GREENevada Members

GREENevada welcomes new members. If your organization is interested in joining GREENevada, please consider attending one of our upcoming meetings.

Alliance for Climate Education

ACE_logo_web_largeThrough education and leadership development, ACE is building a generation of diverse, confident and capable youth driving lasting climate solutions now and throughout their lives.

Since 2008, ACE has educated 2.5 million high school students nationwide and inspired over 400,000 youth to advance clean energy and amplify their voices in schools, households and college campuses. ACE does this through two programs: education and civic engagement. Explore ACE’s education program online at Our Climate Our Future, a collection of short videos and accompanying lesson plans on climate science, impacts and solutions. Youth can sign up to join the ACE Action Network by texting ACT to 64336.

Contact Rebecca Anderson, Director of Education, via email at or call 530-562-7778.

Carson City School District                                                      carson-city-school-district-squarelogo-1496137231566

In partnership with the community, we will make the most of every day for every student by empowering them with the skills, knowledge, values and opportunities to thrive.

Through community partnerships and district resources, students will have the opportunity to learn about environmentally friendly actions and sustainable practices.

Contact Mark Korinek, C.P.M. Director of Operations via email at

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Our mission is to work within existing governmental frameworks to promote cooperative action for the watershed that crosses agency and political boundaries.

CWSD is a unique, bi-state agency dedicated to establishing a balance between the needs of the communities within the Carson River Watershed and the function of the river system. Our mission is to work within existing governmental frameworks to promote cooperative action for the watershed that crosses agency and political boundaries. CWSD acts as lead agency for integrated watershed planning and funds the Carson River Watershed Coordination Program.  CWSD strives to involve all counties and communities within the watershed in the effort to meet the various future water needs, enhance the health of the river system, protect the floodplains, and provide outreach and information to the community. Our Carson River environmental programs include: Watershed-Literacy Community Outreach, Carson River Workdays, Invasive Species Awareness, Floodplain Management and Flood Awareness, Water Quality/Snap Shot Day and many other events involving school age children and adults.  We administer several federal grants including Non-Point Source 319(h), FEMA, BLM and NFWF to undertake our watershed education goals.  We also work closely with River Wranglers to administer our youth programs.

Contact Brenda Hunt, Watershed Program Manager or Shane Fryer, Watershed Program Specialist or call 775.887.9005.


Inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders and workers who will drive the growth of a sustainable economy.

Envirolution is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and scaling dynamic K-12 education, youth leadership development, and community outreach programs centered around energy efficiency, sustainability, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career development. Established in 2007 and based in Reno, Nevada, Envirolution’s mission is to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders and workers who will drive the growth of a sustainable economy. With a focus on hands-on service learning, our programs not only provide career development for students, but also enable our participants to give back to their communities. Envirolution seeks to promote global change by championing local efforts that empower citizens to do positive, meaningful work and to make a good living while giving back to the social and environmental communities. For more information about Envirolution’s programs visit or contact Vanessa Robertson via email at or call 775-229-8488.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness FoNW_Logo_Stacked_Feb2012_CMYK

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is dedicated to preserving all qualified Nevada public lands as wilderness, protecting all present and potential wilderness from ongoing threats, educating the public about the values of and need for wilderness, and improving the management and restoration of wild lands.

Friends of Nevada Wilderness is a state-wide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Nevada’s wild lands through advocacy and stewardship. Over the past thirty-one years, Friends of Nevada Wilderness has been successful in protecting over 3 million acres of Nevada wilderness. Getting wilderness designated is the first step toward long-term protection of these special areas but it’s not enough. That is why Friends of Nevada Wilderness works with volunteers on the ground to help monitor and restore these special wild places. Our restoration and monitoring trips combine exploration, camaraderie, and rewarding work in Nevada’s beautiful backcountry. Visit for more information or contact Shevawn Von Tobel, Outreach Manager at or 775-324-7667.

Great Basin Outdoor School

Experiential education in the natural world will nurture children and young adults and empower them to make positive choices in their own lives, productive contributions to their communities and sustainable decision for the Earth.

Leadership, community involvement, and environmental ethics are key components of overnight ecology camps in spectacular natural settings on Nevada’s shoreline of Lake Tahoe, and underserved children are included thanks to community support. Activities meet state curriculum standards in many subjects, especially science. Students hike, snowshoe, learn local ecology with hands-on activities, and do environmental projects to promote sustainability. Most programs target 5th & 6th grade classes and are held in the spring, fall, and winter. Young adults also get leadership training and experience as volunteer cabin leaders, college students earn internship credit, and teachers receive STEM training and recertification credit. GBOS has served thousands of children since 1998.

