Former TGIT Programs and Presentations

Following is a list of past TGIT programs, with links to download the presentations given at those events. So, if you have to miss one, you can always catch up here.

17 March 2011 :: What is Green?
Greg Shinaut
An overview of "green" in the building industry
To download a PDF of Greg's PowerPoint presentation, click here.

24 March 2011 :: The House as a System
Greg Shinaut
Learn why systems-based thinking for your home is important for maintenance and energy efficiency
To download a copy of Greg's PowerPoint presentation, click here.

31 March 2011 :: Selling Green
Greg Shinaut
Learn how to successfully market a house with green features
To download a PowerPoint of the presentation PowerPoint, click here.

7 April 2011 :: Weatherizing Your Home
Greg Shinaut, Stephen Hassler, Lincoln Energy Challenge
Beyond the basics—Join us for a high-level discussion on weatherizing your home
Click here to download a PowerPoint of the presentation featuring the Witherbee Neighborhood.

14 April 2011 :: Recycling & Reuse in Home Building
Greg Shinaut
Learn how to reduce and divert construction waste away from the landfill while on site
To view a copy of Greg's PowerPoint, click here.

21 April 2011 :: How Green Is Affordable Housing?
Doug Boyd, Lincoln's Green Realtor®
How homes that are good values are also apportunities for a green lifestyle.
Download a copy of Doug Boyd's PowerPoint presentation: click here.

28 April 2011 :: Indoor Air Quality
Greg Shinaut
Find out how various energy efficiency measures can effect indoor air quality

May 5 :: Energy Star: What is it?
Greg Shinaut
What is Energy Star, and what does it mean to you?

June 23  ::  Making Sense of Sensible Making
W. Cecil Steward, FAIA, President; Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
Tom DeWeese and the American Policy Center believes sustainable development is an international conspiracy to destroy American's individual freedoms. Really??

June 30  ::  Water Quality and You
Mandi Conway, Water Quality Educator, Watershed Management Division Public Works & Utilities
What is a watershed? Why are they important and how do we protect them? Mandi will answer these questions, as well as, discuss the upcoming stream clean-up project, July 9th with EcoStores Nebraska. Come find out about this fun event and how you can participate. Click here to download a PowerPoint of the presentation.

 July 7  ::  Solutions Panel
Randy Schantell, SWT Energy, Inc.
Doug Boyd, Lincoln's Green Realtor®
W. Cecil Steward, FAIA, President; Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities
It's all about you! Get some one-on-one attention with an expert. Bring your retrofit, alternative energy, housing and sustainability questions to our panel discussion.

July 14  ::  Solar Water Heater Retrofit
Doug Boyd, Lincoln's Green Realtor®
Randy Schantell, SWT Energy, Inc.
Join Randy and Doug as they spec out a solar hot water heater retrofit project. Join in the discussion and get your retrofit questions answered as they go through the process of upgrading an older home. Click here to download a PowerPoint of the presentation.

July 28  ::  Preserving the Past; Preserving the Future
Michael Hootman, Research Architect
Using the C.R. Richards House (1902) as a case study, we will discuss the methods and means to restore an older home along Green guidelines. Historic research, Department of Interior Preservation Briefs, funding incentives, energy analysis, work progress and anecdotes will be presented. And as the efforts are on-going, there will be consideration of how to best move forward.

August 4  ::  Lincoln's Green Map
Doug Boyd, Lincoln's Green Realtor® and President, Lincoln Green by Design
Lincoln Green by Design Task Group Members
Lincoln Green by Design unveils Lincoln's newest "green" tool. The location of Lincoln's farmers' markets, greenest businesses, local foods sources and much more is at your fingertips. Join us and learn more!

August 11   :: The Low Down on Green Roofs
Emily Casper, ASLA, Landscape Architect University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Emily will discuss the Whittier Research Center courtyard green roof project at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She will also discuss the benefits of green roofs and how to implement a green roof system at your home or business.

 August 18   :: Managing Hazardous Materials in the Home: Utilization of Local Resources & Community-based Partnerships
Dan King, Environmental Health Specialist, Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator & Hazardous Materials First Responder at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln, Nebraska
Learn about the Lincoln-Lancaster County Household Hazardous Materials Program that works to reduce the risks associated with dangerous consumer products found in everyone's home. From endocrine disrupting pharmaceuticals and toxic pesticides to oil-based paint and piles of electronics, managing potentially hazardous products at the end of their life cycle can be a costly and challenging process.

