The Keystone XL pipeline is proposed to run through hundreds of Nebraska homes, farms and ranches, crossing the delicate Sandhills and putting the critical Ogallala Aquifer at risk. This summer, Nebraskans will stand up for their future by literally building the clean energy future we need. We will challenge Big Oil to show their true stripes by constructing a wind turbine and solar-powered barn immediately in the path of the proposed pipeline, and using creative tactics to resist pipeline construction before it begins.

If President Obama approves Keystone XL, he’ll then have to tear down clean and locally-produced energy to make way for dirty and foreign tarsands.

The Build Our Energy project — organized by Bold Nebraska, Sierra Club, and Nebraska Farmers Union — will require us to raise $65,000 and recruit many volunteers who want to help out during several weekends of old-fashioned community barn-raising events to install this renewable wind and solar energy project, as well as to provide food and drinks for the accompanying BBQs.

  • Groundbreaking Day: Saturday, Aug. 17, York Nebraska
    • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Arrive anytime between 8-12 to help create and paint #No KXL billboards that will be placed with landowners along the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route. Some picnic tables for the barn will also be constructed.
    • 12:00 p.m. LUNCH: Lunch will be provided by volunteers, and accompanied by a discussion of tribal actions to stop the pipeline.
    • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. GROUNDBREAKING: The Groundbreaking will include a blessing of the land ceremony, and a presentation by sixth-generation family farmer Meghan Hammond, on whose land the barn will be built.
    • MAP to the BARN SITE on the Hammonds’ farm, 30 minutes NW of YORK
    • View Build Our Energy Barn Project Site Map in a larger map
  • Build Weekend #1: Sept. 14-15
  • Build Weekend #2: Sept. 21-22

Donate $50, $25 or however much you can now on our fundraising page at