Click on the links below to download a PDF or PPT of the document.

Workshop Materials

NSLW Working Agenda

NSLW Workbook

Sustainability Leadership Practices   from Mary Ferdig, Sustainability Leadership Institute

The Five Domains of Sustainability  model diagram by W. Cecil Steward

The EcoSTEP Tool  model diagram by W. Cecil Steward

A blank EcoSTEP Tool diagram to use for your own planning and measurement

W. Cecil Steward's Sustainability  PowerPoint presentation in PDF format

W. Cecil Steward's EcoSTEP PowerPoint presentation in PDF format

Sustainability Leadership practices and models  PDF from Mary Ferdig, Sustainability Leadership Institute

Supplemental Reading

All of the following materials are from W. Cecil Steward, CEO and President of the Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities, and founder of the NSLW

A Needs Assessment for Training and Education for Community Sustainability

A Strategy for Sustainability

Best Practices for Sustainable Community Development using the Five Domains of Sustainability as a guide

Click here to link to a video of W. Cecil Steward's presentation on The Five Domains of Sustainability and the EcoSTEP™ tool for measuring sustainability, presented at the Beatrice NSLW Workshop.

Resources from Workshop Consultants

U.S. Green Building Council - Flatwater Chapter's Resource Guide — The Flatwater Chapter's Regional Products and Services Resource Guide was created to help not only teams seeking LEED certification, but also to help building owners, designers, contractors, and facility managers alike find sustainable building products right here in the heartland. It includes product vendors and green service providers within a 500-mile radius of the Omaha metropolitan area. You can promote your company's services and products through this guide. If you are interested in listing products in this spreadsheet, please download the Resource Guide in Microsoft Excel format and enter the required information. Email your completed form to and upon review, it will be uploaded to the most current resource guide. We reserve the right to reject any information. If you have comments or questions regarding this matrix, please contact us at

USGBC-NE Resources List PDF from Barbara Luna at FBG Service Corporation

Loss of Farmland & Local Food Systems PowerPoint from Twyla Hansen

Conservation, Efficiency and Sustainability in Energy PowerPoint from Todd Hansen of Lincoln Electric System

Omaha Public Power District's Sustainability Efforts PowerPoint from Denise Kuehn of OPPD

Sharing the Peak Through Energy Efficiency, PowerPoint presentation by Marc Shkolnick, Manager of Energy Services, Lincoln Electric System

Sustainable Local Food Systems: Best Practices, PowerPoint presentation by Andrew Jameton, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and City Sprouts

All Roads Lead to Energy Efficiency, PowerPoint presentation by Chad Podolak of the Nebraska Public Power District

NPPD's Activities in Renewable Energy Development, PowerPoint presentation by Frank Thompson of the Nebraska Public Power District

Click here to link to an online presentation by Kristi Wamstad-Evans, National Sustainable Solutions Coordinator for HDR Inc., on sustainable solutions in deconstruction and rehabilitation of buildings, economic development and other issues.

Community Food Systems, PowerPoint presentation by Jim Crandall, Associate Director of the Nebraska Cooperataive Development Center, Nebraska’s center for cooperative-based business development. The UNL-based agency provides education, training, and technical assistance to cooperatively-owned businesses, including cooperatives, LLCs, and other business structures.

Energy: How Our Future Will Look Different and What We Can Do About It, PowerPoint presentation by Daniel Lawse, Energy Outreach Associate for the Neighborhood Center, a UNO-based organization which provides information and assistance to neighborhood associations to enable them to come together and develop their own leadership and decision-making structure and effectively address the issues affecting the quality of life in their communities.

Community Food Systems and Cooperatives, PowerPoint presentation by Mike Heavrin, Cooperative Marketing Manager from the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, a presentation on the importance of community food systems in Nebraska's communities, and how they can be a critical source of economic development, developing sustainable food production, processing, distribution and consumption all in one area, creating jobs and keeping money recirculating within a community, and encouraging young people to return to the community. Also discussed is the new Value Added Producer Development Grant program.

Dennis Demmel's PowerPoint presentation on Sustainable Community Food Systems, along with a number of helpful links can be downloaded.
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Steve Walker's PowerPoint presentation from the NPPD, All Roads Lead to Energy Efficiency, can be downloaded.
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With resources from business and cooperatives programs, housing, loans and grants, to energy initiatives, rural broadband, and economic disaster recovery, the USDA Rural Development's website has a wealth of information and resources. Lory Cappel is the Area Technician for the North Platte area.

GROW Nebraska's website is full of information and resources for Nebraska's small entrepreneurs. Janell Anderson Ehrke's brainchild is helping these microenterprises throughout Nebraska to reach new markets.

The Nebraska Housing Developers Association offers technical assistance and training to increase the impact of nonprofit developers and housing partners. The Association builds statewide support for affordable housing through awareness and policy work, and participates in collaborative housing initiatives that provide Nebraskans with quality, affordable housing choices. Visit their website:

Read UNL Rural Initiative Director Sandy Scofield's important paper, A Crash Course in Infrastructure: Expensive but Essential Components for Rural (and Urban) Nebraska’s Future, for compelling ideas on how infrastructure contributes to growth and development in Nebraska's towns and cities. Download the PDF here >

The 2009 Profile of Nebraska Demographics, Economics and Housing from the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is chock-full of germane information. Download the entire 108-page report in PDF form >, or download the 4-page executive summary PDF >.

For information on weatherization services in Nebraska communities, visit the state's website by clicking here >.

Joy Marshall's presentation on Entrepreneurial-Friendly Communities gives good advice about how to encourage new business development in your town. Download the PDF of her presentation here >

Hydrogeologist Jim Goeke has provided two PowerPoints for NSLW workshop participants: Nebraska's Water Resources—Past, Present, Future and Water Trends on the High Plains

Hydrologist Jim Cannia, with the USGS Nebraska Water Science Center, provided a map of the canals along the North Platte. Download the image file here >, and here is a link to the latest report.

Hydrologist Ann Bleed provides a PowerPoint of maps showing Nebraska's groundwater resources here >

Community Food Systems, PowerPoint presentation by Jim Crandall, Associate Director of the Nebraska Cooperataive Development Center, Nebraska’s center for cooperative-based business development.

All Roads Lead to Energy Efficiency, PowerPoint presentation by Ken Curry, Energy Efficiency Expert for Nebraska Public Power District.

Ways of recruiting and retaining young people—both professionals and young families—in our rural communities is a topic of much interest. The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University conducted a study which identified and examined career choice factors and public service perceptions among members of Generation Y. Download a PDF the report here >. Also visit the University of Nebraska Rural Initiative site for information on this topic.

Jerry Terwilliger, REAP specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs, has lots of resources for businesses, communities, and farmers/ranchers. Visit the Center's site for lots of information, contacts, and resources:

Jim Crandall's PowerPoint presentation on Community Food Systems in Dakota City can be downloaded by clicking here >. You can reach Jim at the UNL Nebraska Cooperative Development Center, phone 308-995-3889, or visit the website at

Nebraska Public Power District's Energy Efficiency Manager Ken Curry has provided his PowerPoint presentation, All Roads Lead to Energy Efficiency. Download it here >. You can reach Ken by phone at 402-563-5366, or by e-mail at

Facilitator Dr. Jay Leighter has provided links to websites for two resources he recommends for leadership and communication: The Consensus Building Institute (CBI), and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.

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