August 25  ::  Recycling in Lincoln
Gene Hanlon, City of Lincoln Recycling Coordinator
Join us as Gene talks recycling. He will cover how to set up a recycling system in your home, as well as, provide a general overview of recycling in Lincoln. Bring your questions and join the discussion. 

September 1  ::  Photovoltaics 101
 Randy Schantell, Owner SWT Energy, Inc. 
Join Randy, owner of SWT Energy, Inc., as he uses his SWT Energy trailer to demonstrate a basic photovoltaic system and discuss different applications. Bring your curiosity and questions to this interactive presentation.

September 8  ::  Green Your Garden with Community CROPS
Ingrid Kirst, Executive Director of Community CROPS 
Throughout Lincoln, Community CROPS coordinates community gardens, beginning farmer training and gardening education. Join Ingrid Kirst, Executive Director of Community CROPS, for an overview of what's new in community gardening and farming, with an emphasis on some of the many ways you can make your garden greener.

September 15  ::  Photovoltaics - Part II
 Randy Schantell, SWT Energy Inc. 
Didn't get your questions answered at Randy's last presentation or weren't able to attend? Now's your chance. Randy's back for Part II. Join us and learn about basic photovoltaic systems and discuss different applications, as well as have your questions answered. 

September 22  ::  Wachiska Audubon Society: Preserving the Dignity of Living Things
Arlys Reitan, Wachiska Audubon Society  
The Wachiska Audubon Society (WAS) has been working to preserve southeast Nebraska's native habitat for almost 38 years. How much do you know about the WAS's programs, initiatives and outreach? Join Arlys as she shares the Wachiska story and mission. Learn about their good works and how you can get involved.

September 29  ::  A Brief History of Wind Power
Dennis Keim, Wind Energy Educator   
Join us for our first presentation featuring wind power. This Thursday, Dennis Keim, longtime wind energy educator,  will present an eclectic overview of wind systems and trends through the years with an emphasis on wind-electrics.

October 6 :: Keeping Our County Beautiful: It's Up to All of Us
Laurel Erickson, Keep Lincoln & Lancaster County Beautiful 
  Since the early 1980s, a local program has been educating about and picking up litter, encouraging residents to adopt the recycling habit and coordinating projects that improve the place we call home. Come and learn what Keep Lincoln-Lancaster County Beautiful is up to and how you can be involved.

October 13 :: The ZNETH House: Energy Modeling Informs Design Process
Tim Hemsath, AIA, Assistant Professor, UNL College of Architecture
In current contexts of architecture and engineering practices energy modeling is typically performed as a post-design validation. This has provided justification for energy efficiency savings as a compliance check for various green building rating systems. The value of this pre-construction energy performance validation plays a minimal role in the Architect's mind during design. The position of this paper calls for a shift in professional and academic culture about how energy modeling informs practice and the design process. Engineering firms are providing iterative modeling feedback earlier in the design process. This fact aids designers in optimizing design considerations for energy performance earlier on. There is a critical territory Architects and academic education can claim related to energy optimization in order to un-engineer early intuitive design decisions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how simulation tools leveraged for design decisions.
2. How to teach fundamental design using current energy modeling tools.
3. What benefits energy modeling tools have for architectural practice.
4. Demonstrate and explore conceptual design simulations for green building design material choices and conceptual energy modeling. 

October 20 :: Energy Savings 101
Bob Ruskamp, LES
The Lincoln Electric System works with customers on reducing their energy usage. Learn how to reduce your energy bills by doing simple low cost and no cost items throughout your home.

October 27 :: How to Make People Understand that Changing Their Oil in the Alley and Taking Long Showers are a Bad Thing
Brian Reetz, Program Coordinator at The Groundwater Foundation
Brian will present an overview about groundwater - It's the water you drink, It's the water that grows our crops - so we can all help learn how to protect this most valuable resource. Through community engagement, Brian travels the state educating and inspiring Nebraskans to do their part to make groundwater sustainable for future generations.

November 3 :: The Rights of Nature: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
Anne Hintz, Beaming Bioneers Nebraska
Join us as the Nebraska Bioneers present an intriguing film from this year's Bioneers Global Conference. The film follows Natalia Greene, President of Ecuador's National Coordinating Entity for Environmental NGOs, as she champions Rights of Nature. The Beaming Bioneers Nebraska are a local group that promotes environmental stewardship with a goal of providing a future for our grandchildren's grandchildren.

