LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Dave Heineman has canceled a Legislature-approved study on climate change, saying it would duplicate research work by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A state agency that awards grants for Nebraska environmental projects is seeing an uptick in requests as other funding sources dwindle.

Green in the City: Finalists chosen for urban open space project

Nov 27, 2013

Five finalists have been chosen to develop plans for an open green space in downtown Omaha.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has launched a new state website that he says will help encourage efforts to reduce water pollution in Iowa.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Game and Parks commissioners say a tight budget is forcing the temporary closure of nearly 30 parks.

An Omaha manufacturing and design business to expand its operations and grow the materials used to make its furniture.

Ozone Awareness Week in Omaha

Jul 15, 2013

This week is an Ozone Awareness Week in Omaha.

Creighton University has made a list of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.

Lauritzen Gardens

Lauritzen Gardens is adding a $20 million conservatory.

This year’s Missouri River runoff season begins with reservoirs drawn down significantly. 

EPA providing smart growth assistance to Omaha and Bellevue

Feb 15, 2013

Omaha and Bellevue will get technical assistance from the EPA for sustainability programs.

The Omaha and Millard Public Schools ordered more than 400 Blue Bird Propane-Powered Vision school buses, each equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems.

The Corps held its first conference call of 2013 on Tuesday to update basin forecasts, weather conditions and reservoir operations.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans are being asked to keep an eye out for whooping cranes as the birds migrate through Nebraska on their way to winter grounds along the Gulf Coast in Texas.

Science Cafe to focus on prairies, wildlife

Sep 4, 2012

Nebraska’s prairies and the wildlife that call them home are the subject of Tuesday's UNMC Science Café.

The Midwest Transmission Project is a partnership between OPPD and Kansas City Power & Light to plan and construct a 150-190 mile electric power transmission line from Kansas City to Nebraska City. 

The City of Omaha is hosting a Gas Can Exchange Event on Wednesday at Tranquility Park. 

Metro Community College

Metropolitan Community College has partnered with the city of Omaha’s Stormwater Program to create two bioretention gardens on its Fort Omaha Campus.

The City of Bellevue has been selected to represent Nebraska in the SC Johnson Green Choices Challenge.

The city with the biggest percentage of sustainable participation during the 6-month contest period, will win a $100,000 environmental grant.  The competition began July 2nd and runs through December. 

Iowa Western Community College is one of only 15 workforce development organizations in the nation to receive job training funds from the EPA. The college will receive the $200,000 grant on September 30th.  The funds will be used to train unemployed and underemployed residents of Omaha and Council Bluffs on how to clean up contaminated sites. 

Ina Square is a Job Training Coordinator for the EPA.  She says once they have the grant, Iowa Western will recruit students, set up a curriculum, and hire instructors.  The core training program includes 152 hours of instruction.

Douglas County is replacing two vehicles with Compressed Natural Gas or CNG ones.

In April, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to replace two high mileage vehicles with CNG vehicles. Chairman Marc Kraft says CNG vehicles are more efficient and run cleaner than gas or diesel vehicles.  

He says the vehicles pay for themselves within 2 ½ to 3 years after purchase.  Kraft says the purchase is part of Douglas County’s efforts to find environmentally friendly solutions.


Two Omaha schools are among the Department of Education’s green ribbon schools.

Lothrop Magnet Center and Miller Park Elementary received the designations last week. The Department of Education says green ribbon schools are those that practice sustainability, implement recycling and other environmentally-friendly programs, and promote health.

Pam Galus of Lothrop Magnet Center says the school participates in several environmentally-friendly activities, including composting of plant materials, recycling, and collecting eyeglasses.

The city’s largest ecological celebration takes place Saturday, April 21st in Elmwood Park from 11 to 6.  Dennis Bryars is the Chairperson for the event.  

He says they hope to show people ways they can live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle.  Bryars says there will be between 75 to 100 exhibitors taking part in Earth Day Omaha.