Questions and Answers

We've tried to anticipate your questions about Eco Products & Services Center, and have included our best answers below. But if you have other questions, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail, or just come in and visit, and we'll be happy to help!

General Questions

Q. What is the Eco Products and Services Center (EPSC)?
A. The EPSC is a one-stop information center for a broad variety of green products and services designed to make locating, researching and selecting these products more convenient for consumers.

Q. Is the EPSC a non-profit?
A. Yes. Created in 2010 under the Nebraska Center for Sustainable Construction (NCSC) (joining two other existing divisions: EcoStores Nebraska and DeConstruction Nebraska), EPSC is a "doing business as [dba]" division of the non-profit Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, with offices in Lincoln and Omaha.

Q. What are the hours and days of operation?
A. EPSC is open from 9 am - 6 pm, Monday - Friday, and 9 am - 4 pm on Saturdays. EPSC is closed on Sundays.

Q. Why a one-stop information center?
A. Lincoln and southeast Nebraska are on the verge of a building boom requiring green products and services to meet new energy efficiency and green building standards proposed by city, state and federal governments and supported by local public utility companies. LES's Sustainable Energy Program and the upcoming Lincoln's Energy Challenge are two examples of programs that will drive the awareness and need for green products and services in the next several years.

Trying to locate all the green products and services needed for an energy efficiency upgrade or a remodeling project can be time consuming and frustrating for consumers. The EPSC concentrates a broad variety of green products and services into one location with knowledgeable staff and available resources simplifying the process.

Q. What is the purpose of EPSC?
A. To make the process of researching, locating and selecting green products and services more convenient for consumers. By increasing the exposure to green products and services to consumers through a convenient one-stop shop with knowledgeable staff, the EPSC will increase the use of these green products and services ultimately reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency throughout the region, and the state.

Q. What products are available?
A. Green products and services manufactured or marketed in the Lincoln/Omaha area. Products and services are not limited to building materials and also include alternative energy exhibits. In addition, the EPSC is attached and adjacent to EcoStores Nebraska, which has an extensive inventory of second-use building materials and supplies. EcoStores Nebraska and the EPSC form a complete and comprehensive community center of green design and construction information unique to Lincoln and the Flatwater metro region.

Q. Why build, remodel or retrofit with green products?
A. There are many benefits to building, remodeling and retrofitting with green products. Environmental benefits include improved air and water quality, reduced waste streams and the conservation of natural resources. Economic benefits include reduced operating costs and improved occupant productivity. Social benefits are of the utmost importance to most homeowners. These benefits include enhanced occupant comfort and health, heightened aesthetic qualities, increased home energy efficiency and improved overall quality of life.

The use of green building products is instrumental in reducing a community's carbon footprint. And, the increased availability of federal and local incentives for green building projects are also powerful green building benefits.

Q. Where can I find the Think Green It's Thursday (TGIT) schedule?
A. The TGIT schedule can be found on the News and Events page.

Q. Is EPSC handicap accessible?
A. Yes.

Exhibitors/Vendors

Q. Why should my company exhibit at EPSC?
A. Lincoln and southeast Nebraska are on the verge of a building boom requiring green products and services to meet new energy efficiency and green building standards proposed by city, state and federal governments and supported by local public utility companies. LES's Sustainable Energy Program and the upcoming Lincoln's Energy Challenge are two examples of programs that will drive the awareness and need for green products and services in the next several years.

Even though awareness of green products and services will grow, consumers face barriers. Reliable green products and services information is broadly dispersed and difficult to collect and consumers often find green product certifications and marketing confusing.

Research reveals that consumers in the green product market need their own private green concierge' to personally help them navigate the research, selection and purchase of green products. EPSC will accomplish this by providing:
•   A large variety of green products and services information in one location
•   Knowledgeable staff to evaluate green product claims, labeling and labeling standards, installation of products, and information on rebates, resources and product benefits
•   Education and information on best practices
•   Information on other green resources including, nonprofits, utilities, websites and research

Companies marketing green products and services need their products to not only stand out but also be featured in a crowded and confusing market.

In addition, since the EPSC is attached to EcoStores Nebraska, all traffic will flow through the EPSC exposing every customer to the EPSC exhibits, as well as the electronic and media advantages of the common market.

Q. How do I get more information on exhibiting?
A. Contact Craig Steward, manager, at 477.3606 or craig.steward@ecostoresne.org or contact Christine Hunt, communications/marketing at 477.3606 or christine.hunt@ecostoresne.org.

Q. Are sales made at EPSC?
A. No. Exhibit spaces are for display and informational purposes. The EPSC staff will not make sales transactions for any exhibitors. However, exhibitors attending their product displays may take orders and conduct business.

Q. Do the exhibit spaces have electricity?
A. Yes. All exhibit spaces have access to flexible lighting and convenient electrical outlets.

Q. Are design services for exhibit booths available?
A. Yes, for additional fees, both website and exhibit design services are available.

Q. Is there an office available with printer, phone and computer for exhibitor’s use while onsite?
A. Yes, there is a community office available for exhibitors to conduct business onsite.

Q. Does the exhibit center and conference room have Wi-Fi?
A. Yes.