LES’ 10th Annual (1st digital) Sustainable Living Festival

LES’ signature sustainability event is back this year in a whole new way — online! We’re hosting our 10th annual Sustainable Living Festival digitally as a weeklong extravaganza July 20-24! This year, we need your help in spreading the word about the event!

Each day, we will have a variety of valuable info from experts to help festivalgoers discover easy ways to take care of our environment and live more sustainably. Here’s the lineup of live events and mini sessions throughout the week!

Monday, July 20

Noon-1 p.m. LES EV study results (live event)
Speakers: Scott Benson, LES, and Eric Wood, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

1 p.m. Pioneers Park Nature Center (mini session)
Walk the trails through the prairie and discover how you can further experience nature during this mini session.

Tuesday, July 21

9 a.m. What you want to know about solar (live mini session)
Speaker: F. John Hay, Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering, UNL. Learn about customer-owned solar generation and programs available to customers who want to “go solar.”

3-4 p.m. Offset “takeout” waste during the pandemic (live mini session)
Speaker: Alec McChesney, Lincoln Emergency Takeout Group of Facebook. Takeout food supports local businesses, but it also creates added waste. Discover how you can help reduce the impact food and packaging have on our environment.

Wednesday, July 22

9-10 a.m. Coffee with Kevin & Joy (live event)
Speakers: Kevin Wailes, LES CEO, and Joy Ditto, American Public Power Association CEO and President. Listen and engage in this discussion on topics relevant to the utility industry.

10 a.m. Right tree, right place (mini session)
Speaker: Justin the Arborist. This session includes guidance for planting trees, so you’ll realize the benefits they provide when planted, while reducing conflicts with overhead powerlines that provide you with power.

11 a.m. Sustainability Storytime with Lincoln City Libraries (mini session)
Speaker: Lane Gibson, Lincoln City Libraries.

Noon-1 p.m. Power (or lack thereof) in a zombie apocalypse (live event)
Would your lights be among the first to go if we were overrun by the living dead? Scott Benson, LES manager, Resource & Transmission Planning, and Marc Shkolnick, manager, Energy Services, will answer that question in their talk “Power (or lack thereof) in a zombie apocalypse.” They will review how Hollywood sometimes depicts energy generation and usage in a post-apocalyptic world. The talk will also consider grid operation today and how would that change in a zombie apocalypse.

Thursday, July 23

10-11 a.m. Recycling and electric buses in LNK (live event)
Speaker: Liz Elliott, director, Lincoln Transportation and Utilities. Learn more about Lincoln’s recycling and transportation initiatives.

Noon-1 p.m. Home energy-efficiency with EdITH (live event)
Speakers: Jennifer Bangert and Jay Stoa, LES. Live from LES’ Educational Interactive Tiny House, or EdITH, Jay and Jennifer will discuss LES’ programs and demonstrate tips to conserve energy in your home.

3 p.m. BikeLNK (mission session)
Learn more about Lincoln’s bike share program and what’s coming next.

Friday, July 24

9 a.m. Lincoln Children’s Zoo (mini session)
Zoo staff will discuss how the zoo is going green and its partnership with LES on Zoo Lights Powered by LES and tree branches to feed giraffes!

Noon-1 p.m. What to consider when buying a plug-in vehicle (live event)
Speakers: Marc Shkolnick and Jennifer Bangert, LES, and Rob Schurhoff, Electric Power Research Institute.

We’ll also have videos from our community partners and downloadable activities for kids that cover a wide range of sustainability topics, all available on LES.com/fest.