The Environmental Center’s Second Local Challenge Kicks off May 11th!
You can join in the challenge that goes from May 11–June 7, 2020. Participants will be entered to win weekly prize drawings that help prevent wasted food, such as glass food-storage containers and reusable beeswax food wraps, plus a $100 gift card to the grocery store of choice. Two grand prize drawings for $250 in farm bucks to a local farm will be awarded to those who complete the whole challenge. Participants will also gain knowledge and feel good about making changes in their own lives to help their greater community.
The challenge asks participating households to weigh or measure then record their cumulative wasted food weekly for four weeks. They will track what ends up as waste in their home, then learn small yet impactful tips to change habits in order to produce less waste.
The Rethink Food Waste Challenge is made possible through a partnership with Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste and our local garbage and recycling service providers. To learn more about the challenge and sign up visit their website:
We are grateful to everyone working in essential businesses right now, know that we appreciate your sacrifice!
As we work from home right now, like so many others, we want you to know that we’ve been thinking about you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to say hello, ask a question or let us know if we can help.
Also, we wanted to communicate what we are doing to ensure health and safety for the buyer and seller during this time. Scroll down to see the detailed list.
What We’re Doing:
We are working remotely as much as possible
We are actively monitoring the situation & following the CDC guidelines
All open houses have been suspended
Covid_19 Client Accommodations:
VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS – We are prepared to conduct all meetings as needed via teleconferencing or zoom and will provide sellers with their necessary documentation electronically.
VIDEO VALUATIONS – Clients may take us through their homes virtually via zoom or other means and we will prepare them with detailed valuations following the virtual walkthrough.
VIRTUAL SHOWINGS – We will provide buyers with information electronically and can conduct virtual showings. Although we do request that virtual showings are limited to properties of serious interest only. For listings, we will have a virtual tour taken to use to market your home. This will allow buyers to more comfortably purchase a property sight unseen.
BUYER FREE SHOWING PROCESS UPON REQUEST – For each of our sellers who does not want to show their home we are arranging virtual showings with buyers agents. These appointments will be conducted by our seller taking the buyer and buyers agent on a scheduled tour of their home via facetime or other electronic means.
VIRTUAL CLOSINGS – We have coordinated with some of our local title and escrow professionals to conduct closings virtually including the necessary notary requirements. Our clients will hold up their identification during the closing to meet notary requirements.
PROFESSIONAL NEGOTIATIONS – We are equipped with resources to ensure that buyers and sellers can negotiate potentially unique arrangements during this time.
CONTACTLESS TRANSACTION – If you choose, we will ensure that you will be able to conduct your entire real estate transaction without risking social contact.
Check out the following articles regarding real estate during Covid_19:
In light of this challenging time in our world, and as we stay home to save lives, we share this heartfelt video of the many reasons people look forward to being home.
In all that is uncertain right now, we can be certain of one thing, we will survive this! When we are back in our busy lives and routine, we hope we will all look back with gratitude for all the positive amidst the negative: a hug from a loved one, a walk with your dog, a call to a friend or family; things we take for granted.
Today, we ask you to remember why you love coming home after a day or week away. And now that you are home, we’d love to hear what you’ve been doing. We will be sharing about our time at home on our Facebook page @DempseyPhelps as we feel it is important to stay connected, more now than ever. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do to help or if you would just like to say Hi!
Check out the latest client event we had at Cascade Culinary Institute in Bend at Elevation Restaurant!
We are looking forward to our next client event on March 11th and hope to see you there! If you want to attend our next event contact us and we’ll give you all the details.
We believe in creating partnerships with our clients. Our mission is to help you sell your home or find the best place for you, your family and your pup. We aim to provide the best service, communication and support you in your journey.
Valentine’s Day brings flowers, chocolates, cards, and all of the unnecessary waste that comes with them. Here are some ideas to have a sweet, thoughtful holiday without the trash.
