DATE: Jul 16 - Sep 17, 2020


Six webinars address the continued benefits of sustainable practices during and after COVID-19. Such practices not only preserve Nevada’s natural resources for future generations, they help businesses keep their costs low by reducing waste, reducing water use, and improving efficiencies in everyday business functions. These environmental practices also help keep employees healthy and engaged, enable businesses to comply with regulations, and help attract conscientious customers. Businesses of all types are invited to participate.

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Waste Reduction and Recycling Guides 

Presented by Patty Moen, Recycling Coordinator, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP)

NDEP and the Business Environmental Program at UNR developed recycling guides for households, restaurants and hotels to assist in making choices to reduce waste, reuse, and recycle during the COVID-19 reopening. The webinar presents facts regarding the latest credible information on the virus transmission and how it relates to waste. Patty will also provide an update on the state of recycling in Nevada.

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Climate Change: What it Means for Nevada and What We are Doing About it presented by Dr. Kristen Averyt, State Climate Policy Coordinator  

Under the leadership of Governor Sisolak, Nevada is accelerating efforts to address the challenges posed by climate change. This webinar presents an overview of how climate change impacts our state within the context of recent and emerging policy actions, including the coming State Climate Strategy.

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Repair Fix It Panel 

Moderated by Patty Moen, NDEP and Kim Rios, Community Educator, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful

One strategy for achieving waste reduction is through reuse and repair activities. A panel will discuss current practices and suggestions on growing the reuse and repair movement in Nevada, and how COVID-19 is impacting the burgeoning repair economy. Panelists and presentations by Patagonia, Reno Bike Project and Computer Corps. 

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Nevada and the Circular Economy

Moderated by Lynne Barker, sustainability consultant

Waste reduction and recycling are integrated processes, often referred to as the “circular economy,” involving collection, sorting, processing, and manufacturing. The circular economy also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, economic development and job creation. Investments in recycling infrastructure that processes waste materials into usable feedstock or new products can support Nevada’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery. Panelists and presentations by Great Basin Brewery, Conscious Container and Full Circle Compost.

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Implementation of the City of Reno’s Sustainability Plan: Update and Gap Analysis presented by Suzanne Linfante, Management Analyst, City of Reno 

The City of Reno Sustainability Plan was adopted July 2019. An update is provided on barriers to implementation, progress made to date, and how the community can be more involved and assist with long-range goals and specific actions.   The City also seeks guidance on how it can better support the community under specific priorities.
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Innovation & Integration in Nevada Green Building

This panel discusses new technologies and sustainability certifications that have been

integrated into building standards in response to the global pandemic and impacts on green building. Jaime Villarino-Eilenberger moderated and provided an overview of the new LEED Arc Re-Entry program as well as the new WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations & Management. Brian Johnson, Senior Mechanical Engineer at McKinstry, discusses the

operation of building HVAC and plumbing systems in response to a pandemic as well as ASHRAE guidelines to ensure building systems are running efficiently for reoccupation. Dr. Ayodele Akinola, Assistant Director, Facilities Operations and Capital Planning at TMCC, provided a case study of TMCC's innovations in sustainable building for their campus. Erica Gallegos, GreenBizTracker manager, reviews local benchmarking policies and Nevada Green Business Certification.



On October 5 at 6pm, Donna Walden, president of the greenUP! Board gave a presentation on the Nevada Green Business Network and how to become a certified green business. greenUP! is partnering with GreenACTnv to assist Douglas County businesses enhance their environmental performance. 

At the heart of the program is GreenBizTracker, a web-based software program that provides an easy to use framework to help businesses adopt sustainable practices. The program is FREE and businesses in the program are likely to save on energy and reduce their waste disposal costs. Walden will walk through the three easy steps to become green certified.

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ReEnergize Reno & the Nevada Green Business Network partnered to host a webinar to review ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, what it takes to become green certified in the state of Nevada, and how property managers can get the most out of both programs by coupling them together.

To become a certified green business program in Nevada, visit the GreenBizTracker website..