Earth Month 2019

April 5 - Hastings Campus

Sustainable Nebraska: Then & Now

Afternoon Program is open to the public from 12-2 p.m.

Central Community College - Hastings | Dawson Gym, 550 Technical Blvd

The Hastings campus will host a morning K-6 program and a public afternoon program comparing sustainable practices of Native Americans, Pioneers and Nebraskans today. Students and attendees will learn about five topics:

  • Nutrition
    • Members of the Pawnee Nation will demonstrate how to grind corn using a stone.
    • Students will experience the evolution of grinding corn from a stone to today's modern methods.
  • Clothing
    • Pawnee members will share the importance and symbolism of their use of ribbon skirts and animal hides. They will discuss why those items are still used by tribal members.
    • Pioneer bonnets will be discussed by a pioneer reenactor.
  • Shelter
    • Pioneers created shelters with many types of natural elements. Students will learn how the pioneers from Nebraska used different materials.
    • Students will also learn about today's version of an eco house based on the earthlodge of the Pawnee.
  • Gardening
    • Students will learn how the Pawnee Nation used the "four sisters" to plant and sustain their gardens.
    • Students will complete a service learning project of shelling beans for the Pawnee Nation.
  • Energy Technology
    • Bluestem Energy Solutions will present about the Hastings Campus wind turbine. Schools can tour the wind turbine (weather permitting).

For reservations, contact Ronnie O'Brien at | 402-461-2572

April 11 - Grand Island Campus


10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the 300 Wing Hallways

Learn about student projects and hear from local vendors about what they are doing for sustainability.

Wellness Walk

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Meet in the 500 Wing Atrium

Enjoy a short walk coordinated with the Central District Health Department, CCC Grand Island Wellness Committee, and Grand Island Parks and Recreation. Due to weather, the walk will take place indoors.

Cancelled: The Importance of Pollinators with Rae Powers

1:00 - 1:45 p.m. in Room 525

Rae Powers with Xerces Society will discuss how pollinators are important in our lives and how we can support them.

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget with Jon Rosenlund

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Room 525

Photo Challenge

Throughout the day on the Grand Island campus, students have the opportunity to win prizes by participating in the sustainability photo challenge.

The rules are simple: take selfies at 3 or more of the following sites on campus, use the photo props provided, upload the pictures to Facebook, tag CCC Environmental Sustainability and win a prize!

  • Pollinator garden
  • Plastic film recycling bin
  • Bike share station
  • Solar farm tour
  • Student expo
  • Hike and bike trail signs (any on the trails in GI or take a picture at 12:30 with the Wellness Committee in the 500 wing)

Claim your prize at the Environmental Sustainability Office table between 10:30 and 12:30 or the next day in office 293.

Postponed to April 19: Grand Island Solar Farm Tour with Jeff Berggren and Travis Burdett

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Meet in 500 Wing Atrium

Due to impending weather, the solar tour has been moved to April 19. Vans will be available to shuttle attendees from campus to the site.

April 17 - Columbus Campus


1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Learn about student projects and hear from local vendors about what they are doing for sustainability.

Trees, Bees and More - Pollinator Garden and Arboretum Campus Walking Tour with Kelly Feehan

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. at the Campus Pollinator Garden

Kelly Feehan with the University of Nebraska Extension Office will give a tour of the CCC Columbus Campus pollinator garden and discuss the importance of native plants and pollinators. The pollinator garden is located to the east of the East Education building, near the orchard trees.

"Rethink, Recycle" Art Reception

4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the West Ed. Lobby

Join us to celebrate art and sculptures created from recycled materials.

Storm Spotter Training

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in West Ed. 205

April 24 - Kearney Center

Sustainability Games and Student Projects

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the East Patio

Stop by to learn about some of our student projects and play a few games to learn more about sustainability.

Talon Talks by Nature's Educators

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in Room 131

Nature's Educators and their feathered friends will dive into the characteristics that define raptors and why they are important to our ecosystems. Attendees will discover the various types of birds of prey found all over the world, what it takes to care for a bird of prey, and learn how Nature's Educators is permitted to keep raptors. The audience will learn about their personal histories, anatomy, hunting strategies, and habitats.

Kearney Outdoor Learning Area Presentation and Tour

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Starting in Room 131

The Rowe Sanctuary will discuss how the Kearney Outdoor Learning Area (KOLA) was first created and its impact on student learning and the community as a whole. Following the presentation, attendees will have the option to tour KOLA which is located south of Kearney High School.


Benjamin Newton
Environmental Sustainability Director