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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.

New Trash Program Coming To Bellevue

posted Dec 14, 2017, 10:35 AM by Ruth Richter   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 10:44 AM ]

The City of Bellevue is poised to roll out a new, automated waste collection program in the May 2018 time frame. The program includes residents of Bellevue who live in single-family, duplex and tri-plex homes. New containers will be provided by the contracted waste hauler, Papillion Sanitation. The city has been testing a waste collection program for the past two years that will significantly increase the collection of recyclable materials. Residents will be able to make their new bin selection between December 18 to February 14. For all of the details and a list of Town Hall Meetings, visit: http://papillion-sanitation.com/yourcartplaysapart/ 

12/5 - Bellevue Garden Club Tea & Boutique

posted Nov 20, 2017, 7:32 PM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 9:31 AM ]

The Bellevue Garden Club has been an outstanding donor to the Eastern Nebraska Veteran's Home gardens this year! Join them for their annual holiday get-together. Please bring food to serve! There are often lots of sweets, so something savory would be ideal.  Questions? E-mail Mary Jo Hopfensperger:  mjhop@gmail.com

Green Bellevue's November Program

posted Nov 12, 2017, 10:12 AM by Brittany Dabestani




The environmental implications of too
much stuff and what we can do about it.

PRESENTER:  Dr. David E. Corbin

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue
25th & HWY 370, Lower Level - Conference Room A


Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? For example, plastics have been an almost miraculous and ubiquitous material, but have we gone too far? Just in time for the holiday season of giving (oftentimes stuff), hear from Dr. Corbin as he addresses the excesses in our society and proposes alternatives and possible solutions. The presentation will include videos and live music.                                                                                   

    Dr. Corbin is an Emeritus Professor of health education &
    public health at UNO. He is vice chair of the Nebraska
    Sierra Club and he is on the board of Nebraskans for
    Solar and the Public Health Association of Nebraska. He
    is a co-author of a high school textbook entitled Health
    for L
ife that has been adopted by many school districts
    throughout the country. He appeared on Late Night with David Letterman where he demonstrated how to make fitness and play equipment from items that people often throw away.

Green Bellevue programs are free and open to the public. Meet at Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue (2500 Bellevue Medical Center Dr, Bellevue, NE) 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.


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Second Solar Group Buy Program

posted Nov 5, 2017, 11:26 AM by Brittany Dabestani


November 8th

6:45 - 8:30 p.m.

UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement
Center, Combined Rooms 201 & 205


Co-sponsored by Nebraskans for Solar and Green Bellevue

Learn all about solar energy at this two-part panel presentation. Come a little early to talk with the experts. At 7:00 p.m. local energy efficiency experts will discuss the steps they have taken to make their own homes more efficient, plus additional ways homeowners and businesses can save energy and money. Making a home or business more energy efficient will reduce the size solar array required to meet its electricity needs. For the second panel presentation, solar energy experts will present each of the required steps to installing a solar PV system. Included in the discussion will be a demonstration of the ConnectDER, information on available incentives, the inspection process required by OPPD, the permit, and a list of banks and other lending agencies that provide loans for energy efficiency upgrades and solar energy projects. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A.

See Nebraskans for Solar’s website calendar for additional details, including links to resources presented at the October 11th roundtable and suggested items to bring to the November 8th meeting.

10/11/17 "Solar Group Buy" Roundtable Discussion

posted Oct 9, 2017, 8:38 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 8:39 AM ]

 7 - 8:30 PM
UNO's Community Engagement Center
Rooms 201 & 205

Nebraskans for Solar Board Members Helen and Ken Deffenbacher, who are having a solar PV system and the ConnectDER installed on their home, and Green Bellevue President Don Preister, who installed a ground-mounted solar system last December, will facilitate a roundtable discussion on the benefits of organizing local Solar Group Buy Campaigns in the greater Omaha area and other Nebraska communities.
                                                                           More information here.

10/8 Green Bellevue Annual Meeting

posted Oct 6, 2017, 10:54 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Oct 6, 2017, 10:59 AM ]

Year in Review, Initiative Updates

& Board Elections


1:30 – 3:00 PM


Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue

We are a small but mighty community who care about the environment, both in our local area and in the world. Get to know us better and become a part of the group as we enter our ninth year! Our Annual Meeting will be an opportunity to:

  • Enjoy a pictorial review of our accomplishments in 2017.
  • Get up-to-date on our current initiatives with a series of mini presentations.
  • Help us plan for future education programs.

We will also be electing our new board members. Whether you have an interest in gardening, trees, environmental education, recycling, clean energy, water, wildlife habitat, city cleanups, alternative transportation, farm fresh foods, or any other "green" topics, come see how you can get involved and share your ideas! This is an opportunity to become a volunteer and network with other volunteers. Everyone is invited to attend!

Meet at Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue (2500 Bellevue Medical Center Dr, Bellevue, NE) 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.

Celebrating 8 Years of Green Bellevue!

posted Oct 3, 2017, 8:40 AM by Brittany Dabestani   [ updated Oct 3, 2017, 8:42 AM ]


On September 27, 2017, Green Bellevue celebrated its 8th anniversary! Thanks to the cooperative efforts of Green Bellevue and City of Bellevue Tree Board volunteers, 44 trees were planted in Stonecroft and Leawood Parks – marking eight years of improving the natural environment and making Bellevue green. Thank you to all who participated!

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.

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