City Sprouts  In Omaha, Nebraska, community members, students, neighbors, and gardeners are working together to turn neglected inner-city vacant lots into beautiful, safe, and productive gardens.

Sustainable Agriculture  The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Inc. is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just, and humane.

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society  To promote agriculture & food systems that build healthy land, people, communities & quality of life, for present & future generations.

Nebraska Center for Rural Affairs  The Center for Rural Affairs, a private, non-profit organization, is working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

Architecture & Design

Architecture 2030  Slowing the growth rate of greenhouse gas emissions and then reversing it over the next ten years will require immediate action and a concerted global effort. As Architecture 2030 has shown, buildings are the major source of demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases. Stabilizing emissions in this sector and then reversing them to acceptable levels is key to keeping global warming to approximately a degree centigrade above today’s level.

Design Intelligence  Trends, research, and strategies for the design professional. DesignIntelligence is a monthly newsletter publication published by Greenway Communications. The content is designed for leaders involved in transformative processes improving the built environment and the design professions.

US Green Building Council  The Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. USGBC also oversees the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program.

College of Architecture, University of Nebraska  Information on the College of Architecture, University of NE – Lincoln

Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc.  Founded in 1959 by Don Lamp and Bill Rynearson, Lamp, Rynearson & Associates quickly became widely known and greatly respected for thorough civil engineering and accurate surveying. Lamp, Rynearson & Associates (LRA) has evolved in size and scope since launching the firm.

WRK LLC Real Estate  WRK LLC is a company built upon the principle of positive lasting change. We have uncompromising dedication to make effective, enduring, and affirmative change with all we do.

NEBCO, Inc.   NEBCO’s operations span the state of Nebraska and supply the construction industry with the materials needed to construct buildings, streets and highways. The company’s business interests also include mining, highway and road construction, finance, real estate development, agriculture, transportation, recreation, railroading and warehousing.

Lincoln Public Schools  The 2006-07 school year saw Lincoln Public Schools make great strides toward construction projects throughout the District. Each of the 28 projects that is covered under the 2006 $250 million bond has either been started, completed or is currently in the design phase. This construction is intended to meet LEED Silver standards.

US Green Building Council-Flatwater Chapter  Our mission maintains energy and momentum as the cycle revolves from education to encouraging implementation, to exploring and trying. This develops more material for education and thus becomes a sustainable entity.

Jens Jensen Legacy Project  The Jens Jensen Legacy Project educates and informs the public about the legacy and vision of Jens Jensen, a master of American landscape architecture.

National Trust for Historic Preservation  As the leader of America’s dynamic preservation movement, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has worked for more than half a century to save the historic buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes that form our communities and enrich our lives. People just like you are working all over the country to make sure that our rich heritage stays alive.

Bluestone Development  Bluestone is an urban development group that designs, analyzes and builds urban housing projects.

Reed Construction Data

Construction Management Dept. University of Nebraska

Nebraska State Building Division  The State Building Division is responsible for providing centralized management of State of NE buildings and capital construction projects.

AIA Nebraska  The flagship program of AIA150, the Blueprint for America engages the profession in service to communities across the nation, working collaboratively with government officials and business leaders, engaging citizens in dialogue, sharing basic community design principles, identifying neighborhood conditions in need of improvement, and, along the way, demonstrating the visionary role of architects in creating a better quality of life for all.

Community Networks & Planning

Next Step  The Minnesota Sustainable Communities Network; taking the next step toward a sustainable future. An excellent resource with a wealth of information on several sustainable topics.

Institute for Sustainable Development To facilitate change for a sustainable future by partnering with others to create a practice of sustainable community development and a network supporting communities thus engaged.

Institute for Sustainable Communities  The Institute for Sustainable Communities works with communities in existing and emerging democracies, providing training, advice, and grants for sustainable development.

Sustainable Institute  The Sustainable Institute is a think-do tank dedicated to sustainable resource use, sustainable economics, and sustainable community.

New Urban News   The latest developments in new urbanism and smart growth

Project for Public Spaces  The Project for Public Space has helped over 1,000 communities in 44 states and 12 countries improve their parks, markets, streets, transit stations, libraries and countless other public spaces.

Imagine Chicago  Imagine Chicago is a non-profit organization that helps people develop their imagination as city creators. It offers everyone, especially young people, the opportunity to invest themselves in the city’s future.

Nebraska Arts Council  Nebraska Arts Council’s mission is to promote, cultivate and sustain the arts for the people of Nebraska.

Destination Midtown  With input from residents, business owners, employees and other concerned parties, Destination Midtown aims to transform Midtown into a vibrant area for growth and development.

Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha  The mission of the Neighborhood Center for Greater Omaha is to build capacity and strengthen neighborhoods throughout Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties so that residents become change agents in their neighborhood.

Omaha Community Foundation  The Omaha Community Foundation is: a collection of more than 300 charitable funds built with gifts and bequests from many people in the greater Omaha, southwest Iowa, and southeast Nebraska areas; a service for giving that provides flexibility to meet a broad range of needs through a variety of gifts and giving techniques; a partner with professional advisors to create highly personalized and effective approaches to charitable giving for their clients; a grant maker that awarded over $31 million in 2002, uniting the generosity of our donors with the needs of the community; a community leader that brings people and organizations together to create positive change.

Green Omaha Coalition  Promoting a healthy, sustainable community through partnerships, policy, and smart solutions.

High Level Happiness is an initiative to construct 10 large multi-facted treehouses throughout the city of Lincoln. The Joslyn Institute is a partner in this endeavor. 

