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City of Redmond

The University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program is moving east of the Cascades for the first time in its six year history.

The program brings together UO students and faculty with members of a different Oregon city each year. Redmond has been selected and will benefit from more than 40,000 hours of student work aimed at improving sustainability, infrastructure and livability. Redmond's Community Development Director Heather Richards says they're getting started April 8 with a bicycle tour of existing infrastructure.

The nice fall weather might inspire more people to take part in the first-ever "Oregon Drive Less Challenge."

The 12-day challenge kicks off October 21st. The goal is to reduce vehicle miles traveled by a half-million. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and burn calories, says organizer Kelly Bantle.

Bantle: "May not work for everyone's schedule all the time, but even just taking your bike down the street to the store, can really save on money on the road and also help trim our waistlines."