April 6, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Nevada Volunteer Recognition

Where are NV’s volunteers?! Submit & vote for pics of volunteers in your community. Winner will be announced April 28. Click here for more information.

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 23-29), we hope you will showcase your volunteers by answering the question:

Where Are Nevada’s Volunteers?

It’s like searching for Waldo in the famous Where’s Waldo? Book by Martin Handford, but instead of looking for red and white stripes, we’re looking for Nevada’s volunteers in action. Help us find them!

Here’s how:

1. Take a photo of your volunteer(s) in action and submit it to our photo contest gallery between April 1st and April 22nd

2. Vote for your favorite photo from April 23rd to April 27th, during National Volunteer Week

3. The winning photo will be announced on Governor Sandoval’s Twitter and Nevada Volunteers social sites and website on April 28th

Check it out today! Start posting photos tomorrow!  http://bit.ly/NVVolWeek

Remember, volunteers are hiding in lots of places—boards, coaches, church committees, advisors, tutors, neighbors—where can YOU find them?

Share with your friends and social networks—spread the word and enlist others to play and vote too! The more volunteers we can find, the better!

 

Where Are NVs Volunteers

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April 4, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Sierra Nevada Journeys is Hiring a Part-Time Educator!

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Sierra Nevada Journeys is hiring a part-time educator position in Reno. Check out the details below!

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Sierra Nevada Journeys is seeking dynamic education professionals to help expand the program base in Reno, NV. This position requires motivated individuals with an engaging personality and an insistence on excellence who is passionate about building scientific literacy and critical thinking capacity through outdoor science education across classrooms that mirror the demographics in Northern Nevada. We are seeking someone prepared to teach in a variety of settings (classroom, outdoors, family science nights), grade and analyze assessments and support the overall education operations of the Classrooms Unleashed program. The position requires an individual who is able to thrive independently and work well on a team, and who is committed to supporting a non-profit on the cutting edge of the Informal Education industry. Part-time Educators will report directly to Sierra Nevada Journeys’ Reno Program Manager. To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to jobs@sierranevadajourneys.org. In the subject line of your email please include “Reno PT Educator” and your last name.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2 + years teaching experience (Substitute license or teaching credential required). Current licensure not required to apply, but if considered for the position must be actively pursuing or willing to do so. Hours may be reduced until the candidate is able to teach solo in the classroom with a current licensure (substitute or teaching credential).
  • Excellent written, phone and in-person professional communication skills
  • Current Red Cross CPR and First Aid (or willing to fulfill this requirement prior to start date)
  • Ability to pass background check
  • Passionate commitment to providing opportunities for/working with kids of all backgrounds
  • Ability to thrive in an environment that is fast-paced, creative, dynamic, and growing
  • The ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative
  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds and hike 4-5 miles with a backpack
  • Reliable vehicle (ability to drive to school and field sites in and around a large city)
  • Motivated with a flexible “Go-to” attitude
  • Comfortable and skilled at jumping in to teach new content on short notice (during training and while on the regular job)

 

Megan Duggan | Marketing and Communications Director | megan@sierranevadajourneys.org

Office: (775) 355-1688 | Cell: (702) 338-1511sierranevadajourneys.org | 190 E Liberty St., Reno, NV 89501 | We’re Hiring

 

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Sierra Nevada Journeys is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that delivers innovative outdoor, science-based education programs for youth. We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary and are expected to serve our 100,000thstudent. Please consider making a secure donation to provide SNJ program scholarships for our community’s low-income students.

 

Upcoming: Sacramento’s Big Day of Giving is on May 4th, 2017!

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April 4, 2017
by Lorian McConnell
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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day – Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day

“Plan your outdoor summer!”

 

Reno, NV  – Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF), in partnership with Washoe County Parks and Open Space, is hosting the Healthy Parks Healthy People Day on April 8th at the Bartley Ranch Regional Park starting at 9am. This event is free and open to the public.

 

This family-friendly event will include dozens of games and activities presented by local non-profit organizations and regional land management agencies, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, and a FREE 1K Kids Fun Run! Sign up for the 5K before April 1st to receive a T-shirt, swag bag, and $5 off registration.

 

The goal is to celebrate regional parks and public lands while promoting the concept that healthy parks and open spaces lead to healthy people. Participating organizations will have experts on-hand to help you and your family plan a summer of outdoor adventures.

 

This is an opportunity for land managers, non-profits, and outdoor businesses to showcase how they enhance the environment and lives of the greater Reno community. This free event is aimed at inspiring families to recreate outdoors, helping people find new areas and activities to explore, and encouraging all around good health through environmental stewardship and community involvement.

 

We’re asking land managers, non-profits, and outdoor businesses to join us in the fun! To participate as an organization, contact the information listed below. As a participating organization, please provide an activity for the attendees (mostly kids), information about your mission(s), and help people plan their outdoor summer.

