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Green Bellevue's September Program

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:23 AM by Brittany Dabestani


                   with Dr. Jeremy A. White                               

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue
25th & HWY 370, Lower Level - Conference Room A

Join us for our September program with special guest Dr. Jeremy A. White, Faculty at University of Nebraska at Omaha's Department of Biology. Learn through a pictorial presentation about the most common species of bats found in our area, including identification, fun facts, conservation status, and life history.

Promote Recycling Down Mission Street

posted Aug 13, 2017, 7:07 PM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Aug 17, 2017, 9:50 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 #43 out of 100 groups.

Are you an Environment Champion? Do you support a greener, cleaner community? Come show your support by promoting Green Bellevue in the Arrows to Aerospace Parade this Saturday! Join us in promoting environmentally-friendly practices as we carry banners and roll two huge Earth inflatables down Mission Street. We will be distributing information about our mission, initiatives and upcoming events, as well as collecting recyclable plastics with the new Hefty Energy Bags.

This is a good opportunity to wear your Green Bellevue, Lighten the Load to the Landfill, 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 blue recycling bin, butterfly of 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 at 9:30 a.m. and will begin on Lincoln Road near the library and continue to Bert Murphy Boulevard. We are number 43 out of 100. 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 Aug 1, 2017, 9:40 AM by Brittany Dabestani



Take a look at compost under the microscope and discover the science behind it. Learn how to compost both in your backyard and commercially, and the current status of composting citywide.

Sunday, August 13, 1:30–3pm

Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue

Join Green Bellevue for its August program on composting with guest presenters Ben Samuelson and Betsy Goodman of Soil Dynamics.

Backyard composters at all levels of experience will learn from Ben's microscope demonstration, backyard composting tips (with lots of pictures), a very brief introduction to the soil food web, and an update on current local composting news. Can we persuade you to try backyard composting for the first time? The practice is sensible, safe, and easy, plus it can help restore the hidden habitat of soil to the benefit of lawn and garden.

Don't know the difference between backyard static composting and commercial thermal composting?  Betsy will review the basics to backyard composting - what to compost, finding the right ratio of inputs, and remediating common issues. Betsy will also show pictures of Soil Dynamics' commercial compost facility and share her excitement about the feasibility of a zero waste metro area! 

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!

Meet 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.


Ben Samuelson is a graduate research assistant at UNL studying soil biology. Compost (and the life it contains) is a perennial fascination for Ben. After years of teaching kids ages K-12 in gardens and one year working with soil biology guru Elaine Ingham Ph.D., Ben was attracted to Lincoln, Nebraska by formal education and employment with Soil Dynamics compost farm. His mission is to align human practices at all scales with ecological function.

Betsy Goodman has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration. She worked as an Organic Farmer, Farmers Market Manager, Soil Biology Researcher, and now saleswoman for an innovative refuse company, Hillside Solutions. Betsy is the Founder and Volunteer Coordinator for Common Soil Seed Library in Omaha. Goodman helped introduce and pass legislation that allows for noncommercial seed sharing in the Nebraska Seed Law May 2015 and other states with the Recommended Uniform State Seed Law July 2016. Betsy's mission is to facilitate sustainability efforts that are convenient and long lasting.


"Can Nebraska Go Green?" Symposium

posted Jul 28, 2017, 7:52 AM by Brittany Dabestani


A panel of experts will update you on ways we can “green up” Nebraska, including current efforts, areas that need improvement, and future plans. Hear from:

            • Dr. Alan Kolok, "Nebraska's Waterways"
            • Dr. Ali Khan, "Your Health & Environmental Issues"
            • John Hansen, "Wind Energy in Nebraska"
            • Michael O'Hara, "Green the Stream"
            • Joe Lang, "Public Power Efforts"
            • Laura Priest, "Solar Power Efforts"

After the presentations, there will be a Q & A with the audience moderated by Senator Carol Blood.

Green Bellevue will be there to share information about our initiatives!


The event will be held in the community room on the lower level of the John B. Muller Administrative Services Building (ASB).


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Green Bellevue's July Program

posted Jun 30, 2017, 4:28 PM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 1:56 PM ]

What's the difference?

Learn how to prevent rainwater from becoming
stormwater by installing a rain garden!



1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

“So when did rainwater, a resource, become stormwater, a nuisance?"

Come to Green Bellevue's July meeting to hear the answer from presenter John Royster, a landscape architect who loves rainwater and hates stormwater. How can this be when it appears he’s referring to the same thing? Or is he? John will provide an engaging, somewhat provocative, and generally entertaining presentation regarding how city governments, private developers and homeowners can help him prevent rainwater from becoming stormwater. John will share his personal story of hand-digging Omaha canal and constructing a rain garden.
A full Q&A session will follow!

About the Presenter: John’s day is spent serving as President and CEO of Big Muddy Workshop, Inc. (bigmuddyworkshop.com) – an Omaha-based master planning, landscape architecture and green infrastructure firm – working as a landscape architect designing cutting-edge rainwater projects with his very talented colleagues.

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 June Program

posted Jun 11, 2017, 8:05 AM by Brittany Dabestani

Special guest Tony Palmer will present on beneficial insects like
pollinators and soil enhancers that are vital to our environment!

THIS SUNDAY, June 11, 1:30-3:0

Get buggy with Green Bellevue at our June Monthly Meeting! Tony Palmer, a longtime Fontenelle Forest volunteer, will be presenting on the Insects of Fontenelle Forest and findings from the Save the Oaks Insect Survey done in 2016. Insects are vital to the forest ecosystem. They help pollinate plants, spread seeds, break down plant and animal materials, convert nutrients, decompose wood, create habitat, and serve as an important part of the food chain. Come find out about our diverse, local insect populations!

