Department of Energy Better Buildings Webinar: Sustainability and Decarbonization Inside Warehouses and Distribution Centers
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Warehouses and distribution centers are one of the fastest-growing building types in the commercial sector. Owners and operators have jumpstarted decarbonization by implementing energy-efficient features such as LED lighting, on-site solar PV, and electric vehicle charging. Join this webinar to explore other ways warehouse owners and operators have achieved energy-savings and explore the role warehouses play in sustainability and resilience.


  • Rois Langner, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Erica Weeks, Hastings Architecture


2022 Energy Efficiency Day
Oct 5 all-day

Energy Efficiency Day is a collaborative effort of dozens of energy efficiency advocacy groups around the United States, including the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Advanced Energy EconomyAlliance to Save EnergyNatural Resources Defense Council, the Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations and many others. See full list below.

The Energy Efficiency Day message is simple: “Save Money. Cut Pollution. Create Jobs.” Since the inaugural Energy Efficiency Day in 2016, this annual awareness event has been supported by hundreds of prominent organizations, companies, government agencies and others. Our goal is to share tips, tools and stories that promote the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, from lower costs to healthier homes. 

Energy efficiency is the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut consumer bills and reduce pollution. Energy efficiency is also an economic engine, supporting over two million jobs nationwide in manufacturing, construction and other fields – most of which can’t be outsourced overseas.

Here’s a comprehensive list of Energy Efficiency Day’s organizers:

Ways You Can Take Action

Community Climate Awareness Week – Lincoln, NE
Oct 6 – Oct 11 all-day


Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light Announcement

Join community members from Lincoln and across Nebraska in this series of events and activities for all ages.  The goal of this week is to help the public grow in our awareness of climate change and what we can do as individuals and as communities to respond in positive and effective ways.  With great speakers and opportunities for anyone and everyone, you don’t want to miss it!  

Featured Speakers

Deke Arndt, Chief Climate Monitoring Scientist | NOAA
Aki Kahn, Dean College of Public Health | UNMC
Martha Shulski, Nebraska State Climatologist | UNL

Events and Activities of the Week

Thursday, October 6

  • 11-12:15pm – Deke Arndt, lecture to a UNL Honors Class on Economic, Environmental and Social Costs of Extreme Weather and Climate Events
    • Location: Knoll 257 (440 North 17th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508)
    • Public welcome 
    • Registration REQUIRED.  Go to the UNL Honors Program webpage  
  • 3-5:00pm – Deke Arndt, UNL seminar, School of Natural Resources  
    • More information & Zoom link see the UNL website.
    • Location: Hardin Hall auditorium on UNL East Campus.
    • Open to the public or via Zoom

Friday, October 7

  • 9-5:00 pm – Nebraska Youth Climate Summit
    • For high school and college students
    • Location: Nebraska Innovation Campus
    • Registration required and available HERE.

Session Speakers/Presenters and Group Exploration Topics

  • Deke Arndt, Keynote Address, “Climate Change & Extreme Events.”
  • Martha ShulskiNebraska’s Climate Change Planning Process.”
  • Environmental Justice Panel with Jesse Bell (UNMC), Kevin Abourezk (Indigenous Leader) and other activists and organizers. 
  • Other sessions, including: “How to Address Eco-Anxiety during the Climate Crisis and “How Young People Can Make a Difference on Climate Issues.”

Climate Strike

  • 4:30 pm – Climate March to State Capitol from UNL Student Union.
  • Public welcome

* For more information on the Nebraska Youth Climate Summit, visit Nebraska IPL Youth Climate Summit webpage.  

Saturday, October 8

  • 11am-12:30 pm – Deke Arndt presents to Lincoln Citizen’s Climate Lobby and other environmental leaders, “Rising Incidence and Cost of Extreme Weather Events, and what we can do as Climate Activists”
    • Location: Aldersgate United Methodist Church (8320 South St., Lincoln, NE)
    • Public welcome

Tuesday, October 11

  • 7:00 pm  Ali Kahn, “”Putting the Public Back in Public Health: A Global Perspective” as part of The E.N. Thompson Forum on Global Issues
    • Location: Lied Center. 
    • FREE Public lecture.
    • Registration required: Get your FREE ticket HERE
Department of Energy Better Buildings Webinar – Hydrogen 101: The Basics of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Buildings and Plants
Oct 11 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In honor of National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Day on October 8th, DOE’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office will join Better Buildings for a featured hydrogen 101 webinar. Attendees will hear examples of how hydrogen and fuel cells can be used in buildings and plants to help reduce carbon and criteria pollutant emissions.


DOE Better Buildings Webinar: Financing Solutions that Improve Efficiency in Both Energy and Water: A Focus on Hospitality
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

The efficient use of water results in lower operating costs, a more reliable water supply, and improved water quality. Join to learn how market leaders in the hospitality sector finance and deploy projects that tackle energy efficiency and the water conservation nexus.


15th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference & Exhibition @ Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Oct 25 – Oct 26 all-day

The Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together a diverse range of stakeholders from Nebraska and across the country to share the latest information and innovations in wind and solar. 

Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, the renewable energy industry, and academia – the Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference aims to present accurate and objective information pertaining to all aspects of wind and solar development.

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.

DOE Better Buildings Webinar – Leading by Example: Building Envelope Success Stories
Oct 25 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

This webinar recognizes participants in the second year of DOE’s Building Envelope Campaign. Hear about the successful deployment of high-performance building envelope technologies organizations used to achieve a 30-60% improvement in envelope performance across both new and existing commercial buildings.


DOE Better Buildings Webinar: Inspiring a Clean Energy Workforce
Nov 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

A skilled and qualified workforce is key to making buildings more energy-efficient and companies more competitive. Learn about how Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) at higher education institutions foster energy efficiency and a built environment workforce by providing training, hands-on education, and job opportunities.


Application Deadline For Cool Congregations Challenge Sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light
Dec 15 all-day

People of faith across the country are making changes in their places of worship and their homes to prevent Global Warming with the Cool Congregations program!

Cool Congregations is a unique stewardship program that helps congregations like yours to take seriously our call to care for the earth through practices of reducing your climate change emissions from your facilities and home.

You can become an environmental leader in your community and save hundreds of dollars each year!

Cool Congregations Challenge

Cool Congregations offers everything you and your congregation needs to become a Cool Congregation; including start up kits, calculators, a certification process and a challenge with 5 categories in which you can win $1000!

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2022 with awards announced in February 2023.

Nebraska IPL is offering $100 to each congregation that applies to be part of the contest!  

For further details on the Cool Congregations Program and Competition, and resources for everything from Start Up to Certification, go to the Cool Congregations website or contact NE IPL Cool Congregations Facilitator Carissa Englert at or 402-560-7227.

Nebraska Interfaith Power & Light event page.

Download a printable and shareable NE IPL Cool Congregations brochure.
DOE Better Buildings Webinar – Tapping Into the Power of Utility-Scale Solar: State and Local Perspectives
Jan 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join this webinar to learn about the strategic partnerships used by state and local governments to meet ambitious climate and energy goals through utility-scale solar investments.