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.