Environmental Expo at Homestead National Monument of America @ Homestead Heritage Center
Aug 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Big Red Worms and Nebraska Farmers Union will have an info table. Come say hi!

Homestead National Monument of America is planning a FREE outdoor Environmental Expo for the evening of Wednesday, August 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. We would like you to join us! The event will take place at the Homestead Heritage Center located 4 miles west of Beatrice on Nebraska Highway 4.

Homestead National Monument of America is a site committed to being on the cutting edge in using innovative technology, renewable, economical and environmentally friendly energy resources, and sustainable practices. It is committed to becoming a leading force in our community in the area of environmental compliance, pollution prevention and continuous improvement and education.

The staff at Homestead National Monument of America is excited about making a positive impact on energy consumption, preservation of resources, sharing results through practical application and producing a lasting legacy of improvement for all. If you have any questions, please contact Claire Lampo at 402-223-3514.

Aug 13 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Enjoy interactive, family-oriented activities designed to provide information about sustainable living practices. Drawings will be held during the event (10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.) for prizes donated by festival partners.

  • Learn how worms convert food and animal waste into rich, living compost.
  • Race a solar car.
  • See how textile sustainability starts in your closet.
  • Learn how to track your water use to examine where you use the most water.
  • Visit LES’ “virtual” house for eco-friendly tips, information and videos on how to help make your home more energy efficient.
  • Check out the Tesla sedans and roadster.
  • Learn how to turn kitchen and other organic home waste into compost.
  • Make art using repurposed frames and household items.
  • Taste some solar popcorn.
  • See a wind turbine simulator and solar panel to learn more about renewable energy.
  • Experience “Nature Up Close” as you identify native wildlife and plants.


Community partners will hold live demonstrations throughout the event.

Sustainable Living Festival partners
Big Red Worms / Nebraska Farmers Union Lincoln Public School’s Food Waste Compost Program
Bike Lincoln – City of Lincoln Planning Department Nebraska Building Products
Black Market Sustainable Eco-friendly Workshop Nebraska Statewide Arboretum/ReTree Nebraska
City Recycling (Recycle Lincoln) – City of Lincoln Solid Waste Management Division Nebraska811
Cycle Works Pioneers Park Nature Center
Dixon Power Systems SWT Energy
EcoStores Nebraska Tesla Auto Club
Golf Course Superintendents Association of America UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
LES careers in energy and sustainability UNL Environmental Studies Department
LES hybrid vehicles UNL Nebraska Master Gardener Program
LES solar and wind turbine simulators Watershed Management
LES Sustainable Energy Program WasteCap Nebraska

2016 Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference @ Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
Nov 7 – Nov 8 all-day

Shaped by volunteers from state agencies, farmer and rancher organizations, public power utilities, and higher education professionals since 2008, the Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference is a two-day event that brings together people united by their passion for advancing Nebraska’s wind and solar industry.

They come to network, learn and be inspired by quality speakers and timely presentations. Over 500 people are expected to attend the 9th Annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference in Lincoln on November 7-8, 2016. We encourage participants to take advantage of the early registration discounts. Industry related companies should also consider exhibiting at or sponsoring the event.


Hotel Reservations

Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

333 S 13th Street  |  Lincoln, NE


$114 + tax / per night

1 parking pass per guestroom

Deadline: October 8th, 2016

Book now!

Sponsor / Exhibitor

Sponsors and exhibitors are vital to the success of the conference. There are multiple sponsorship levels available.

Become an exhibitor

Planning Committee


Adam Herink, John Hansen, Dan McGuire

Committee Members:

David Bracht, Gretchen Dolson, Danielle Jensen, Richard Lombardi, Tim Yager, John O’Connor,

David Rich, Michael Shonka, Kurt Stradley

Event Coordinator:

Nicole McDermott  |  402.637.4455  |

2016 Nebraska Farmers Union Convention @ Columbus Ramada Inn and River’s Edge Convention Center
Dec 9 – Dec 10 all-day