A Monthly Publication of the Nebraska Environmental Trust

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October 2010

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director Corner
  2. 2011 Applications Summary Booklet is available for viewing on the website
  3. Utilizing Poultry Feathers and Used Plastic Bags for High Value Products
  4. Upcoming Events


Executive Director Corner

It looks like we are experiencing an Indian summer.  Temperatures are staying warm and we avoided the early snow we received last fall over much of Nebraska.  We have some exciting changes at the Trust.  As most of you know, Lisa Beethe left in September and we are happy to announce that we have hired Marilyn Tabor to fill the Grants Administrator position beginning November 1st.  Marilyn has over 11 years of experience administrating grants at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and many of the Trust’s grantees have also received funds through one of the many programs administrated by NGPC.  Marilyn is also a certified real estate appraiser and her real estate knowledge will be very beneficial to the Trust.  Please help us welcome Marilyn aboard.

The Huskers once again found a way to disappoint fans.  It was a disappointing loss to Texas; many fans had this game in the back of their minds since the one point loss a little less than a year ago.  Salvaging the Big 12 North is still a possibility, but it is a little tougher now.  At least the volleyball team remains highly rated and keeps dominating the competition.  It is tough being from a State with no professional sports teams, but a majority of Nebraskans consider themselves avid Husker supporters.

We are busy beginning the review process for the 110 new grant applications we received.  The Lottery has notified us that after having a record setting 2nd quarter, the 3rd quarter revenues are down compared to recent years.  A big part of the decline was the lack of large Powerball and Mega-Millions jackpots.  I guess $15 and $20 million are not enough to entice folks.  The number of players when the jackpots get over $100 million increases dramatically.  I’ll put in a quick plug, buy scratch tickets for stocking stuffers for those “adults” on you Christmas list.

Safe harvest for those of you in the fields and best wishes to everyone.  


Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


2011 Applications Summary Booklet is available on the website

The 2011 Applications Summary Booklet is now available on the Trust website for those who are interested. As part of the grant application process, the Trust invites members of the public to review the proposed grants and provide written comments about the projects. Comments on the grant applications will be accepted until April 5, 2011 at the Nebraska Environmental Trust, 700 S 16th Street, PO Box 94913, Lincoln, NE 68509-4913 or via e-mail to mark.brohman@nebraska.gov

Click here and you will be re-directed to the 2011 Applications Summary Booklet.


Utilizing Poultry Feathers and Used Plastic Bags for High Value Products


Funded by the Trust earlier this year, this project utilizes disposed poultry feathers and used plastic bags to develop composites for automotive, construction and furniture industries. Feathers act as reinforcement and the plastic bags melt and bind the feathers resulting in a composite. More than 4 billion pounds of poultry feathers are disposed in landfills in the United States every year.

Similarly, the United States consumes 100 billion plastic bags every year and only 1 out of 5 bags is recycled. Disposing feathers and plastic bags in landfills not only creates environmental problems but is also a waste of valuable resources. Utilizing feathers and plastic bags to develop composites offer an opportunity to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills, add value and help the poultry farmers economically and also decrease our dependence on non-renewable petroleum resources for polymers. The feathers available in Nebraska every year can be used to develop composites with sale value of $20-30 million.


Upcoming Events

- November 9, 2010 (Tuesday) - 4th Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

- December 12, 2010 (Sunday) - Christmas Open House at the Ferguson House, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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