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Electronic Vehicle Car Charging Finder

Electronic vehicles are becoming a common sight on the roads of Reno Tahoe USA as more and more travelers adopt cleaner means of transportation. And to keep environmentally conscious visitors going, a variety of local businesses have installed charging stations for public use.

Harrah’s Reno, along with Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe recently unveiled eight state-of-the-art electric vehicle charging stations at each property, all allowing free access to the public. Also joining the movement to broaden the use renewable energy is the Grand Sierra Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno, both offering access to multiple stations.

Whether you’re heading downtown for one of the many outstanding special events or making your way up to the mountains for a powder day, keeping your vehicle juiced up for all your adventures is a breeze with 22 charging stations located throughout the region.  And finding a charging station is even easier with resources like plughshare.com, which not only shows you where charging stations are, but also allows you to map out a trip with stations along the way.

Here are a few places where you can stop by to plug in:

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Circus Circus Reno

Einstein Bros. Bagels

L-EVlink-Installation-at-Harrah-sHarrah’s Reno

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Grand Sierra Resort Casino

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe

Hyatt Incline Village

NV Energy

NV Energy – Carson City

Squaw Valley

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

Truckee Donner Historical Society

Washoe County Government Office

For more information electronic vehicle accommodation, visit nevadaeva.org and chargepoint.com.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino awarded TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold Status

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino has been named a gold level partner in the new TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, helping travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S. TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

The eco-conscious Peppermill Resort Spa Casino lists amongst its green initiatives a $9.7 million geothermal system which heats 100% of the Resort’s domestic water and mechanical heat throughout the 2.1 Million square foot facility, 24/7, effectively replacing the natural gas boilers that once heated the facility. This renewable energy allows the Peppermill to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and save the company millions of dollars in natural gas use. Additional green initiatives include:

  • A partnership with Clean the World, a nonprofit that collects, sorts and processes discarded soaps and shampoos from hospitality partners and redistributes into the hands of Third World children whose lives are threatened by poor hygiene. The Peppermill diverts more than 1,000 pounds of soap and shampoo per month from local landfills and to communities in need. Annually, soap recycled from the Peppermill will serve more than 1,200 children a year.
  • The Peppermill participates in an organics/composting program where food scraps from the general waste produced in the casino’s kitchens are collected by Waste Management and are then transported to a local composting facility, where the material is processed and turned into compost. The production of compost is a natural process, where plant and animal materials are decomposed by microbes. The final product is used for gardening to improve soil. The Peppermill diverts 60 yards of organics waste from the local landfill monthly, and as time goes on, that amount will increase.
  • Installed over 30,000 square feet of Artificial Grass Turf, saving approximately 5,184,000 gallons of water per season as well as reducing our chemicals and pesticide use.
  • Installation of a water recycling system for all laundry services, conserving millions of gallons of water each year. Installed an Aqua Recycling system that captures, filters and reuses commercial wash machine grey laundry water. An ongoing property-wide water conservation program through room placards encouraging reuse of towels and water conservation and changing guest bed linens and towels per stay on a request-only basis.
  • Creation of a virtually paperless HR department through the implementation of new software systems and transferring all forms and documents into digital applications.

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

Steam rising from the Lower Deck pool at Peppermill Reno - heated geothermally!

Steam rising from the Lower Deck pool at Peppermill Reno - heated geothermally!

Reno Tops the List of “Greenest” U.S. Cities

Reno ArchThe Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has named twenty-two U.S. cities “2010 Smarter Cities” for their investment in green power, energy efficiency measures and conservation.

NRDC started the research process by creating a database of all U.S. municipalities with populations greater than 50,000. Those cities were broken down into three categories; small cities, medium cities, and large cities. 655 total cities were contacted. Each city was asked to participate in the study by filling out a survey. (See the NRDC link above for specifics.)

Several of the more well-known eco-friendly cities on the list included Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. Reno, Nevada – which surprised many – is among the top scorers, sharing the spot with Columbus, Ohio, Springfield, Ill., and Dubuque, Iowa. The rankings are based on energy use per capita, renewable power investments, efficiency efforts and conservation incentives.

