About

Eric Williams has worked professionally for over a decade to conserve and protect natural resources in the Omaha community. He is the Natural Resources Planner at the Papio-Missouri River NRD, where his work focused on planning and construction of trails for active transportation, recreation, and access to natural resources.

Opening of the South Omaha Trail, Phase 2 in fall 2016.

From 2010 until 2013, Eric was the Technical Program Coordinator for reEnergize Program, a US Department of Energy grant-funded initiative to encourage the market for residential and commercial energy efficiency evaluations and upgrades. The program completed over 1,500 residential upgrades, working with both market rate customers, and low/moderate income homes.

Eric has demonstrated energy conservation and clean energy production in all aspects of his own life. In 2014, he installed a 3 kilowatt solar panel system on his own home to produce about 90% of the energy used in the home each year.

Eric hosted a “solar raising” event to teach others while installing his own solar panels.

In 2016 Eric began driving an EV (electric vehicle) for his personal transportation. The SOLAR EV is an all-electric Nissan Leaf with no tailpipe emissions and is approximately 3 times as efficient as an internal combustion car. As more clean energy continues to come on line, all other EVs will continue to consume less, and less non-renewable resources.

Explaining EV charging at the start of “Drive Electric Week” in 2017.

 

 

Community Leadership

Engineers Club of Omaha
Board Member 2015 – current
President, 2018

 

Omaha Biofuels Cooperative
Founder, President 2008 – current

 

Nebraskans for Solar
President 2015, Board Member 2014 – current

 

Dundee Community Garden
Co-Founder, Board Member 2009 – 2017

 

Mode Shift Omaha
Co-Founder, Board Member 2009 – 2017

 

Earth Day Omaha
Board Member 2009 – 2015
Chair 2014

 

Green Omaha Coalition
Board Member 2014 – 2016
Member 2009 – current

 

Honors and Awards

Community Environmental Leadership Award, 2016
Nebraska Chapter of the Sierra Club

 

Friend of the Environment, 2016
Earth Day Omaha

 

Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, 2015
Omaha Jaycees

 

40 Under 40, 2015
Midlands Business Journal

 

Environmental Award, 2013
Woodmen of the World, Chapter 706