November 10 :: A Brief History of Wind Power, Part II
Dennis Keim, Wind Energy Educator
Join Dennis Keim, longtime wind energy educator, as he presents Part II of an eclectic overview of wind systems and trends through the years with an emphasis on wind-electrics.

  19 January 2012 :: Making Sustainable Landscape Design Decisions
Luann Finke, Owner, Finke Gardens
Many landscape choices or decisions go “unmade” during the construction or renovation of a home that contribute to the costs of maintaining the landscape and home environment. This presentation will provide a checklist of points to consider that will provide energy and resource savings over the life of a home’s landscape.Learn more,

26 January 2012 :: Making Agriculture Sustainable: The Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society (NSAS)
William Powers, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Executive Director
What is sustainable agriculture?  What sustainable agriculture practices can I use on my acreage, in town, in the country? This presentation will give some background on sustainable and organic agriculture in Nebraska as well as the vibrant and growing local foods and local farms movement in Nebraska and the U.S. Learn more

2 February 2012 :: Beaming Bioneers Nebraska
Adam Hintz, Beaming Bioneers Nebraska Member
Join us as the Nebraska Bioneers present an intriguing film from the 2011 Bioneers Global Conference. The film will focus on an aspect of environmental justice. Learn more

9 February 2012 :: Indoor Air Quality
Doug Boyd, Woods Bros Realtor and Lincoln Green by Design President
A review of the common hazards and contaminants to the air in our buildings. What is the impact to our health and how can we make the air in our buildings better?

16 February 2012 :: reEnergize Lincoln
Justin Lowndes, reEnergize Lincoln
The reEnergize Program is a collaboration between Omaha and Lincoln aimed at putting money back into the community by reducing our energy use through upgrades like air sealing, insulation, efficient furnaces or air conditioners, and lighting efficiency. Learn more

23 February 2012 :: Milestone Local Surfaces
Jen Carlson, Milestone Local Surfaces
Milestone will present an overview of the origins of Milestone and the reasons behind their new approach to manufacturing. Milestone differentiates themselves by offering a highly durable, fully custom product made from locally sourced raw materials.Learn more

March 1 :: Birding and Conservation in Nebraska
Dave Titterington, Wild Bird Habitat owner
Dave will give an overview of birding in Nebraska, the development of the Nebraska Birding Trails as a form of conservation of bird habitat through economic development and the benefits of backyard bird feeding. For more information on Wild Bird Habitat Stores, click here.

March 8 :: LES’ Sustainable Energy Program Incentives
Marc Shkolnick, LES manager of energy
If you are planning any projects that could increase your business or home’s energy efficiency, you may be interested in LES’ Sustainable Energy Program (SEP). Incentives are available for insulation, air conditioners, heat pumps, compressed air systems, energy management systems, heat pumps, lighting replacement, systems commissioning, variable frequency drive and more.

March 15 :: Bike Inspiration: Power & Art
Michael Walter, Reuse Artist
Michael Walter, local reuse artist, will discuss the local bike community, human power and art. As part of his presentation, he will create a piece of bike art to be raffled off to TGIT attendees.

March 22 :: Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center—A Nebraska Jewel!
Kevin Sander, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center Director
A brief overview of tall grass prairie, its importance, and things to do at Spring Creek Prairie.

March 29 :: Think Green? Print Green!
Nisha Avey, Business Development and Miriah Zajic, Vice President of A to Z Printing
How can printing be green? What would you print if you’re thinking green? Printing doesn’t have to be harmful to the environment.

April 5 :: An Introduction to The Living Building Challenge
Stuart Shell, AIA, LEED AP
Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales. It is comprised of seven performance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. The purpose of the Living Building Challenge is straightforward—it defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

April 12 :: Coloring Assurity Green
Tammy Rogers, Senior Business Analyst, Information Technology Department; Chairperson, Assurity Sustainability Task Force, and Roseann Christensen, Vice President, Marketing Services; Board member, Lincoln Green by Design
Tammy and Roseann will explain Assurity's various sustainability-related initiatives, including creation of the company's sustainability task force. They will briefly list the green features of the new building by presenting the Assurity Center website.

