August 1, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Past Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awardees


On the Road to Sustainability: Golden Pinecone Sustainability Award

Honoring Organizations and Individuals for their Sustainability Efforts in Our Community

GREENevada would like to announce that we are hosting the 25th annual 2017 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards at the National Automobile Museum to honor outstanding organizations and individuals for their achievements in improving and sustaining the environment.
The Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards is a legacy event initiated by Environmental Leaders in 1991. The theme for this year’s event is “On the Road to Sustainability.”

We are seeking nominations for this year’s event!

Winners will be chosen in each of the following nine (9) categories:
• Individual / Volunteer
• Nonprofit Organization or Federal/State Agency
• Small Business
• Medium to Large Business
• Public Figure/Servant (elected or appointed official)/ Agency Representative
• Youth Leadership
• Educational Programming
• Educator
• Sustainability Milestones
To submit a nomination please visit The same
individual or organization may be nominated for more than one category. Nominations
must be received by Noon, on Monday, September 11.

The 2016 Golden PineCone Sustainability Awards was hosted by GREENevada and took place on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, NV.

The Golden PineCone Sustainability Awards is a legacy event initiated by Environmental Leadership and run for more than 25 years by Environmental Leadership, Nevada EcoNET and more recently greenUP! GREENevada hosted a dinner event to honor award recipients and their communities.

The Golden Pinecone Ball was started by Tod Bedrosian, Bob Fulkerson, Glenn Miller and Bob Loux to bring the environmental community together as friends and initially to get the community excited about stopping the dump of nuclear waste. The pinecone awards were handmade out of plywood, an ironic twist on formal award ceremonies to honor environmental achievements of the past year.

Last year’s event was enjoyed by Environmental Groups from all over Reno whose mission is to make our region cleaner, healthier and more desirable to live in.


Winners of the 2016 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards were chosen in each of the following nine (9) categories:

Educator – Leigh Metcalfe, Teacher, Reed High School

Educational Program – Project ReCharge-Envirolution/ UNR/Raggio Research Center for STEM Education

Individual / Volunteer – Sue Jacox, Founder and Board President, Great Basin Outdoor School

Nonprofit Organization or Federal/State Agency – Sierra Nevada Journeys – Reno

Medium to Large Business – One Nevada Credit Union – Reno

Small Business – Envirohaven – Reno, NV

Public Figure / Servant / Agency Representative – Carol Perry, Trip Reduction Specialist, Regional Transportation Commission

Youth Leadership – Cecy Cervantes, Student Assistant, USAC, Sparks, NV

Innovation Award – Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful/Nevada Land Trust for the One Truckee River Management Plan

