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2022 Webinars

Nebraska Feedlot Composting Project

When yard waste meets feedlot manure, soil health can be improved! Learn how these “waste” products are turned into valuable compost that farmers can use to organically provide nutrition to crops over a number of years and to improve soil health and moisture retention. Feedlot composting is an investment that can pay the farmer, the municipality, and the composter. We covered examples of successful operations and demonstrated the financial tool developed to help show the feasibility of this kind of operation. We also talked about the barriers and benefits for stakeholders in an operation like this. This webinar was held on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022. It is the culmination of a project funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Webinar speakers included: Joey Schmitt: Joey Schmitt is a Project Director at Action Research with over ten years of behavior change experience. Joey has extensive experience managing and directing projects for multi-jurisdictional public agencies, non-profits, and private businesses. Kyle Temple: Kyle Temple is a Natural Resources Technician with the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District (MNNRD). Kyle is involved with the MNNRD’s project to utilize Eastern Red Cedar wood chips and animal manure on field plot studies near Ainsworth and Valentine. Jean Waters: Jean Waters is a consultant providing services in various aspects of sustainability to small businesses and environmental non-profits. Aaron Hird: Aaron Hird is the State Soil Health Specialist for the Nebraska NRCS, working in Lincoln, NE. Aaron has experience working with cover crops, soil health and soils as a conservationist for more than 15 years and is excited to promote soil health.

2021 Webinars

Let’s Talk about Recycling and Accessibility

This webinar by the Nebraska Recycling Council features two panelists, Hillary Scanlon, Founder and CEO of STIL Solutions in Toronto, Canada, and Gloria Eddins, the ADA Coordinator for the State of Nebraska. According to the CDC, 25.6% of adults in the United States live with a disability. In Nebraska, 22.2% of adults live with a disability. We hear from two women with physical disabilities on what their experience as a citizen has been with recycling, to name and address the barriers to making recycling accessible, and discuss recommendations and solutions for increasing access to recycling for people with disabilities.

Simplify the Holidays

The Nebraska Recycling Council hosted a free webinar in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity about simplifying the winter holidays and other celebrations through waste reduction. Just after the Halloween candy is gone, we start to think about winter holiday gift giving. This webinar included tips, tricks and hacks for having a low-waste and less stressful holiday season and other special occasions. Speakers included: Kelley Dennings, Sarah Baillie, and Adoma Addo from the Center for Biological Diversity and Belinda Chiu from Think Zero LLC.

2020 Webinars

Waste Reduction: National Survey Results & Campaign Solutions that Look Upstream
The Center for Biological Diversity develops and executes campaigns to address how the effects of population pressure and inequitable consumption impact our environment. We know the statistics: The average American has an environmental footprint 60% larger than most Europeans and each American makes nearly twice as much waste now as a person did in 1960. We are working on solutions: Effective campaigns are underpinned by research and to that end the Center recently conducted a U.S. national representative survey and multiple focus groups to better understand consumption awareness, attitudes and behaviors specific to the following topics – zero waste planning, extended producer responsibility and conscious consumption. The results of this research will support the Center in building future campaigns. We invited the audience to share their ideas with us in the hopes of identifying partnerships willing to collaborate and work together. Especially since Nebraska participated in the research.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Kelley Dennings is a campaigner with the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity. Prior to the Center, she worked as a local government recycling coordinator, and for NC’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Keep America Beautiful and the American Forest Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resources from N.C. State and a master’s degree in public health from the University of South Florida.

Recognizing Healthy Soil
Understanding the principles of soil health can allow you to recognize healthy soil and provide ways for you to “unlock” your farm’s potential. Soil health is more than just a buzzword. This presentation will dig in and help you identify key resources available to you and your farm. Healthy, fully functioning soil provides an environment that sustains and nourishes plants, soil microbes and beneficial insects. Managing for soil health is one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase productivity and profitability while improving the environment. A major factor influencing agronomic production worldwide and for sure in Nebraska is the developing inability of soil to resiliently withstand disturbances and continue to function. Soil health management leads to increased soil resilience which could allow your farm to stay consistently productive now and into the future. Let’s check out how soil health is related to how soil functions and identify the relationship between us and our soil’s health.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER – Aaron Hird is the Nebraska NRCS State Soil Health Specialist. Aaron has been working with cover crops and soil health for more than 14 years and is excited to promote the Nebraska NRCS Soil Health Initiative. Through this initiative the NRCS has established cover crop demonstration field sites across the state with local farmers. These projects help to promote the use of soil health management systems on all types of ag land. Aaron and Nebraska NRCS intend to help Nebraska farmers and ranchers learn and gain experience necessary to improve the soil health on their land.

