2018 Annual Peace Conference at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
Sep 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

You are invited to learn about opportunities to help stop climate change at this year’s Annual Peace Conference put on by Nebraskans for Peace, co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Kearney Department of Political Science, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work.

To register for the day’s events, for only $20, including the catered lunch and the afternoon Peace & Justice Workshops email or call the NFP Office at 402-475-4620. Click here to download the registration brochure, which you can print and mail.

Dr. Christian Parenti, Associate Professor of Economics at John Jay College in New York City and author of the acclaimed 2011 book Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence, will address this looming international emergency in a keynote speech entitled “The Current and Future Crisis of Global Climate Refugees.”

Parenti’s Tropic of Chaos was the groundbreaking work linking the implications of climate change with the social and political unrest in mid-latitude regions of the world. In countries like Syria we are now seeing the climate-change refugees spilling over national borders, overwhelming neighboring countries and provoking political crises as far away as the European Union. It caused the U.S. to join in the civil war in that country.

Following the keynote presentation, a panel discussion moderated by UNK Political Science Chair Will Avilés and featuring Parenti; Christa Yoakum, Nebraska Is Home Coordinator for Nebraska Appleseed’s Immigrants & Communities Program; and Gladys Godinez, Executive Director of the Trinidad Center in Lexington will focus on the current highly charged immigration situation in Nebraska.

To carpool from Omaha contact Mark Welsch, NFP’s Omaha Coordinator at 402-453-0776 or

To carpool from Lincoln contact Brittany Cooper in our Lincoln office at or 402-475-4620.

National Clean Energy Week
Sep 24 – Sep 28 all-day

National Clean Energy Week, September 24-28, will bring together clean energy stakeholders for activities in Washington, D.C. and across America to showcase how they are helping to make the industry stronger, and influence the discussion around common sense clean energy solutions. This year, NCEW will construct “Event-in-a-Box” kits to assist states in hosting local events. Additionally, a list of sponsorship levels can be found on the NCEW website.

New Advanced Energy Economy Webinar – Blockchain in Advanced Energy: Applications, Opportunities, and Challenges
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Expert panelists will discuss blockchain in wholesale market, distribution system, and behind-the-meter applications. Participants will gain a basic understanding of this distributed digital ledger technology and its potential uses in advanced energy, including examples from current pilot projects. Potential policy and regulatory issues that need to be addressed as blockchain is introduced in energy markets will also be covered.


  • Lisa Frantzis, SVP, 21st Century Electricity System, Advanced Energy Economy (moderator)
  • Tony Giroti, Chairman, Energy Blockchain Consortium
  • Doug McMahon, VP of Strategy, New York Power Authority
  • Luke Scheidler, Senior Manager, Itron


Tribal Energy Webinar: Facility- and Community-Scale Project Development
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Co-sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy and the Western Area Power Administration, this webinar will describe how taking on facility- and community-scale energy projects can allow tribes to gain experience and expertise in project development while limiting risk; however, like utility-scale projects, facility- and community-scale projects also have their own unique challenges. For example, tribes often run into difficulty when it comes to finding money to build these smaller-scale projects.

This webinar will outline options for financing and addressing other challenges related to facility- and community-scale project development. Attendees will learn about available financing mechanisms that can allow tribes to develop projects with limited to no upfront capital costs, including community solar models, third-party vendors, energy savings performance contracts, and utility energy service contracts.

Register for the webinar. If you cannot attend the live webinars, you can access recordings and slides of past webinars.

2018 Nebraska Youth Climate Summit @ Innovation Campus in Lincoln
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join fellow youth climate leaders from across the state on Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Innovation Campus in Lincoln for:

  • Learning about climate impacts on water
  • Youth-led presentations
  • Networking

The Summit is FREE but space is limited so please apply now by filling out this Google form.

The theme of this year’s conference is Water & Climate Change and this year’s program includes:

  • Climatologist & Director of the State Climate Office Martha Shulski
  • Photographer Michael Forsberg on the Platte Basin Time Lapse Project
  • Nick Venner of Our Children’s Trust, and much much more! The full agenda will be finalized by the end of the week.

For more info and news as it becomes available, go to the event’s Facebook Page.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact YCS Coordinator Ken Winston at: or 402-212-3737.

EPA Webinar – Clean Energy Finance: Green Banking Strategies for Local Governments
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Local governments are pursuing innovative financing to support energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other clean energy investments in their operations and communities.

This webinar, hosted by the Environmental Protection Agency, will discuss advancements in green banking in the United States and how these strategies can help local governments pursue their environmental, energy, and economic priorities.

Speakers will provide an overview of green banks, the services and benefits they offer, other types of green banking opportunities, and important considerations for local governments interested in engaging in green banking.

Attendees will learn about experiences from the Connecticut Green Bank, which has worked extensively with local governments and is leading innovations in the field of clean energy finance, and the Montgomery County Green Bank in Maryland, the first U.S. green bank administered by a local government.

Register here.

