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.

Won Buddhists From South Korea Visit Omega

2 years 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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.

CNN's Christiane Amanpour Interviews Sister Joan Chittister

2 years 8 months ago

Sister Joan Chittister, a member of the Omega Women’s Leadership Advisory Council, is one of the most articulate social analysts and influential religious leaders of our time. For more than 30 years, she has advocated  for dialogue about the critical questions impacting the global community. Courageous, passionate, and charged with energy, she is a sought after international speaker and unifying voice across all religions. In this CNN interview with Christiane Amanpour, she responds to the Vatican's recent assertion that American nuns have strayed too far from the church's teachings.

Learn more about Sister Joan Chittister's upcoming presentation at Women & Power this September.

Clearwater Receives the First Leadership in Sustainable Education Award

2 years 8 months ago

Skip Backus, Omega's CEO (left), presents the first Leadership in Sustainable Education Award to musician Pete Seeger (center) and Jeff Rumpf (right), executive director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.

"Clearwater is honored to receive this recognition from Omega Institute for our work to create a healthier, greener, more sustainable and equitable Hudson Valley," said Jeff Rumpf, Clearwater Executive Director. "Clearwater is working to carry forward Pete Seeger’s legacy, cultivating new and diverse environmental activists with environmental education, watershed awareness, and stewardship training. Along with Omega Institute and our partners, we are building a green, sustainable future, one that empowers communities with opportunities for green jobs and puts the "eco" into the economy."

Learn more about the Leadership in Sustainable Education Award