Contact Haley Pinkston at or call 775-324-0936.

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Dedicated to creating a cleaner, more beautiful region through education and active community involvement.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) is committed to making the Truckee Meadows America’s cleanest community. All we need is you! KTMB provides a variety of community and youth events and initiatives throughout the year, which increase both the environmental and economic vitality of Northern Nevada. Visit to learn more or contact Lorian McConnell, Program Coordinator, via email at or call 775-851-5185

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Nevada Bugs and Butterflies provides hands-on experiences with science and living things to cultivate love of the natural world and local environmental responsibility.

Nevada Bugs and Butterflies is a science education non-profit organization located in Reno, Nevada. We have operated a seasonal outdoor science center in Lemmon Valley since 2012, open for free to all families and groups. The highlights of our science center include a mesh-enclosed butterfly house filled with butterflies native to Nevada, a variety of live insects for visitors to observe and hold, interactive activities to teach visitors about our local ecosystems, a 1-acre garden with over 400 plant species, and our two Mojave desert tortoises. We also offer educational outreach programs to schools and youth groups in the northern Nevada area year-round, which include numerous live arthropods for students to hold and observe as well as a variety of other educational activities. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Burls: or 775-200-8774

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The Project WET (Water Education) Curriculum & Activity Guide uses our familiarity with water to involve students in a wide range of activities that focus on water issues including water quality, water use, aquatic ecosystems, water conservation, water pollution prevention, groundwater and more. These lessons are in for both formal and informal settings and are strong supplements to K-12 curriculums. Our mission is to Educate. Empower. Act.

Since 1996, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has been a supporter of Project WET. Project WET. Project WET, an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and communities with water education. Nevada Project WET achieves water education by: Providing training workshops on watersheds, water quality, water conservation and building a network of educators, water resource professionals and scientists.

Project WET materials are successful because they are interactive, multisensory, adaptable, relevant, solution-oriented, accurate, science-based, measurable.

Project WET’s practices are grounded in the 4 core beliefs.

1. Water connects us all

2. Water for all water users

3. Managing water sustainably

4. Personal responsibility for water resources

Contact Mary Kay Wagner, Environmental Scientist with the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection, via email at or call 775-687-9454.

Nevada Department of Wildlife NDOW-sml

Connecting people to wildlife in a positive way.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife Education and Aquatic Education field trips in Western Nevada, highlighting the diverse habitats where wildlife make their homes. The Wildlife Education Program helps to foster NDOW’s mission: “Connecting people to wildlife in a positive way.”

Contact Tricia Dutcher via email at or call 775-334-3808.

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Businesses and Communities with a shared value of building a sustainable community.

Nevada Green Institute is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to promote public awareness and discussion about innovative ideas, technologies, and practices that support a sustainable community. Our strategy to build such awareness is to link regional knowledge for a sustainable future. We foster knowledge partnership to define issues and solutions applicable to the region. Through this process, the public will take part in building a sustainable future.

Nevada Green Institute is a member of Carson City School District Sustainability Action team and Western Nevada College Recycling and sustainability program, and Citizen’s’ climate lobby, Carson City Chapter.

For more information visit, Twitter: @NevadaGreenIns,

Contact Aster Girma via email at or call 775-434-8409.

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Promoting participation in recycling and waste reduction practices.

A program of the Nevada Division of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Nevada Recycles promotes resource conservation through recycling and waste reduction. Nevada Recycles works to expand and increase awareness of recycling and waste reduction opportunities for Nevada residents, businesses, and schools through education, outreach, collaboration, and technical assistance. Contact Patty Moen, Northern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, via email at or call 775-687-9466

One Truckee Riverotr

One Truckee River is a collaboration of private and public partners working together for a sustainable, clean, and thriving river connected to the hearts and minds of the community.

The One Truckee River initiative addresses nine emerging issues throughout the Truckee River Watershed, including, education. For our community to truly become good stewards of the Truckee River, it must understand the river’s central role in our environment, our history and our culture, as well as the impacts of individual behaviors and choices. One Truckee River works to educate all ages within the community on the importance of the river and to incorporate the river into the educational process. For more information check out their website

Contact Alex Hoeft via email at or call 775-851-5180.

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Getting butts on bikes more often.

Reno Bike Project (RBP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community bicycle shop and advocacy group committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community through advocacy, education, and cooperation in the Truckee Meadows.

Contact Genevieve Parker, Program Director, via email at or follow their website here.

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Empowering youth through outdoor education and action.

River Wranglers is a nonprofit organization committed to healthy watersheds, rivers, and streams. We work in school settings with children of all ages but focus on a mentoring program, Conserve Carson River Work Days, connecting high school science students and elementary fourth graders. We’ve built strong alliances with conservation districts, ranchers, and state and county agencies to host conservation workdays along the river throughout the Carson River watershed.

