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Initiatives

There are many important initiatives. We are currently centering our efforts on these areas.  Please let us know if you'd like to volunteer by contacting Don Preister.  

2015 Events & Activities


2016-17 Focus Areas:

 

Bellevue has over 2000 acres of forest. It is designated by both the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as a Community Arboretum and the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA. With the Tree Board appointment in 2010, our goal is to ensure the awareness and protection of our beautiful trees and to plant over 100 city trees per year.

This year we are working to kick off an initiative to minimize the growth of the invasive Ailanthus Tree on city property.

 

 

Green Bellevue volunteers work to inspire and educate the public to create wildlife-friendly habitat on their property; to protect wildlife for our children’s’ future. We promote quality outdoor lighting to save energy and minimize light impact pollution. This year, in 2016, we have joined a national initiative to plant Milkweed. Our state started the Nebraska Monarch and Pollinator Initiative and our goal is 300,000 new plants by 2020.


 

Volunteers improve and educate on recycling, reusing and reduction of waste. Our website offers a wide-range of resources. To promote community involvement, we participate in Keep America Beautiful‘s annual “Great American CleanUp” and “America Recycles Day”.


We are interested in starting a committee to provide signage and onsite education for those using our parks and pools so that we can increase the recycling in the city.

- Green Schools
Current and former educators work with students and teachers to integrate green initiatives in our local schools and to encourage student participation in environmental projects within the community.  We are applying for the Bellevue Foundation Grant to purchase recycling containers for the BPS in 2017 - read about "Operation Increase Recycling Throughout BPS!"

- Sarpy County Earth Day
Green Bellevue first celebrated Earth Day in Bellevue on April 22, 2010 - Earth Day's 40th Anniversary.  The Mayor of Bellevue at the time, Mayor Mixan, read an Earth Day proclamation and named the day "Green Bellevue Day" from that day forward.  Each day since, the celebration has grown and starting in 2014, the event became known as "Sarpy County Earth Day." Held at the BPS Lied Activity Center, Sarpy County Earth Day is educational, interesting and family friendly. Put this on your calendar for April 30, 2017.

Other Important Green Initiatives:

Clean Energy

Volunteers promote awareness and action by local citizens in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and increasing energy efficiency and clean energy sources.  We are working on a community solar garden initiative.


Volunteers are building awareness and for green construction practices.

The Bellevue Medical Center is our city’s first LEED Certified facility.
 
 
We are working to improve city code and practices with sustainable, healthy policy.
  
   

 - Bellevue Trails & Street 

We are the first city in Nebraska to approve a Complete Streets ordinance (3610) and form a Complete Streets Advisory panel. Our goal is to connect neighbors and neighborhoods through an interlocking trail system.

 

 
 
We encourage the support of local farmers and eating locally grown foods. We support community gardens and local Farmers Markets, including Bellevue’s own Farmers Market located in Washington Park.

 

 - Sustainable Gardening Initiative

 

Volunteers educate gardeners on this sustainable planting method while assisting the city of Bellevue to maintain several gardens. As a result of the number and success of the Earth-Kind rose gardens in Bellevue, Bellevue was named an American Rose City by the American Rose Society in 2010.

We conduct a variety of projects and programs to educate people in ways that prevent water pollution. Projects include storm drain labeling, rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavement and litter removal.

We support the community initiative SplashpadsforBellevue.org, formed by Green Bellevue volunteers with the goal to bring Splash Pads to Bellevue’s parks.