This volunteer-run, educational non-profit, has been around since 2006 promoting “sustainable practices, renewable energy use, and environmental responsibility in the way we work, play and live”

To deliver on our mission in 2017 we have:

CARSON CITY – A film, Saving Snow, and panel of experts will discuss the impact of warmer winter temperatures on snow pack, jobs, and the winter recreation industry in the Sierra Nevada. The film, “Saving Snow,” will be shown on Tuesday, March 27, at 6 pm at Western Nevada Community College’s Marlette Hall, 2201 W. College Parkway, Carson City, NV 89703.

“Saving Snow” is a new documentary that looks at eight different states and the growing support for actions to prevent climate warming. The film also shows ways people across the country are adapting to climate warming.

After the 6 pm showing the panelists will discuss how warmer temperatures impact the environmental and economic health of Northern Nevada. The panelists include Bradley Crowell, the Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Ben Hatchett, Ph.D., of Reno’s Desert Research Institute, and Andy Wirth, President and Chief Executive Officer of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings and Alpine Meadows Resort.

Crowell, a native of Carson City, has nearly 20 years of experience in energy, environment, and natural resource policy at the state and federal level. Hatchett has spent the last 20 years studying how climate change is affecting local landscapes, including the Sierra Nevada snowpack. Wirth has worked in the mountain resort and hotel industry for 25 years. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows won SKI Magazine’s 2017 Golden Eagle Award in the large resort category for a multifaceted approach to sustainability and utilization of its network to promote climate change solutions.

The film is 53 minutes long and free of charge. The event is co-sponsored by the Carson City chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby ( and GreenACTnv, a sustainability group in the Carson Valley (

For anyone on campus on Tuesday morning, the film will also be shown at 9:45 a.m. There will not be a forum following the morning showing. For more details about this event, please call Bill Prowse at (775) 883-0902.

Winners of the 2017
Rural Character Photo Contest

Rural character in Douglas County was depicted by photos with captions in a contest conducted by the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the local non-profit GreenACTnv. The contest was designed to get people thinking about what rural character means to them, to stimulate a community dialogue and enhance the community’s rural character consciousness. Steve Lewis, Extension Educator, said that “a community’s definition of rural character is essential to its preservation. Once rural character is defined, the community can target actions to retain those specific features.” Of the 240 photos entered in the contest, 24% identified our area’s beauty and scenery as that defining our rural character, 15% identified with our local agriculture and food production, 14% of the entries highlighted our wildlife flora and fauna and 10% keyed into our weather and change of seasons.

Contest winners were Linda Seibert, 1st place $300; Davy Millard, 2nd place $200; Cira Craighead, 3rd place $100; and Robin Grueninger, People’s Choice $100. Go to the contest Facebook page to view these winning photos, honorable mention photos/captions and all the entries. Displays will be set up at various locations around the county for viewing to stimulate thought and conversation on our rural character. Congratulations to the winners and all those that submitted photos/captions illustrating the characteristics that help make Douglas County a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Douglas County Rural Character Photo Contest Winners. From left to right: Robin Grueninger, People’s Choice $100 Winner, Cira Craighead, 3rd Place $100 Winner, Davy Millard, 2nd Place $200 Winner, and Linda Seibert, 1st Place $300 Winner

First Place Second Place
1st Place
Third Place Peoples Choice