New Financing Options for Solar+Storage in Low-Income Communities – Clean Energy Group Webinar
Mar 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Current clean energy financing models do not sufficiently serve low-income communities. As a result, solar+storage projects are vastly underrepresented in affordable housing and community facilities, meaning that low-income communities are unable to enjoy the benefits of clean, affordable and resilient power.

A new paper by Clean Energy Group describes emerging finance models to address the energy equity challenge and to level the financing playing field. The paper explores additional ownership and financing options for solar+storage projects and low-income communities beyond direct ownership and conventional leasing models. It makes a simple point: there are ownership and financing strategies that can provide many of the economic and other benefits of direct ownership, while overcoming some of the risks and barriers that direct ownership may entail for many project developers.

The report, “Owning the Benefits of Solar+Storage: New Ownership and Investment Models for Affordable Housing and Community Facilities,” is available here.

In this webinar, report co-author Rob Sanders will be joined by guest speakers from National Housing Trust and Urban Ingenuity to discuss ownership and finance models ranging from immediate direct ownership to third party ownership flips to C-PACE financing strategies.


• Rob Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group
• Jared Lang, Assistant Vice President – Sustainability, National Housing Trust
• Bracken Hendricks, President and CEO, Urban Ingenuity

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


The Burden: Why the U.S. Military Is Leading The Fight For Clean Energy – Documentary & Panel Discussion @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Second Floor
Mar 29 @ 7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

Co-Sponsored by Citizens’ Climate Lobby & Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light

Moderator: Kay Carne, Citizens Climate Lobby


  • Elizabeth L. Chalecki, Ph.D, Asst. Professor of International Relations at UNO and a Non-resident Research Fellow in Environmental Security at the Stinson Center
  • CPT Thomas Dannenberg (Major Selectee), U.S. Army Logistics Corps, Political Science TA at UNO. Demonstrated Senior Logistician
  • Bryon Line, retired national/international security professional with 40 total years of experiences, including formulation of DOD plans regarding climate change

Contact: Frances Moore, 402-291-2113

Better Buildings Challenge Webinar: Taking Control: Best Practices in Energy Data Management & Tools for Success
Apr 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Learn from leaders in the public, multifamily, and commercial sectors on how to manage your energy data effectively so you can save money and avoid wasting energy. In addition, get a preview of DOE’s new Energy Data Management Guide for the public sector – a toolkit of best practices and proven strategies on strategic energy management programs based on interviews with 60 state and local governments.


Join USGBC to Tour Kiewit’s New Training & Innovation Center – Organized by USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Community
Apr 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Community Tour: 5 to 6 pm
Happy Hour Follows – With Tour Debriefing Opportunity

The Kiewit Training and Innovation Center is the central collaboration hub for Kiewit’s national and international employees to share knowledge, best practices, and experiences with other employees across the company.

The LEED Silver building combines the best practices of higher education and corporate office strategies into a truly unique synergy of uses. Some of the sustainable features include the utilization of a phase change material in strategic areas of the building that helps offset peak heating and cooling loads, utilization of reclaimed wood that was salvaged from an existing building near their current headquarters, as well as extensive daylighting and views strategies to connect the building users back to the urban fabric.

Following the tour, USGBC Nebraska Flatwater Community will host a happy hour at the Session Room and a chance to debrief about the tour.

Tickets Available Here.
USGBC Members $15
Non-Members $10
Full-Time Students FREE

Available for this event: 1 GBCI CE Credit and 1 AIA HSW LU CE Credit

About USGBC Nebraska Flatwater

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater advocates USGBC and the LEED rating system on a local level. We organize building tours for projects that incorporate the aspects of sustainable design; have members who speak at events and award ceremonies; and work to educates the community and members of important events relevant to our mission statement.

We provide resources of local suppliers, consultants and companies that can help a project earn LEED certification. We also provide information about environmentally friendly residential design and strategies to improve the sustainability of a residence. Additionally, we offer consultation on how to become a LEED Accredited Professional, facilitate study group formation and provide networking opportunities.

USGBC Nebraska Flatwater

Powering and Empowering Communities with Resilient Solar: Institute for Sustainable Communities Webinar
Apr 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Stories of communities building resilience with solar and energy storage.

Cities across the U.S. are exploring how the technologies of resilient solar can advance their goals to strengthen communities, aid emergency preparedness plans, and protect and support vulnerable populations during disasters.

This webinar, presented by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), will tell the stories of trailblazing resilient solar projects in New York, San Francisco, and Baltimore featured in ISC’s recently released publication, Resilient Solar: Powering and Empowering Communities. It will also highlight how cities play an important role in advancing individual projects and developing resilience strategies.


