Tag Archives: Papillion

2 retired teachers running for OPPD board want to reduce utility’s greenhouse gas emissions

By Nancy Gaarder, Omaha World-Herald

Mary Spurgeon, a retired Bellevue Public Schools vocal music teacher, and William Forsee, a retired Burke High and Abraham Lincoln High School biology teacher, are competing to represent Subdivision 3, which includes La Vista, Papillion and the Bellevue area.

Spurgeon and Forsee say they are committed to reducing the utility’s greenhouse gas emissions, with Forsee citing concerns about climate change as one of his key motivators for running. Spurgeon says that past OPPD boards failed to be good stewards of the ratepayers’ money but that the current board is moving in the right direction and she wants to encourage that progress. Read more here.

Resident helps Buffalo County draft regulations for solar energy

 By Mike Konz, Kearney Hub  

Already a number of personal-size solar arrays have been installed on property in Buffalo County. In neighboring counties, larger commercial-size systems are being built, so there now is a need to standardize safety requirements and other aspects of solar installations, Deputy Buffalo County Attorney Andy Hoffmeister said last week.

He had begun drafting proposed regulations in August, but when the proposal went before the Buffalo County Board of Commissioners in September, a county resident urged the governing board to seek more input before adopting Hoffmeister’s proposal. Read more here.

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Previously Posted: La Vista resident spurs city to update solar panel regulations, Omaha World Herald

Facebook plans grants ‘north of six figures’ to boost Sarpy County STEM, community projects

By Reece Ristau, Omaha World-Herald

Now that Facebook has a data center up and running in Sarpy County, the social media giant is planning to lend a hand in the neighborhood. The company is accepting applications for the Facebook Community Action Grants program, which will provide funding to several projects focused on technology, connection and STEM education in the county. Successful applications will come from organizations that do one of the following: address critical community needs through the power of technology; connect people online or off; or improve local science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Those wishing to apply can do so online. Read more here.