Nebraska egg producer inspired to do even more for disabled

Green (Living) Review

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez at a White House event honoring “Champions of Change” last week, stuck out to Dan Hromas of York, Nebraska. Far too many people focus on the first three letters of “disability,” rather than the last seven. That message, delivered by U.S. Hromas, a 37-year-old disabled military veteran, runs an egg-laying operation, Prairie Pride Poultry. He was one of 10 honorees at the Oct.

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Platte River Sandhill Cranes: Enjoying North America’s Greatest Bird Spectacle

Nature Conservancy - Science

More than 500,000 sandhill cranes gather along Nebraska’s Platte River each spring. One of the world’s great wildlife spectacles is underway in Nebraska: the annual gathering of more than 500,000 cranes along the Platte River. This area of Nebraska offers perfect conditions for cranes embarking on a long migration. They stage in Nebraska to rest and put on weight. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offers other crane viewing etiquette tips you should follow.

Nebraska Solar Tour Aims to Steer Energy Priorities Toward a Cleaner Future

Sierra Club Compass

Faced with a future of clean-energy investment or more-of-the-same coal burning from their utility, about 60 people from Nebraska''s capital participated in a "solar tour" this past weekend. The rest of the tour included stops at the University of Nebraska East Campus, Hyde Memorial Observatory, and a Lincoln police building. Increasing local clean energy can help LES reduce dependence on outdated coal plants across the state of Nebraska.

Bison Good, Cattle Bad? A Prairie Ecologist’s Perspective

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bison at The Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve in Nebraska. Grasslands bison cattle Chris Helzer grassland conservation mammals Nebraska prairie prairie ecology ranching ranchlands These particular magical animals are at The Nature Conservancy’s Broken Kettle Grasslands in northwest Iowa. Photo: Chris Helzer/TNC. By Chris Helzer , prairie ecologist.

Does Snow Burn?

Cool Green Science

Our goal was to train 65 fire workers and students from five western universities to safely use fire to restore several thousand acres of forests and grassland along Nebraska’s Niobrara River. The area we intended to burn was along the Niobrara River just east of Valentine, Nebraska, near the Conservancy’s own Niobrara Valley Preserve. Jeremy Bailey is the Fire Learning Network Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy. It started with snow and ended with snow.

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Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. Data from price tracker shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec.

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Colorful parking canopy made from recycled plastic bottles


that have been craftfully designed using plastic bottle and today we are here to tell you about a car canopy designed by Garth Britzman of Lincoln, Nebraska. Garth has used approximately 1500 old plastic bottles to create the parking canopy in her home town Nebraska. Also students from the University of Nebraska volunteered to spend 200 hours working on the project to support the artists endeavour to promote plastic reuse.

Aspen is third U.S. city to reach 100% renewable energy

Green (Living) Review

Aspen’s transition to 100 percent renewable occurred Thursday after the city signed a contract with wholesale electric energy provider Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, in order “to achieve this final leg of our goal,” Hornbacher said. Aspen is one of three U.S. cities to run on 100 percent renewable energy, according to members of the city’s environmental and project departments.

North Omaha Residents Win Major Clean Air and Climate Victory

Sierra Club Compass

In North Omaha, Nebraska, local residents just won a powerful, inspiring victory to move their utility beyond coal. The culmination came at a May 15 OPPD meeting, which was packed by members of the League of Women Voters, Black Men United , Malcolm X Foundation , Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light , Omaha Together One Community, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, Nebraska Farmers Union, and the Sierra Club, along with many other community leaders. "Around

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When extortion is your only option

Environmental Economics

We feel like this is our only option,” said Representative Lee Terry, a Nebraska Republican who is one of the leading pipeline supporters. 

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The Top 10 Clean Energy Stories to Be Thankful for in 2013

Sierra Club Compass

  #5) NEBRASKA GETS IN THE GAME ON WIND According to an assessment from the National Renewable Energy laboratory, Nebraska wind could supply the state's current electricity needs 120 times over. Yet despite enormous potential for wind energy, Nebraska was falling behind neighbors like Iowa in wind energy capacity. Nebraska is projected to triple its amount of wind energy in just two years.