 

Recap

Who: Hosted in partnership between Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space

What: Healthy Parks Healthy People Day

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 9:00am-2:00pm. 5k Fun Run begins at 9am. Free kids run at 10am. Activities open/start at 10am.

Set up: Between 8am and 9:30am

Where: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road

How: As an outside organization, contact TMPF to become a Healthy Parks Healthy People Day participant and help inspire your community to get outside

 

For more information or participating organization inquiries, please contact

 

Geanette Orton, Development Coordinator

geanette@tmparksfoundation.org

775-453-0789

 

Event Page: http://www.tmparksfoundation.org/copy-of-explore-the-outdoors-5k-fun

 

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for all residents of our region by ensuring the long-term sustainability and improvement of our parks. We accomplish this through programs under our Healthy Parks Healthy People: Truckee Meadows initiative, citizen science programs for Title I schools, and by raising financial support for park improvement projects.

 

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October 13, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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Golden Pinecone Awards

GREENevada Announces Winners of the Golden Pinecone Awards 2016
Purchase Tickets Today for Awards Event Held at PepperMill Resort Spa Casino on November 1, 2016

GREENevada announces the winners for the 2016 Golden Pinecone Award event hosted to recognize outstanding organizations and individuals for their achievements toward improving and sustaining the environment.  We invite the business community to attend the event to honor the significant accomplishments of individuals and organizations that utilize the triple bottom line practices (social, environmental and financial) in their mode of operation.

The 2016 Golden PineCone Awards are being hosted by GREENevada and will take place on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nevada.  The ticket price for the event is $50 per person or $500 for a table for 10.  Go to the GREENevada site for more details and a link to purchase tickets.

GREENevada is giving recognition in nine (9) categories:
Educator:  Leigh Metcalfe, Reed High School
Educational Program:  Envirolution Project Recharge
Individual / Volunteer: Sue Jacox, Great Basin Outdoor School
Nonprofit Organization or Federal/State Agency:  Sierra Nevada Journeys
Public Servant or Agency Representative: Carol Perry, Regional Transportation Commission
Small Business:  Envirohaven
Medium to Large Business:  One Nevada Credit Union, Reno
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
GREENevada thanks its sponsors for this important community recognition event.  Support is provided by The Peppermill Resort Casino, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), NV Energy, Boise Paper, the Office Depot, Reno Printing and Boondoggle band.

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.
About GREENevada

GREENevada stands for Growing Resources for Environmental Education in Nevada and is a consortium of 20+ environmental organizations in Northern Nevada whose mission is to foster sustainability through environmental education and leadership. The fiscal sponsor for the event is greenUP!, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information, http://greenevada.org.

Background on Individuals and Organizations Awarded

Educator: Leigh Metcalfe

Leigh advises the Reed High EcoWarriors, a green club. The EcoWarriors have raised more than $25,000 in grants since 2010. Their accomplishments include: renovating two of Reed’s bathrooms with lo-flow toilets and sinks, auto-sensor lights and air hand dryers, installing a water bottle refilling station, transforming the school’s recycling system and making Reed an Idle Free School. Because of these accomplishments, Reed received a parking lot solar array. Leigh has been teaching Envirolution’s Project ReCharge energy curriculum for the last few years, helping students learn in a hands on way how to be energy detectives and conserve at home and in their school. In addition, Leigh worked with students on a proposal funded by the Governor’s office of Energy which completely retrofitted Reed High School with LED overhead lighting; this will save the school over $36,000 per year.

Leigh has shared curriculum at National Green Schools and NSTA conferences as well as with teachers throughout WCSD. Through an E-fellows program with UNR, Leigh traveled to Northern Ireland one summer and to New Zealand another to learn more about renewable energy. Annually, she organizes students for KTMB clean-ups, Christmas tree recycling, painting storm drains and other community service projects. Currently, she is working with students to develop waste reduction projects to reduce the amount of single use plastic in the school and in our community in a partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Plastic Pollution Solution action project.

Educational Program: Project ReCharge-Envirolution/ Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at the University of Nevada, Reno

Project ReCharge (PRC) is a hands-on inquiry and project based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum and training program that engages students, teachers and facility staff. By providing them with the knowledge, training and technology they become energy detectives focused on saving their school money through energy efficiency recommendations. In 2014, local nonprofit Envirolution and the STEM Raggio Research Center at the University of Nevada Reno received Nevada’s first National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experience for Students and Teachers Grant (DRL-1433597.) Over 3 years this grant is investing $1.2 million in energy efficiency education in Northern Nevada.

