So did we. So, on May 14, 2011, greenUP! organized the first annual TOUR DE GREEN to visit our city’s leading sustainable businesses and government buildings and find out firsthand.
From box-warehouses lit by reflective sunroofs to water-wise landscaping, the Tour de Green revealed the innovations, tactics and practices our business community and local government have created to reduce their carbon footprints. Tour participants got a taste of Sustainable Reno and a host of ideas for their own business or workplace.
City agency representatives Kevin Dick, of Washoe County Air Quality division, Amy Cummings and Carol Perry of the Reno RTC spoke about the sustainability initiatives and policies that are moving Reno into the top brackets of sustainable communities worldwide, including innovative funding structures, urban in-fill development and public transportation plans.
Patagonia, the River School, Great Basin Community Food Co-op, NV Energy and Buckbean Brewery demonstrated the range of sustainable business practices already underway by thriving Truckee Meadows businesses. From innovative co-operative governance structures to cob construction and industrial ecology, Reno business leaders are finding creative ways to grow, thrive, and contribute to a healthy community and environment.
At the end of the day, Tour de Green participants enjoyed a sustainably-produced local ale at Buckbean brewery, with a great chance to network, snack, and listen to live music.
For future Tour de Green events, area businesses will compete for the opportunity to be a featured presence on the circuit