We were so lucky to talk to these two ladies while they were on their book tour together. We talk about the importance of wildlife advocacy Ben Young is a caffeine enthusiast and passionate environmental advocate. He is also the founder of Frank Green, a company specializing in Olivia Kennaway is the founder of sustainable, ethical fashion label Lalesso and more recently, Asha:Eleven.
After 10 days of travelling Namibia one of our absolute all-time favourite trips , we visited Justine in Windhoek, who kindly hosted us in her home Primoz is a co-founder and director of Spatial Collective Misha Teasdale is the Tree-E-O of Greenpop South Africa, a tree planting eco-education organization, popularizing the green movement and coordinating climate-action events and festivals in Southern Af Rafael Robles is a biologist, researcher and an esteemed leader in the rural town of Tortuguero, Costa Rica.
He is passionate about his country and their significant efforts to protect their wild plac In our little pocket of paradise, with butterflies flying around us, we We hung out with Fabian at his farmhouse outside of Windhoek Namibia and along with marveling over his incredibly sustainable off-grid lifestyle Sara and Daniel are nature-loving, eco-warriors and experts on sustainable travel. His wildlife work has featured widel Dipesh is quite the eco-leader and one of the founders of the Flipflopi Expedition, a remarkable plan to build a 60ft dhow out of recycled plastic and sail it from Lamu, Kenya to Cape Town South Afric Philip Wilson is a serial entrepreneur, who, having been successful in business in the USA and Guatemala, sought meaning and purpose in his life and turned his hand to social entrepreneurship.
He buil Frank is a Southern Californian who spent his youth hanging out in nature. He pursued a career in the Navy until, on a prompt from his wife, realized that he needed more in his life. Today, he is the How does nature adapt to conditions outside of its control? Solar is the fastest growing renewable energy source and is becoming more cost effective.
Jeff Berggren will be giving a presentation on the benefits of community and individual solar and share examples of communities throughout Nebraska that have built community solar arrays and how they have benefited from them. Jeff has been very active in supporting solar. As a member of Nebraskans for Solar, he has met with governors, testified before the Natural Resource Committee, and helped many utilities adapt their processes to accept solar more easily.
Local governments today must lead the vanguard of sustainability and climate change policy. Small and midsize cities are uniquely positioned to explore, promote and exemplify policies supporting sustainable urban-rural interconnections and interdependencies, such as regional food systems and integrated planning, while mitigating the effects of climate change.
Both nationally and globally, there has been a persistence of an unsustainable model of urbanization with such negative consequences as growing inequalities, heightened risks from the effects of climate change and related disasters, growing socio-cultural divides and more. Cecil Steward, founder, president and CEO of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, will address the roles and opportunities for small and midsize cities in this era of enormous flux. This program will delve into how Nebraska's towns are uniquely suited to explore, promote and exemplify policies supporting urban-rural synergies and the necessity for sound natural resource conservation management.
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Steward will address the importance of leadership with conservation values and how to foster that. Our landscapes push aside wildlife and in turn diminish our genetically programmed love for wildness. How can we get ourselves back into balance through gardens, to speak life's language and learn from other species?
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He examines psychological issues related to climate change and mass extinction as a way to understand human response to global crises. With a focus on native species gardening, he advocates for thinking deeply and honestly about our built landscapes in order to create a compassionate activism. Pollinators are behind one in every three bites of food we eat, and their populations could use a boost.
Learn about insect pollinators, how to attract them to your yard and how to sustain them year after year through conscientious gardening practices. Green information technology IT can help reduce your personal and business energy, supplies, waste and overall lifecycle costs. Join us in discovering how green IT innovations can help improve your sustainability triple bottom line through strategic analysis of company policies focused on green IT initiatives.
The way we move about our communities has huge impacts on our environment. Automotive emissions are a major contributor to greenhouse gases and to local air quality issues such as ozone. Energy efficiency provides an interesting lens through which we can explore a number of key questions about our transportation systems. What can we do to encourage more efficiency in our transportation systems? What are the impacts of trends such as higher efficiency vehicles and alternative fuels? What can we expect from future technologies such as autonomous and connected vehicles?
All these factors converge to paint a picture about reshaping our investments in transportation infrastructure to support a more sustainable future for our communities. What if products improved your quality of life and helped ecosystems thrive?
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That is the vision of The Living Product Challenge, a new program created to synthesize complex manufacturing data into a unified tool for responsible material creation and selection. Living Products build soil, create habitat, nourish the human spirit and provide inspiration for personal, political and economic change. Current manufacturing methods are creating immense human and environmental impact. Our modern industrial economy is built on a network of global supply chains that consume vast natural resources while generating greenhouse gases and toxic emissions that are dramatically transforming our world.
Join this webinar to explore how a few visionary companies are transforming this paradigm through the Living Product Challenge. Climate change impacts are and will disproportionately affect low-income Nebraskans.
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As more frequent high temperature extremes drive energy demands and far more intense rain and snow events increase local flooding, these Nebraskans feel it first. Not only will they be asked to shoulder higher costs for basic needs such as energy and water, further stressing their limited incomes, but they largely live in poor rental housing located far too often in flood plains with little to no insurance. Fewer hard frosts and longer growing seasons mean more insects and disease; higher temperatures mean more heat stress and health problems.
All these impacts are shouldered by low-income families and the elderly without the resources to adapt. We engaged community members and organizations on the legal, social, and economic challenges facing low-income Nebraskans. These challenges include lack of affordable housing, high utility costs, limited jobs and income, poor health care access, and high debt.
We know that families in this position worry little about climate change; they worry about feeding their children and keeping a roof over their heads. Concern over a future colored by the impacts of climate change is real, but pales in comparison to daily challenges. Public officials today must step in and prioritize efforts to lower the impacts of climate change on low-income Nebraskans, given their special vulnerability and lack of social, economic and political power.
