Omega in Action

Omega in Action highlights inspiring people and organizations making meaningful change. From protecting the environment to empowering women, healing veterans, and serving nonprofits, you'll find fresh perspectives, trending news, and the latest information on noteworthy events here at Omega and around the world.

Girls' Leadership Worldwide Visits Omega

2 years 2 months ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) received a visiting today from an amazing group of young women from Girls' Leadership Worldwide. Formerly the Girls' Leadership Workshop, this international leadership development program for high school girls brings together students from diverse cultures and backgrounds for nine days in order to engage in workshops and activities designed to fully awaken the leader within them, using the leadership model of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Learn more about Girls' Leadership Worldwide

The Incredible Eco Machine on CBS New York News

2 years 2 months ago

The Eco Machine™ at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) was featured on CBS New York News: Seen at 11 this week.

The Eco Machine™ is the latest in nature-influenced technology designed by John Todd, a pioneer in the field of ecological design. An Eco Machine™ are water reclamation systems that clean water by mimicking the processes of the natural world. Together, John Todd Ecological Design, Inc., Natural Systems International, BNIM Architects, and the Chazen Companies designed an Eco Machine™ to address Omega's unique needs as a seasonal educational retreat center.

All the water from Omega's campus, including water used in toilets, showers, and sinks, flows to the Eco Machine™, where it is purified by microscopic algae, fungi, bacteria, plants, and snails. This natural water reclamation process cleans the water using zero chemicals. In large dispersal fields under the parking lot, the purified water is returned to the aquifer deep beneath campus.

Learn more about the OCSL's Eco Machine from these frequently asked questions and answers

Carla Goldstein at DLD Women in Munich, Germany

2 years 2 months ago

Carla Goldstein, director of the Omega Women's Leadership Center, is currently at DLD Women in Munich, Germany. This international conference serves as a platform for creating create a new societal image of women. Bringing together global thinkers, CEOs, futurists, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, opinion formers, and creative talents to exchange experiences on all major leadership, health, and economic issues.

Watch the free livestreaming event from DLD Women on July 11-12, 2012 now.

Learn more about DLD Women

Won Buddhists From South Korea Visit Omega

2 years 2 months ago

A group of eighteen Won Buddhists from South Korea visited Omega Institute this week. They're looking for ideas and inspiration for two retreat centers they intend to build in the Jeolla province of South Korea, saying, "Since the Jeolla province houses the sacred sites of Korea's four major religions, we hope these two new centers will contribute to creating a 'spiritual belt' by providing a place for meditation, healing, edication, and research." Their visit included an tour of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL), a discussion about the history of Omega's programming, a campus tour, and lunch. They are staying at the Won Dharma Center in Claverack, New York, not far from Omega.

Learn more about Won-Buddhism

Construction Digital Magazine's Top 10 Net Zero Buildings

2 years 2 months ago

Construction Digital Magazine (June 2012 issue) names the Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) as one of the top 10 net zero buildings around the world. 

Check out the complete list of self-sufficient energy projects from around the globe

Over the course of a year, the OCSL generates more electricity than it consumes. More than 200 photovoltaic solar panels capture energy from the sun at the OCSL. Solar energy, which does not pollute the air or add to the greenhouse effect, supplies 100% of the building's electricity needs.

Learn more information about net zero energy

The International Living Future Institute Honors CEO Skip Backus

2 years 2 months ago

The International Living Future Institute recognized Omega's CEO, Skip Backus, along with eleven other leaders, at the Living Future 2012 unConference for their tremendous efforts to adopt and champion the Living Building Challenge™.

For the past five and a half years, the Living Building Challenge has inspired significant change in how buildings are designed, built, rehabbed and operated. In addition to the six projects that have been all or partially certified under the Challenge, including the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, there are nearly 140 projects in the works around the world demonstrating possibilities for the built environment that are helping to pave the way to a restorative future.

Read the full press release for more information about the award recipients of The International Living Future Institute

Hope for Veterans with PTSD

2 years 2 months ago

The number of veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is alarmingly high, and growing on a daily basis. In response to the growing need for support above and beyond what the current system is equipped to provide, Omega convened a group of national experts, healing practitioners, and veteran's advocates to collaborate on best practices in healing modalities in an effort to help more veterans get treatment, more quickly.

Learn more about Omega's upcoming Veterans, Trauma, and Treatment conference.

 

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Veterans, Trauma and Yoga

2 years 2 months ago

When Rob Schware, executive director of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, started studying yoga at Omega seventeen years ago, yoga and the military didn't go together in his mind, but now they do.

Read Rob Schware's article on Huffington Post "Veterans, Trauma and Yoga: Are We Moving Quickly Enough?"

The number of veterans from current conflicts dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been estimated at 25 to 35 percent of those who return from deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. PTSD finds expression in suicide, homelessness, abusive behavior, addiction, and other issues at great cost to individuals, families, and society. This growing crisis calls for creative and alternative approaches in the search for successful treatment, a fact recognized by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration, which actively support many mind-body modalities ranging from yoga to mindfulness practice.

Learn more about Omega's upcoming conference on Veterans, Trauma and Treatment on October 12-14, 2012.

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