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Recovery: Prairie Reprise

Nature Conservancy - Science

On moving from Michigan to Nebraska J. But Chris Helzer , The Nature Conservancy’s science director for Nebraska, offers this: “People just don’t think about prairies as natural areas. Cattle graze on restored prairie at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies in Nebraska. In Nebraska, for instance, it has restored 1,500 acres of former cropland on its Platte River Prairies. Recently it has brought bison to preserves in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. “We

Keystone XL oil pipeline is canceled


Keystone XL was especially unpopular in Nebraska, one of the states it would have passed through. chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska , in a statement. TC Energy announced Wednesday that it is officially terminating its Keystone XL oil pipeline. The controversial project planned to carry oil sands crude from Alberta all the way down to Texas’ gulf coast. Reactions, predictably, were mixed.

Keystone XL oil pipeline is canceled


Keystone XL was especially unpopular in Nebraska, one of the states it would have passed through. chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska , in a statement. TC Energy announced Wednesday that it is officially terminating its Keystone XL oil pipeline. The controversial project planned to carry oil sands crude from Alberta all the way down to Texas’ gulf coast. Reactions, predictably, were mixed.

Easy, meaningful ways to celebrate Arbor Day


Back in April 1872, citizens of Nebraska City, Nebraska gathered to plant trees in hopes of making the flat, Midwestern plains more inviting to settlers. The trees provided shade, building materials and, of course, beauty. It didn’t take long for the tree-planting event to spread, and in 1885, the state set April 22 as the date of Arbor Day. In other parts of the country, school children planted trees honoring historical events and figures.

Men Reminded This Week That Eating Fresh Fruit Can Create A Healthier Lifestyle

Green (Living) Review

According to an article in Nebraska’s York News Times by the Four Corners Health Department, “Men take charge of so many parts of their life – their own health shouldn’t be any different.” In Nebraska alone, the article points out that heart disease in particular is one of the top health related deaths in the state. Most men at work, especially if there’s an audience, will likely choose a donut over an apple.

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Climate and Clean Energy Events Nationwide: Fighting for Environmental Justice in Omaha

Sierra Club Compass

North Omaha, Nebraska, is home to one of the dirtiest coal plants in the nation, the North Omaha coal plant operated by Omaha Public Power District. Another reason moving beyond coal in Nebraska is so exciting? Nebraska is the state with the nation''s fourth greatest potential for wind energy and is ranked ninth for solar power potential," said Graham.

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Artist and professor creates stunning man-made rainbow


His interest has led him to develop a system that actually creates a man-made rainbow which can be seen arching over the Bemis Center in Nebraska. Even if the state of Omaha in Nebraska receives average to below-average rainfall, the project can still operate for over 15 weeks. Sonia Renthlei: As kids, rainbows signified something magical, an etherealness that had to do with fairies and leprechauns waiting at the end of the rainbow with a pot of gold.

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A further blow to tar sands development as developer cancels Keystone XL

A Greener Life

” The Keystone XL pipeline was expected to carry 830,000 barrels per day of Alberta tar sands crude to Nebraska, but the project has been delayed for 12 years due to opposition from US landowners, Native American tribes and environmentalists. The Alberta tar sands.

New solar energy plant in the desert? Don’t disturb the soil

Green Prophet

Judith Turk, an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the United States, studies the top layer of desert soils, called the vesicular horizon. Solar power plants in the desert make use of wasted land, right? Think again.

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Nebraka Sustainability Leadership Workshop - Documents

The Green Changemakers

Initiatives: Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop [link] [link] The Nebraska Sustainability Leadership Workshop (NSLW) completed its series of 22 workshops in towns and cities across the state, with the goal of creating a network of sustainability leaders throughout Nebraska. The workshops are part of a new partnership program that is preparing Nebraska’s communities for today’s and tomorrow’s complex challenges.

5 Simple Tips to Turn Your Yard Into Pollinator Paradise

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bumble bee on New England Aster in Nebraska. A soldier beetle visits habitat restored by the Conservancy in Nebraska. Photo: ©Chris Helzer/TNC. By Matt Miller. When I stepped outside this morning, our yard was abuzz – literally – with activity. Bumble bees, wasps, butterflies and moths hovered over the plentiful flowers. Pollinator paradise. Summer is the time of plenty for native pollinators. And they’re binging.