Low-income Nebraskans must directly benefit from all efforts to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, including with such basic needs as energy, water, transportation and protecting their homes from floods. Whether for ethical, economic or political reasons, the needs of these Nebraskans must be a critical component of all municipal and state initiatives to address climate change, and their rights and interests must be enforced and protected. The question at the heart of EdibleEcologies is: How to generate embodied memory of food practices where cultural memory loss can be near total?
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The scientific consensus demonstrates that climate change in the 21st century is essentially a human problem. Humans and their actions are causing climate change. At the same time, people are also feeling the consequences of climate change through various impacts on things they value and through the responses they are making to address climate change.
The Nebraska Rural Poll showed that most Nebraskans believe the state should develop a plan for adapting to climate change to reduce its impact on different sectors like agriculture, rural communities and natural resources. There also is a growing call for actions or plans to better prepare for an uncertain future. People are confused about what to do and how they can help. Where do we start? What are these actions? A lot of concerned citizens feel overwhelmed and confused on what actions to take to be better stewards of the planet.
How do we lower our impact on the planet while also adapting to the changing climate? Shrestha's presentations will include some of these actionable items based on his expertise as a social science researcher, teacher and practitioner. Water is the key to improving global health, ensuring social welfare and social stability and promoting economic development and environmental sustainability. Water is essential to life, yet on a worldwide scale, more than one billion people lack access to an adequate water supply both from a quantity and quality standpoint; more than twice as many lack basic sanitation.
In Nebraska, fresh water has been critical to our heritage. This talk will examine water from a variety of contexts emphasizing the importance of connections to everything we do. Dave Gosselin of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will touch on many aspects of what it means to be water literate — Do you know your water footprint? How does the ocean impact our water supply? How is human demand impacting our water systems? What are the connections between energy, water, health and food supply? Public health.
Physical and mental wellbeing. Recreational activities. Economic development and regional vitality. Access to educational facilities. Equitable planning and development. Modeling environmental stewardship and healthy living. Walkable and bikeable communities present a variety of solutions and provide a wide range of benefits. With a recent call to action from the U. Surgeon General and rising health issues across the nation, both urban and rural Nebraska communities and local health departments are looking for successful strategies to increase walking and biking for overall community health.
Hear from and interact live with local Nebraska public health leaders in Grand Island, Hastings, Omaha and Sidney as they tell their stories about a transformative process that they have used to engage local communities in taking action for increased walking and biking. From expanding trail signage and bike path development to walking clubs and worksite strategies, these stories are for modeling and inspiration. Local experts will share some best practices and case studies for anyone interested in increased walking and biking for personal, community or environmental health.
The impact of aquaponics on communities through educational programming will be detailed by Greg Fripp, founder and executive director of Whispering Roots, at the February Sustainability Leadership Presentation Series. The Whispering Roots Aquaponics Program uses agriculture to teach STEM principles and introduce nutrition education to students in grades K and to members of the community.
Students are engaged in the entire system, from construction and assembly through the crop growing process. By having an active role in every aspect of the project, students learn complex academic issues while taking responsibility for all food production. The students conduct scientific investigations, learn horticulture techniques, apply classroom lessons to "real world" situations and literally enjoy the fruits of their labor. Members of the community learn how to grow healthy food while incorporating next generation techniques into sustainable traditional growing methods.
This approach focuses on growing food, minds and communities. Aquaponics is a means of producing food that combines the farming of aquatic animals and the science of hydroponics in a symbiotic environment. This system has potential to bring nutritional resources to communities that are food insecure, both urban and rural.
Heralded for its efficiency — significantly less water is used than in traditional farming and the system is self-supporting — aquaponics not only puts food on the table, but it also provides an unrivaled learning environment for the students and the community.
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Recent findings of a statewide recycling study will be shared by Mark DeKraai, senior research director at the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center. The study highlights regional gaps in recycling access across Nebraska, compares Nebraska's recycling and diversion rates to surrounding states, and provides recommendations to improve recycling and waste diversion in Nebraska.
Carrie Hakenkamp with WasteCap Nebraska will discuss ways in which diversion can be improved using zero waste concepts and will discuss the economic viability of recycling. William Blackburn is a global sustainability expert with hands-on experience building sustainability programs within major companies. He will discuss the recent consensus on the scope and practical meaning of sustainability that has emerged from large, global multi-stakeholder forums and from corporate usage — it is considerably more than just recycling, climate change and energy conservation.
The Living Building Challenge is the built environment's most rigorous performance standard. It calls for the creation of building projects that operate as cleanly, beautifully and efficiently as nature's architecture. To be certified under the challenge, projects must meet a series of ambitious performance requirements, including net positive energy, waste and water, over a minimum of 12 months of continuous occupancy.
In this presentation, participants will gain a basic understanding of the Living Building Challenge — a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development of the built environment at all scales. This presentation is for anyone engaged with the built environment as a designer, builder, owner, developer, manager or occupant … so it is for everyone.
It will challenge all of us to think deeply about place and how we can work together to create communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. A new video by the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities shows how interconnected and interdependent all of these factors are and how addressing the nexus of global and local changes and pressures on our critical resources will ensure a strong and healthy future for our citizens.
Cecil Steward, founder and president of the Joslyn Institute, will show an excerpt from the video and talk about how these imperatives might be addressed. The culmination of four years of highly interactive workshops and conferences with civic leaders, ranchers, farmers, elected and appointed officials, students and concerned citizens across Nebraska, the video was produced with the support of Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Environmental Trust with the administrative support of Nebraska Academy of Sciences.