The GOC is looking for committee members to help develop its membership. Contact Teresa Gleason if you are interested.
September 17th - Join conservationists worldwide for the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, and add what you collect to the 145 million pounds of trash collected since its inception by the Ocean Conservancy.
Our "coast" will be Standing Bear Lake, at 138th & Fort Streets, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. There will be both land and lake cleanups.
Trail & Shoreline Cleanup: Meet in the large parking lot on the south side of the lake. Enter at 138th and Fort Street and bear left until you reach the parking lot near the dock. Bags and some grabbers will be provided. Please bring your own grabber if you have one, gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a hat. We’ll be walking through tall grass, and so long pants and closed-toe shoes with socks are recommended. Children and youth are invited to participate but must be accompanied by at least one adult. The GNC will provide muffins, juice, and water. Contact Helen Deffenbacher for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kayak Lake Cleanup: If water is your thing, join volunteers from the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program, the Sierra Club, and other organizations who will be doing shoreline cleanup in kayaks. Bring your own kayak and lifejacket, or rent them from UNO's Outdoor Venture Center for $20 (call them to arrange rental and pickup at 402-554-2258). Wear lightweight pants or shorts (no jeans), waterproof shoes or sandals, brimmed hat and sunglasses. Bring a rain jacket, sunscreen, bug juice, and water to take in the boat. We'll record the trash collected. Must be 18 and over, please, unless an experienced kayaker. Questions? Contact Nancy Hawekotte: email@example.com or Helen Deffenbacher: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011 Green Home Tour and Expo, sponsored by the GOC in conjunction with Creighton University and the USGBC Flatwater Chapter, will highlight the benefits of sustainable design within both individual homes and the larger community. Showcasing homes in East Omaha, this year’s tour focuses on urban re-development, walk-able neighborhoods and mixed-use design. The expo provides Omaha residents a chance to meet with green product vendors and listen to presentations on a range of green topics, including Omaha's reEnergize Program. There will also be opportunities to learn about and explore Creighton’s numerous sustainable initiatives, including its solar array and wind turbine installations. Shuttle services will be provided for the home tour, or you can join our organized cyclists’ tour! For information on volunteer opportunities or how to become a green product vendor, contact Megan Lutz at email@example.com.