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LES’ 10th annual Sustainable Living Festival is going digital

LINCOLN — Learn how you can help create an eco-friendly community while discovering simple tips for saving energy and leading more environmentally friendly lives at Lincoln Electric System’s 10th annual (first digital) Sustainable Living Festival, July 20-24, on

For 10 years, LES has gathered local experts and organizations to help celebrate and promote sustainability in our community, engaging folks across our service territory to learn more about green living. This year, in response to the uncertainty surrounding public gatherings, LES’ signature summer event is moving online with a full week of free, family-friendly online learning sessions.

Each day July 20-24, there will be live events and mini sessions hosted through Zoom. Topics range from electric vehicles and solar, to energy efficiency and recycling in our community. Along with downloadable activities for kids, LES will publish videos and tips by local experts and community partners to help online festivalgoers discover easy ways to take care of our environment and live more sustainably.

Main live events lineup:

July 20 | Noon-1 p.m.     
LES EV study results
Presenters: Scott Benson, LES | Eric Wood, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

July 22 | 9-10 a.m.     
Coffee with Kevin & Joy
Presenters: Kevin Wailes, CEO of LES | Joy Ditto, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association

July 22 | Noon-1 p.m.     
Power (or lack thereof) in a zombie apocalypse
Presenters: Scott Benson, LES | Marc Shkolnick, LES

July 23 | Noon-1 p.m.     
Home energy efficiency with EdITH
Presenters: Jay Stoa, LES | Jennifer Bangert, LES

July 24 | Noon-1 p.m.     
What to consider when buying a plug-in vehicle
Presenters: Rob Schurhoff, Electric Power Research Institute | Marc Shkolnick, LES

Mini sessions include:

  • Walk the trails with Jamie Kelley from Pioneers Park Nature Center.
  • Offset “takeout” waste during the pandemic.
  • What you need to know about solar.
  • Sustainability storytime with Lincoln City Libraries.
  • Ask an arborist: more tree questions with local arborist Justin Evertson.
  • The future of BikeLNK, Lincoln’s community bike share program.
  • Recycling and electric buses in LNK.
  • Going green at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.
  • And more!

For more information or to register for the event, please visit Follow LES on Facebook and Twitter for more up-to-date information from your public power utility.