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Sustainable Living Ministry Series: Why Did They Ban Cardboard from the Landfill

Sustainable Living Ministry Spring Series
Please join the Sustainable Living Ministry for programs during April’s Earth Month.  The programs will present different aspects of sustainability for the health of our planet. All session will be held from 6:45-7:30pm, in Mayflower Hall.

April 3: Why did they ban cardboard from the landfill?  What benefit is that to residents and businesses in Lincoln?

Presented by Karla Welding, who manages the City’s solid waste facilities, most notably the landfill. 

During her years of service, she has observed the amount of materials in Lincoln being landfilled increase.  Analysis of the waste showed what could be done to conserve the space in the landfill and provide an economic advantage to all.  Not sure what happens when the garbage hauler or recycling collector empties your containers at the curb?  Also, learn how recycling cardboard benefits tax payers. This presentation and discussion will answer your questions!

April 10: Saline Wetlands: Beyond the Beetle
Presented by Ethan Freese, UNL Graduate Student.

Conversations surrounding Lancaster County’s saline wetlands often focus on whether or not we should be setting land aside to save the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle. While the tiger beetles are an important indicator species for this unique ecosystem, there are hundreds of other species that call these wetlands home. Ethan has spent the past two years photographing and observing the unique species found in Nebraska’s saline wetlands. His presentation is focused on using photography to showcase the diverse assemblage of resident and migratory species that rely on saline wetlands, beyond the Salt Creek tiger beetle. 

Ethan Freese is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln pursuing a Masters of Applied Science. Originally from Lincoln, Ethan grew up going to First Plymouth.

April 17: Why Lawns BUG Me:  How to repair and re-prairie suburbia to create SUBIRDIA!

Presented by Jason “the Birdnerd” St. Sauver, Director of Education & Outreach at Spring Creek Prairie. Jason entertained us last year by sharing information about Plants for Birds.  This year he’ll help us learn how our usual lawn aesthetic provides little to no home for bugs nor birds, but that even little changes can provide big benefit to suburban wildlife.

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