Environmental Conservation

Windmill alternative energy

The Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees through a variety of programs including Tree Campus USA, Replanting Our National Forests, and others.

EPA's WaterSense
EPA's Watersense website has water efficiency products, tips, rebates, and resources for all your water saving needs.

Fontenelle Forest is one of Nebraska's oldest conservation organizations and one of the largest private nature centers in the nation.

Indoor Water Saving Tips
Learn how you can save water around the house at this site.

Metro Rideshare
MetrO! Rideshare is a free, quick, and secure service that connects commuters throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area who are interested in carpooling and other alternative forms of transportation. Simply create a new account and profile and Metro Rideshare will automatically search for commute matches according to your personal preferences.
Carpooling helps save money on fuel and vehicle wear and tear. Having someone share the ride can also be fun and relaxing. And by carpooling you are helping to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and to decrease pollution in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

Plan your trip. Find a bus stop. Buy bus tickets. Find out all you ever needed to know about Omaha's Metro Transit system.

Rain Gardens for Homeowners
Learn how to build a rain garden. Homeowners can reduce water runoff from their yards by using a functional and aesthetic design practice called a rain garden. A rain garden is a small area in a residential yard or neighborhood planted with flowers and ornamental grasses designed to temporarily hold and soak in rain water that comes from a house roof, driveway or other open area. A rain garden is not a pond or wetland. It is dry most of the time and holds water after a rain. Water collected in the rain garden slowly infiltrates into the soil to support plant growth. In a properly sited and designed rain garden standing water disappears in less than 48 hours.

ReTree Nebraska is a 10-year cooperative initiative to raise public awareness of the value of trees and reverse the decline and improve the sustainability of community trees and forests.  The primary goal of ReTree Nebraska is to work in partnership with citizens to foster the proper planting and maintenance of 1 million new trees by 2017.

Seed Library at the Benson Branch of the Omaha Public Library
Local gardeners, farmers and library patrons can share open-pollinated seeds, as well as develop awareness and gain information about gardening and seed saving.

Water-Wise Lawn & Garden Care
Tired of bagging your lawn clippings. Grow healthier lawns, save water, and use fewer fertilizers. Learn bag no more lawn care and several other water saving techniques.