Tony hails from Eastern Ohio where he grew up exploring the wonders of nature in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. He moved to Nebraska to attend Dana College where he majored in Biology and German. Tony worked for seven years at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Butterfly and Insect Pavilion. During that time he obtained a Master’s of Science in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, focusing on the captive rearing of the Federally Endangered Salt Creek Tiger Beetle for his thesis. Tony and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona after he graduated from UNL. He now works as the Backcountry Ranger at Saguaro National Park.

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.


Less Waste to the Landfill at Foodstock

posted Jun 1, 2017, 5:07 AM by Ruth Richter   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 10:32 AM ]

Green Bellevue announced today that a comprehensive plan to keep landfill waste to a minimum at the city's first Foodstock event has been formed.  Working with organizer, Garrett Sims, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the City of Bellevue and the region's materials recovery facility, Firstar Fiber and Papillion Sanitation there is a plan to capture not only the recyclables such as cans and plastic bottles, but the "Hefty Energy Bag" items will also be diverted from the trash.

On April 21 the city of Bellevue announced it was working to become "the first city in the country to include the Hefty Energy Bag program into their city-wide solid waste contract."  The article went on to state that "the program is currently being tested successfully in their solid waste pay-as-you-throw pilot program area, as well as throughout the Bellevue and Omaha area. Leaders in Bellevue have recognized this ground-breaking program as an opportunity to further their sustainability efforts to control their waste impact on local landfills."  Click here for details about the Hefty Energy Bag program

Waste Expected at the Event

There are waste stations planned that will collect three "categories" of waste that is expected to be produced at an event like this.  

Recycling:  one container will be a marked recycling toter to collect bottles and cans and cardboard and anything else that can be recycled. 

Items for Energy Bag:  an energy bag collection container, which is recognizable by the orange liner, will collect the following items:
Straws and plastic lids from drinks
Plastic Utensils
Styrofoam packaging - that should be scrapped free of food materials
Plastic wrapping 
Plastic bags
Potato chip bags

Trash: food waste, cardboard packaging that has grease/food, wax paper wrapping with food, drink cups

The Public's Assistance is Needed
Firstar Fiber will bring the Hefty-branded Recycling truck to the event to capture all recycling and energy bag waste.  There will be high school and Green Bellevue volunteers on hand to set up the waste stations and empty contents.  However, this will only work with a concerted effort to dispose of the waste properly by each attendee.  

"We are proud to kick the summer off the Foodstock event, and we are even prouder now that Green Bellevue has stepped in to make sure that the waste created from the event is properly disposed of," said Garrett Sims, Foodstock organizer. 

May Meeting: Sustainable Landscaping with Kyle Johnson

posted May 15, 2017, 3:30 PM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated May 21, 2017, 6:23 PM ]

Sunday, May 21, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue

Lower Level Conference Room A

Learn some of the best practices for green landscaping. 

Create green spaces that are functional, beneficial and attractive, and find creative and effective strategies to care for them naturally, safely and efficiently. Sustainable landscaping is the application of sound economic principles and eco-friendly ideas to create healthy, regenerative landscapes that are economically and ecologically viable. Hear from presenter Kyle Johnson, Joslyn Art Museum's Landscape Maintenance Technician, to learn how to give back to the environment as you design and plan your outdoor space. 

About the Presenter:  Kyle grew up on a farm in eastern Nebraska which is where his love for nature and the outdoors began. He studied horticulture at Metropolitan Community College and is currently a part-time undergraduate student at UNL, pursuing his goal of eventually teaching in the horticulture field. Working consistently in the landscaping field for the last 18 years, Kyle has gained knowledge and experience in subjects such as holistic and sustainable property management, tree care, organic lawn care, hardscape installation, bird and wildlife habitat, pollinator gardens, urban use of native plants, rain gardens and stormwater utilization, and more. Collecting and growing native milkweed is also a particular interest of Kyle’s. Credentials include certifications as a NNLA Nebraska Certified Nursery Professional and ISA Certified Arborist. Kyle is also a board member with the Nebraska Wildlife Federation and Urban Bird & Nature Alliance, as well as being an Affiliate Site Curator with the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. He has been employed full-time as caretaker for the sculpture gardens at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, NE, for the last 6 years.


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

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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.

SAVE THE DATE!  Our next Monthly Meeting will be on June 11th from 1:30-3pm. Join us
  to hear all about "Insects" with presenter Tony Palmer.

5k Recycle Run Results

posted May 15, 2017, 11:58 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated May 15, 2017, 3:21 PM ]

The Sarpy County Earth Day 5k Recycle Run took place on April 30, 2017. Click here for the timed results. 

Thanks to all who participated!

Athletic Event Sponsors:
Papillion Sanitation and Fitssentials

Special Thank You to:
Craig Christians, Bellevue Police Department, and our volunteers!


posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:03 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Apr 17, 2017, 9:03 AM ]


An Arbor Day Proclamation was read by the Mayor at the Bellevue City Council meeting on April 10th. Green Bellevue will also hold Arbor Day ceremonies with tree plantings at area schools. Plant your own trees and note that on our City's Cleanup page to enter for a prize!

Join Green Bellevue and the Bellevue Police Department for the Great American CleanUp by Keep America Beautiful! We are encouraging individuals, families, schools, businesses and organizations to organize cleanup teams and events between now and May 31. Details here!

In addition to picking up litter, you can plant flowers, bushes, trees or join the efforts to beautify public spaces!
Drawings and prizes awarded.

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