April 26, 2011
by Celeste Tinajero
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Sustainability Competition Finals!

Channel 8 News clip of the event Friday:,S,201104,677f16ad-c68b-446e-a55d-01e4cff284a7&ReqServer=NDS5%5CNDS5&QueryName=&Offset=414&Time=12gf(74f2VvciV4f(74lb74f2Vvq(74f(i&E=12gS27yY2Wee27Jf(hIlH7_qH7Jl(i&EM=Notify

Congrats to all the schools for their terrific work! With $1,000 to $12,000 awards to fund their plans, its time to get busy making our community more sustainable!


April 14, 2011
by Celeste Tinajero
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GREENevada Competition Final Presentations

Next Friday, April 22nd, 2011, on the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, final presentations will be given at the UNR College of Education.

Nine teams, from The Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology, Davidson Academy, Rainshadow Community Charter High School, Sage Ridge, and Hug, McQueen, Reed, Sparks, and Wooster High Schools have all developed detailed plans to transform their schools to be more environmentally committed and economically sustainable.

These teams will be competing in front of distinguished judges:

Christine Cheney, Dean of the UNR College of Education
Bruce Deetken, WCSD Energy Manager
Jill Derby, Former NSHE Board of Regents Chair
Jason Geddes, City of Reno Environmental Services Administrator and Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regent
Alan Gertler, Desert Research Institute
Jeff Healion, NV Energy
Steve Hull, Washoe County School District
Morgan Tiar, Operations Director for Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful
Matt Tuma, Regional Representative for Nevada Senator Harry Reid

The schedule for the day is:
1:00 – welcome and introductions
1:15 – 3:45 – presentations from students
3:45 – 5:00 – judge’s deliberations and food for student teams
5:00 – 5:30 – awards ceremony

We will be distributing $28,000 in funding to the top teams, for them to implement their plans at their schools.


February 25, 2011
by Celeste Tinajero
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FAQ – Post #1

Here are some questions that came in this week:

Question: In Section 1: Statement of need, the way it is worded left it a bit open to focusing on more than one need.  Do you intend for groups to focus on 1 need (idea), or can they pick 2?

GREENevada answer: We left it open for each group to decide which and how many needs to address.

Question: In Section 4: Budget, it was a little confusing because it says, “how will you fund your project?”  We were a bit confused on this because we were under the impression that the goal was to win the money to fund the project.  We understand that we need to show specific costs and how exactly the funds would be allocated, but were not clear on if we actually need to come up with funding on our own…..

GREENevada answer: We would love to fund each and every project in whole. Unfortunately, we don’t have that kind of money yet. So, if you don’t win the money from GREENevada, how will you fund the project? You don’t need to secure these funds ahead of time. We just want to give your group the opportunity to think about funding, so that if you don’t receive what you need from the competition, your project won’t necessarily die. Show us that you’ve thought about it.

Question: Is there an age limitation?  Some members of our club are middle-schoolers. Can they participate?

GREENevada answer: Team advisors are welcome to make the call to include younger students in the project. There is no specific age limitation for participants.



February 25, 2011
by Celeste Tinajero
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Frequently Asked Questions

Remember – if you have any questions regarding the competition, you can send them to GREENevada@gmail.com and expect a response within a week from one of the GREENevada coalition members.

As questions come up, if we think that they would be beneficial to the entire group of participants, without revealing any key strategies or ideas of a particular team, we will post them here, anonymously. Check back frequently for updates!

-The GREENevada Team