Environment

General News
5:06 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Bellevue Selected to Compete in National Green Contest

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. 

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Other Content
5:06 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Iowa Western Community College to receive EPA workforce development funds

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.

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General News
12:05 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

The Douglas County Board Looks to the Future with CNG Vehicles

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.

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Education
1:00 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Two OPS schools recognized for environmentally-conscious efforts

 

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.

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General News
5:06 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Omaha's 2012 Earth Day set for April 21st

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.

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