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Join us on August 18 to Walk Down Mission Street!

posted Aug 13, 2018, 2:21 PM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Aug 16, 2018, 9:13 AM ]

Walk with us in the
Arrows to Aerospace Parade!

line up starts at 9:30 a.m.
parade starts at 10 a.m.

We are #91 out of 112 groups.

Are you an Environment Champion? Do you support a greener, cleaner community? Come show your support by walking with Green Bellevue in the Arrows to Aerospace Parade this Saturday! Join us in promoting environmentally-friendly practices as we carry banners and roll a huge Earth inflatable down Mission Street. We will be distributing information about our mission, upcoming events, and why it is so important to vote this November for candidates and measures that will protect our environment! See our flyer below!

This is a good opportunity to wear your Green Bellevue or Earth Day t-shirts. If you do not own one, any green shirt will do, or contact us if you would like to purchase a shirt and we will bring it to the parade. If you have a display of some kind (like a wagon with a recycling bin, butterfly or bee wings, or an earth-friendly poster) please bring it! Come prepared for the weather and pack a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, comfortable shoes, etc. 

If you haven’t been in the parade in the past, the best place to park is behind the CVS Pharmacy at 1701 Galvin Road S. From there you can walk to the parade line up on Lincoln Road near Bert Murphy. If you are able to plan it with a group, it’s helpful to drop a car off by Washington Park in the a.m. to help bring everyone back to their cars at the end of the parade. The line up starts at9:30 a.m. and will begin on Lincoln Road near the library and continue to Bert Murphy Boulevard. We are number 91 out of 112. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

The walk is about 1-mile long. All are welcome (even dogs), so invite your friends to join us for a fun time while supporting a good cause! After the parade, join in the festivities at Washington Park in Olde Towne Bellevue. Green Bellevue will have a booth to distribute information about our initiatives and will be giving out reusable bags.

Questions? Please email info@greenbellevue.org.

For more information about the parade and schedule of events, visit: http://www.bokiwanis.org/Page/15459

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We hope to see you there!


Green Bellevue's August Program

posted Jul 26, 2018, 8:14 AM by Brittany Dabestani

The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful:

Invasive, Native & Beneficial Insects of the Midlands



1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Come to Green Bellevue's August meeting to hear about insects - both good and bad - from featured presenter Dr. Ted Burk, Professor of Biology at Creighton University. Dr. Burk will discuss the recent wave of new invasives like Japanese Beetles, Chinese Mantids, Emerald Ash Borers, and Asian multi-colored Ladybugs, but will then reverse course and talk about how there are so many more beneficial insects, including pollinators and natural enemies of other insects. Learn how we can appreciate our native insects and cultivate them by doing things like planting butterfly and pollinator gardens, cutting back on pesticides, and planting native plant species. With the loss of natural habitats due to human activities, it is important we work to mitigate some of the negative effects by increasing biodiversity in our gardens, parks, schoolyards, and other non-traditional wildlife lands. 

Ted Burk grew up in the small town of Scranton, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas, graduating in 1974 with a B.A. in Biology. He was a graduate student at New College of the University of Oxford as a Danforth Fellow and Rhodes Scholar, earning a D. Phil. in Zoology in 1979 under the supervision of the controversial evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. After a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida, he joined the Creighton University Biology Department in 1982, becoming Professor of Biology in 1996. He was Chair of the Department of Biology from 1990 to 2000 and Interim Chair of the Department of Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences in 2002-2003. He has received the Creighton College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Advising, and Professional Excellence in Service. He teaches a wide variety of courses at Creighton, including Animal Behavior, Conservation Biology, and Entomology. His research interests are in behavioral and conservation biology, especially of insects; his ongoing study of prairie butterfly populations and their flower use is in its 21st year. He is the author of 30 papers and book chapters and is co-author of the textbook Biology of Animal Behavior. Much of his professional activity involves “citizen science” projects in which members of the public help collect information important in conservation of wild species and habitats. A full Q&A session will follow!

Green Bellevue events are free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

We will be meeting in our regular location at Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue in the lower level meeting room area in Conference Room A. You can park in the visitor parking lot and enter through the main door. Go down the stairs, make a "u-turn" and Conference A is down the hall on your left.