Fiscal Sponsor for GREENevada and the Golden Pinecone Awards:
Music Provided by Boondoggle:
Past Golden Pinecone Award Recipients
2013 Recipients:
  • Youth Leadership: Celeste Tinajero, Reed High School
  • Educational Program: NV Energy greenpower program/ Fayth Ross
  • Public Figure: Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung
  • Business: Renu Oil of America, Inc., Las Vegas
  • Nonprofit: Snowlands Network
  • Individual: Erik Holland
Previous years (in alphabetic order):
Bob Abbey (2005)
Ernie Adler (1991)
Willie Albright (2002)
Leslie Allen (2008)
American Land Conservancy (1997)
AT&T Real Yellow Pages (2008)
Black Rock Solar (2008)
Bruce Bledsoe (2001)
David Bobzien (2007)
Karen Boeger (2003)
Tod Bedrosian (2007)
Jenny Brekhus (2003)
Faith Bremner (2000)
Richard Bryan (1994)
Caesars Entertainment Northern Nevada (2011)
Michael Cameron CANWIN (1994)
Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee (2011)
Champions of the River (1998)
Graham Chisholm (1998)
Citizen Alert (1988)
Glen Clemmer (2005)
Comstock Seed (2000)
Kyle Davis (2008)
Frankie Sue Del Papa (1995)
Kevin Dick (2000)
Susan Donaldson (2004)
Naomi Duerr (2000)
Mike Dwyer (2002)
Environmental Leadership (1991)
Vivian Freeman (1989)
Friends of Nevada Wilderness (2010)
Full Circle Compost (2003)
Joanne Garret (2005)
Jason Geddes (2006)
Virgil Getto (1992)
Dennis Ghiglieri (1999)
Bob Goodman (2000)
Great Basin Mine Watch (2002)
Mike Haley (2009)
Craig and Tim Hansen (2002)
Harvey’s (1994)
High Country News (1995)
David Hornbeck (2009)
Interpretive Gardens/PInyon Design (2001)
Beth Isasff (2002)
IVGID (2005)
Dan Jaquet (2010)
Joe Johnson, Renewable Energy Lobbyist (2011)
Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (2007)
Kiley Ranch Preservancy Foundation (2009)
Tom Knudson (1999)
The League to Save Lake Tahoe (2000)
Sheila Leslie (2006)
Local Food System Network:
Including Community Supported Agriculture,
Great Basin Food Co-op, Nevada Farmers
Market Assn. (2007)
Bob Loux (1994)
Susan Lynn (1997)
McDonald Carano Wilson LLP (2005)
Bob Miller (1992)
Glenn Miller (1992)
William Molini (1998)
Tina Mudd (2006)
Frank Mullen (1998)
Karen Mullen (2001)
Tina Nappe (2001)
The Nature Conservancy (2004)
Jim Nelson (1997)
Lynda Nelson (1999)
Neuffer Construction (1995)
Nevada Bell (1993)
Nevada Conservation Corps (2001)
Nevada Land Conservancy (2003)
Nevada Recycling Coalition (1992)
Nevada Wildlife Federation (1995)
Ormat Technologies (2009)
Patagonia (1999)
Grace Potorti (1991)
Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (1993)
REI (2004)
Alicia Reban (2010)
Harry Reid (1993)
Reno City Council (2010)
Reno Gazette-Journal (1994)
Reno News & Review (2003)
Elmer Rusco (1993)
Virginia Sanchez (1994)
Pete Sferrazza (2004)
Sierra Club (1989)
Sierra Pacific Power Company (2007)
Marge Sill (1989)
Silver Peak Restaurant and Brewery (2002)
John Singlaub (2003)
Assemblywoman Debbie Smith (2011)
Doug Smith (2004)
Steve Smith, Bureau of Land Management
and Nevada Wilderness Coordinator (2011)
Gary Snyder (2003)
Rebecca Solnit (2005)
Rose Strickland (1990)
Mark Struble (2009)
Suzanne Sturtevant (1997)
Tahoe Rim Grail Assn. (1999)
Bruce Van Dyke (1993)
Don Vetter (2005)
Sue Voyles (2004)
Rebecca Wagner (2010)
Charles Watson, Sr. (1990)
Stephen Wells (2008)
Western Nevada Clean Communities (1993)
Bill Whitney (2007)
Mary Winston (2010)
Cliff Young (1988)

July 25, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Two upcoming family-friendly events on Saturday July 29!

The Smog of the Sea Film Screening

smog of the sea

Where: Sun Valley Community Center

Join Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful for a screening of The Smog of the Sea, a documentary by filmmaker Ian Cheney that chronicles a research expedition through the Sargasso Sea and makes an artful call to action for rethinking single-use plastic. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited on board an unusual crew to help him study the sea: renowned surfers Keith & Dan Malloy, musician Jack Johnson, spearfisher woman Kimi Werner and bodysurfer Mark Cunningham become citizen scientists on a mission to assess the fate of plastics in the world’s oceans.

Check out the trailer here.

Discuss strategies for reducing your plastic waste and get inspired to make your own personal plastic free commitment! Make the switch to reusable bags and water bottles, say No to plastic straws, and purchase products without microbeads or plastic packaging.

Learn about the Truckee River Watershed and how to be conscientious community members in this family friendly event entertaining for ALL ages. Call or email Kylie, Outreach Coordinator, at (775)851-5185 or

Click here for a link to the event’s Facebook page.

A Night in the Arboretum

night in the arbo

Where: Wilbur D. May Center

Have you ever wondered what the Arboretum is like at night? Well wonder no more! Join the Wilbur D. May Arboretum & Botanical Garden, and the Astronomical Society of Nevada for a star party on July 29th from 8:30 pm -10 pm. Follow the stars onto the lawn in front of Rancho San Rafael Park’s ranger office where telescopes will be pointed at the night sky. Come to the gardens at 8:30 pm to learn about the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st (eclipse viewers will be available with a $2 donation). Star and planet gazing will begin at 9pm. Get a close up view of Saturn and its rings, and learn about the constellations we see in our night sky! Bring a blanket to lie out on the lawn, a red light flashlight to navigate your way around, and your curiosity of the night sky!

If you have any questions please call the Arboretum educator, Mandy, at 775-785-4153 or email her at

Click here for a link to the event’s Facebook page.


July 13, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Treasure Hunt Helpers Needed!


Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is looking for volunteers for their upcoming event on Saturday, August 5th!


