2018 REcharge Academy in Harrisonburg, Virginia
Jul 23 – Jul 27 all-day

The REcharge Academy, a week-long renewable energy training workshop, is a unique opportunity for educators to learn about wind and solar power. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable, hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content as well as context.

After successfully completing an Academy, attendees become REcharge Instructors and are certified to teach REcharge programs in their own areas.

Educators may also be interested in the DOE’s Wind for Schools project and the Wind for Schools portal for wind curricula and data from school wind turbines.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Lite Meeting @ Thunderhead Brewing Taproom
Jul 24 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Come learn about our climate change solution policy.  Hear from volunteers who recently attended Lobby Day in Washington D.C.   Find out how you can get involved.  We plan to draft letters to the editor at the meeting. Come help make a difference and to add your voice for the climate!

We look forward to seeing you!!

Jennifer Glazer

Sandy Lehr

Kay Carne

ACEEE Webinar – The High Cost of Energy in Rural America: Household Energy Burdens and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Households in rural and small-town America often spend a disproportionately high share of their earnings on energy bills, but energy efficiency can help them lower their bills and live in healthier, more comfortable homes. A new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) coalition measures energy burdens ― the percentage of household income spent on energy bills ― in rural regions. It also provides recommendations for expanding and improving energy efficiency programs in these communities.

This webinar will feature an overview of the report, The High Cost of Energy in Rural America: Household Energy Burdens and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency, which examines how energy burdens differ between rural and nonrural communities, and amongst demographic groups, such as low-income, minority, elderly, renter, and multifamily households. The report also explores the utility efficiency and energy affordability programs that serve rural communities.

While Americans living in rural and small-town communities often face many barriers to achieving affordable energy, such as lower incomes, older housing stock, lower population densities, and more expensive heating fuels, energy efficiency could reduce rural household energy burdens by as much as 25%. That is as much as $400 saved each year.

The webinar speakers will discuss how to make these savings a reality:

  • Ariel Drehobl, co-author, The High Cost of Energy in Rural America: Household Energy Burdens and Opportunities for Energy Efficiency, and senior research analyst, local policy, ACEEE
  • Khalil Shahyd, senior policy advocate, Resilient Communities program, EEFA and Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Becky Eberle, Low Income Program Manager, Pacific Power/Rocky Mountain Power
  • Mike Smith, vice president, business and technology strategy, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina (ECSC)


Free Clean Energy Group Webinar – Simplifying Resilient Power Design with REopt Lite: A Look at New Features Added to NREL’s Solar+Storage Tool
Jul 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

With the latest updates to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) solar+storage optimization tool, REopt Lite, building owners and energy managers can now easily compare the costs and benefits of solar+storage systems designed to meet resiliency goals.

The new features allow users to perform a side-by-side comparison between a system sized to power critical loads in an emergency and one designed to maximize savings over time. The new version of REopt Lite also allows users to assign a value to outage-related losses and incorporate traditional diesel generators into the design process.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about these new features and more as Clean Energy Group vice president and project director Seth Mullendore walks through examples using data from actual projects considering resilient solar+storage solutions. Seth will be joined by Nick Laws, an engineer in energy systems modeling at NREL, who will be on-hand to answer questions about REopt Lite and help explain the new features.

REopt Lite is a free tool designed to help users quickly evaluate the economics of solar PV and battery storage for their sites.

The tool is an online version of NREL’s more comprehensive REopt model, which has been used by analysts to evaluate renewable energy opportunities at more than 10,000 sites, supporting decisions leading to more than 260 megawatts of renewable energy development.


This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. Learn more at

Community Conversation: Utility Shutoffs in Omaha @ Urban Abbey
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

It’s hot outside, and our neighbors are facing utility shutoffs that may deprive them of things like air-conditioning or power for critical medical equipment.

Did you know that Nebraska has no laws that prevent utility companies in Omaha from pulling the plug on power even during the most inclement of weather?

Beat the heat and join Nebraska Appleseed, Omaha Together One Community, and Interfaith Power and Light for an illuminating conversation about how we can work together to build stronger policies and protections that keep all of us safe during extreme temperatures and periods of financial hardship.

For more information, visit the Facebook Event page.

Our Contact Information
Omaha Together One Community

Free screening of Sierra Club documentary “Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom” @ First United Methodist Church - Enter North Door
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Reinventing Power is a 50-minute documentary that tells the backstory of clean energy from innovation to installation. Viewers will hear directly from the people whose lives were changed because of the clean energy economy. This film explores issues of community access and energy equity; lost jobs and newfound opportunities; economic diversification and household security; reshaping our energy sector and redefining power.

Panel and audience discussion to follow.

Learn more here.

