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Recycling and Waste Reduction

In 2020 COCC received a grant from The Environmental Center Rethink Waste project to complete waste audits in order to inform recycling efforts. With COVID impacting every aspect of life, the focus of the grant shifed to improving campus recycling education and infrastructure. New posters below will help everyone understand the campus recycling program!

Mixed Recycling
Glass Recycling

Community Garden/Garden Club

Are you interested in gardening? Native plants? Natural habitats? In the past, COCC has had a Garden Club that created a community garden north of Barber Library. The space contains gardening beds, irrigation and inviting natural public spaces. COCC Grounds department has been using the community garden space to grow native plants for use on our campuses. Sarah Fuller, Professor of Botany has also engaged her classes in harvesting native species of grasses to help with native restorations. For full story see the Spring 2021 Newsletter.

COCC also supported the Bend Pollinator Pathway and started a Butterfly Garden near the bookstore in 2019 by partnering with the Deschutes Land Trust.

If you are interested in getting involved email Noelle.



Since 2019 the dining hall has had a commitment to support local food! Sodexo has pledged to spend 17% of their food budget on products grown within a 250-mile radius, and a further 3% on food grown in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties. Sodexo works with Agricultural Connections to order from local farmers and ranchers. This commitment to local agriculture provides healthy food options for COCC diners and contributes to a stronger regional food system. 

Cascade Culinary Institute

A primary learning outcome of the Cascade Culinary Institute® curriculum model is to teach students about current industry standards that relate to sustainable hospitality industry practices. The Farm-to-Table course and Elevation restaurant serve as mediums where students are exposed to the principles of sustainability as it relates with food/beverage sourcing, waste management, and energy conservation.

Water Conservation


Campus Services has worked with the city of Bend and have completed irrigation audits. We are constantly monitoring and making irrigation modifications which are designed to increase water use efficiency by improving distribution uniformity. We have remote access equipment that sounds the alarm as soon as there are any leaks! For more details, see the Winter 2021 Newsletter.

Natural Choice Office Paper 

COCC has made the switch to more sustainable office paper. Natural Choice is made with FSC Certified fiber in a low impact manufacturing process which creates less waste through efficient steam and grinding technologies instead of chemicals to create wood pulp. It is elemental chlorine free (ECF) and 100% percent recyclable again. The manufacturer estimates 92% less impact on the earth than standard copy paper.

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