Over the last 2 years, the Envirolution and UNR team have provided 48 teachers within 10 schools in Northern Nevada with over 2,300 hours of professional development, given them over $45,000 in classroom resources, allowing them to engage over 2,300 middle school and high school students. The Project ReCharge curriculum consists of five separate units that provide teachers with 8-12 weeks of hands-on, inquiry-based lessons and activities focused on energy generation, consumption and efficiency.  Each lesson follows the 5E learning model, is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and 21st Century Competencies, so teachers and administrators know they are using curriculum that meets the latest education requirements. Pre and Post content tests from year 2 showed an average content knowledge increase of 24%, further demonstrating its effectiveness and value to educators.

The hands-on lessons have even greater impact by integrating real-time school energy data.  Project ReCharge curriculum incorporates real-time energy monitoring technology to engage students by analyzing the school’s energy use and seasonal trends. The final unit in the curriculum is a project based efficiency proposal in which the students use their Project ReCharge knowledge and work with facility staff and energy experts to develop proposals using the energy monitoring data, to save their school energy and money.  Students from Reed HS, Wooster HS, Dilworth MS and Mendive MS have all written proposals to retrofit their school’s lighting that will save the school district close to $43,000 a year! Project ReCharge empowers students with the knowledge and tools necessary to make informed decisions about energy usage and conservation in their own lives, as well as help prepare students for jobs in the growing sustainable economy.   With continued support from Washoe County School District and other key partners and funders, Project ReCharge looks forward to expanding to other schools and districts in the area.

Individual / Volunteer: Sue Jacox, Great Basin Outdoor School

Sue is a lifelong educator and a founding board member of Great Basin Outdoor School, a nonprofit which has connected thousands of local children and teachers with nature and our great Nevada outdoors.  Great Basin Outdoor School programs immerse students in science camps and field studies in spectacular natural settings on Nevada’s shoreline of Lake Tahoe and other local sites.  Her goal is to get children excited about learning through hands-on discovery in the outdoor classroom and to foster cooperation, respect, and responsibility.  Students hike, snowshoe, learn local ecology with engaging activities, and do environmental projects to protect their watersheds and to reduce fire danger.  They become more interested in science and feel empowered to make a difference for their communities and for the environment.

All of Sue’s contributions to advancing environmental literacy for children and adults are volunteer time, countless hours she is eager to share.  Nevada Division of Environmental Protection Administrator David Emme wrote, “Ms. Jacox’s long-term leadership has been critical in bringing environmental education to young people, providing a basic understanding of the water quality issues facing Lake Tahoe and northern Nevada, and teaching students how they may take simple actions to improve and protect water quality.”

Nonprofit Organization: Sierra Nevada Journeys

Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses the unique outdoor classrooms of the region to deliver robust outdoor science and collaborative problem solving education to promote long-term student achievement. They accomplish this through the Whole School Model, an outdoor education program that ensures the teachable moments inherent in outdoor education are extended both across the school year and through a student’s elementary grade progression. SNJ’s Whole School Model uses outdoor science education supported by in-school lessons and teacher professional development to maximize student inspiration and achievement across science, technology, engineering, math, reading, and collaborative problem solving.

Since their start in 2006, they have served over 75,000 students and 4,500 educators with residential outdoor science programs, field and school based programs and teacher professional development. SNJ has more than doubled the students they have served over the past 3 years; SNJ now serves 2/3rds of elementary schools in Northern NV with outdoor science programs; and SNJ will serve over 50 schools with Family Science Nights in the coming school year.

Public Figure/Servant or Agency Representative: Carol Perry, Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)

For more than a decade, Carol Perry has been an impassioned advocate educating the public on the impact transportation choices has on the environment by promoting and providing sustainable alternatives to driving alone. Through her leadership, the trip reduction program has expanded to include online trip matching services for a quick and easy search for carpool, bus, bike and walking partners.

The vanpool program has had the most dramatic growth under the trip reduction program generating the largest positive environmental impact. It’s expanded from two vanpools in 2005 to 98 this October. During RTC’s 2016 Fiscal Year, shared rides reduced more than 9.5 million vehicle miles of travel which prevented an estimated, 8.9 million lbs of carbon dioxide, 222 thousand lbs. of carbon monoxide, and 30 thousand lbs. of Volatile Organic Compounds from entering the atmosphere. The program is a self sustaining transit service and generates revenue for transit investments in the region made possible with Federal Transit Administration grant funds. As a result of Carol’s efforts, the RTC received international recognition for exemplary work in Transportation Demand Management at the Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference in Portland, Oregon in August 2016.

Small Business: Envirohaven

Vicki and Greg Bischoff are making sustainable living beautiful and affordable with their Haven designs. Their design is a radical change from standard building designs and practices that maximizes materials for efficient use and sustainable operation.

