Greener Together Program
Collectively Building a Greener Community
Join the program that connects community members and supports green initiatives.
At OPPD, we are committed to providing more ways to go green. And now, with our Greener Together Program, there is no better outlet for achieving your personal green goals while also collaborating with others to support community-wide environmental projects throughout the greater Omaha area.
Lead the Way
The Greener Together Program gives every member of the OPPD community a voice. As part of the program, you contribute monthly, and all funds collected go toward selecting and supporting green projects within our community. Based on the amount you contribute, you’ll have full access to all project details, as well as the opportunity to submit ideas and help identify which projects move forward. It’s one program that sparks many diverse initiatives. And you can be an integral part of the effort.
The 3 Membership Levels
- Select a membership level and choose a price that works best for you.
- All levels include access to our Community Connect dashboard where members can find project details, and suggest and vote on upcoming initiatives.
- The more you contribute monthly, the more involvement you’ll have on each new project.
Putting You in the Driver's Seat
If you have environmental goals constantly on your mind or have been looking for a way to contribute, the Greener Together Program offers an affordable way to come together to support and drive decision-making for projects that better the environment inside our OPPD community. There are two focuses at the center of this program.
As a public utility, we strive for transparency for all OPPD customers. Through the Greener Together Program, all members participating gain a full view of where and how funds are implemented.
We want to give our OPPD community the opportunity to collaborate and make a personal impact on the immediate improvement of our city, as well as an ever-lasting impression for future generations.
Apply for Project Funding
Got a project in mind? If you are a non-profit, non-profit educational institution, cultural enrichment organization or health & human services organization, you can submit projects to be funded through the Greener Together program.
Project applications will be accepted from April - August of 2022, for 2023 funding.
Important Project Application Details:
- Projects must fall under at least one of the following categories; Renewable Energy, Environmental Sustainability, or Community Betterment/Education.
- Funding requests must fall within a $10,000-$100,000 funding range.
- To submit a project, fill out the Project Funding Application and submit all necessary documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. **Please be sure to read the applicant requirements prior to submitting your application.
- You will be notified when your project application is received along with a timeline for the project selection process
Have a suggestion for a green project? Let us know by emailing email@example.com.
How does the voting work?
There are three membership levels within the Greener Together Program – Silver, Gold and Emerald. Each comes with differing benefits, based on your level of financial contribution. All funds collected across the three tiers go toward selected projects within our OPPD community.
After signing up, all participating members will be given access to our Community Connect dashboard, which provides a full understanding of each current and potential project. It is here where you can apply for and vote on future projects.
When funds allow and it’s time to kick off a new project, OPPD will present a shortlist of potential projects submitted and provided by the community. Based on your membership level, you will be able to cast your vote.
Silver Members: You can vote on the preliminary shortlist to narrow down the potential projects.
Gold Members: In addition to voting on the preliminary shortlist, you can vote on the final projects that will be selected.
Emerald Members: Not only can you vote on the preliminary shortlist and the final projects, but you’ll also receive Greener Together Merchandise that you can wear proudly.
Regardless of your membership level and voting capabilities, all participants will receive updates on projects as they progress.
How often will you have new projects?
The number of projects we fund is determined by the contributions the program receives monthly. Currently, the Greener Together Program funds two community projects a year. However, as we begin to build momentum and membership increases, we aim to fund a new project every quarter.
How do the tier levels work?
Depending on your monthly contribution amount, you will be bucketed into 1 of the 3 Greener Together tier levels. The more you contribute, the more perks you will receive. However, all customers will get consistent program updates, access to a Greener Together dashboard and have the opportunity to vote on community projects.
How does the project selection process work?
When project applications are submitted, the Greener Together Project Selection Committee reviews and scores projects. Projects are scored utilizing a scoring matrix that scores each project’s environmental, economic and social impacts. Greener Together customers then have the opportunity to vote on the Greener Together Project Selection Committee’s project recommendations.
How are projects scored?
Projects are scored utilizing the Greener Together Scoring Matrix. The scoring matrix evaluates projects based on three main categories: environmental impact, community benefit and project viability.
How does the customer voting process work?
Customers will be notified when the voting period opens and closes. Customers will receive project details and have the ability to rank the projects. The highest ranked projects will be funded through the Greener Together Program.
Who are the members of the Greener Together Project Review Committee?
The Greener Together Project Review Committee members are OPPD employees as well as customers within the OPPD service territory.
How can I join the Greener Together Project Review Committee?
If you are interested in being a member of the Greener Together Project Review Committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more details.
How can I submit a Greener Together project?
You can submit a project by filling out and submitting the Greener Together applicant form found here.
Who can submit Greener Together projects?
Non-profit organizations, non-profit educational institutions, cultural enrichment organizations and health and human services organizations are eligible to submit projects to be funded by the Greener Together Program. Click here to view the full list of applicant requirements.
Where can I receive updates about Greener Together projects?
When you sign up to be a Greener Together customer, you will receive a link to the Greener Together dashboard. Here, you will receive regular updates about ongoing and upcoming projects as well as voting updates.
Can I be a Greener Together customer and submit a project?
Yes, you can be a Greener Together customer and submit a project to be funded by the Greener Together Program.
Can I vote on my own project?
If you are a Greener Together customer and also submit a community project to be funded, you cannot vote on your own project.
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