April 19 :: Photovoltaic Systems Are Better Than Money in the Bank
Randy Schantell, Owner SWT Energy Inc.
Thinking about adding solar to your home or business? Join Randy as he presents an overview of the current state of photovoltaics including:
• New Reduced Cost of Photovoltaic Systems
• New Lincoln Electric System Incentive
• SWT Energy's Rebate Program
• High rate of return- that only grows with utility rate increases 
• New Financing Options
• Payback Periods Less Than Ten Years
April 26 :: Waste to Energy: Adding Value to the Good Life
Dave Dingman, Biogas Energy Consultant
A renewable, non-fossil form of natural gas (methane), biogas provides an abundant and reliable source of renewable electricity and transportation fuel.  Dave will discuss the basics of biogas and share its applications and potentials for Nebraska.

May 3rd :: Green Business Models: Creating a Cooperative Future
Michael Henry, Membership & Outreach Manager, Open Harvest Cooperative
The basic idea of cooperatives is simple: a group of people working together democratically to achieve common goals.  Cooperatives can take many forms and are, at heart, grassroots community organizations. Click here to download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

May 10 :: :: The World Energy Project
Casey Heier, Operations Director, World Energy Project
Join us as Casey and his team give a broad overview of The World Energy Project (WEP) before they leave on their next trip to Africa. Learn why and how WEP's clean, sustainable energy systems are the perfect solution to empower a community to develop on its own. Learn more on their website.

May 17 :: Water: Connecting Everything to Everything Else
David C. Gosselin, Ph.D., P.G., Director, Environmental Studies and the Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network
Water and water issues impact everyone.  Join Dr. Gosselin as he engages attendees in the following questions:
•   What impact do water issues have on us?
•   How do we contribute to water issues?
•   What positive contributions can we make in solving water issues?

May 24 :: A Greener Way to Birth! MIDWIVES!
April Segura, Nebraska Friends of Midwives, Vice Chair
In a world where people are finally catching on to the whole "green" movement, midwives have been "green" all along.  Join April as she discusses not only the benefits of midwifery care, but how choosing midwives is more environmentally friendly. Visit the Nebraska Midwives website.

May 31 :: Natural Gas Vehicles for a Greener Future
Eric Hoke, Eric's Electric
Join Eric as he leads the group in a discussion about the benefits of converting vehicles to natural gas.

June 7 :: Growing Good Food Well: Common Good Farm
Evrett Lunquist and Ruth Chantry, farmers/
co-owners, Common Good Farm
The folks from Common Good Farm will share their experiences with the certified organic and certified biodynamic family farm, located near Raymond, Nebraska. Learn about community-supported agriculture, pastured egg flock, pastured pork, grass-fed beef and their annual plant sale. Visit the Common Good Farm website.

June 14 :: Sustainable Lincoln Plan:  Action Towards a Sustainable Future
Milo Mumgaard, J,D., Senior Policy Aide for Sustainability City of Lincoln Mayor's Office
The City of Lincoln is in the midst of the "Sustainable Lincoln" planning process, in which measurable targets and goals for the City and community are being developed for air, water, land, waste, energy, transportation and community "indicators." The "Sustainable Lincoln" plan will foster concrete action steps towards a more sustainable future. Learn more on the city's website.

June 21 :: Effects of Fireworks on Water Quality: Oak Lake Clean-Up
Emma R. Trewhitt, City of Lincoln Watershed Management Educator
Join us as Emma discusses how fireworks impact the quality of a waterway and the surrounding area not only from the physical trash that is left behind, but the toxic chemicals that are released into the waterway when that debris becomes wet. The site of EcoStores Nebraska and Watershed Management's Cleaner Streams Program second annual Oak Lake Clean-Up will be the case study. She will also highlight how easy it is to prevent such pollution, and extend an invitation to join the Oak Lake Clean-Up on Saturday, July 7th.

June 28 :: Nebraska's Energy Future
John Atkeison, Energy Policy Director  at the Nebraska Wildlife Federation
What we decide in 2012 and 2013 will affect our future for the forseeable future and beyond.  Will we sink more money into fixing the old dirty coal-fired electrical system or will we begin to build the clean renewable system of the future?  Will we continue to tolerate steadily rising coal prices or take the more economical price for power offered by modern wind turbines?  Will we choose to continue to spew greenhouse gas pollution like carbon dioxide or choose to stop quickly enough to avoid the worst consequences of global warming?

July 5 :: Norwex: Improving Quality of Life
Taylor Thompson, Independent Norwex Consultant
Norwex is a company that produces healthy and environmentally friendly cleaning products as well as personal care products. Their mission is to radically reduce the use of chemicals in our daily lives. During the past, human activity has significantly changed our environment, and the negative effects of this are becoming alarmingly seen daily.  No longer can we ignore the warning signs from nature. It is a fact; household pollutants have a profound impact on our environment and indoor air quality.

