Earth Month 2020

April 22 - Grand Island Campus

View Anytime: And the Floods Came NET documentary

The story of the worst natural disaster in modern Nebraska history is told in “And the Floods Came: Nebraska 2019,” a production of the news unit at NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations.

In a day-by-day, and at times minute-by-minute account of the March flooding, NET News documents the stories of survivors, first responders and local communities. Dramatic video and still photographs capture the aftermath and heartbreak shared by Nebraskans who witnessed dramatic rescues and horrific damage from failed dams and rushing water that carried huge slabs of ice.

Student Virtual Projects Presentations

Tentative April 22 schedule 

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11:05 a.m. Ben Newton Introduction 
11:10 a.m. Kayla Kreizel- Reused metal sword and stone 
11:30 a.m. Steve Heinisch Introduction 
11:35 a.m. Angel Duran- ReBucks for students: incentives to be green
11:45 a.m. Collin Lewis- Recycling e-waste 
11:55 a.m. DeAnthony- Improving Hastings campus drainage 
12:05 p.m. Edgar Guerrero- TBD 
12:15 p.m. Shelby Haney—Kearney Arboretum 
12:25 p.m. TJ Smith—Increasing biodiversity at Kearney
12:35 p.m. Michael Bates- Composting in Columbus
12:45 p.m. Kazia Podraza- Solar Globes

Composting Workshop and Spring Pollinator Garden Tour

2:30 p.m.

Join this webinar from the comfort of your home! The Composting Workshop by Conservation Nebraska will cover the basics of composting at home, so you can help build healthy soil and reduce your food scraps going to the landfill. Also the Environmental Sustainability office will be giving a virtual tour of the spring blooms and benefits of keeping dormant plants all winter in the Grand Island campus pollinator garden.

April 23 - Columbus Campus

Events will be live-streamed

Student Virtual Projects Presentations

Tentative April 23 schedule


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11:15 a.m. Ben Newton Introduction
11:20 a.m. Leah Wagoner- Rain Chain
11:35 a.m. David Meyer Algae Biofuels
11:50 a.m. Steve Heinisch Introduction
Noon Miranda Rosenkranz- Solar Farm
12:10 p.m. Drew Reed e-waste
12:20 p.m. Deana Kenton- campaign material to improve recycling
12:30 p.m. Cody Luhn- Wildlife habitat at Columbus
12:40 p.m. Ruth Reyes- Reuse thrift store 
12:50 p.m. Katy Ayers- Mycelium Bee Hotels
1:05 p.m. Project GPS TBD

Episode 32: Resilient Campuses, Resilient Communities with Cal State - Chico and Central Community College

Climate change spares no city, town or state from new, and often threatening, environmental challenges. How are campuses responding to natural disaster in ways that keep their students and communities safe? What plans are they making to prepare for an uncertain future? 

In this episode, host Dave Karlsgodt talks with Cheri Chastain and Gayle Hutchinson of California State University - Chico and Ben Newton of Central Community College about these questions. You’ll hear their stories about dealing with fires, floods and truck-sized icebergs, and how these events have shaped their campuses as they look ahead to the next “unnatural disaster”.

October 3 - Hastings Campus

75th Anniversary of the end of World War II: Bus tour and lunch for $15

9 a.m.

Exhibits open, free admission

9 - 11 a.m.

Bus Tour 1

Noon - 1 p.m.

Walt Miller Naval Ammunition Depot presentation, Free Admission

Noon - 1 p.m.


1 p.m.

Free homemade cookies and ice cream

2 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Bus tour 2

All profits go to the Veterans and Military Resource Center. This zero waste event is sponsored by CCC's environmental sustainability department.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Rhonda O’Brien at 402-461-2572 or


Benjamin Newton
Environmental Sustainability Director