Sustainability Interview: Jane Kleeb

Jane Kleeb - founder and executive director of Bold Nebraska (boldnebraska.org)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
At Bold, we see ourselves as bringing citizen participation to sustainability; democracy and citizen participation is at the core of everything Bold does, making sure there is a more diverse and independent voice in our politics in our state. So we see our role in connecting the issues of climate change, sustainability, local food to politics and who you’re electing.

What elements of negative human impact concern you most, generally and in your area of expertise?
Before I got involved with the Keystone XL site, I believed in climate change, obviously, but never really thought twice about…

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Sustainability Interview: Dr. Donald A. Wilhite

Dr. Donald A. Wilhite - professor of applied climate science in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources (snr.unl.edu); coordinating author for UNL’s recent report on climate change; founding director of the National Drought Mitigation Center and the International Drought Information Center at UNL

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
Obviously, the School of Natural Resources plays a large role from the perspective in both research and educational programs related to sustainability. We coordinate the environmental studies major, for example, for the University of Nebraska, and that program has been growing and trains students on a lot of these issues and gets them engaged in community activities and that sort of thing. Being the…

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Sustainability Interview: W. Cecil Steward

W. Cecil Steward - founder, president and CEO of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities (ecospheres.com)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
I founded the nonprofit in 1996 when I was still dean of architecture at UNL and I founded it out of a perception that unless there was a steady group of people, organizations and resources, we were always going to be behind the curve; those of us who felt that environmental issues were not simply about the environment, that we needed an organizational structure for education and demonstration. I wanted to bring my life devotion to architecture, planning and community assistance together with the concept of daily life and plans and activities for…

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Sustainability Interview: Steve Rodie

Steve Rodie, FASLA - director of UNO’s Center for Urban Sustainability (unomaha.edu/center-for-urban-sustainability)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
The Center was regent-approved two years ago, so the board of regents approved it as an entity at the Universities of Nebraska. 
Our major role at UNO is interaction and collaboration and engagement with the city and with the community. A big part of this is to build partnerships in research, teaching and outreach that either enhance sustainability for the community or create greater awareness of the benefits of sustainability. So it’s a combination of education, research and outreach.

What elements of negative human impact concern you most, generally and in your area of expertise?

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Sustainability Interview: Stephen Osberg

Stephen Osberg - board member, Mode Shift Omaha (modeshiftomaha.org)

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
Mode Shift, our central goal is to promote freedom of transportation. Sure, people drive right now, but we want to make sure people at least have a viable option to walk to get to where they need to go, ride a bike, take public transit. Right now everything in our city is built to support driving automobiles at the expense of those other modes. When people drive cars, it’s the least environmentally option people can take. We try to educate people and policymakers on the benefits and practices that could support a range of transportation options.

What elements of negative…

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Sustainability Interview: Larry Hopp

Larry Hopp - director of the Creighton University Energy Technology program (creighton.edu/ccas/energytechnologyprogram), and a civil engineer with 40 years of industry experience

What role do you and your organization play in sustainability?
I would like to start with the definition of sustainability. From my perspective, “sustainability” is a little bit like “green”, and there are a lot of people who throw the term around…I look at sustainability as basically the focus to sustain God’s creation for the ongoing betterment of all mankind. And sustainability impacts really every aspect of our life so the conservation must be holistic, weighing benefits against potential harm. To me, that is an important distinction because sustainability and a lot of the related terms can…

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Top Ten Reasons to Attend Omaha Health Expo

The eighth annual Omaha Health Expo takes place April 11 and 12 at the CenturyLink. It’s an important convocation because it’s the only assemblage of its kind in the region. With a focus on holistic approaches to wellness, the Omaha Health Expo stands alone in providing information and access to ways to get healthy and stay healthy outside the conventional drug, surgery and techno-pharmaceutical industry that has overwhelmed American healthcare.

Emphasizing holistic medicine and treatments, lifestyle change, exercise and nutrition awareness, the Expo brings about 200 such practitioners under one roof. And, once again, admission is free.

The two-day event will also include a benefit Walk for Alzheimer’s, Midwest Chapter on Saturday with registration at the CenturyLink at 9:30 (or…

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