RecycleCoach and ReCollect Demos and Meeting
Demos and a meeting to discuss the possibility of participating in a statewide subscription to an online platform that supports municipal solid waste and recycling programs.

2019 Webinars

Introducing the Municipal Measurement Program to Nebraska
Municipalities face a variety of challenges when it comes to reducing the amount of waste their communities produce. Program managers have limited time and budget which makes it difficult to properly measure the progress they are making toward achieving their diversion goals. Tracking important performance metrics and researching program improvement options can also be challenging. Without efficient access to reliable program performance reports, municipal staff can struggle to identify the best course of action to improve recycling. Watch this webinar to discover how the MMP will help municipalities overcome these challenges and improve their waste & recycling programs.

Construction Waste Management Theory & Practice
Daniel Hartsig, Director of Project Management at WasteCap Wisconsin, and Brittney Albin, Lincoln Public Schools Sustainability Coordinator, present construction waste management planning, contract requirements, oversight, and outcomes on projects.

Setting Up Glass Recycling Programs for Communities
Is your community struggling with glass? In this webinar, Lauren Henry discusses how to begin a glass recycling program with Ripple Glass and how the glass industry is doing despite the changes in recycling.

2018 Webinars

Impacting School Sustainability from the Top Down and the Bottom Up
We are bombarded daily with techniques that are new, innovative and offer change, but do we really need to re-invent the wheel every time a new idea comes out? Chris Vail presents guidelines, practices and methods that assist our communities in striving to recycle more, waste less and focus on source reduction.

Waste reduction – the forgotten R
Kelley Dennings and Casey Williams highlight recent waste reduction research and intervention results from New Dream. New Dream’s mission, as a national non-profit organization, is to empower individuals, communities and organizations to transform their consumption habits to improve well-being for people and the planet.

Identifying & Engaging Future Environmental Leaders Through School & Community Programs
What is the best approach when trying to identify and engage future environmental leaders? Jessica Hare discusses her strategies for developing and maintaining new and worthwhile educational programs.

Hub & Spoke: A Recycling Model for Rural Communities
Recycling in rural areas presents unique challenges. One option is to form multi-community partnerships to capitalize on economies of scale. Learn how rural Nebraska communities can improve their recycling programs with the hub and spoke recycling model.

What is Community-Based Social Marketing and How Can it Help Improve Your Community’s Recycling Program?
Jennifer Tabanico, President of Action Research, covers the basic principles of community-based social marketing as a behavior-based approach for developing effective recycling programs.

Building on Goodwill’s Legacy of Reuse, Repurposing, and Recycling in Greater Nebraska
Tammy Slater, CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Nebraska. Inc., gives a presentation about the Recycling, Re-Using and Re-Purposing activities of her organization. Learn about their programs, successes, and challenges, including a glass recycling pilot launched in 2017.

Navigating Lincoln’s Cardboard Ban for the Commercial Sector
Lincoln’s landfill ban on cardboard will be effective April 1, 2018. Learn about financial and technical resources available to businesses, what constitutes contamination and how to prevent it, and how to work with your hauler to ensure a successful recycling program. Due to some technical difficulties during the webinar, you can follow along with the slides HERE.

One Province, One System: A Recycling Model Funded by Producers
Allen Langdon gives an overview of the Recycle BC program, the first 100% Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in North America where industry assumes full financial and managerial responsibility for the residential recycling system.

2017 Webinars

Best Management Practices for Retail Featuring Eagle Printing & Sign
Matt Ashmore talks about his locally-owned print shop and their sustainable business practices.

Best Management Practices for Offices Featuring HDR
Learn about HDR’s sustainable business practices, measurable goals, green team structure, and how they are committed to reducing their environmental impact.

Best Management Practices for Hospitality Featuring St. Julien Hotel & Spa
Learn how St. Julien Hotel & Spa achieves its zero waste goals.

Best Management Practices for Restaurants and Bars Featuring BarFly Ventures
Learn how HopCat-Lincoln and other BarFly Ventures restaurants strive to compost and recycle up to 90% of their total waste stream.

Waste & Recycling Industries Smart Technology
Learn how smart technology has entered the waste and recycling services market.

EPS Recycling Made Easy
Learn how to recycle EPS foam (expanded polystyrene – #6 plastic).

Becoming a Nebraska Certified Electronics Recycler
This webinar will answer your questions by providing an overview of becoming a certified electronics recycler.