The Biggest Little Treasure Hunt is a scavenger hunt through some of Reno’s most breathtaking, scenic, and unique parks. Starting in one of the city’s most popular parks, Idlewild Park, teams of up to six people, will solve clues that take them on a journey through our parks, performing tasks and finding hidden objects to score points along the way. Points will be earned by the teams and then tracked through social media posts leading up to announcing the winners at the big award ceremony beginning at 5:00 p.m.
While the teams are hard at work, the entire community is welcome to enjoy the Treasure Hunt HQ back at Idlewild Park. With vendors, food trucks, live music, bicycle rentals, fun demonstrations, and a craft beer garden, the HQ will be the place to get updates on which teams are in the lead and to enjoy the afternoon in beautiful Idlewild.

The event’s proceeds will help fund and grow our Student Stewards Program, which has introduced over 3,500 underserved Washoe County students to hands-on experiential science.  These students, as citizen scientists work like local scientists and researchers strengthening their connection to our natural environment and local parks while developing a love of science and learning.

For this event, volunteers will help in several exciting ways. See positions below for further information.

Flyer/Poster Hangers
Number Needed: 10
Date/Time: Week of July 10
Responsibilities: We need YOUR help advertising this awesome event! Help us advertise by hanging posters around town at various coffee shops, restaurants, bars and where ever else you can think of! We’ll provide some desired poster locations, however we’re open to new poster location suggestions! Your legwork will definitely pay off in getting the word out and people attending.

Registration Table Attendant
Number Needed: 15
Date/Time: Saturday, August 5, 2017 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Responsibilities: We’ve got several hundred registrants and counting and we’ll need your help on the BIG day to help check in and register teams. Your humor and organization skills will help TMPF staff maintain orderly registration process, and make sure attendees are up to speed with the event rules and flow. Help ensure a smooth event start and finish and make sure that all registered attendees are able to get registered, setup, and to the starting line by 2:00pm! It will be fun – and that will add to the fun of the event!

We’ll also be looking for people to check ID’s and hand out wristbands for those over 21 for the $4.00 beer that will flow after 4:00 as our Treasure ‘Hunters’ return.

Event Setup and Take Down
Number Needed: 15
Date/Time: August 5, 2017 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Responsibilities: So many people and so many clues not to mention tables! At noon we’ll need YOU to help TMPF staff setup tables, booths, registration zones, beer garden zones, certain scavenger hunt components, and event markers (as needed). Not to mention setting up signage for restrooms and beer garden locations.  After 4:00 p.m. we’ll need YOU to help TMPF staff takedown booths, tables, markers, etc upon end of the event. Usually there’s leftover beer for those that stick around if you’re of legal drinking age.

Staff Zone and Information Helper/ Float
Number Needed: 12
Date/Time: August 5, 2017 – 1:15pm – 7:15pm
Responsibilities: Searching for treasure is filled with golden opportunities to direct attendees, vendors, sponsors and more to where they need to go. So many people to meet, greet and direct and who knows, maybe even help pick-up a bit of trash. Believe me it will be fun!

TMPF Advocate Volunteer
Number Needed: 2
Date/Time: August 5, 2017 1:30pm – 7:00pm
Responsibilities: Spread the word and good cheer throughout the day and to attendees and participants by being an advocate for the Parks Foundation.  Share TMPF’s mission, events and all the opportunities to participate and volunteer and have great conversations along the way! This is a great way to get some experience promoting the Parks Foundation while building your own social skills.

Beer Pourer/ID Check (must be over age 21)
Number Needed: 6
Date/Time: August 5, 2017 3pm-8pm
Responsibilities:  If you’re over 21 and especially if you have the credentials to serve alcohol come and share the joy of a cheap ($4.00) beer with our many attendees, participants and volunteers!

For event questions, comments, or want to help and not sure where? Call Linda at 775-453-0094 or email her at


June 15, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Upcoming Teacher Training and Workshops


Save the Date! July 31-August 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV 

Mission NGSS is a two-day workshop specifically designed for K-8th Grade educators. Science Alive launches into how to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom through the lens of energy and the environment. We will prepare for a Mission to Mars and will need to identify basic life support systems in order to survive. This hands-on workshop will explore the complexities of energy as it relates to NGSS.

All meals and snacks throughout the 2 days are included.  Additionally, participants who complete this FREE teacher training will receive 0.5 in-service credit from the Nevada Dept. of Education.

Limited space is available. Registration is NOW OPEN –  Register for this training here!

This workshop is offered through a collaboration of DRI, RPDP of Southern Nevada, and EnergySmart Education (sponsored by NV Energy and SW Gas).

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Craig Rosen, Community Engagement and Professional Development Administrator at 702-862-5332.


June 13, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Project ReCharge Recognized in Northern Nevada Business Weekly


Exciting news! Project ReCharge was featured in Northern Nevada Business Weekly yesterday. The article explains how students in Northern Nevada are finding new ways to increase sustainability and energy efficiency through the Project ReCharge program. Check out the article here!