America’s Greenest Universities!
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) was established in 2005 to “help coordinate and strengthen campus sustainability efforts at regional and national levels, and to serve as the first North American professional association for those interested in advancing campus sustainability.” Today, the AASHE also recognizes colleges and universities that have achieved the greatest level of success with green initiatives on-campus and within in their surrounding communities.
This list from names the 39 U.S. colleges and universities that have earned the highest STARS ratings, thereby distinguishing themselves as the nation’s greenest schools.  Number 1 is Colorado State University to see the rest go to:
US EPA WasteWise Program and ReTRAC connect solid waste tracking and reporting FREE webinar

WasteCap Nebraska is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, September 24, 2015 featuring Jennifer Dawani, WasteWise Program Coordinator, US EPA Region 7; Chris Tuohey, Regional Manager, Kemper Sports/Sand Creek Station Golf Course; and Laura Wetzel, Environmental Communications Manager, Eastern Research Group, Inc.

In this webinar, you will hear from the EPA on its free WasteWise program including a demonstration of  ReTRAC Connect, an online solid waste tracking and reporting tool – just one of the benefits to participation in the Waste Wise program. You will also hear valuable perspective from a WasteWise partner – Sand Creek Station Golf Course about the organization’s waste reduction and tracking efforts.

The EPA’s WasteWise program is a free, voluntary program that assists and recognizes businesses, governments and organizations that reduce or eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting both the environment and their bottom line. WasteWise partners range from small local governments and nonprofit organizations to large, multinational corporations.

The webinar will run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  Register here:

WasteCap Nebraska is a statewide, member-based nonprofit organization that works with community and business leaders to build zero waste communities. We help community leaders with zero waste planning of policies, programs and infrastructure, and assist businesses with achieving zero waste goals and developing sustainable business practices. Our mission is to eliminate waste in Nebraska.

2015 Sustainable Business Awards Luncheon
WasteCap Nebraska is hosting the 2015 Sustainable Business Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.  Join us to honor the winners and enjoy the company of others that share your business and community values.   The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. at The County Club of Lincoln and will feature Mitch Hedlund, founder of Recycle Across America.
Prior to founding the society-wide standardized label initiative Recycle Across America™ in 2010, Mitch has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications and branding, serving Fortune 500 companies as well as small to midsized companies. In fact, she has relied heavily on those communications and branding disciplines while she developed the society-wide standardized labeling system.
Mitch has proven to be an effective entrepreneur and businessperson by being able to cut through confusion to identify practical opportunities that improve economics, efficacy and participation. She has done this while employed with Dayton-Hudson Department Stores, Fingerhut Companies and when serving her marketing clients for 11 years.
She is a frequent contributor to articles on the subject of recycling and the environment, including Forbes, NY Times and industry publications. Mitch is an ongoing speaker at U.S. conferences and business seminars that have a focus on sustainability and recycling. Additionally, she has been invited to speak internationally, including in Beijing, China, and recently in Brussels, Belgium at the European Union.  Her solutions have been referred to by the NY Times as “one of the most important environmental fixes of today”.
Learn more about Recycle Across America’s the “Let’s recycle right” campaign and its impact on Nebraska.  For more information and the register visit:


Season Football Parking Registration

Reserve your season parking pass for Nebraska home football games at 6th & J. Parking is $10 per game. Season passes for 7 games are $60 (buy 6 get one free). A 3% processing fee will be charged for online payments. For this pilot season, there will be no alcohol or grills allowed.

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Central States Reprocessing

WasteCap Nebraska is proud to announce Central States Reprocessing as a new member.  Your Resin Reprocessing Problems Solved! Central States Reprocessing provides the following services to meet your needs:

  • Resin Recycling, Tolling and Reprocessing Services
  • Purchasing of Industrial Thermoplastic Resin Waste
  • Selling of Reprocessed and Recycled Resin
  • Shipping Service
  • Brokering Service
  • Recycling and Collection Services

Central States Telecom

WasteCap Nebraska is proud to welcom Central States Telecom is Lincoln’s expert in business phone systems as a new member. We offer variety of services ranging from installing NEC phone networks, to allowing you to seamlessly manage your business calls online or through your mobile.

