Helen Deffenbacher

Helen Deffenbacher

Co-Chair of the Green Neighborhood Council at Green Omaha Coalition

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P.O. Box 31394, Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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master's degree - education , University of Nebraska at Omaha


Board Member - Nebraskans

Board Member - Additional

Board Member - Prairie Star District UUA

Board Member - Nebraska Public Power District

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Board of Directors | Nebraskans for Solar

Helen Deffenbacher served as Co-Chair of the Green Neighborhood Council of the Green Omaha Coalition from March 2011 to April 2013 and was named Volunteer of the Year in 2012.
In 2011 she and her husband, Ken Deffenbacher, received the Sierra Club's Missouri Valley Group's Environmental Volunteer Service Award. Helen served as EcoKids Director of the Nebraska Sierra Club for 2012 and was writer and editor of a monthly column. In 2010 they formed a Kiva microfinance team called Green Partnerships, which currently has over 1000 members worldwide. In 2007 Helen co-founded a nationally-accredited Earth Stewardship Program in their church, for which she received the district Adult Social Justice Award in 2008. In 2012 she and Michael Shonka co-founded Nebraskans for Solar. She and Ken, along with Michael Shonka and David Corbin, were honored as Green Bellevue's 2016 Environment Champions for being "role models and pioneers for renewable energy. Helen has a master's degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

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A Salute to Green Leaders in Omaha | Green Omaha Coalition

Helen Deffenbacher currently serves as chair of the Green Neighborhood Council.
As chair, Deffenbacher was crucial in the development and execution of the Green Neighborhood Scorecard, a yearly survey that assesses the greenness of neighborhoods while identifying areas of environmental need. She also consistently coordinates green events around the metro. In addition to her service with the GOC, Deffenbacher participates in Kiva microloans and is active with the Sierra Club. In 2010, she and her grandchildren published "Green Philanthropy for Families," featuring more than 160 no/low-cost green philanthropy ideas for families, individuals and groups. "Our community is fortunate to have many sustainability leaders of all ages who are working hard for the common good," Deffenbacher said regarding her recognition.

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