Nebraska Nexus: Resources, Conservation, Development and Change

What do construction waste, global population migration, food processing and distribution, the Ogallala Aquifer, Omaha and O’Neill, climate change, and economic development have to do with one another? A new video by the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities shows how interconnected and interdependent all of these factors are, and how addressing the nexus of global and local changes and pressures on our critical resources will ensure a strong and healthy future for our citizens.

Nebraska Nexus: Resources, Conservation, Development and Change is a 1 1/4-hour video that explores five critical resources—food, water, energy, land and materials, and how we must consider both conservation and development of those resources to respond effectively to global pressures and to ensure they remain sustainable for future generations and the high standard of living we now enjoy.

The culmination of four years of highly interactive workshops and conferences with civic leaders, ranchers, farmers, elected and appointed officials, students and concerned citizens across Nebraska, the video was produced with the support of Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Environmental Trust, with the administrative support of Nebraska Academy of Sciences.

The video was the featured film at the Reel to Real Film Festival in 2014, and was broadcast by Nebraska Educational Television a number of times.

Below are a multitude of resources for teachers and others who want to dig into the issues explored in the movie. Click on each subject heading to expand the list of resources available in each area.

Overview

Article link David Ochsner, Joslyn Institute Board Member, provides a compelling overview of Nebraska Nexus.

Introduction

[PDF] White Paper Resources Needed for Sustainability, by Nathan Morgan, Reference/Instructional Services Librarian at Reinert–Alumni Memorial Library, Creighton University. The report provides background on the five critical resources being explored in Nebraska Nexus.

[PDF] Essay “Nebraska’s Destiny Is Yet to Come”, by W. Cecil Steward, President and CEO of Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities. Steward asks what is the future, locally and around the earth for these vital resources, both from the perspective of a need for conservation as well as opportunities for careful development for future human uses?

[PDF] Map Megacities—population growth in world cities with populations of more than 10 million over time

[PDF] Map Bubble map showing world urban and rural populations

[PDF] Map Highly detailed map showing the effects of globalization on indigenous peoples throughout the world

[PDF] Map Map showing Nebraska counties’ population changes

Land

[PDF] Map Map showing rural land vs. population centers

[PDF] Map Map showing how land is used in Nebraska

[PDF] Paper White paper on land resources by Sandra Scofield

Water

[PDF] Map Map of Nebraska rivers

[PDF] Map Watershed boundaries of Nebraska

[PDF] Map Ogallala Aquifer saturated thickness as of 1980

[PDF] Map Ogallala Aquifer saturated thickness as of 2000

[PDF] Map Ogallala Aquifer saturated thickness as of 2009

[PDF] Map Ogallala Aquifer changes in saturated thickness, predevelopment to 2011

[PDF] Map Changes in Nebraska groundwater levels, predevelopment to Spring 2011

[PDF] Diagram Diagram showing the hyrological cycle

[JPG] Diagram Diagram demonstrating various ways groundwater becomes polluted

[PDF] Diagram Diagram showing the various agencies in charge of water management in Nebraska

[PDF] Paper White paper by James Goeke on Nebraska’s water resources

[PDF] Essay Water Wars: Why 10 Years of Funding Will Not Be Enough, by W. Cecil Steward

Food

[PDF] Diagram Food dollar diagram showing where each dollar consumers spend on food goes

[PDF] Paper White paper on the topic of food resources in Nebraska by Jim Crandall

Energy

[PDF] Map Classification of wind power potential across the United States

[PDF] Map Map of current wind power capabilities across the United States

[PDF] Diagram Pie chart showing where Nebraskans get their energy

[PDF] Diagram Chart showing per capita energy use, comparing Nebraska to the rest of the United States

[PDF] Graphic List A listing of the top 10 sources for biofuels

[PDF] Paper White paper on the topic of energy by Daniel Lawse

Materials

[PDF] Diagram A diagram showing the cycle of production to consumption, with emissions and waste, recycling and reuse, indicated

[PDF] Diagram Diagram showing the relative supplies of critical minerals and other elements left in the world

[PDF] Paper Debra Hansen’s white paper on materials in Nebraska

[PDF] Paper What are “green” building materials? This paper explains the concept.

Additional Background, Discussion Board & Discussion Guides

We maintain a discussion board on Nebraska resources, and we’d love to have you join in the conversations. Here is a link to the discussion board:
http://conversations.nslw.org/default.aspx and click here to download a PDF giving directions on how to use the discussion board.

[LINK] Article link  Listening to the Conversations: Water and Food — a summary of concerns and conversations about water and food at the Joslyn Institute’s Conversations Conferences in 2011 and 2012.

[LINK] Article link Listening to the Conversations: Energy and Materials — a summary of concerns and conversations about energy and materials at the Joslyn Institute’s Conversations Conferences in 2011 and 2012.

[LINK] Article link Listening to the Conversations: Land and Public Policy Recommendations — a summary of concerns and conversations about land at the Joslyn Institute’s Conversations Conferences in 2011 and 2012, and some ideas and suggestions for future action.

[PDF] Discussion questions Questions for discussions around the topic of land

[PDF] Discussion questions Questions for discussions around the topic of water

[PDF] Discussion questions Questions for discussions around the topic of food

[PDF] Discussion questions Questions for discussions around the topic of energy

[PDF] Discussion questions Questions for discussions around the topic of materials