Impacting Omaha

By admin On September 30th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

The Rebuilding Together mission is “To preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low-income elderly and low-income disabled homeowners, live in warmth, safety and independence. Our goal is to make a sustainable impact in partnership with the community.”

Rebuilding Together Omaha handed out around 120 bags of energy efficiency information in the Orchard Hills neighborhood, 500 total around other neighborhoods in Omaha.

Providing home owners with information, like how to be more energy efficient, keeps them independent and healthy. This continued effort positively impacts the whole community and creates a more sustainable future for Omaha.

One step ahead…?

By admin On September 25th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

Don’t weatherize your cubicle. Your boss just gets mad. We found out the hard way.

Do weatherize your home!

Have you ever checked the seals around your windows and doors? In older houses, weatherization may have deteriorated or be nonexistent. In newer homes, it never hurts to double-check to see if it has been done right. Do yourself a favor and make your home more efficient all year round by checking and filling anywhere air flows uncontrolled into or out of your home.

Caulk and a caulking gun are inexpensive and easy to use. Talk to the friendly people at your favorite hardware store.

School your school on going green

By admin On September 21st, 2009 in Uncategorized /

We love saving energy. We love recycling. We really love helping turtles cross the street. More than anything, we love to see the younger generation changing the world.

Have you ever wondered what your school is doing to go green? Have you asked your administration? Are you tired of seeing lights left on when a room isn’t in use [...or maybe when it is being used, depending on the teacher]? Do you notice tons of plastic and paper in trash bins that could be recycled? Left over food that could be composted?

What we’re saying is you might be able to make a difference by getting involved. You could start by joining your schools environmental club or starting one. Then ask the tough questions of your school. Make a difference! For more details about how to have a greener educational experience, check out these ideas from


Fall is for trees

By admin On September 16th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

We all know the benefits of trees, and right now is the time to plant!

According to this article from the Omaha World Herald, trees are programmed to leaf out in Spring, but in Autumn, they put their energy toward growing roots.

“The soils are warmer, and roots have a chance to get well-established,” said Kathleen Cue, horticulturist for the University of Nebraska Extension Service in Sarpy and Douglas Counties.

So go ahead, plant a tree this September. Take the time to teach your kids the benefits and take a picture, imagine what they’ll think in 30 years when they compare that picture to the tree that stands before them.

For more information on the benefits of threes, check out this student produced animated short from our Project Greenflick…


Healthy Homes are Efficient Homes

By admin On September 14th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

The Healthy Homes Partnership, a local organization focused on improving community well-being, just wrapped up a series of four workshops on energy efficiency, resources, and low-cost weatherization. The workshops were conducted with the organization’s pilot neighborhood, Orchard Hill.

The first workshop, a resource fair, connected residents with local weatherization and home repair organizations. The organizations allowed time for questions from the neighborhood attendees and helped residents complete applications for assistance.

The second and third workshops concerned budgeting energy costs and provided information about how to effectively weatherize homes to lower energy bills. At the second workshop, Judi Martin (OPPD) and Dee Conley (FHAS) lead an informational session on budgeting and cost of energy resources. How to install and use weatherization products was also discussed at the third workshop.

The fourth workshop focuses on building relationships between area landlords and residents and will be held on Saturday, September 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Church on the Rock, 4037 Charles St.

Partners of the Healthy Homes Partnership include: Family Housing Advisory Services, City of Omaha, Mayor’s Office, Neighborhood Center, UNO, Weatherization Trust, Habitat for Humanity, OPPD, Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, and City Sprouts.

For more information on the Healthy Homes Partnership, check them out on Facebook.


Go Wise! Make Green Investments…

By admin On September 11th, 2009 in Uncategorized /

Investing wisely means going green!  Don’t believe us?  Check out the details of this portfolio manager from Energy Star.

“Portfolio Manager is an interactive energy management tool that allows you to track and assess energy and water consumption across your entire portfolio of buildings in a secure online environment. Whether you own, manage, or hold properties for investment, Portfolio Manager can help you set investment priorities, identify under-performing buildings, verify efficiency improvements, and receive EPA recognition for superior energy performance.”