Green Bellevue's July 8 Program: The First 'R': Reduce

posted Jul 6, 2018, 1:14 PM by Brittany Dabestani

We've had a change of plans! Due to illness, Dr. Ted Burk is unable to present on invasive and beneficial insects at this Sunday's meeting.

Please see our new topic and presenter and plan to still join us for a July 8th program! Same time and place!

The First 'R': Reduce

Finding ways to live with less plastic.



1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Come to Green Bellevue's July program to hear about how you can live a less wasteful life! Presenter Rachel Carraher, a science teacher at Bellevue East High School, will be sharing ways to reduce consumption with an emphasis on plastic consumption. She will be addressing our plastic pollution problem through a series of videos and pictures, and will leave you with ideas of simple steps you can take to live with less plastic waste.

Green Bellevue events are free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

We will be meeting in our regular location at Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue in the lower level meeting room area in Conference Room A. You can park in the visitor parking lot and enter through the main door. Go down the stairs, make a "u-turn" and Conference A is down the hall on your left.


Going Zero Waste at Food Stock 2018!

posted Jul 6, 2018, 1:11 PM by Brittany Dabestani

Thanks to Green Bellevue board members and volunteer high school students - and our partners at  Hillside Solutions, First Star Fiber, and Papillion Sanitation - this year's Bellevue Food Stock event was officially Zero Waste! This was a hugely successful effort that shows how changing our behaviors in simple ways can make significant positive impacts on our environment. 

The following are total amounts of materials collected:

Landfill:   95 gallons
Organics:   260 gallons
Recycling:   285 gallons
Energy Bag:   350 gallons

Total Waste=   990 gallons
% Waste Sent to the landfill=   9.6%

Green Bellevue's June Program!

posted Jun 8, 2018, 3:29 PM by Brittany Dabestani

Community Solar:
Helping More People Access Solar Energy

Presenter Cliff Mesner will discuss Community Solar  
in Nebraska and what options are available for Bellevue.

SUNDAY, June 10, 1:30-3:00pm

Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue
Green Bellevue's free June Solar Energy program is an update on existing Community Solar arrangements being used in Nebraska, what options are available to Bellevue, and what legislative changes make sense to open up solar for homeowners who don’t have rooftop options. An interactive Q&A session will follow the program.

CLIFF MESNER and his wife Kathy are attorneys and the owners of Mesner Development Co. in Central City, Nebraska. Cliff served as the City Attorney and Economic Development Director of Central City for more than 25 years. The Mesners have been involved in community development work in Central City and throughout rural Nebraska for many years, mostly in the development of affordable and workforce housing. Working with Michael Shonka out of Omaha, the Mesners developed the first community solar garden in Nebraska, located in Central City. Mesner Development continued doing solar development as an outgrowth of their real estate development company. They developed and own the first two community solar pilot projects for NPPD. Last year they helped develop community solar projects with GenPro Energy Solutions totaling 2.5 MW in Central City, Gothenburg and Fremont. This year they have projects they are helping to develop in a number of communities in Nebraska. The Mesners live in a net zero carbon home, have solar power for their office and drive electric cars powered by the solar panels they own in the Central City solar garden. 

Green Bellevue events are free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

The meeting takes place in the Lower Level Conference Room A. When you enter the main doors, go down the stairs to your left, make a u-turn, and the meeting room is down the hall on your left.


Get ready to give to Green Bellevue during Omaha Gives!

posted May 22, 2018, 11:50 AM by Brittany Dabestani

Donate Now through May 23!

Green Bellevue is participating in Omaha Gives for the fourth year, and we are looking to our enthusiastic supporters for donations during this 24-hour charitable challenge!

The online giving holiday will take place Wednesday, May 23, and we will need your help to raise money together and compete for hourly prizes. The more donors we get to give to us, the more likely we are to win prizes. 

