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‘Common Ground’ event encourages conservation of natural resources

By Connie Joe Discoe, Regional Editor, McCook Gazette

NCEF Photo: The Common Ground Team 

Macey Schroeder tells fellow Nebraskans, “We need your help to save the world.” And she wants them to adopt a new philosophy as they work for the conservation of the state’s natural resources, “Reduce and refuse.”

Starting on a local level, Macey and fellow AmeriCorps “Common Ground” program members will concentrate on clean energy/solar power, water quality, soil health, pollinator population and green spaces in activities and events they plan through the summer in North Platte, Lexington, Ogallala and McCook.

Continue reading here to learn more about NCEF’s AmeriCorps Common Ground program and their upcoming events. Also, see our calendar for several more NCEF / Common Ground-sponsored events during Earth Month.

NCEF Website

Common Ground Workshops: “Is Solar Right for You?”

 Presented by F. John Hay
Extension Educator – Renewable Energy

Solar is the fastest growing renewable energy source and it can be cost effective.  Learn the many benefits solar can provide as well as some of the limiting factors by attending one of the following workshops. The information covered will help you decide if solar is right for you.

The presenter is F. John Hay, Nebraska Extension renewable energy educator. Hay will show you the types of systems available and the best ways to make use of different systems. You will learn how to compute your potential energy savings and what the rate of return will be. Come in from the dark and check out the potential solar has for you at one of the following 2 ½ hour workshops.

There will be a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of a handout and light refreshments.

  • Monday, January 22 at 2:00 pm in Holdrege
    Phelps County Extension Office, 1308 Second Street, Holdrege
  • Monday, January 22 at 6:30 pm in Hastings
    Adams County Fairgrounds, 947 S Baltimore Avenue, Hastings
  • Tuesday, January 30 at 2:00 pm in Grand Island
    Home Federal Bank, 3311 W Stolley Park Road, Grand Island
    Please park in the south lot.
  • Tuesday, January  30 at 6:30 pm in Kearney
    Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Avenue, Kearney

Each workshop is open to the public and sponsored by Common Ground, a Nebraska Conservation Education Fund AmeriCorps program.

For more information contact Diane Beachly dianebeachly@nlcvef.org or Zoe Vallas zoevallas@nlcvef.org.