CST is a diamond level dealer with NEC Corporation of America. We have also partnered with ICC Cabling Solutions, Engenius Wireless Products and Plantronics Headset Solutions, supplementing the telecommunication systems each company provides.

We provide you with the option to choose from a variety of servers, including:

  • NEC SV8100 Communication Servers
  • NEC Sphericall Communication Servers
  • ICC Cabling Systems
  • Engenius Wireless Telephone and Network Products
  • Plantronics Headset Solutions
  • Polycom Conference Solutions
  • Confertel Conference Services

Authorized Agent for:

  • Windstream
  • Time Warner Cable Business Class Solutions
  • Century Link
Volunteers Needed for Football Parking Fundraiser
WasteCap Nebraska is looking for two to three volunteers to help with a pilot program parking cars in our lot at 6th & J for Nebraska home football games.  Volunteers will be needed for up to three hours before each home game to place signage on surrounding streets, take money and direct cars. This is a fundraiser for WasteCap and we will be receiving over half of the proceeds in partnership with Milltowne Condo Association.  Parking is $10 per game.  Season passes for 7 games are $60 (buy 6 get one free). For this pilot season, there will be no alcohol or grills allowed.
The lot is just a short walk to the Railyard so if even if you don’t have tickets, it is great parking. If you are interested in volunteering or would like to reserve a season parking space, please contact Heather Creevan at 403-436-2384 Ext. 1002 or [email protected].  Please pass this along to all your friends who may be looking for parking this season.  Go Big Red!
Board Member Openings

WasteCap Nebraska has four openings on our Board of Directors and we’re looking for some great candidates who are passionate about our mission to eliminate waste in Nebraska.  We’re especially looking for candidates with accounting or finance experience, fundraising experience, community planning and business management.  Please contact Carrie Hakenkamp, Executive Director, at 402-436-2384 x 1000 or[email protected] for more information and to receive a board candidate questionnaire.

US Conference of Mayors: Definition of Zero Waste
In support of municipal Zero Waste principles and a hierarchy of materials management the US Conference of Mayors recently adopted a definition of Zero Waste and set of Zero Waste principles that recognize a Hierarchy of materials management as follows:
  • Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Redesign
  • Reduce Waste, Toxicity, Consumption, and Packaging
  • Repair, Reuse and Donate
  • Recycle
  • Compost
  • Down Cycle and Beneficial Reuse
  • Waste-Based Energy as disposal
  • Landfill Waste as disposal

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August 26 Green Team Roundtable Includes Tour of Habitat ReStore Operations

Habitat for Humanity Omaha will host WasteCap Nebraska’s August 26 Green Team Roundtable at their West ReStore, 10910 Emmet Street in Omaha. Participants will learn about Habitat ReStore’s reduce, reuse, recycle imperatives, and about the construction recycling efforts they have begun implementing during their home-building projects. The presentation will wrap up with a backroom tour of the ReStore.

The meeting runs from 11:30am to 1:00 pm and includes a zero-waste lunch.  Cost is $12 or $10 for WasteCap Nebraska and Green Omaha Council members.

Green Team Roundtables are open to the general public, offering brief presentations by local professionals, as well as discussions on current environmental and social issues of concern to businesses, elected officials and citizens.

Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works to eliminate poverty housing and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action.  Habitat Omaha builds and renovates houses, eliminating vacant lots and abandoned homes in the blighted areas of North and South Omaha.  Since its founding in 1984, the organization has partnered with more than 800 families to help address housing issues through homeownership, repairs and community building activities.

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WasteCap's Mission Statement

Our Mission: Eliminating waste in Nebraska through innovation, education and policy change.