By giving to Green Bellevue, you'll help support our efforts to enhance our neighborhoods, preserve our natural resources and foster stewardship of our environment. Your donation will help fund the following programs and initiatives:

  • Monthly Educational Programs
  • Annual Sarpy County Earth Day Celebration
  • Tree Plantings & Invasive Tree Removal
  • Veteran's Home & City Garden Maintenance & Replanting
  • Improving Recycling through Education
  • Working to Improve Recycling in Schools 
  • Bellevue Farmers Market
  • Planting Milkweed & Other Pollinator Attracting Plants
You can schedule your online donation today, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter on May 23 to find out how you can best help us win prizes! We thank you for your support. Get ready to give!

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Celebrate the environment at Sarpy County Earth Day this Sunday, 4/29!

posted Apr 26, 2018, 7:58 PM by Brittany Dabestani

Sarpy County Earth Day – Sarpy's biggest eco-celebration – is almost here! Come out for an afternoon filled with fun and educational activities showcasing environmentally-friendly practices. The event is indoors and outdoors and there is fun for all ages!
  • 5K FUNdraiser Run/Walk - 10:30am
    You can register late in the BPS Lied Activity Center lobby between 9-9:45am. An opening yoga stretch for runners takes place from 10-10:20am.The timed race begins at 10:30am. 
  • Environmental Expo - 12-4pm
    Visit with exhibitors and vendors representing local organizations, businesses, and schools to learn about everything from recycling to renewable energy. Also, see an environmental art exhibit by local photographer Alex Wiles. See the list of exhibitors here.
  • Youth Activities - 12-4pm
    Children will be able to take part in a pollinator planting activity, recycle relay race, storytelling, and learn about water conservation. Plus, there will be live animals, face painters, and a bounce house!
  • Teen Activities - 12-4pm
    Teens can win cash prizes by completing a "Scavenge for the Earth" scavenger hunt between 12:30-2:30pm. Plus, get a henna tattoo and complete an obstacle course!
  • Food - 11:30am-4pm
    There will be food from local vendors Awesome Eggrolls and The Uptown Bakery. Plus, coffee from Hype Bike Coffee Co. Come for lunch!
  • Educational Speakers (see schedule)
    Join us at the main stage to hear short presentations about recycling and eco-friendly autos! 
  • Electronics Recycling Collection 12-4pm
    Drop off your unwanted or broken electronics at the Cross Electronics Recycling collection in the parking lot. Bring anything with a cord, battery or motor! There is a small fee for CRT screens and alkaline batteries.
  • Eco-Auto Showcase - 12-4pm
    If you want to know what's new in Eco-Friendly automobiles, make sure to check out the variety of hybrid and electric cars on hand (Tesla included)!
  • Tiny House Tour - 12-4pm
    Have you ever wondered what it is like to stand inside a Tiny House? Meet BigFamTinyLife and tour their main Tiny House on wheels!
  • Trashion Show - 3pm
    Come see the latest fashions on the green carpet. Youth groups will be modeling outfits made out of recycled items in this friendly competition. See all of the creative ways to reuse "trash."
  • Bring Your Used Markers and Athletic Shoes for Recycling 
    Bring your used athletic shoes, old markers, and dry erase markers for recycling! 
  • Environment Champions (see schedule)
    We will be acknowledging this year's Environment Champions on stage. Meet the volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding work in promoting sustainable, green practices.
  • #PassUpPlastics
    We are celebrating this year's national Earth Day Network campaign to End Plastic Pollution - #PASSUPPLASTICS. There will be displays bringing attention to the prevalence of plastic littering our landscape, and prizes and handouts designed to help you replace the plastics in your life.
To see the schedule of events, visit:www.greenbellevue.org/earthday

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We are very proud to produce the 4th annual Earth Day Proclamations banner in honor of Sarpy County Earth Day. The proclamation was signed by the mayors of all five cities as well as the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners!

Join the Sarpy County Earth Day Team!

posted Apr 3, 2018, 4:18 PM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 4:19 PM ]

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 1:30pm - 3pm

Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue

25th & HWY 370, Lower Level - Conference Room A
Be a part of Sarpy County's Earth Day on April 29 and help make this our best eco-celebration yet! The success of this event relies on the energy and support of our volunteers and environmentally-minded citizens. Attend a public meeting to meet the planning committee, review the schedule, and learn about available volunteer opportunities. In this meeting we will set final plans and review the final to-do list.

