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. After years of amazing community activism from local parents, business owners, residents, citizen groups, and community leaders, last week the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve plans to not only phase out the use of coal at its North Omaha coal-fired power plant, but also to ramp up energy efficiency.

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Picture of the Day

Environmental Economics

Photo Credit: Me (in Omaha, Nebraska--more details later

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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. According to Graham Jordison, a Beyond Coal organizer in North Omaha, "North Omaha is largely an African American population with an average household income of $17,000. They''ve held energy efficiency forums and more - but in the past few weeks came two events that show the power of North Omaha''s families.

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Play Ball! An iPhone photo essay

Environmental Economics

  Well, I had the privilege (used loosely) of taking the Official Only Son of Env-Econ (OOSEE), and his baseball tea--the Crush Baseball Club--to Omaha, Nebraska to compete in a 12 and under baseball tournament centered around the NCAA College World Series.  After Chicago, we made our way to Omaha (Iowa was surprisingly pretty, but I forgot to take pictures),  where we headed to the Omaha Champions Village to meet up with the rest of the team.

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

Green (Living) Review

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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Artist and professor creates stunning man-made rainbow


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. With age came a more logical explanation of moisture, sunlight and the reflection and refraction of light.

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Warren Buffett Says Coal Will Be Replaced

Sierra Club Compass

" But hearing the facts from the Buffett, the “Oracle of Omaha,” whose words are pored over and examined by leagues of investors all over the world, should be a wake-up call for utilities and public officials still on the fence about coal. According to a report from Bloomberg News , Warren Buffett, the U.S.'s 's second wealthiest person and most-respected investor, said this week that it’s time to start planning for the end of coal. "Coal

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Our Favorite Road Trip Destinations

Cool Green Science

It’s like watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and that’s just from one window! There’s something about a good summer road trip that doesn’t get old. Heading down the interstate with the radio playing and windows down — in search of adventure — is an all-American tradition. Recently, here in Washington state, I hosted some coworkers from the east coast who wanted to spend a day outdoors.

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Sexless Sharks

Eco Friendly Daily

Last year, the same team of researchers also confirmed that a female hammerhead shark – living in a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska – had reproduced without any contribution from male sharks. Across all the world oceans, shark populations have been facing challenges. From habitat changes, being caught as by-catch in fisheries, and the destructive practice of finning for the food trade, many species are declining. It doesn’t help that most sharks are slow-growing.

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How Perdue, Smithfield and Silver Fern Farms are reducing packaging waste


Its Omaha facility moved away from paper labels to printed film, saving more than four tons of waste annually. How Perdue, Smithfield and Silver Fern Farms are reducing packaging waste Heather Clancy Wed, 06/17/2020 – 02:00 Food companies have a dual responsibility when it comes to waste reduction aspirations: optimizing their operations to minimize food waste while reducing the amount of other materials — especially the waste associated with packaging — sent to landfill.

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Dozens of U.S. Cities Board the Bike-Sharing Bandwagon

Green Blog

Such pent-up demand for more cycling options is on display in cities across the United States—from Buffalo to Boulder, Omaha to Oklahoma City, and Long Beach in New York to Long Beach in California—where shared bicycle programs are taking root. Blue Cross Blue Shield, another health insurer, is a major sponsor for several bike-sharing programs, including those in Charlotte, Houston, Omaha, and the Twin Cities.

Nebraka Sustainability Leadership Workshop - Documents

The Green Changemakers

The first two Conversations Conferences were held at Creighton University in Omaha and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. 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.

Dig Israel? The complete 2015 rough guide to open archeology digs for students and tourists

Green Prophet

Rami Arav, University of Nebraska at Omaha. It’s a dream for some and a reality that can come true if you plan in visiting Israel this year. The country some say is an open archeology site. You can literally find ruins everywhere. But let’s say you want to participate in a formal dig and even possibly earn school credit. If this tickles your fancy, read on for the ultimate guide of Israeli digs this summer, one starting as early as the first week of February.

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What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

The Green Changemakers

The prototype for our Great Cities Initiative was pioneered in Omaha, where PPS helped community and economic development organizations create an ambitious strategy to tap the potential of parks and public spaces to revive urban neighborhoods. PPS announces its new Great Cities Initiative, which applies the principles of Placemaking to entire cities.

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