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Big New Investments in Wind Energy Across the Country and Around the World

Sierra Club Compass

The clean energy stakes got even higher last week when Facebook announced it had chosen Iowa over Nebraska as the location for a $1.5 As state Senator Galen Hadley wrote in an op-ed : The fact that Iowa generates 10 times as much electricity from wind as Nebraska was a major factor in [Facebook's] decision. After spending last weekend at the Heartland Coalfield Alliance's retreat in the Illinois coal basin region, I'm more inspired than ever.

Urban farming film depends on public’s vote to air on PBS

Green (Living) Review

Website : Nebraska Independent Film Project: Growing Cities Omaha, Neb.—Tues., June 24, 2014 —Crowdfunding has been called the future for film, but a new documentary brings a whole different meaning to the phrase, “made possible by viewers like you.” The film Growing Cities was created almost exclusively through crowdfunding. Now its filmmakers are reaching out to the public once more. This time, they’re seeking funding to broadcast nationally on PBS this fall. “We’ve

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Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

Nature Conservancy - Science

Showy evening primrose (Oenothera rhombipetala) in restored prairie at the Derr Tract of Platte River Prairies, Nebraska. State: Nebraska. The day will start with an optional outdoor talk by amateur astromer Austin Bontrager and The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska’s Director of Science Chris Helzer. Where will you be on August 21, 2017 when the solar eclipse passes through North America?

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The Great American Rail-Trail to offer bike access from coast to coast


Related: How to make American cities bike-friendly The plan is for the trail to traverse Washington state, the top of Idaho and part of western Montana, then cross the whole of Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa.

Plight of the Bumble Bee: Conserving Imperiled Native Pollinators

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bumble bee on rosinweed flower at The Nature Conservancy’s Dahms Tract along the Central Platte River in Nebraska. Bumble bee on New England Aster in Nebraska. Photo: ©Chris Helzer/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. You’ve probably heard about the problems facing honey bees across North America, as hives disappear in the face of “colony collapse disorder.” You also undoubtedly know that this loss of pollinators could have severe impacts on food production.

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Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven

Nature Conservancy - Science

Aurora, Nebraska. Turning your yard – or other small outdoor space – into a wildlife haven is easier than you think. Get started with Habitat Network , an online community of citizen scientists working together to build habitat to support wildlife. Habitat Network is a partnership between the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) that grew out of an earlier project called YardMap.

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One Weird Trick to Fix Farms Forever

Green (Living) Review

The plot I can see looks just about identical to the carpet of corn that stretches from eastern Ohio to western Nebraska. Does David Brandt hold the secret for turning industrial agriculture from global-warming problem to carbon solution? CHATTING WITH DAVID BRANDT outside his barn on a sunny June morning, I wonder if he doesn''t look too much like a farmer—what a casting director might call "too on the nose."

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Six reasons why the Keystone XL pipeline project should be rejected

Green Blog

Nebraska objects to the Keystone XL pipeline as they are concerned over potential oil spill accidents in the Ogallala Aquifer area, which supplies water to a large portion of US farm land. In response to Nebraska’s objections, TransCanada promises to find a better route for the pipeline and to revise the plans. Sally Kohn has a good opinion piece on Fox News, of all places, where she lists six important reasons why the Keystone XL pipeline was a bad deal all along: 1.

Top 10 Tips for a Greener Summer Vacation

Green Home Blog

They also allow you to install night or safety lights, in the form of LEDs, and power cell phones and other communications devices that might be lifesavers should you run into real problems 50 miles from Nowhere, Nebraska. Top 10 Tips for a Greener Summer Vacation. Go Camping! It’s officially summer, and for those couples and families not devastated by persistent recession and joblessness, it’s also time for that annual vacation.

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Non-Toxic Pest Control, Beating Out the Bedbugs

Green Home Blog

According to University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Service Barb Ogg, this doubling is the sort of invasion which allows bedbugs to spread from motels, senior living sites and drug/alcohol treatment facilities to hospital wings, college dorms, homeless shelters and some of the best and most famous restaurant/hotel combinations. In the summer of 2011, New York homes, hotels and hospital wings suffered an infestation of bedbugs.