Save the Date! National Solar Tour: Omaha/Bellevue Solar Tour
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This tour includes:

  • 909 N. 49th St., Omaha (residential)
  • 4522 Borman St., Bellevue (residential)
  • A combined retail/residential solar array (Exist Green), 4914 Underwood Ave., Suite A, Omaha
  • City Sprouts (community garden), 4002 Seward St., Omaha.
  • OPPD’s Omaha Center, 5520 Lindbergh Drive, Omaha, NE (60-kilowatt array of solar panels)

This is an open tour sponsored by the Nebraska Chapter Sierra Club and Nebraskans for Solar.  You can visit any or all the sites between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Three of the sites are in close proximity in Omaha and one is in Bellevue.  You can interact with the owners of the solar arrays to find out how and why they decided to go solar.

Eric Williams’ home is on the tour. He drives an electric car with the license plate reading SOLAR EV. Eric is a board member and a Past President of Nebraskans for Solar.

  • Click here if you would like to have your solar array as part of the tour.
  • For more information, contact David Corbin:

About the National Solar Tour

For more than two decades, the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) has organized and presented the largest grassroots solar event in the U.S., the National Solar Tour. This year ASES  is partnering with Solar United Neighbors in organizing the 2018 National Solar Tour.

The National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar, renewable energy, and sustainable living event in the nation. A collection of solar open houses and local solar tours around the country, the Tour occurs October 6 & 7 and the surrounding weekends. The Tour brings together solar supporters, home and business owners, and community members together to celebrate and help grow solar in their communities. A map at  provides dates, times and locations of all the tour sites.

Elders for the Earth: A Retreat in the Spirit of Chautauqua @ Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Nebraska
Oct 7 – Oct 9 all-day

At the Elders for the Earth website you will find buttons that will take you on a journey of exploration into this year’s retreat.

If you have any questions, please contact event organizers :


This year there will be two events: 
Families for the Earth: Sunday, October 7, 10:30 a.m to 4 p.m. for all ages.

  • 10:30 a.m.: Interfaith intergenerational worship service with Rev. Bud Heckman preaching.  Bud is the Executive Director of the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha.  To learn more about this one-of-a-kind national initiative, go to:
  • Light lunch
  • Afternoon: Children will enjoy activities with certified naturalists…GO NATURE!  while adults learn from scientists and experts in the hydroponics field.

Elders for the Earth

  • Sunday, October 7, 5 p.m. is the official start to Elders for the Earth Chautauqua (designed for those 50 and older). Attendees will enjoy a cooking demonstration and then a delicious local foods dinner, get acquainted and learn about the Worm Wrangler from Lincoln,
  • Monday and Tuesday are full of plenary speakers, workshops, playshops and time to enjoy the park! Topics to be addressed include: OPPD and their commitment to renewable energy, organic farming, the sustainability model at the University of Nebraska Hospital, green burial options  and more.

Registration fees:

  • Families for the Earth: Sunday morning and afternoon: $5 per person/$10 per family which includes a light lunch
  • Elders for the Earth: Registration for Sunday evening through Tuesday: $110

Part time options:

  • Sunday evening/First day of Elders for the Earth: A Retreat in the Spirit of Chautauqua  $20 which includes a cooking demonstration, delicious local foods meal and speaker.
  • Monday/Second day of Elders for the Earth: $70 which includes three meals, all speakers and workshops.
  • Tuesday/Third and final day of Elders for the Earth: $30  which includes two meals, all speakers and workshops.

Scholarships are available for registration costs.

Participants arrange own housing options:  cabins, lodge rooms, camping at Mahoney State Park or commuting. Go to Accomodations for details about housing at Mahoney State Park.

Click here to register.

Clean Energy Group Webinar: Supporting Housing and Mobility with Resilient Power in Boulder
Oct 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Clean Energy Group  to explore two new resilient power projects implemented in Boulder, Colorado. Over the past two years, the City of Boulder has been collaborating with stakeholders to strengthen the resilience of community facilities through deployment of solar and battery storage technologies. These innovative projects support critical operations at the City’s public housing authority headquarters, Boulder Housing Partners (BHP), and at the leading nonprofit mobility service provider in the Boulder area, Via Mobility Services.

BHP is the primary affordable housing provider in Boulder and its headquarters acts as a command post for thousands of low-income residents, many of whom have increased vulnerability to power outages. BHP’s new solar+ storage system works in tandem with a small natural gas generator to allow services to continue at their headquarters in the event of an extended outage. The system also supports two EV charging stations, ensuring that electric transportation will be available in an emergency.

Via Mobility Services is a community second responder and provides transportation services through their bus and vehicle fleets to those in need throughout the community, particularly the elderly and those with disabilities. The facility’s resilient solar+storage system assures that critical IT loads never go offline, even if both gas and electricity become unavailable. The loads supported by this system are essential for Via to avoid major disruptions to their services.


  • Lex Telischak, Electrical Engineer, City of Boulder
  • Tim Beal, Director of Sustainable Communities, Boulder Housing Partners
  • Tony Boniface, President, Independent Power Systems
  • Bill Patterson, Chief Financial Officer, Via Mobility Services
  • Ben Gregory, Director of Business Development, Pos-En
  • Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group

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


11th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference & Exhibition @ The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Oct 16 – Oct 17 all-day

Individuals from across the country attend the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference to network, learn, and be inspired by quality speakers and timely presentations. The conference programming covers a wide-range of topics relevant to the wind and solar industry and the future of development in Nebraska.

Conference Schedule
Registration Information