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June 9 OWH article: OTOC wants OPPD commitment to renewable energy

June 9th, 2014

June 9 article by the Omaha World Herald quoting Action Team Co-Chair Laurie Gift:

Omaha Public Power District begins to map plan for powering next 20 years

By Cody Winchester / World-Herald staff writer, June 9, 2014

The Omaha Public Power District is nearing some multimillion-dollar decisions that will alter how it produces power. The district estimates that over the next 20 years it will spend from $8.9 billion to $9.5 billion to generate power, including hundreds of millions of dollars to comply with new federal clean-air rules — including proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions — and to satisfy customer demand for clean power and energy-efficiency programs.

OPPD has released five scenarios for achieving these goals through a mix of retrofitting coal plants with new emissions controls; refueling them with natural gas; retiring coal-fired units and opening a new gas plant; developing solar resources; and reducing demand through energy-efficiency programs.Read More . . .

Learn how to teach about Wellness in Nebraska and OPPD Energy mix on June 14

June 9th, 2014

Come to an informative training this Saturday, June 14th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Augustana Lutheran Church (3647 Lafayette Ave–2 blocks north of Cuming)

Primary Trainer on WIN: Mark Intermill, Executive Director, AARP-Nebraska
AARP-Nebraska is a lead organization on this issue and Mark is one of the most informed people in the State.  Half of the AARP’s members are between 50-65. They are finding it very hard to find full-time work with benefits. Mark has made scores of similar presentations and will be bringing us professional material to use in any presentation we might make at our congregations and organizations.
Here is a sample of Mark at work:
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We will be targeting our presentations to OTOC member and affiliate organizations but once you are trained you can  reach out to anyone willing to listen.
Environmental Sustainability
We will also have representatives of the OTOC Environmental Action team with us and they will share information about the critical decisions OPPD will be making in the next few months about how they generate electricity. See the June 9 World Herald article  “Omaha Public Power District begins to map plan for powering next 20 years”  for more information about this critical decision and  the focus of OTOC’s work on this issue:
How you can use this training 
You can choose to participate in one or both of the training sessions  on Saturday, June 14th and you can choose to organize either or both of these sessions for your congregation or organization.
Once we have the trainers in place for both WIN & Environment we will see who has natural relationships with our member and other community organizations and begin scheduling training sessions this Summer and Fall.  Please contact thet OTOC office or  Mark Hoeger at mhoeger@aol.com for any questions you might have.

 

OTOC Leaders proposed 4 Energy Goals to OPPD Board

May 15th, 2014

Fifteen OTOC leaders attended the May 15 OPPD Board meeting and presented OTOC’s response to 5 proposed “Resource Options” that OPPD staff has developed for the Board to consider. The OPPD Board will be making a decision this summer about what types of fuel OPPD will use to generate electricity for this region.  OTOC leaders Elaine Wells, Jeanne Schuler, Mary Spurgeon and Laurie Gift presented the following 4 Goals and Testimony to the Board.

Members of the OPPD Board:

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) is grateful for the opportunity to express to you both our appreciation and our concerns. Many of us have participated in the Stakeholders’ Process at open houses or via the online survey. OTOC is a coalition of 25 congregations, religious communities and other organizations which work together to improve living and working conditions for all residents of the metro area. Recently many Omaha area residents have joined together to promote environmental sustainability. Our faith traditions urge us to be good stewards of creation, and to speak up for the common good of all our neighbors and even future generations.Read More . . .

OTOC Refugee Support Co-Chair Christine Ross recognized for her work

May 12th, 2014

South Sudanese woman worked to end isolation

By Shelby Wade of Mosaic of Lincoln
From the moment she steps up to the podium in her traditional royal blue South Sudanese lawo, Christine Ross is all smiles. Then, for a moment, the smile disappears as Ross begins her introductory remarks for Omaha’s International Women’s Day event. “When refugees came here, they did not hear nor see any celebration for Women’s Day,” Ross said. “They requested to organize a celebration on Women’s Day, but they did not want to do it alone. And here we are.”

The smile reappears as Ross passes the microphone to Omaha’s first female mayor, Jean Stothert. Throughout the rest of the event, Ross never pauses to sit down. She is continuously on the move, weaving through the crowd, talking to everyone she meets. A smile never leaves her face as she continues to shake hands and give hugs to everyone she meets. Ross thought up the idea for an International Women’s Day event in Omaha, Neb. She is a passionate supporter of women’s rights and wanted to bring the idea of International Women’s Day to Nebraska.  “There’s so many international women in Omaha,” Ross said. “We want to tell them to come out of their house to learn more.”Read More . . .

OTOC to Hold Introduction to Organizing onTues May 13th at 7:00 pm

April 28th, 2014

Do you want to learn how to engage others in creating positive changes for your congregation, community, school or organization? Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) will hold a workshop to introduce the basic practices of organizing on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church Parish Center (69th and Blondo).  Find out how you can build a more relational culture so your members can work together for the common good of your organization and community.

The  Overview of Broad Base Community Organizing  will focus on how congregations and community organizations can work together to improve the quality of life for families in our communities.  Learn more about: Building a relational culture within our organizations; Learning to listen for issues of common concern; Developing the ability to act together for the common good; Creating a culture of participation and problem solving vs. a culture of passivity and learned helplessness; Developing an agenda of issues for working together to improve our communities.

For more information about this workshop, call the OTOC office at 402-344-4401 or e-mail us at omahatogether@otoc.org.   To learn more about our work, go to our OTOC website at  OTOC.org.

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