Green Neighborhood Council’s March Community Roundtable
Facilitator: Kristi Wamstad-Evans, Omaha’s Sustainability Coordinator
When:Thursday, March 8th – 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Where:Neighborhood Center, 115 S. 49th Avenue
All GNC community events are free and open to the public.
Ms. Wamstad-Evans was hired as the City’s first Sustainability Coordinator in September, 2009. Over the past 2-1/2 years, she has worked to establish ECO-Omaha, the Office of Sustainable Development in City Hall, has been responsible for managing over $14 million in energy efficiency projects and programs, and has established many new tools to help facilitate and catalyze sustainability in the City of Omaha.
Ms. Wamstad-Evans will report on progress made since 2009 and discuss ECO-Omaha’s plans for 2012, including building a community-wide web-based tool for collecting information about local efforts to promote and implement sustainability. She is very interested in learning what community groups and individuals are doing to help make our neighborhoods and our city more sustainable.
The Mayor’s Neighborhood Grants provide local organizations with grants of up to $5000 to pursue and implement creative green solutions in their own neighborhoods. Applications for the 2012 funding cycle are due March 26th. Kristi will be discussing the types of green projects that were funded over the last two years and provide details on how neighborhood associations and other organizations can apply for a 2012 grant.
Tom McCauley, administrator for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Grants will also be available to answer questions about the 2012 application process.
Green Projects For Earth Day & Beyond
For individuals and groups who want to bring project ideas, the Green Neighborhood Council will have information tables set up for that purpose. These can be projects you’re currently working on or ones you’re planning on doing for Earth Day—or any day of the year.
A free green book will be given to the first 50 attendees.