Omaha by Design Omaha by Design began as an initiative of the Omaha Community Foundation. In 1999, the Omaha Community Foundation commissioned the Omaha Philanthropy Study to explore the vision Omahan’s have for their city’s future and help define how the Foundation can better serve the community. The study, “Omaha, Above All Others On A Stream,” found that Omahan?s want their city to have five traits. For the next two years, OCF researched what it meant to be connected, smart, significant, sparkling and fun. At that time an organization called Lively Omaha was created as the product of that research.

Lincoln Green by Design

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum  The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s mission is to enrich lives through the beauty and wonder of plants.

Junior League of Omaha  The Junior League of Omaha is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Cranbrook House  Over the years, Cranbrook has evolved from a private community to an educational and cultural resource for southeast Michigan and beyond. Today, Cranbrook is a cornerstone among metropolitan Detroit’s cultural offerings. Our art and science museums challenge visitors intellectually and aesthetically. Our Academy of Art offers an internationally renowned graduate arts program. Cranbrook’s schools are among the finest independent schools in the nation.

Smart Growth America  A nationwide coalition promoting a better way to grow: one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods, keeps housing affordable, and provides more transportation choices

City of Lincoln, Urban Development

Lincoln Action Program

Denver Regional Council of Governments  The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) fosters regional cooperation between 52 county and municipal governments in the Denver metropolitan area.

Metropolitan Mayors Caucus  The 272 Mayors who make up the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus understand that Chicago and its surrounding municipalities have much in common.

Envision Utah  A public/private partnership for quality growth: Keeping Utah beautiful, prosperous and neighborly for future generations.

Economic Development

Redefining Progress  Redefining Progress works with a broad array of partners to shift the economy and public policy towards sustainability.

Nebraska Investment Finance Authority

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development  Building Partnerships for Progress

Organic Trade Association  The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for the organic industry in North America. OTA’s mission is to encourage global sustainability through promoting and protecting the growth of diverse organic trade.

The Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council  The Corridor Council is a private, non-profit corporation composed of contributing members from the region’s business and public sectors.

Nebraska Innovation Zone Commission  The NIZC advocates and recommends programs that encourage regional cooperation and foster community sustainability and economic development initiatives.


Lincoln Electric System  A sustainable energy program that will increase Lincoln Electric System’s (LES) use of renewable energy and encourage customers to conserve energy was approved Friday (10/19) by the LES Administrative Board as a part of its 2008 budget.

Green Power Network  The clearinghouse for information on the electric power industry’s green power efforts.

Smart Communities Network  Creating energy-smart communities

State Incentives for Renewable Energy  The Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP)  Emerging issues in renewable energy

EERE State Energy Alternative  Provides state and local officials with information about their renewable energy and energy efficiency options.


Sustainability Leadership Institute  The Sustainability Leadership Institute is a research and educational organization dedicated to developing leadership capacity in local, national and international organizations and communities needed to create a more sustainable economic, environmental and social future.

UN-Habitat  Best Practices Database

Place Matters  High performance approaches to civic engagement, community design and decision making.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

City of Omaha

Dubai International Award  Website for the Dubai International Award for Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment.

Natural Resources & the Environment

Nebraska Environmental Trust  The Nebraska Environmental Trust is a state program dedicated to the preservation of Nebraska’s natural resources. The Nebraska Environmental Trust provides the seed money needed to preserve critical habitat areas, protect water supplies and establish recycling programs in Nebraska through a unique combination of lottery proceeds and private donations.

Groundwater Foundation  The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and motivating people to care for and about groundwater

Omaha Chapter of the Sierra Club  The Mission of The Sierra Club Foundation is to advance the preservation and protection of the natural environment by empowering the citizenry, especially democratically-based grassroots organizations, with charitable resources to further the cause of environmental protection. The Sierra Club is the vehicle through which The Sierra Club Foundation generally fulfills its charitable mission.

City of Lincoln  In September of 2007, Mayor Beutler created the Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Committee to address municipally based sustainability initiatives.

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

Global Footprint Network  Working for a cleaner, healthier Earth. Take the Footprint Quiz and discover how lightly (or harshly!) you tread upon the earth.

Public Health

Active Living by Design  Active Living by Design is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a part of the UNC School of Public Health in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The program will establish and evaluate innovative approaches to increase physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies.

Small Step  A Health and Human Services government website. Loaded with tips for adults and kids.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Public Policy

Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest  The Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, Inc., is a non-profit, non-partisan law project committed to equal justice for all Nebraskans. We speak out for people with little or no access to the halls of power. We use our voice on behalf of: working poor families needing better paying jobs; welfare recipients powerless in a problematic system; new immigrants caught in a web of exploitation; family farmers watching a lifetime of work disappear; struggling communities seeking justice for their residents. We join our skills with civic and community-based organization leaders, other professionals, and community members to seek lasting solutions to public interest problems.

League of Women Voters  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Recycling & Waste Management

Wastecap Nebraska  WasteCap Nebraska is a non-profit organization that provides confidential, non-regulatory waste reduction and recycling services to Nebraska businesses. WasteCap offers on-site assessments, employee training, workshops and product recycling research as well as recycling contract management services.

Keep Nebraska Beautiful, Materials Exchange  The materials exchange program website of Keep Nebraska Beautiful

Building Materials Reuse Association  The BMRA is an educational organization whose mission is to facilitate building deconstruction and the reuse/recycling of recovered building materials.

EcoStores  EcoStores Nebraska is a store selling second-use building and remodling materials to the public at 50% to 90% off retail. As a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization, we accept tax-deductible donations of almost any usable building or remodling material including furniture and office items.

City of Lincoln, Waste Management