Tour de Green 2011

Tour de Green 2011

Ever wonder how RENO got listed as one of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s top 22 SMARTER CITIES in America?

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

Shots from 2011:

RTC Hybrid Bus

Urban Wind Turbines

Patagonia Tour

Solar Shade Structure

RTC Transit Center

Carol & Amy at RTC

Amber from Reno Food Coop

RTC Bus Art

River School Garden

River School Earth Plaster house

River School Earthplaster

River School

Reno City Hall

Queen of Sheeba

Patagonia Warehouse

Reno Sign with LED Lighting

Natural Lighting at Patagonia

Lunch Talk with Tom Stille

Kimberly Gives Construction Tour

Kevin Leads City of Reno Tour

Jen Huntleysmith Moderator

Greenhouse at River School

NV Energy eVehicle

Clothing for Recycling

Buckbean Brewery

Fabric Birth to Birth

Artown Mural