As Lindsey McCormack with NRDC wrote, “Reno, Nevada is known for its casinos and quick divorces, but this city at the foot of the Sierra Nevadas also has a flourishing green energy sector. In addition to a number of promising efficiency initiatives, Reno has growing potential as a hub of energy research and wind and geothermal power generation. Already the city has made significant strides that have led to it being named a 2010 Smarter City for Energy, including low per capita municipal energy consumption, distributed energy programs, a 17 percent reduction in energy use in the last five years and the provision of 20 percent of municipal energy by geothermal production.”

Reno City Hall was noted as playing a prominent role in Reno’s emerging green culture with the recent addition of several wind turbines, and let’s not forget that the famous Reno Arch is also green, with each bulb having been replaced with LED lights. Reno also is at the hub of the biggest geothermal serves in the country. The Peppermill Resort Casino, for example, recently completed a $9.7 million geothermal energy project.

Click here to read McCormack’s full report on Reno’s conservation efforts. Also, be sure to check out the Reno profile created by NRDC.

A big green high-five to the Biggest Little City for once again making us so proud to call Reno Tahoe home.

Raise Your Own Chickens and Bees and Drink Some Green Beer!

Earth Day RenoSure, you’re sopped in on Earth Day 2010, but it is after all HER day and Mother Earth can do as she pleases. Plus, you can let your sprinklers take a break and let her do all of the work.

People across the Reno Tahoe area are getting creative on ways to give back to the planet on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations. Below you’ll find a list of events in Reno Tahoe starting tonight and lasting through your weekend. (We’re expecting some sunshine by Friday!)

Tonight, April 22, take your little ones on a kid-friendly sunset stroll guided by Galena naturalists from the Great Basin Institute. The evening walk through the forest at Galena Creek Regional Park is from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Enter the park through the north entrance and meet near the restrooms. The stroll is subject to weather conditions, so please call (775) 674-5475, ext. 4, on the day of the program to confirm and RSVP. All ages are welcome and the suggested donation is $2 per person. Galena Creek Regional Park is at 18350 Mt. Rose Highway.

The Siena in downtown Reno is saluting Earth Day on Thursday, April 22 with 99-cent green beer, mixers, live music, a special fashion show and unique Earth Day Spin to Win which could net players $500. The Siena will match every dollar won in free play with the purchase of Emission Reduction Credits.  The fashion show kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Loft, featuring styles from Night Kind Burner Gear, Prism Magic’s Lucious Ladies, Vicki Lowell McGuiness, Junkee Recycled Clothing, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Veronica Coleman and others.  A live D.J. will spin the tunes and drink specials. To learn more visit the Siena’s Web site.

Saturday, April 24 check out the Bourgeouis Gypsies as they perform at the Alpine Meadows Spring Music Series. Straight from Sierraville, the Bourgeouis Gypsies have wandered across the country sharing their “hillbilly” mix of country, blues, swamp ballads, and homespun hillbilly heartbreaks. This five-member band shows exactly how much heart they have through the depth of their music. For more information visit their Web site.

Learn how to raise your own poultry and other animals, including ducks, rabbit s and bees, in the garden on Saturday, April 24 at the River School in Reno. Visit their Web site for more information.

People of all ages are invited to attend the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 24 at Squaw Valley USA. Families can learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health. The festival will feature numerous vendors, speakers and live music! Visit their Web site for more information.

Sunday, April 25 take the whole gang (minus your pet – sorry, City of Reno policy) down to Idlewild Park for Reno’s 21st Annual Earth Day celebration. (The forecasted high that day is 71°!) The day will feature music on a biofuel-powered stage, sustainability workshops, children’s activities, a sustainable farmers’ market, free recycling for stuff like cell phones, booths with earth-friendly food, goods, and services. Over 200 vendors will be there and you’ll enjoy a variety of live entertainment all day.

Earth Day Reno 2Earth Day is organized by Nevada EcoNet. Activities will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Free parking and a free shuttle service to Idlewild Park will be available at nearby Reno High School, 395 Booth Street. If you ride a bike, roller blades, or skateboard, free valet service at Idlewild Park will be offered by the Reno Bike Project. For more information, call Nevada EcoNet at (775) 323-3433.