Our Legacy Nebraska

Our Legacy Nebraska is built on the foundation of our Common Ground Program. Our Legacy Nebraska works with community members in Nebraska communities affected by environmental injustices. The program develops leadership and offers participants support in one-on-one coaching sessions, mini-grants, and trainings. Communities involved include Lexington, Grand Island, and Omaha. Each community has a cohort composed of 5 members, with 5 new members joining every year.

This is a three-year program. Year 1 is focused on training to develop members’ skills in community organizing. Year 2 involves members organizing community events such as letter writing, assemblies, petitions, clean-ups, etc. Year 3 is continued community organizing and leaving behind a legacy of environmental justice advocacy.

Communities Impacted


Residents living in Omaha, Lexington, and Grand Island are disproportionately impacted by air and water pollution. Some of the issues include nitrates in the drinking water and the continual production of electricity by coal – which can lead to cancer and higher rates of asthma in children.

OPPD North Omaha Coal Plant

Apply Today!

Click on the link and complete our quick application. The estimated wait time for application review is 2-5 days. For any questions, contact Favian Mendez at fmendez@necv.org.

Get Involved in Common Ground!

Attend An Event

Every month we host events across the state. These events focus on a wide range of topics, including (but not limited to): soil health, clean energy, native plants and species, pollinators, and water.  Our events typically last about an hour, and are presented in a variety of formats, from having an expert give a presentation, providing a demonstration or a tour, or hosting a film screening. Check out our event calendar to join us at an upcoming event!

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We regularly send important updates that cover the most important conservation issues facing our state and country. We also provide alerts about events, and how you can take meaningful action to protect the environment at the local, state, and national level.

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Common Ground would not be able to do this important environmental work without some of our amazing partners!