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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.

What Will the Next Generation of Net Zero Energy Buildings Look Like?

2 years 10 months ago

Ask a panel of engineers and architects, "What will the next generation of Net Zero energy buildings look like?" and they'll say that the new buildings may be bit smarter, or even a lot bigger, but they will be designed using the same principles. What’s new, they say, is a greater focus on the occupant’s role in operating these buildings. About 100 people, mostly from the design and build community, gathered on February 26 in San Francisco to discuss the industry's most successful Net Zero buildings, including IDeAs Z Squared, the first Net Zero commercial building in the United States, and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living, which was one of the first buildings designated as a Living Building.

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Majora Carter Builds Community With Startup Box: South Bronx

2 years 10 months ago

Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC) advisory council member Majora Carter continues her groundbreaking work in sustainable business creation and neighborhood revitalization with a new effort, Startup Box: South Bronx. Based in Carter’s native South Bronx, Startup Box: South Bronx will offer world-class programs in engineering, technology, design, and entrepreneurship to local youth; deliver extensive community outreach services; and porovide support to local early-stage companies with the goal of connecting the promise and excitement of the Tech industry with the extraordinary creativity of the South Bronx.

In an interview with Forbe's Fast Company, Carter explains, ""There is a dramatic shortage of engineering talent in theU.S.labor force, and we want to fill that gap with people who could otherwise end up in the criminal justice and welfare systems. Places like theSouth Bronxhave a lot of talent, but most of it leaves or is never nurtured into something positive. Opportunities make all the difference."

Carter’s partner in the innovative nonprofit is tech educator Lyel Resner, who says, "There are virtually no start-ups north ofCentral Park. We want to change that."

Learn more about Startup Box: South Bronx.

See the complete list of OWLC advisory council members.

Hear Majora Carter speak at the Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference in October.

Omega Responds to Tight Economy With Tiered Pricing Options

2 years 10 months ago

At Omega, we believe that the benefits of a holistic education should be available to everyone. We also recognize that what is affordable for some will not be for all. We are now offering Tiered Pricing on select programs to help meet the varying financial needs of our community. From some of our big conferences, like Women & Power and the Omega Center for Sustainable Living Conference: Where We Go From Here, to all of the programs in Arts Week, you can choose the price that is right for you. Look for the Tiered Pricing logo (at left) in this year's catalog.

Learn more and view a complete list of programs that offer Tiered Pricing.

Ai-jen Poo: Looking Through the Eyes of Women

2 years 11 months ago
Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks with Marianne Schnall, founder of, about the importance of recognizing the value of women’s work and women’s point of view in order to transform our world.

Marianne: When you hear the term power, what does it bring up in you? How do you define power?

Ai-jen: We talk a lot about the importance of organizing, especially among women, because we believe that we need to build power to change the world and win for women everywhere—particularly low income women. When I hear the term power, what it brings up is what it takes to win meaningful change in people's lives at scale, and that's the kind of power that we're interested in building.

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Ai-jen Poo will be speaking at the Omega Women's Leadership Center's 2013 Women & Power Retreat: Find Your Own Strength.

Grants Available for Women Serving Women Summit

2 years 11 months ago

The Omega Women’s Leadership Center is pleased to present the Women Serving Women Summit: Building Safety & Strength, a grant program for nonprofit organizations working to positively impact the lives of women and girls. This year the summit focuses on organizations working to ensure the safety of women and girls. Women Serving Women Summit grant recipients are awarded a two-day, two-night organizational retreat at Omega alongside other women’s organizations. The grant includes simple accommodations, meals, a private meeting space, and an optional hour of consultation with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON). Organizations can use the time on Omega's campus for strategic planning, team building, networking, and much-needed rest and relaxation. 

Apply for a Women Serving Women Summit grant.

Celebrate International Women's Day With Us on March 8

2 years 11 months ago

March 8 is International Women's Day, a day when we confront the bleak statistics of the lives of women and girls and celebrate that around the world women and men are experimenting with new ways to learn, work, and live together. Locally, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 3rd Annual International Women’s Day Walk at the Walkway Over the Hudson and it's expected to exceed last year’s 500 plus walkers. Omega is a sponsor of the event and Carla Goldstein, cofounder of the Omega Women's Leadership Center is one of the speakers.

We hope you'll join us on the bridge. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m., talks begin at 3:45 p.m., and the walk is at 4:15.

Get the details of the Hudson Valley bridge walk on Facebook. 

Find an event near you.

Documentary Film Features Omega

2 years 11 months ago

Beyond Iconic is a documentary about photographer Dennis Stock, who shot hundreds of iconic shots of the counterculture of the 50s and 60s. Some of the film was shot at Omega during one of Dennis' last workshops. The film will be showing at Upstate Films Theater in Woodstock, New York, this Sunay, March 3, if you're in the neighborhood. 

President Bill Clinton to Speak at Sustainability Conference at Omega

2 years 11 months ago

We are excited to announce that President Bill Clinton is the featured keynote speaker at this year's Omega Center for Sustainable Living conference. Titled Where We Go From Here: Opportunities & Solutions in an Interdependent World, the conference will take place October 4–6, 2013. Registration begins on March 4. Additional speakers include Jeremy Rifkin, Janine Benyus, David W. Orr, Majora Carter, Paul Hawken, Bob Berkebile, and Michael E. Reynolds.

Read more at the Times Herald Record online.

Find our more about the conference.

Local SPCA Shelter Builds Constructed Wetland

2 years 12 months ago

When the Dutchess County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in nearby Hyde Park, New York, wanted to build a new animal shelter, they realized their old septic system couldn't support it. They decided to go with a system similar to Omega's Eco Machine™. Two of the constructed wetlands are now in place and the rest of the system is under construction. “We are really excited because it fits our mission,” Dutchess SPCA Development Director Catherine Forbes said. “It fits who we are, how we want to be as neighbors and how we want to protect the wildlife.(Photo: Darryl Bautista/Poughkeepsie Journal)

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Learn more about the Dutchess County SPCA

Mindfulness & Education Attendee Takes the Practice Into the Classroom

3 years 1 day ago

Tara Hornich-Lisciandro attended last year's Mindfulness & Education Conference and is now using the tools she learned here in her classroom. "Several years ago I noticed my students were anxious about taking Advanced Placement exams. It was easy to see that some students were so worried, they were not eating properly or getting enough sleep. Having suffered from years of anxiety and having learned the activities that accompany mindfulness, I began to utilize mindful techniques in my classes. Within just a few weeks my students were asking for mindfulness activities almost daily,"

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This year's Mindfulness & Education conference (August 16-18) will be open for registration by March 1.


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