The Partnership looks forward to the pursuit of our goal to develop a sustainable Nebraska
for our citizens. We welcome the reader’s ideas on potential Partnership projects. If you
would like to attend a Partnership Team meeting, contact Chris Ahlstrom: (402)563-5855;
or Tricia Scott: (402)471-6974 for meeting dates and agenda.
to Enhance Nebraskans’ Quality of Life
Conc l us i on
One of the primary benefits of the Partnership has been collaborating with other organizations
in our sustainability efforts. For example, in 2010 NDEQ and NPPD initiated the examination of
energy used by publicly owned wastewater treatment plants (POTWs) in our small towns. This ef-
fort would not have been successful without the combined efforts of the UNL Partners in Pollution
Prevention (P3) intern program, U.S. EPA Region VII, and, later, the Nebraska Energy Office. Along
with NDEQ and NPPD, these organizations recognized the importance of energy use at the POTWs;
it has been estimated that a community’s wastewater treatment plant can, in and of itself, account for
20-60% of a town’s entire energy budget.
Over the following years representatives from NDEQ and NPPD worked with P3 program to
conduct energy assessments at small communities across the state. Because of resource limitations,
we were only able to assess energy use at 13 communities. However, the Nebraska Energy Office
was successful in obtaining a competitive award from the United States Dept. of Energy and with
the assistance of the P3 program completed 82 preliminary assessments during the summer of 2016.
This is an ongoing effort and the Partnership is excited about the prospects that our towns will save
energy and reduce their environmental footprint as a result of this effort.
Looking to 2017, Partnership team members anticipate a continuing escalation of change and
the need for effective communication. It is the Partnership’s hope that we can identify key areas
where our combined efforts provide Nebraska’s citizens with a more sustainable Nebraska.
If, after reviewing this report, the reader has thoughts with regard to projects that may be ap-
propriate for the partnership to examine, please pass those thoughts on to Joe Citta, Environmental
Manager for NPPD, or Joe Francis, Associate Director for NDEQ.