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Omaha Climate Resiliency Summit

Join us April 2nd, 2024 for our Omaha Climate Resiliency Summit!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 @ 12:30 PM

Creighton University Harper Center, 602 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68178

Join Conservation Nebraska & Creighton's Office of Sustainability Programs for an exciting event focused on climate resilience in Omaha and what you can do in your community.

Event Schedule:

The Summit will start at 12:30 PM with a Welcome from Conservation Nebraska.

1:00 to 4:30 PM: Breakout sessions focused on different aspects of climate resilience.

4:30 to 5:30 PM: We will host a reception with hors d'oeuvres to provide you with an opportunity to get to know others in your community who are as interested in these issues as you are!

5:30 to 6:30 PM: We are excited to host a panel discussion featuring Omaha leaders discussing the still in-progress Climate Action Plan and what you can do to be engaged. 

6:30 to 7:30 PM: We are excited to bring a film screening of 2040 sponsored by the Public Health Association of Nebraska in celebration of National Public Health Week. 

Breakout Sessions will include: 

  • Infrastructure resiliency in the Omaha metro
  • Native Landscapes in Omaha
  • Waste management resiliency
  • Energy Innovation 
  • Lead: Understanding the health impacts and how to keep your family safe. 
  • More details below!

There are several ticket options below:

  • Afternoon Only - this will give you access to all afternoon sessions and the reception hour. 
  • Evening Keynote Only - this will give you access to the reception hour, evening keynote, and film screening. 
  • Entire Event - this will give you access to the entire event.
  • Student ticket - students may attend for free and will be required to show their student ID at check in

Registration is required to attend, secure your spot today!

Sponsorship:

Please consider being a sponsor of the event! All event proceeds will go toward supporting Conservation Nebraska's programs. 

$100 covers sending 10 water test kits to Nebraskans to make sure they know what's in their drinking water. 

$250 helps our provide organizing training to help communities address important local environmental issues. 

$500 helps us assist Nebraskans with acquiring water filtration systems to provide their families with safe drinking water. 

$1000 provides a month of educational programming through Common Ground.

Thank you to our partners and sponsors for their support of the 2024 Omaha Climate Resiliency Summit!

Time
Description Location
12:00 - 12:30 PM Summit Check-in
Harper Ballroom Foyer
12:30 - 1:00 PM Welcome from Conservation Nebraska
Harper Ballroom
1:00 - 2:00 PM Waste Management Resiliency A discussion about waste management & resiliency in Omaha, including recycling, waste diversion, composting, and the Omaha Solid Waste Program. Panelists include: Matt O'Connell (City of Omaha), Nick Chapman (City of Omaha), and Danielle Easdale (Firstar Fiber) Harper 2045

Infrastructure Resiliency Join two engineers with expertise in sustainability to learn about how we can build our infrastructure to be stronger and more resilient. Panelists include: Michaela Wittman and Mike McMeekin Harper 2046

Understanding Lead and Its Effects Learn about how lead poisoning occurs, how it affects the body, why it is such a big issue amongst children, and what you can do to mitigate the risk of lead poisoning. Panelists include: Noele Smith and Naudia J. McCracken Harper 2057
2:00 - 2:15 PM Break

2:15 - 3:15 PM Nitrate in Omaha and Northeast Nebraska A discussion with on water quality in the state of Nebraska and how you can be involved in an awesome citizen science project! Speaker: Dr. Shannon Bartlet-Hunt Harper 2045

Flooding in Omaha Speaker: Lori Laster, Stormwater Management Engineer Harper 2046

Powering Omaha: OPPD Sustainability Update Panelists include: Jeremy Bowers (OPPD Director, Environment and Regulatory Affairs) and Eric Williams (Chair, OPPD Board) Harper 2057
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break

3:30 - 4:30 PM Pollinator-Friendly Landscapes in Omaha Learn about how native plants attract pollinators and how changing urban landscapes can promote native plantings. Speakers: Anya Ortiz (Creighton University), Maria Sheshter (Creighton University), Caden Collins Harper 2045

Understanding Lead and Its Effects Learn about how lead poisoning occurs, how it affects the body, why it is such a big issue amongst children, and what you can do to mitigate the risk of lead poisoning. Panelists include: Noele Smith and Naudia J. McCracken Harper 2046

Powering Omaha: OPPD Sustainability Update Panelists include: Jeremy Bowers (OPPD Director, Environment and Regulatory Affairs) and Eric Williams (Chair, OPPD Board) Harper 2057

Energy Innovation Energy Innovation offers Nebraskans economic opportunities and energy independence. Join us for a discussion about what is driving innovation in energy at Omaha Public Power District and across our state. Panelists include: David Levy and Michaela Valentin Harper Ballroom
4:30 - 5:30 PM Reception Join us for a reception with hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity to network with people and organizations who are interested in the same issues as you are! Harper Ballroom Foyer
5:30 - 6:30 PM Evening Panel We are excited to host a panel discussion featuring Omaha leaders discussing the still in-progress Climate Action Plan and what you can do to be engaged. Panelists include: Dr. Jesse Bell (UNMC), Ted Redmond (paleBLUEdot), Pete Festersen (Omaha City Council) and Marco Floreani (Deputy Chief of Staff). Harper Ballroom
6:30 - 7:30 PM 2040 Film Screening We are excited to partner with the Public Health Association of Nebraska to bring a screening of the film 2040. Harper Ballroom
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