Sarah Murray is the Coordinator of Sustainable Practices at Metropolitan Community College. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in sustainability and development from Southern Methodist University. Her experience includes the implementation of sustainability initiatives, development of national and international master plans, participating in Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements, sustainability infrastructure assessments, and economic development projects.
Rieko Ikeda-Hayes earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Dana College and her master’s degree in computer information systems from the Bellevue University. She has been with Omaha Public Power District for 17 years, the last 10 years as a project manager. Her engagement in projects reflects her interest and passion for reducing carbon footprints by offering electronic form/channel to the utility customers. In her personal life, she takes an initiative to make smart purchasing choices of appliances and home improvements to reduce energy consumption.
Elisa DiCarlo is a Realtor and Green advocate. She has earned NAR’s Green Designation for sustainable real estate, building, and resources. Elisa is a graduate of Creighton University with a BSBA in International Business and Marketing. Her previous career was working with organic and non-gmo agriculture. Elisa is very active in the urban community and is working to help Omaha develop even more vibrancy. In 2016 she completed the Citizens’ Academy for Omaha’s Future.
Sarah Campbell earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University. She is the Utilization Engineer at Metropolitan Utilities District (M.U.D.) in the Marketing division. She assists large volume utility customers with assessing their gas and water consumption, and coordinates the District’s internal sustainability efforts. Sarah also enjoys educating the public about water and energy efficiency as a member of the employee speakers bureau at M.U.D. Sarah loves spending time outdoors and prefers to walk or bike whenever possible.
Ned Bagniewski is a Professional Engineer and Envision® Sustainability Professional for HDR specializing in transportation infrastructure design. He also serves as HDR’s Freight Rail Sustainability Liaison. In this role, he leads clients and co-workers in implementing sustainability into the planning and design of freight rail infrastructure. Ned graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and is enrolled to begin an online graduate program in the summer of 2017 through Virginia Tech to obtain his Master of Natural Resources. In March of 2017 Ned was trained as a Climate Reality Leader through the Climate Reality Project. He is a native of Wisconsin, but has lived in Omaha for the last eight years. Ned is passionate about the environment and can’t wait for his kids to become old enough to begin camping and enjoying the outdoors with him.
Sally Hopley is an Illinois native who has lived in Omaha for a combined total of eight years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from UNO and a master’s degree in natural resources from Virginia Tech. She joined the sustainability consultancy Verdis Group in 2013, where she became a master of data analysis, strategic planning, and engagement programs. Her career is driven by a passion to find efficient, productive sustainability solutions that work for companies, the environment, and the bottom line. In 2014, Sally also completed the inaugural Citizen’s Academy for Omaha’s Future classes. Sally is an avid pedestrian and prefers walking as her favorite mode of transportation.
Jerry McNerney is a Nebraska native and earned his bachelor’s degree in sustainability management at Bellevue University. Jerry is a Commissioning Agent at Morrissey Engineering where his passion is delivering well performing buildings and projects. Jerry has an active role in the sustainability field as a member of the LEED Flatwater Chapter, ASHRAE and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Jerry brings this passion home as this year he plans to make his green home Net-Zero.
Jay Weingarten is an architect and sustainability advocate at RDG Planning & Design, where his focus is on strategic planning and design for the Senior Living and Public Safety markets. He is passionate about wellness and the impact of the built environment on our health and wellbeing. His educational experience includes a master’s degree in architecture and a master’s degree in business administration. An Omaha native, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters as well as a large extended family.
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