Homemade Goodies: If your valentine loves chocolate treats, try making some yourself. You can make heart-shaped sweets with cookie cutters, or add natural food coloring for red, pink and white desserts. If you don’t enjoy baking, stop by the grocery store and fill a reusable jar with bulk chocolates. Tie a colorful bow around the jar for a festive touch.
Experiences: The memory of a shared experience will last much longer than a physical trinket. Surprise your special someone with tickets to a concert, or treat him or her with a trip to an art gallery or museum. You can also pack a plastic-free picnic for the two of you and, based on the weather, enjoy it inside or outside.
Thoughtful Gestures: If you want to give your significant other flowers, look for some that are locally grown and skip the plastic wrapping. Or, buy a small houseplant that your valentine can enjoy longer than cut flowers. Writing a note on recyclable paper instead of a store-bought card is another meaningful way to say “I love you” while also reducing waste.
3 Upcycled Products for Home Renovations:
If you’re planning to remodel your home this year, ask your contractor to research using eco-friendly materials. Here are three products to consider, according to Houzz.com.
Carpet made from plastic bottles Manufacturers are developing new ways to produce rugs and carpets that have a positive impact on the environment. For example, Mohawk Industries has the world’s largest manufacturing facility to upcycle plastic bottles into carpet fibers.
Reclaimed snow fencing Snow fencing in northern states is often made from durable high-altitude pine. As highway crews replace sections of fencing, some companies are repurposing the old wood to use for flooring, interior trim, accent walls, and other residential products.
Recycled glass countertops For a sustainably produced countertop that’s easy to maintain, look for options made from recycled glass. The glass is typically mixed with Portland cement and non-toxic pigments, resulting in a tough surface that is presealed, stainproof and heatproof.
Living Sustainably From 8 to 5:
Practicing a sustainable lifestyle during business hours can be tricky, especially if your company doesn’t have a designated program in place. However, even small steps can make a positive impact on the environment and your coworkers.
Start by bringing a reusable water bottle and travel coffee mug for your drinks throughout the workday.
Pack your lunch in a glass or stainless steel container, complete with silverware and a cloth napkin. Consider keeping an extra set of silverware and a reusable straw at your desk so you’re prepared for any impromptu, lunch meetings or office gatherings. Reduce the amount of paper you use by requesting digital copies of documents. If you need a physical copy of something, set your printer default to double-sided.
If you’re an employer looking to make your company more sustainable, consider switching to energy-efficient light bulbs throughout the office, and reduce waste by making recycling bins easily accessible for employees. For coffee and snacks in the break room, try to support local vendors and consider stocking up on reusable or compostable plates and cutlery. Eliminating plastic promotional items from your marketing efforts is another way to reduce your footprint.
Most importantly, lead by example. People in your workplace may be far more interested in adopting sustainable options if they see how painless it is for you to maintain.
Keep Hardwoods Shiny with Natural Cleaners:
Simple, homemade solutions can keep your hardwood floors shiny without introducing harsh chemicals and toxins into your home. Start by sweeping, vacuuming or dust-mopping your floors to remove dirt, and then try one of these options.
Vinegar and water: To effectively clean most hardwoods, mix ½ cup of distilled white vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water. Vinegar is tough on grime, but use it sparingly – an excess amount could erode the wood’s sealant. Hardwoods shouldn’t be exposed to too much water either, so avoid over-saturating them by thoroughly wringing out your mop.
Vinegar and oil: If your manufacturer’s instructions discourage using any water on your hardwoods, add equal parts distilled white vinegar and olive or vegetable oil to a spray bottle. Close tightly and shake to mix well. Spray your floor with the solution, and then mop. Finish it off by buffing the floor in circular motions with a microfiber cloth.
Black tea: Tea adds a subtle stain to your floors, which can help cover scratches and bring out the natural beauty of the grain. Boil ½ gallon of water on the stove and add 8 tea bags. Steep for 10-15 minutes, and then allow the liquid to cool. Dip a rag into the tea and wring it out until damp, not soaking wet. Test the solution in an inconspicuous area of your floor first. If you like the color, continue with your rag or mop moving in the direction of the grain.