July 12 :: Getting a Truly "Green" Lawn
Mike Compton, Owner Mike's Organic Lawns
Join Mike as he explains what it takes to be an organic lawn service. He will also discuss how the reduction of waste and emissions, the composting of yard waste into usable products and environmentally friendly pest management play critical roles in his lawn care business.

July 19 :: Plant Therapy
Deb Hegemann, Horticultural Therapist

July 26 :: Current and Future Climate Change - What Does it Mean for Nebraska?
Dr. Tapan Pathak, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Educator in Climate Variability
Climate is always changing. In the short term, such as an hour or a day, we see changes in weather. Similarly, over a longer period such as 50 or 100 years, we see changes in variables such as temperature and precipitation. Changes in temperature in recent years has become a global concern due to their faster than normal rate of increase. Global temperature increase is also causing melting of glaciers, sea level rise, more frequent weather extremes, etc.

August 2 :: Goodwill in the Community: Recycling and the Dell Reconnect Program
Amanda Herndon, Goodwill Communications Specialist
An overview of Goodwill and their role in the community with a focus on Goodwill's recycling efforts and the Dell Reconnect Program.

August 9 :: Indigo Bridge Books: Socially Conscious Business Decisions
Aja, Indigo Bridge Books Manager
Indigo Bridge Books' programming and outreach efforts include the business’s green decisions and planning that lead to sustainable long-term business practices. Aja will also discuss Indigo Bridge Books' interesting reduce/reuse/recycle solutions that have been incorporated into normal business functions. More Information,

August 16 :: Climate Change and Industrial Scale Solutions
Richard Kettler, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Evidence is accumulating rapidly that indicates that climate change will be a significant environmental hazard in the immediate and long term future. The developed world has been ignoring warnings about the dangers of anthropogenic climate change for over 40 years. Although both the private sector and governmental organizations are taking actions to adapt to climate change, efforts to halt or reverse the process are minimal and it is unlikely that any significant efforts will be undertaken for the next decade. Moreover, because of the time required for implementation, steps such as increasing vehicle or building efficiencies are likely to be ineffective in reducing carbon dioxide emissions for at least a generation. A logical outcome is that capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide will be undertaken on an industrial scale.

August 23 :: Have a Seat Workshop - Part I
Deb Hegemann, Dragonfly Designs/EcoStores Nebraska
Learn tool basics while making your own one-butt bench in a two-part workshop. Participants will learn about basic tools (drill, power sander and power miter saw), discuss the beauty of selecting and using salvaged materials and help participants discover how to find hidden treasures at EcoStores Nebraska for future projects.
Cost $60

August 30 :: Sustainable Churches: Re-Imagining Christianity for a Warming World
Rev. Kim Morrow Hinrichs, Minister of Sustainability, First-Plymouth Church
Christianity has a spotty record when it comes to environmental stewardship. The new world we find ourselves in, however, is demanding the attention and adaptation of all Christians. When we investigate the roots of our faith, we find that we do, indeed, have the seeds for a holistic re-imagining of ourselves, God, and our relation to all living things. Learn how churches can creatively embrace sustainable practices, and build joy and community along the way.

September 6 :: Go Green for Big Red
Prabhakar Shrestha, Go Green for Big Red Recycle Co-Coordinator
Join Prabhakar for an overview of the community and student supported “Go Green for Big Red” program. Go Green for Big Red volunteers mingle with tailgaters prior to kickoff educating them about sustainable practices like recycling. In the last year, Go Green for Big Red diverted more than 24,000 lbs of plastic and glass from entering the landfill. This year, the program is currently seeking active volunteers and partners among different businesses for the 2012 Huskers football season.

October 11 :: Lincoln Green by Design: Earth Day & Green Map
Doug Boyd, Lincoln's Green Realtor®, President, Lincoln Green by Design
Join us as Doug shares Lincoln Green by Design's plans for Earth Day 2013 and unveils Lincoln's newest "green" tool, the Lincoln Green Map. The location of Lincoln's farmers' markets, greenest businesses, local foods sources and much more is at your fingertips. Join us and learn more!

October 18 :: Turn Your Junk Mail into Paper!
Christopher James and Lisa Thomas, Porridge Papers
Join Christopher and Lisa as they demonstrate how to turn all that annoying junk mail into paper at home. It's a fun and easy activity that’s fun for all ages! Porridge Papers