Volunteer! Sign up for a shift and invite your friends to join you. Volunteers do everything from assisting with vendor check-in and set up, registering athletes for the 5k and Yoga events, greeting attendees, and helping with the youth activities. We are also looking for dedicated coordinators to help with both our teen activities and our first ever scavenger hunt!

You can start helping today by sharing Sarpy County Earth Day with your friends on Facebook!

If you cannot attend this meeting but want to volunteer, you can sign up online!

World Water Day Fundraiser - March 22

posted Mar 13, 2018, 3:56 PM by Brittany Dabestani

The Bellevue West Ecology Club and Bellevue East Science Club are sponsoring a fundraiser on World Water Day (March 22). The event is as much an awareness event that clean water is not as abundant around the world as it is a fundraiser to bring clean water to people in need. Green Bellevue is matching efforts up to $500. 100% of your donation will go to charity: water.

You can sign up at this google docs location: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLScGuHHZmcB8l1YSV…/viewform…

Green Bellevue March Program: "Climate Change: Science and Solutions"

posted Feb 27, 2018, 8:05 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 8:11 AM ]


  Sunday, March 11, 2018
   1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

   Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue
   2500 Bellevue Medical Center Road, Bellevue, NE
   Lower Level, Conference Room A

Guest SpeakersJohn Pollack, Meteorologist & Environmental Activist, Kay Carne, Co-Leader of Citizens' Climate Lobby in Omaha, Matthew Gregory, Clean Energy Advocate for Nebraska Wildlife Federation

Our climate is warming and the signs are becoming more evident every year, but what exactly is happening and what's to be done? Join Green Bellevue for a clear explanation of the science of climate change, learn about its impacts, and find out where we are headed with global emissions. Then explore what actions can be taken individually and collectively to limit the effects of climate change, including bipartisan policy solutions and Carbon Fee and Dividend legislation. Hear how Nebraskans are already working to cut greenhouse emissions with the 'Husker Power Plan.' The time to act is now! 

Following this program, you are invited to join in an interactive Q&A session. Green Bellevue meetings are free and open to the public, so invite your friends!

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Speaker Bios:

John Pollack is a meteorologist (B.S. Penn State, M.S. Univ. of Wisconsin), a member of several environmental organizations, and a resident of Omaha since 1978. He was a forecaster in the National Weather Service for 31 years. He continues to be active in climate change issues, as well as keeping up with current research. His other interests include bicycling, gardening, and cooking.

Kay Carne is a volunteer Co-Leader of Citizens' Climate Lobby in Omaha and a stay at home Mom for four wonderful children. She has a Masters Degree in Natural Resources & the Environment from University of Michigan, with a focus on Environmental Policy & Politics. Prior to staying home with the children she worked at Verdis Group in Omaha, helping the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, OPS, Nebraska Medicine and others with their sustainability initiatives. Prior to "going green," Kay was a CPA and accounting consultant in the Financial Services practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and San Francisco for more than a decade. Kay grew up in Omaha, graduated from Omaha North, and received B.S. from Georgetown University, as an Accounting major and Economics minor.   

Matt Gregory, originally from Omaha, has been working on clean energy and climate change issues with Nebraska Wildlife Federation since July, and on and off for three years with Nebraska Farmers Union. With the January release of the Husker Power Plan, a state clean energy plan for Nebraska, he has been promoting and presenting the plan throughout the state. Last year he was part of the intervenor legal challenge to the Keystone XL pipeline, and recently, he led a caravan to Kansas City to testify against the repeal of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. He attended the COP 21 climate change negotiations in Paris, the COP 15 negotiations in Copenhagen, and has been working on, organizing and educating about climate change issues for over a decade. He was appointed to the Community Gardens Task Force, a committee that made recommendations to the Legislature on how to expand community gardens in Nebraska. He attended Creighton Prep and graduated from Northwest, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He previously taught English for eleven years, nine of them in Prague, Czech Republic. He has lived in Lincoln in the Hawley Hamlet, a community garden / urban farm, for the past three years and enjoys traveling in his free time.

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