GreenBiz Webcast: How to Participate in the Emerging Carbon Economy
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


The science is now clear: In order to avoid catastrophic climate change, it’s not enough just to emit less, or even none at all. We also must deploy technologies that draw down carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.

The good news is that these technologies already exist. Companies can purchase cement that contains carbon dioxide captured from the atmosphere, do business with farmers who store carbon in soil, and buy plastics made from atmospheric carbon. These products and more are part of a move toward an economy that may one day capture and store more carbon than it emits, providing both economic growth and a means by which we can reverse climate change.

This one-hour interactive webcast will introduce you to the key ideas, technologies and businesses in what’s estimated to be a multi-trillion dollar opportunity over the coming years. Among the questions we will explore:

  • How can companies add carbon-negative products to their supply chains?
  • Which technologies and products have the potential to capture and store the most carbon?
  • How is the carbon economy expected to grow over the next five and 10 years?


Conservation Nebraska Event – The Path Forward: A Look Into OPPD’s Future Plans for Clean Energy with Featured Speaker Rick Yoder
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Morton James Public Library, 923 1st Corso, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410

Join Conservation Nebraska for a presentation about OPPD’s future plans for clean energy with our featured speaker, OPPD Board Member, Rick Yoder.

Appetizers will be served at 6:00pm. Speaker will begin at 6:30pm.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Please register here.

Conservation Nebraska Presents: Green is Red, White, and Blue
Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Think electric vehicles are only for environmentalists? Think again! Come learn about the benefits of hybrid vehicles for businesses, individuals, and the economy from HP Singh. HP Singh founded EVolution Advisory in Lincoln, NE. He is an innovator for the people working to install more hybrid vehicle charging stations across Nebraska and is full of knowledge you will want to hear!

Please join us for this event on UNL East Campus in Hardin Hall, room 107 on August 28th at 6pm. Conservation Nebraska has invited Nebraskans for Solar to be a co-sponsor.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Register here.

GreenBiz Webcast: Supercharging Electric Vehicle Fleets
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

By some estimates, the transportation sector contributes to 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions – and growing. At the same time, cities are taking action to address congestion and air pollution, in an effort to improve air quality and overall public health. To address these interconnected issues, the Smart Electric Urban Logistics (SEUL) project, a UPS-led consortium, deployed game-changing technology that enables simultaneous recharging of electric fleets.

In this hour-long webcast, GreenBiz Group chairman and executive editor Joel Makower will lead a discussion among UPS, Cross River Partnership and UK Power Networks Services to share details about how this collaboration is signaling a new generation of sustainable urban delivery services in London and in other cities around the world.

Among the things you’ll learn:

  • Practical solutions to overcoming barriers to fleet electrification.
  • Insights from testing smart-grid and energy storage systems in a real-world operation.
  • How to make the business case for investing in and testing new technologies.


  • Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group


  • Peter Harris, Director, International Sustainability, UPS
  • Tom Linton-Smith, Project Manager, Cross River Partnership
  • Rachel Stanley, Senior Technology and Innovation Consultant, UK Power Networks Services

If you can’t tune in live, please register and we will email you a link to access the archived webcast footage and slides, available to you on-demand after the webcast.

Sponsored by UPS.


Sierra Club Tour – Nature in the City: Building Community and Fighting Climate Change Through Permaculture
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Omaha Permaculture is an organization dedicated to creating edible landscapes on vacant lots throughout North Omaha. Founded just four years ago, Omaha Permaculture now owns 11 lots in North Omaha, where they have been putting in orchards and growing vegetables in partnership with the local community.

The goal of this impressive agricultural endeavor: to provide access to nutritious food for low-income residents, with minimal inputs and labor. Founder and Executive Director of Omaha Permaculture Gus von Roenn will lead the tour.

Please join the Sierra Club and allied organizations for this informational tour. There is plenty of parking on-site and on the streets. No RSVP needed.

Free SEIA Webinar: Local Community-Based Solar Projects
Sep 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


The movement toward Energy Democracy means that communities increasingly want more control over their energy. Communities across the country are taking the initiative to develop their own solar energy projects, which provides opportunities for savings and economic regeneration, as well as opportunities for job training and employment. In this webinar, hear from community-based organizations that have taken the lead to develop solar projects that are benefiting their neighborhoods.


