NCV provides educational programs to Nebraskans across the state about
conservation issues facing our communities.
- Conservation Nebraska is NCV’s sister organization. Conservation Nebraska provides monthly educational programs about the most pressing conservation issues affecting our state today, including water quality, soil health, pollinators, and climate change.
- CN organizers hold monthly events in 25 communities across the state (that’s over 300 per year), knock doors to reach new people, and organize teams of people to take local action on environmental issues. We have reached almost 20,000 Nebraskans through our educational events.
Through grassroots engagement, NCV passes strong environmental policies and
ensures public officials hear from conservation advocates.
- Thanks to NCV advocates, several important bills that help advance clean energy and protect our environment have been passed by the State Legislature in recent years.
NCV advocates have also stopped bad bills from becoming law in Nebraska. For example, we have stopped several pieces of legislation that would have effectively banned wind energy in much of our state, and successfully fought against anti-democracy legislation that would have limited voting rights.
- Our advocacy extends beyond the Legislature. After having helped elect a clean energy majority to the Omaha Public Power District (OPPD) Board of Directors, we mobilized supporters to advocate for a zero-carbon by 2050 goal, which was adopted by OPPD on November 14, 2019. In 2020, NCV was successful in advocating for Lincoln Electric System (LES) to pass a zero-carbon by 2040 goal.
Electing Conservation Champions
NCV is dedicated to electing people who will move conservation policy forward.
- Since 2016, NCV has prioritized winning clean energy majorities on the governing boards of Nebraska’s two largest utilities, the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) and Omaha Public Power District (OPPD), and electing conservation champions to the Lincoln City government.
- We have won 80% of our targeted races, and have already seen progress on clean energy in Nebraska. Both NPPD and OPPD started community solar programs, and Nebraska saw more wind energy growth than most other states in 2018 and 2019. The decarbonization goals set by OPPD in November 2019 and by LES in November 2020 set the stage for even more rapid clean energy growth.