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Syngenta Hired Guns Attack New Documentary | PR Watch

PR Watch

As EPA continues its current re-evaluation of atrazines safety, results released last week from water sampling across four Midwestern states -- Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota -- indicate that the endocrine disrupting pesticide atrazine is still being found in drinking water. Available for Interviews: Sandra Zellmer, JD, Alumni Professor of Environmental Law, University of Nebraska - Lincoln and legal expert on atrazine: Skip to Main Content Area.

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A Field Guide To Tracking in Your Neighborhood

Nature Conservancy - Science

Rabbit tracks in snow with prairie grasses at Deep Well Wildlife Management Area Prairie, a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission site. Lancaster County, Nebraska. Tracking is one of the most family-friendly wildlife activities; you can enjoy it anywhere there is a patch of open ground. As I’ve written previously, kids love deciphering the mysteries of animal tracks. Even my two-year-old son loves checking out the tracks in our yard.

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Earth and Basketball

Environmental News Network

Lincoln, Nebraska. I admit I am not the biggest fan of sports, so last night when my brother suggested that we change the channel to watch the Nets-Celtics game, I wasn’t very excited. Then my brother sparked my attention by adding that this week was NBA Green Week. I asked him if he was sure because Earth Day is not until the 22 nd. He assured me he was right by pointing out the recycle emblem on the court floor and the banners in the stands.

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Lucky '13: Big Year for the Beyond Oil Campaign

Sierra Club Compass

We joined hundreds of citizens in Grand Island, Nebraska, for the State Department public hearing -- and hundreds met the president, vice president, and secretary of state as they traveled to more than 40 events around the nation. By Michael Marx, Beyond Oil Campaign Director. I've never been superstitious, but looking back on 2013 it's likely that oil company executives will be.

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Non-Toxic Pest Control, Beating Out the Bedbugs

Green Home Blog

According to University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension Service Barb Ogg, this doubling is the sort of invasion which allows bedbugs to spread from motels, senior living sites and drug/alcohol treatment facilities to hospital wings, college dorms, homeless shelters and some of the best and most famous restaurant/hotel combinations. In the summer of 2011, New York homes, hotels and hospital wings suffered an infestation of bedbugs.

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U.S. Power Plant Pollution Rule Put On Hold By Court Ruling

Eco Friendly Daily

But now due to six states requesting a court delay, Texas, Nebraska, Louisiana, Ohio, Florida and Kansas, the ruling has been put on hold. Some of the major components of pollution from power plants include sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. These components of air pollution not only impact the regions in which they are produced but regions downwind and hundreds of miles from the original source.

Transform Your Junk into Amazing Masterpieces

Environmental News Network

First stop, city of Alliance, Nebraska, US. By Guest Contributor: Anne Staley. Artists are a strange breed. I say that not because they have a stereotypical image of being mavericks, but because of their ability to see art in the most common and mundane of things. For me, their power to transform almost anything into an artistic masterpiece is both magical and baffling.

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Gifted and Talented Pupils: Guidelines for Teachers

The Green Changemakers

Identification Nebraska Starry Night PDF, 32 KB General Checklist for identifying Gifted and Talented Learner PDF, 31 KB Parents’/Carers’ Questionnaire PDF, 27 KB School Audit Whole School Audit PDF, 27 KB Classroom Strategies Checklist PDF, 25 KB Recording Individual Record Sheet PDF, 28 KB School or Year Group Record PDF, 60 KB School or Year Group Record Doc, 64 KB. The document below sets out non-statutory guidelines to support the teaching of Gifted and Talented learners.

Morflora’s Plant “Vaccine” Boosts Food Production Without Using GMOs

Green Prophet

Like a vaccine for plants Recently, Dotan saw for himself the effect of severe drought on cornfields in Nebraska. A new seed treatment could stop the use and need for GMOs. Even though organic agriculture and sustainable farming practices are on the rise, feeding a hungry world demands that commercial farmers rely on genetically engineered (GMO) seeds to boost production and fend off diseases.

It's Time: Move Forward on Climate - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

" John's voice—along with those of the New York college student, the Santa Barbara churchgoer, the Texan environmental justice activist, and the Nebraska grandmother—is going to ring out loud and clear on February 17.  Compass. « Obamas Legacy, the Climate Rally, and What It Means for Coal | Main. | The Great Indian Coal Bailout » Its Time: Move Forward on Climate. By Michael Marx, Senior Campaign Director, Beyond Oil.

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