Contact Will Sheppard, Director, via email at

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Science Alive supports teachers in science-based environmental education.

Science Alive conducts education and outreach for the Desert Research Institute, a global scientific research and development institute under the Nevada System of Higher Education. The mission of Science Alive is to support pre-K-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community. Science Alive achieves our mission by providing inquiry based STEM Curriculum through our Green Boxes, offering Teacher Trainings and Workshops throughout the school year, and through School Support in the form of speakers, field trips, and special opportunities.

For more information contact Amelia Gulling at 775.673.7412 or

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Delivering outdoor, science-based education programs for kids that develop critical thinking skills and inspire natural resource stewardship.

Sierra Nevada Journeys (SNJ) uses the unique outdoor classrooms of our region to deliver impactful science education to promote long-term student achievement. We do this by combining school based curriculum, field and residential experiential programs, and professional development for teachers, creating multiple education points of contact for students and schools. Our programs create higher cognition and long term student achievement, while building the capacity of educators to effectively teach their curriculum.

Contact Sean via email at or call  775-355-1688

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Promoting ecoliteracy to create a sustainable Nevada.

Ecoliteracy—the ability to understand the natural systems that make life on earth possible—is the key to achieving sustainability. According to Fritjof Capra, physicist and co-founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, “In the coming decades, the survival of humanity will depend on our ecological literacy—our ability to understand the basic principles of ecology and to live accordingly.” Ecoliteracy begins in the schools. It combines emotional, social and ecological intelligence into an integrated, cross-discipline teaching strategy. Classes include hands-on teaching and learning projects that incorporate food, energy and the built environment as organizing principles for encouraging ecological understanding. Gardens, schoolyard habitats and the school campus itself become learning environments.

Contact Jeneane via email at or call 775-232-3567

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Dedicated to supporting parks in Truckee Meadows including Washoe County, Reno, and Sparks parks.

Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation is an independent, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parks in Truckee Meadows including Washoe County, Reno, and Sparks parks. The mission of TMPF is to improve the lives of northern Nevadans by enhancing the quality and sustainability of our local parks. We work to support parks and open spaces in the following ways: 1) through park-based educational and recreational programs; 2) by providing financial support for new and existing park infrastructure; and 3) by serving as a mechanism through which citizens can advocate for their parks.

Contact Heidi Anderson, Executive Director, via email at  or call(775) 453-0278.

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Growing healthy minds, bodies, and communities.

Urban Roots is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the education process from the ground up. An abandoned lot in Reno became a teaching farm in 2011 that now hosts school programs, continuing education for teachers, community workshops, and extends to school gardens across Washoe County.

Contact Kim Daniel via email at or call 775-636-5105.

U.S. Green Building Council – Northern Nevada Community


USGBC Nevada has been an organizational leader in Nevada for green building and sustainability since 2003.

The USGBC’s Center for Green Schools vision is that all students deserve to attend sustainable schools that enhance their health and prepare them for 21st century careers. Our work brings sustainability to life in the classroom and encourages communities to work together toward a future that is healthier for people and the planet. For more information visit and
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Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organization the opportunity to unite communities and transform our schools into safe, healthy and sustainable learning environments. For more information go to
Contact Jaime Villarino-Eilenberger via email at or call 949.933.7996.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Schoolyard Habitat Program helps teachers and students create wildlife habitat at their own schools. Typical projects include: wetlands, meadows, forests and variations based on specific ecoregions. Many projects are planned through multiple phases and change over time as children from various classes build upon the existing work of past students. We work with your school to provide:

• technical assistance and project guidance
• teacher training,
• develop written materials

Washoe County School District wcsd2

Washoe County School District is a public school district providing public education to students in Washoe County, including the cities of Reno and Sparks, and the communities of Verdi, Incline Village, and Gerlach. WCSD is the second largest school district in Nevada with approximately 64,000 students enrolled in 93 schools.

The WCSD is committed to the implementation of effective, comprehensive, and sustainable initiatives and programs. All schools and other facilities shall implement programs and practices which are not harmful to or which limit the depletion of natural resources, create a culture that accepts fiscal responsibility for these goals, enhance building/facility performance, and foster a sense of citizenship in students by encouraging a focus on conservation and sustainability. Such programs are designed to achieve and maintain levels of conservation which protect human health and safety, prevent injury to plant and animal life, prevent damage to property, and preserve the visibility, scenic, and esthetic values of the community.

Contact Dr. Jason Geddes, Energy Conservation and Sustainability Program Manager, via email at