  • Moderator: Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Program Director, Access & Equity, Vote Solar
  • Facilitator: Sara Birmingham, Senior Director of State Affairs, SEIA
  • Bruce Konewko, Solar Operations and Marketing Director, Cooperative Energy Futures
  • Pouya Najmai, Chair, Board of Directors, Cooperative Energy Futures
  • Juan Parra, Community Solar Program Manager, Solar One
  • Gretchen Bradley, Senior Solar Program Associate, Solar One
  • Summer Sandoval, Energy Democracy Coordinator, Uprose

Register Here.

Nebraskans for Solar’s September Speaker: David Bracht, Attorney With Kutak Rock and Former Nebraska Energy Office Director @ UNO's Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 201 & 205
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Co-Sponsored by Green Bellevue, Conservation Nebraska, Sierra Club,
OTOC’s Environmental Sustainability Action Team 

David Bracht will provide an overview of Nebraska’s wind and solar development and our state’s potential for future growth.

Specific topics will include:

  • power purchase agreements
  • virtual power purchase agreements
  • commercial and industrial use of solar
  • the potential for combined solar and battery installations
  • incentives and depreciation

David Bracht, Attorney with the U.S. law firm Kutak Rock, advises clients involved in renewable energy development including biofuels, biomass, solar and wind energy, as well as lenders, power companies and government agencies supporting renewable energy development.

David works with companies, service providers and other public agencies focused on improving energy efficiency to reduce energy use and cost. He counsels producers, agribusinesses and other businesses involved in production and processing of agriculture products, along with lenders, insurers and other firms supporting the production of food, fiber and fuel from agriculture processes.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in business, government and law, including private legal practice and senior executive experience in private industry and federal and state government agencies.

Most recently, David served as Director of the Nebraska Energy Office and a member of the cabinet of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts from January 2015 to August 2018.  During his service as Nebraska Energy Director, total solar facilities statewide expanded from an estimated 1-2 megawatts to more than 30-40 megawatts and total wind facilities in Nebraska nearly doubled and the current 1.97 gigawatts is nearly triple those operating in 2014.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments will be provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center, near the Durham Bell Tower. Enter at the kiosk and let the attendant know you are a Nebraskans for Solar guest.

Recommended Reading
Nebraska gains as wind power grows, by David Bracht, The Grand Island Independent. Bolstered by more than $3.5 billion in private investment, close to 2,000 Nebraskans work in wind today. In fact, Yahoo Finance recently reported that “wind turbine service technician” is the fastest growing job in our state. Those jobs, and the option for young people to return home, bring new life to communities that have been suffering population decline for decades. Wind farms adding 10, 15 and sometimes 25 new good-paying jobs has had a dramatic impact, especially in Nebraska’s small towns. Look to towns like Petersburg, Elgin, Allen, and Neligh for just a few examples.

National Drive Electric Week 2019
Sep 14 – Sep 22 all-day


National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so. National Drive Electric Week.Org 

Drive Electric Week Events are planned for Omaha & Lincoln, so far. If your community is hosting an event, send us the information and we’ll be happy to post it on our calendar:

Information on Organizing or Helping With an Event

National Drive Electric Week – Omaha / Bellevue
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Day: Sunday, September 15, 2019
Time: Noon to 4:00 PM
Location: Bellevue University Campus
812 Bruin Blvd.
Bellevue, NE 68005

Bellevue University is hosting our 2019 Omaha NDEW event at its campus in Bellevue. The vehicle display and attendee parking will be in Parking Lot E on the northwest side of the campus. Click here to view campus map.  Indoor presentations and information tables will be in the adjacent John B. Muller Administrative Services Building (Building 14 on the map). Events start at Noon.

From Omaha go south on the U.S. 75 Kennedy Freeway to the Cornhusker Road Exit. Go east on Cornhusker which turns into Harvell Drive at Fort Crook Road. Continue southeast on Harvell about 1/4-mile and turn right on Herman Drive. Go one block to Bruin Blvd. and turn left. Parking Lot E and the Muller Administrative Services Building (a tall 5-story bldg.) are straight ahead. Signs will be posted.

Come meet the many enthusiastic EV owners who will be displaying their vehicles.

Register Here.

National Drive Electric Week – Lincoln @ HyVee Parking Lot
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and see a dozen or more electric cars. Talk to EV owners. Learn about charging stations and other related issues. View level 3, high speed DC chargers in action at the Lincoln Hy-Vee Store’s # 3 Tesla Charging Station.  Register to work with the local Lincoln group of the Nebraska EV Campaign Team.

This event is free and open to the public. Register here.