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Small actions can lead to bigger actions in climate change fight

By Brent Weber, WOWT

It can seem daunting, the idea of maintaining sustainability in Nebraska in the face of unprecedented global warming. But many of those we talked to for the 6 News Earth Week series, agreed, we all need to just take a deep breath and do something.

Don Preister is the guiding force behind Green Bellevue and he fights climate change by doing things he’s always done. He hangs his clothes on a line to dry, grows a healthy garden, plants hardy, drought-resistant grass, and captures more energy through his solar cells than he uses. Continue reading here.

From Solar Examples, Nebraskans for Solar
Don Priester’s Home In Bellevue
Project: 8.4-kilowatt, grid-tied, OPPD net-metered system, ground mounted on south-facing slope with 28 optimizers. Installation was completed in December 2016, with enough capacity for all electrical needs in an all-electric residence of 2000 sq. ft. with a geothermal heat pump. There is extra capacity to charge his electric vehicle.
Photo Credit: The Reader 
Installer: Solar Heat & Electric with help from the Preister brothers

More Earth Month News Stories by Brent Weber

Nebraskans for Solar Presentation: “Solar Power for Farms, Homes, and Businesses”

A Nebraska Earth Day Passport Event
April 20, 2021 – 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Please join us on Zoom for our special Earth Month event to learn about solar options for your farm, home, or business. Our guest speakers will be Jeff Berggren and Michael Shonka. All Nebraska solar installers are also invited to attend this event and contribute to the Q&A and discussion following their presentations.

Jeff Berggren manages GenPro Energy Solutions projects in Nebraska from the company’s office in Central City. He has worked in the renewable energy field since 2008 when he founded Husker Wind Power. With his construction and agricultural background, Jeff has managed multi-million-dollar energy efficiency projects for counties, school districts, and municipalities across Nebraska. Community projects to date include Lexington, Gothenburg, Aurora, Central City, and Fremont.

Michael Shonka, owner of Solar Heat and Electric based in Omaha, has over 30 years of experience in the solar industry. Recent projects include design and installation of multiple 25-kilowatt and 50-kilowatt systems for grid-tie applications. Specific examples of Michael’s work include: Nebraska’s first community solar project at Central City; Nebraska’s first Solar Lab at Metro Community College; an Army Corps of Engineers 50-kilowatt water pumping system; Nebraska’s first center pivot irrigation system, a 25-kilowatt project. 

Moderator & Q&A Facilitator: Leo Arens, Nebraskans for Solar President. Please send your questions to: Leo Arens sirsolarman77@gmail.com.

Note to Nebraska Earth Day Passport Participants: Leo will provide the code for our event following the Q&A.

Use this link to Join the Zoom meeting: 
Meeting ID: 891 9319 6410
Passcode: 015253

‘BagMonster’ makes a point about plastic bags at Omaha’s Earth Day event

By Alli Davis, Omaha World-Herald

Elmwood Park swarmed with dogs, chickens, rabbits and humans for the 30th annual Earth Day Omaha event on Saturday. Oh, and a BagMonster. David Corbin, a retired public health and health education professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, said he wore the costume to raise awareness about the upcoming Omaha City Council vote on whether to ban plastic bags from Omaha’s grocery stores, bakeries and other places that primarily sell food. Corbin is the president of the Nebraska Chapter of the Sierra Club, and he also received Earth Day Omaha’s Friend of the Environment Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. Read more here.

David is also a member of Nebraskans for Solar’s Board of Directors.

Four other people and organizations received Friend of the Environment Awards:

  • Individual: Nancy Scott
  • Business: University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Youth: Cate Kelly
  • Nonprofit: Saving Grace

Top Photo Credit: Alli Davis

Congratulations to NFS Board President Eric Williams – Earth Day Omaha’s 2016 “Friend of the Environment” Award Winner!

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Eric has a wide range of environmental interests, including clean energy and active transportation. Eric is also a strong advocate for measures to reverse the effects of climate change. Eric has a strong focus on community and dedicates his time to tasks or organizations that help to build and empower individuals within our community. He has participated in and led a number of environmentally-focused organizations, including:

  • Eric's houseServed as the past chair of Earth Day Omaha
  • Current President and founder of Omaha Biofuels Coop
  • Current President of Nebraskans for Solar
  • Board member for Dundee Community Garden
  • Board member for Mode Shift Omaha
  • Board member for the Green Omaha Coalition.

Professionally, he has also shown his commitment to the environment. He works for the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District and previously worked at Repower Nebraska and the reEnergize Program through the City of Omaha Office of Sustainable Development.

Read the entire release here. 

If you would like to extend your congratulations to Eric, come to Earth Day Omaha this Saturday! You’ll find him at Nebraskans for Solar’s table–or Omaha Biofuels Coop’s table “next door” or the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District’s table nearby. Two more places to look for him: Green Omaha Coalition’s and Mode Shift Omaha’s tables. His twin brother, Scott Williams, will also be at several tables, including one sponsored by Creighton University, where he is the Assistant Director of the Energy Science Program. You’ll have the opportunity to thank both of them for their outstanding leadership and hard work in our community.

Inviting All Green Energy Supporters to an Earth Day Challenge!

To all Green Energy Supporters:

Nebraskans for Solar and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha have set a goal to increase the number of funders on our Indiegogo campaign to 50 or more by Earth Day Omaha this Saturday, April 19th: www.tinyurl.com/Omahasolar

Please make a contribution of $10 or more and help us reach our goal! And please share our campaign information with your families, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Your gift will pay you back – greening our community and raising awareness about solar energy and how it benefits people and the environment.

And if you plan to come to Elmwood Park on Saturday to celebrate Earth Day, please stop by Nebraskans for Solar’s table to see the world’s smallest solar-powered racecar–and a very large group of solar-powered grasshoppers!

You can also view our campaign video, thanks to the Dundee Community Garden for lending us their solar power kit! We hope to see you there!

Please check our Updates on our Indiegogo page for news about the first two Habitat for Humanity houses that will be solar powered with campaign funds and which neighborhoods they’re in, and media and organizations that are helping us spread the word about our campaign: www.tinyurl.com/Omahasolar

Thank you for all you do!

Nebraskans for Solar & Habitat for Humanity of Omaha