  • Kathryn Wright, senior associate at Meister Consultants Group, will discuss New York’s citywide energy storage strategy, which aims to create a more resilient energy system for residents during times of emergency.
  • Hear from Jessica Tse, the distributed energy resources specialist for the San Francisco Department of the Environment, about how San Francisco found opportunities for resilient solar to support emergency preparedness and created tools and opportunities for other cities to do the same.
  • Learn from Krystle Starvis, the workforce development program manager at Living Classrooms Foundation, how this community-based organization is collaborating with city government to use resilient solar to provide emergency support and jobs for the low-income communities they serve in Baltimore.


Avoiding the Growing Pains of Community Solar – SEPA Webinar Includes Fremont’s Program
Apr 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The market for community solar continues to expand, and new insights and lessons are being realized as challenges such as access to solar, community investment and new program designs are pushed to the forefront. Three organizations utilized an opportunity to implement innovative community solar programs with funds received from the Department of Energy’s Solar Market Pathways grant.

Join Smart Electric Power Alliance, Fremont Department of Utilities, Elevate Energy, and Cliburn and Associates, LLC as we dive into these new approaches and innovations to community solar programs. From tackling community solar policy in Chicago, developing programs that are effectively coupled with other distributed energy resources, to launching and selling out a 1.5MW system in Nebraska, our experts will give you the blueprints they have created, and how their thinking of community solar has changed over the last three years.

Speakers include Brian Newton, City of Fremont Administrator and Fremont Department of Utilities Manager.

SEPA Case Study: Inside the City of Fremont, Nebraska’s Community Solar Program
Based on multiple interviews with citizens of Fremont, Nebraska, this case study describes how program design and a latent demand for solar power led to selling out the 1.5 MW solar farm in seven weeks. This case study also includes insight into the commercial and industrial demand in small town Nebraska.


Food, Faith, Climate: Connecting the Dots – Iowa Interfaith Power & Light Workshop @ Broadway United Methodist Church
Apr 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Food • Faith • Climate: Connecting the Dots
is for anyone who would like to cut the carbon from their food practices. Carbon emissions that is! We look at how our food practices contribute to climate change, and how our faith traditions call us to respond with practical solutions. Then we look at our own food practices and create a plan for more climate-friendly actions.

Join Iowa Interfaith Power & Light as they look at how our food choices are connected to climate change. Fortunately the ethical choices are also the pleasurable choices!

Workshop includes pocket guides for sustainable eating, a climate-friendly snack and a chance to meet local growers at a mini-fair including pastured meat, organic produce, honey and more. $20 per person. Please register in advance.

Workshop participants will have opportunities to:

  • Learn how our food system contributes to climate change
  • Reflect on what our faith traditions have to say about sustainable food systems
  • Examine our household’s food practices
  • Create a plan to make more climate-friendly choices

Register here.

Nebraskans for Solar’s Earth Month Public Forum – “Small House on the Prairie: A Sustainable Assisted Living Unit (ALU) Demonstration Project Utilizing Renewable Energy” @ UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Rooms 205 & 209
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Our speaker will be Dr. Bing Chen, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Director of the Passive Solar Research Group since 1978. In addition to passive solar, Dr. Chen’s areas of research and professional interest include educational robotics.

Dr. Chen’s Program Description
Members of the Passive Solar Research Group have been developing an alternative solution for elderly housing that preserves capital wealth while maintaining a sense of security for seniors who would rather be closer to family as they age. 

Our smart building controller solution involves PV solar electrical production with battery storage and Solar Domestic Hot Water (SDHW) for hot water needs and space heating.  A remote medical monitoring system under development will provide health status updates and provide alerts to health care providers and/or family members.   

All Nebraskans for Solar events are free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Refreshments provided. 

Reserved parking is available in Lot E in front of the Community Engagement Center. Visitors should enter through the parking booth, which is staffed by an attendant until 7pm. Let the attendant know you are there for the Nebraskans for Solar event. If Lot E has reached capacity, he or she will direct you to  another lot. After 7 p.m. parking is available in all UNO lots.

Earth Day Omaha Celebration @ Elmwood Park
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

“The only way forward, if we are going to improve
quality of the environment, is to get
everybody involved.” 
— Richard Rogers

Find out how you can get involved here.

Lincoln Earth Day Celebration @ Union Plaza
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Message From the Lincoln Earth Day Coalition

The Lincoln Earth Day Coalition has been hard at work to improve this great community event. Just a few of the changes include an updated website, new sponsorship levels and benefits, scheduled demonstrations throughout the event, and a brand new booth registration application. You will notice that the application asks a few more questions so we can share meaningful information about all of our organizations and provide a diverse experience for our visitors.

Here are the booth exhibitor levels and costs:

  • Student Group $20
  • Nonprofit/Government $35
  • Business $50
  • Sponsor $500 or above (booth included with many sponsorship benefits)

Please join us again at Lincoln Earth Day and help make this another great year!

Questions? Contact us at