Green Omaha Coalition
In 2006, the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities helped to found the Green Omaha Coalition. The mission of the Green Omaha Coalition is promoting a healthy, sustainable community through partnerships, policy, and smart solutions.
Primarily the GOC intends to accomplish its mission through leadership and coalition building with public and private sector entities and residents as a whole – fostering collaboration with key stakeholders in the community to accelerate the adoption of green practices, policies, and programs. Today, the Green Omaha Coalition is the sponsor and producer of the highly successful Earth Day Omaha, among other events and programs.
Partnering with the city government, educational facilities, public agencies, the private sector, and non-profit groups, the GOC provides education, information, technical assistance and training.
The GOC began as the formation of an alliance of organizations that were pursuing a common goal of a “Green Omaha.” The purpose of aligning our forces was the pooling of our efforts to achieve greater influence within the community to accomplish this common objective. The GOC recognizes that the quality of the Omaha environment has a significant impact on the quality of life for our citizens. The plans laid now will influence the future economic development of Omaha by its ability to attract business and people to the area and keep them here.
The GOC was formed to provide a framework for developing new and expanding existing green initiatives throughout the Greater Omaha community. The strength of the coalition comes from the diversity of its membership and the leadership it will provide. Greening the way we think will benefit those that call this area home.
Green Omaha Coalition forming partners include:
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Omaha Chapter
Bahr Vermeer Haecker Architects
City of Omaha Office of the Mayor
Douglas County Health Department
HDR Architecture Inc.
Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
Keep Omaha Beautiful
Kiewit Building Group Inc.
Lamp, Rynearson, and Associates
Lead-Safe Omaha Coalition
Metropolitan Area Planning Agency
Omaha by Design
Our Healthy Community Partnership
RDG Planning and Design
Sustainability Leadership Institute, Midwestern Regional Office
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Peter Kiewit Institute
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center
University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health
US Green Building Council – Flatwater Chapter
In order to accomplish the mission of the GOC the following goals have been identified:
- Education and Community Outreach Educate and engage the Community on the importance, value and benefits of sustainability and conservation.
- Advocacy Advocate for policies that enhance sustainability efforts throughout the city.
- Green Program and Policies to foster integrated sustainable practices and behaviors that encompasses the environmental, social-cultural, technological, economic, and public policy aspects of the greater community.
- Healthy Communities Encourage the development of ‘green,’ livable communities through smart, sustainable practices.
To learn more about the Green Omaha Coalition, visit their website: www.greenomaha.org