4th Annual Green Home Tour and Expo

By admin On September 22nd, 2011 in Uncategorized /

Come explore green (and affordable!) urban living at the 4th Annual Green Home Tour and Expo on October 15, 2011. Presented by the Green Omaha Coalition and the City of Omaha, along with Creighton University, this year’s event emphasizes urban revitalization as an affordable means to achieving sustainability in our community.

A vendor expo, hosted by The Harper Center at Creighton University, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be accompanied by a speaker series between 9 and 10 a.m. Speakers include the City of Omaha’s Sustainability Coordinator, Kristi Wamstad-Evans, the former City of Omaha Planning Director, Steven Jensen, and Creighton Professor of Theology, John O’Keefe.

The home tour will feature the newly re-developed downtown apartment complex The Bank at 206 S. 19th St.; The Margaret, a historically registered, affordable apartment building at 2103 North 16th Street; the LEEDcertified community Midtown Crossing at 3220 Farnam St.; and Creighton’s own solar and wind installations. There will be a shuttle service departing from The Harper Center at 10 a.m., as well as a cyclists’ tour.

“By focusing on urban re-development in East Omaha, this year’s tour illustrates that green living applies to more than just individual homes,” said Green Home Tour Chair Megan Lutz. “How our homes relate to each other, our neighborhoods and the city itself can significantly reduce our overall environmental footprint.”

Tickets for the expo and tour are $5 per person and will be available at The Harper Center on the day of the event. Event sponsors include the Green Omaha Coalition, the City of Omaha, Creighton University, the US Green Building Council Nebraska Flatwater Chapter and DLR Group. Additional details can be found online at: http://www.greenomahacoalition.org/

For more information, contact Megan Lutz at 402-393-4100 or mlutz@dlrgroup.com.

Plant a Tree, Save Some Green

By admin On September 7th, 2011 in Uncategorized /

The right kind of tree planted in the right location can beautify an area and help lower future home heating and cooling bills. Careful positioning of a newly planted tree away from power lines will help reduce power outages and the need for costly tree trimming or removal as the trees mature.

·         Keeping Cool Air In: A deciduous tree (one that produces leaves in the spring) planted to provide maximum shade on your home during the hot summer months can help ease the load on your air conditioner and substantially reduce operating costs. The list of popular shade trees includes the maple, oak, hackberry and sycamore. Such trees lose their leaves in the fall, allowing the sun to help warm your home during the winter months.

·         Keeping Cold Air Out: Evergreen trees make ideal windbreaks. Planted in the right place, they can effectively protect your home from the most blustery winter wind, shield outside work areas, and help reduce your heating costs. Windbreaks may be planted in a straight row or in a semi-circular pattern on the upwind side of the house to block prevailing winds.

If you’re planning to plant trees, the OPPD Forestry Department can help you select the right tree and location. Please contact the Forestry Department at 536-4131 in Omaha, or call your local OPPD office. Also, visit OPPD’s Arboretum at 108 & Blondo Streets in Omaha.