Monday the Bellevue City Council will consider a proposal that would put aside a piece of land in the Municipal Cemetery for green burials. Councilwoman Carol Blood, Bellevue Citizens and Cemetery Staff back this proposal.
Natural or green burial option is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact including reduction of carbon emissions, conservation and preservation of habitat. This section of the cemetery will not be mowed and native grasses will be allowed to grow. Irrigation is not used so water is saved. Pesticides and herbicides are not used and nature is allowed to take its course. Native grass, trees, flowers and shrubs will be allowed to grow to encourage land preservation.
Graves will be dug to a normal depth. The body may or may not be embalmed and while there are no restrictions on the type of casket used, this area will encourage the use of environmentally friendly containers made of natural components like wood or other biodegradable material. Concrete domes over the casket are required to prevent the land from sinking.
Bellevue will be the first cemetery in Nebraska to offer this green option if approved by the city council.