Hubbard Sustainability Series


The Claire M. Hubbard Foundation Sustainability Series is a quarterly event at MCC at Do Space that allows speakers to inform the public about the importance of sustainability on a local, regional and national level. These speakers will show that the sustainability problems and their solutions can begin locally, but need everyone’s attention to help keep the community, the country and even the planet operating smoothly. The topic and its experts change every quarter, and this quarter is focused on renewable energy.


Courtney Kennedy
Courtney Kennedy

Alternative Energy Program Manager, OPPD
Courtney Kennedy is the Manager, Alternative Energy Program at Omaha Public Power District (OPPD). Her team is responsible for the research, development and execution of grid-scale renewable energy projects in support of OPPD’s resource planning and strategic directives. Courtney has six years of experience at OPPD, including projects focused on operations analysis, process improvement, and strategy. She was a key driver in the development of OPPD’s initial electric vehicle strategy and pilot program. Courtney holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering & Spanish from Iowa State University and an MBA from Creighton University.

Darren Dageforde
Darren Dageforde

Executive Director of Utilities and Energy Optimization, UNMC
Darren Dageforde P.E. is the Executive Director of Utilities and Energy Optimization for the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He earned his Mechanical Engineering bachelor from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of Nebraska. At UNMC he responsible for the central generation, distribution, control and utilization of chilled water, steam, hot water, emergency and normal power. He leads to the building automation, design engineering and sustainability teams on the UNMC campus. Since 2010, his teams at UNMC have reduced campus total energy consumption by 25% and peaks by over 28% while increasing campus building area. Darren has been with UNMC for over 20 years. He and his wife resides in a net zero energy and net zero waste home that they designed and built south of Blair, Nebraska.

In addition to attending our speakers' presentations, guests will also be able to visit a community sustainability showcase, during break and at the conclusion of the main event, with tables from local companies. Light refreshments will be provided by No More Empty Pots. 

Thursday, July 11, 2019, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: MCC at Do Space | 7205 Dodge Street (second floor)
This event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is encouraged but not required.  

Past Events:

March 20, 2019 - Wellness and the Built Environment
March 20, 2019 — Wellness and the Built Environment speakers

Nov. 4, 2018 - Water
HUBBARD SUSTAINABILITY SERIES: WATER speakers sitting on green couch with moderator standing to their left.

July 14, 2018 - Climate Change
July 14, 2018 Climate Change speakers

March 28, 2018 - Trees
Hubbard Sustainability Series speakers sitting on a green couch at Do Space - March 28, 2018

November 30, 2017
Hubbard Sustainability Series - November 30, 2017 speakers sitting on a green couch with spectators visible in foreground.