The Haven is the result of decades of design and construction experience by founders Vicki and Greg Bischoff. Since 1978, General Contractor and President of Suncrest Builders, Inc., Greg Bischoff, has been researching, designing, and building custom energy efficient homes. Throughout his career, Greg saw a need a for radical change in overall building design in order to achieve a truly sustainable lifestyle. Greg’s desire to address this need gave birth to his unique patented design: The Haven, a simple, cost-effective and energy-efficient housing system.
Many energy-saving and sustainable features are combined in one home design that is hyper-efficient, durable, adaptable, and affordable. The Haven is truly a model of sustainability enabling you to Live Large in a Small Footprint.

Medium to Large Business: One Nevada Credit Union, Reno

One Nevada Credit Union (ONCU) is a local company that is leading the way in conservation efforts in order to operate as an eco-friendly financial institution. In the past few years, they have significantly increased activities that make our community more environmentally healthy.  2016 has been a particularly productive year for ONCU in terms of adopting new practices to help conserve paper, electricity, water, fuel and recycled office supplies. In addition, they’ve created several new community partnerships with non-profit organizations with environmental missions in order to help beautify and conserve our natural communities. With $800 million in assets, One Nevada Credit Union is the largest locally owned, federally insured credit union in the state. It is one of the strongest, well-capitalized credit unions in the country with more 11.61% net worth. One Nevada has 13 branches and over 60 ATMs and serves over 77,000 members.

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

Cecy Cervantes is a student at the University of Nevada, Reno who cares about the environment, loves to volunteer, and has gotten involved to make a difference.
She served as Senator for the College of Liberal Arts during the 2015-2016 school year. Sustainability was a key part of her platform, and after being elected she became a member of the Sustainability Committee which works to minimize the campus footprint and support the university’s environmental policies. She was also a student member of the Arboretum Board and helped with a tree-planting event in which 192 tree saplings and shrubs were planted to stop erosion in the intramural fields. She informed students of environmental events.

She worked with ASUN to bring back the defunct UNR Environmental Club then served as president during the Spring 2016 semester and successfully recruited new members, created connections with other clubs on campus that share similar goals, and coordinated volunteer events like park cleanups.

Innovation Award: One Truckee River Management Plan spearheaded by Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) and Nevada Land Trust

One Truckee River is a collaboration of public and private partners working together to realize a Truckee River that flows clear and clean, quenches our thirst, sustains the river’s natural ecology, cultural resources and wildlife, and connects residents and visitors to unparalleled opportunities for recreation and regeneration.
One Truckee River was launched by the Nevada Land Trust and Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful as a collaboration of local, regional, and state agencies; nonprofit and community organizations; and businesses brought together in support of long term stewardship of the Truckee River and its natural and cultural assets. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the Nevada Land Trust are the One Truckee River Initiative lead administrative organizations.

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October 5, 2016
by Celeste Tinajero
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Going Deeper into Stormwater from NDEP’s EE Newsletter

By MKW

We need your help to make a difference in stormwater pollution! Common pollutants such as oil and sediment from roadways, along with nutrients and toxins from urban and rural areas, combine with stormwater to become “runoff.” This runoff carries pollutants released from cars, excess fertilizer released from residential lawns and farms, and pathogens from human and animal waste. This runoff is called “nonpoint source” (NPS) pollution. The EPA describes NPS pollution as the single largest cause of the nation’s deteriorating water quality. NPS pollution includes pathogens, nutrients, toxic chemicals, trash, sediment, and even thermal pollution. Pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses that come from fecal waste of humans and animals. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus stimulate plant growth. However, improper use of fertilizers and improper disposal of sewage can release these nutrients at such high concentrations that they pose an environmental hazard. Eroded soils and geologic materials (such as sand and gravel) are transported in stormwater and deposited as sediments in streambeds, retention ponds, reservoirs and lakeshores. Large deposits of sediment can alter stream flows and decrease the amount of healthy aquatic habitats. Toxic chemicals include petroleum products, metals, pesticides, and persistent organic pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These toxins can harm the health of aquatic organisms and human beings. Trash constitutes visual pollution that diminishes our enjoyment of natural waters and may also contain toxic chemicals within the debris. Finally, as runoff moves across paved surfaces and concrete channels, the water absorbs heat, creating thermal pollution. Removal of streamside vegetation and riparian habitat eliminates shading of natural waters and can also contribute to thermal pollution.

In conjunction with Clark County Conservation District’s promotion of the 2016 Stormwater Pollution Prevention Poster contest, the District received funding from NDEP to revamp and distribute the “Down the Drain ● Stormwater & You” workbook. The colorful booklet is available NDEP’s Environmental Education webpage. This 10-page booklet is a fun, educational review of the water cycle, watersheds, storm drains, and wetlands blended with Word Scramble, a Drain Game, Pollution Puzzler, Word Search and more.

Source: http://ndep.nv.gov/edu/index.htm

See the whole Newsletter: http://ndep.nv.gov/edu/docs/newsletter_sept_2016.pdf

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