Lincoln Electric System’s 2018 Sustainable Living Festival @ The Railyard, West Haymarket
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


LES’ signature summer event is back! The eighth-annual LES Sustainable Living Festival brings us together with community partners in downtown Lincoln to deliver an interactive, family-friendly event.

You and your family will discover easy ways to take care of our environment from local experts.

  • Get an up-close look at electric vehicles, including the Chevy Bolt, Nissan Leaf and Teslas.
  • Snack on solar-cooked popcorn.
  • Cycle through the latest and greatest in Lincoln’s bike system, including BikeLNK, the city’s new bike-share program.
  • Recycle all types of electronics.
  • Understand the science behind composting, from organic home waste to worms.
  • Find out how LES uses the sun and wind to power Lincoln.
  • Discover much more!

Greener living equals a greener community. Join us July 28!

Learn through engaging, hands-on activities from these community partners!
BikeLNK Monarch Gardens LLC
Black Market Clothing Exchange Nebraska Building Products
City of Lincoln Solid Waste Management Nebraska Ethanol Board
City of Lincoln Watershed Management Nebraska Recycles
CommonGround Nebraska Nebraska Recycling Council
Electric Vehicles Nebraska811
Great Plains Bicycling Club Nebraskans for Solar
Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities Pioneers Park Nature Center
Lancaster County Extension Master Gardeners SWT Energy
Lincoln Children’s Museum UNL Environmental Studies Program
Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful Wheelie Good Bike Shop

Click here for more information.


Green Schools Roundtable: Barriers and Solutions @ Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Nebraska
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


Back by popular demand, USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Chapter will once again host the Green Schools Roundtable in August. It will be a great time to gather among your peers to get in a green schools state of mind for the 2018-2019 school year.

New this year: There will be a mini grant for one great idea or collaboration coming out of the Green Schools Roundtable. Have an idea you need seed money to pursue? Join us, tell us about it, and apply for the mini grant to help get it off the ground.

USGBC NFC Green Schools Roundtable Planning Committee:

Brittney Albin, Lincoln Public Schools | Mike Kros, DLR Group | Rick Yoder, University of Nebraska, Omaha

Find more information and register here.

American Wind Week
Aug 5 – Aug 11 all-day

In celebration of wind power emerging in 2017 as America’s No. 1 source of renewable energy capacity, the American Wind Energy Association hosted the inaugural “American Wind Week.”

This year, from August 5th through 11th, wind companies and supporters will again sponsor a wide variety of events around the country that show how wind works for all Americans.

Elected officials will visit wind farms and factories throughout the country to show their support. You can get involved by sharing on social media, requesting a proclamation from your mayor or governor, or attending a live event.

For more information, visit: 

Recommended Reading 

American Wind Week 2018: Anywhere the wind blows, Into the Wind, AWEA Blog

Events can be planned anywhere the wind blows in this 50 state industry, but big wind states like Texas, Iowa and Nebraska shouldn’t go without a Wind Week event.

Nebraska Wind Development, AWEA

  • Installed wind capacity: 1,415 MW
    State rank for installed wind capacity: 17th
  • Number of wind turbines: 778
    State rank for number of wind turbines: 17th
  • Wind projects online: 22 (Projects above 10 MW: 15)
  • Wind capacity under construction: 732 MW
  • Wind capacity in advanced development: 726 MW

Download Fact Sheet (PDF)

Tour The Winnebago Tribe’s New Solar Farm And More Renewable Energy Sites
Aug 11 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar
Hosted by Robert Byrnes, Owner of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems and  Winnebago Community’s Sustainability Coordinator


When: August 11, 2018 from 11am to 3pm, or for as long as you want to stay.
Where: We’ll meet at the Winnebago Solar Farm at 11am for a tour, discussion,
Q&A and lunch–and then visit more sites.

Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems, the Winnebago Community, and Ho-Chunk Inc, the tribe’s award-winning economic corporation, are developing one of the largest renewable energy infrastructures in the state. They’ve installed solar arrays at 14 sites.

In addition to the solar farm at the north end of the community, shown in the above photo, solar sites also include the Tribal Pow Wow Grounds, Winnebago Senior Center, and the Senior Housing Complex in Ho-Chunk Village. The development also includes wind turbine replacement for Little Priest Tribal College.

Please bring your lunch and lawn chairs. Nebraskans for Solar will provide a
variety of cold drinks and desserts. Carpoolers will get an extra dessert.

Directions: From Omaha, 77N or 75N through Winnebago and turn off (left) into parking lot for Pony Express/Titan Motors on the north side of town. Solar Farm is on north side of commercial spaces and there is parking in the field.

Questions? Contact tour organizers Helen and Ken Deffenbacher and Rita Corell: