Nevada EcoNet is not hosting Earth Day 2012. 

Nevada EcoNet regretably disolved as an organization December 31, 2011 (See article below). Therefore, we are not involved with the Earth Day 2012 celebrations. We wish the 2012 organizers the very best. We are grateful to our sponsors, partners, and attendees who supported us over the years. 


Nevada EcoNet is closing

Nevada EcoNet will sunset in December. Our West Street Market office is closed.


We take pride and satisfaction in the role that our—and your—organization has played in increasing environmental awareness in our community. Since we began 22 years ago as Environmental Leadership, we have advocated for sustainable living practices through individual and community actions. We have been a leader in demonstrating how event organizers can significantly reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill by using compostable and recyclable food service items.


Our annual Earth Day celebration has grown over the years to include workshops, and increased exhibitors, vendors and activities for kids. The attendance at Earth Day on May 1 was estimated at 7,500. The “coveted and prestigious” Golden Pinecone Awards annually recognize the outstanding environmental work of individuals, organizations and businesses in our community at a “ball” that brings the environmental community together for a fun celebration.  Funding for these events has come from the community in the form of event sponsorships, Earth Day vendor and exhibitor fees, and your generous donations.


We have partnered with greenUP! for the 2011 Golden Pinecone Awards celebration and greenUP! will assume responsibility for the awards beginning in 2012. Sadly, no organization responded to the Request for Proposal to organize the Earth Day celebration.


Nevada EcoNet has operated for the past two years with a part time executive director, a part time volunteer coordinator, and massive amounts of volunteer time from our board members, our event committees and community volunteers such as you. This organizational model is not sustainable.


Over the past 20 years, the Truckee Meadows community has become more aware of the need for sustainable living practices. We celebrate the contributions of Nevada EcoNet to achieve this increased awareness. Not only has awareness increased, but a number of organizations have formed or expanded to serve various environmental needs in the community. We applaud and support their work.

Thank you so much for your support, your encouragement, and your friendship. We can all take pride in the significant environmental achievements of the past 22 years in our community.





Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 2011 Golden Pinecone Awards Celebration, Nov. 16


Thank you to our sponsors!


Peppermill Resort Spa Casino


Academy for the Environment, University of Nevada, Reno 


Raffle Prize Donors: REI, Adele's Restaurant, The Hub, RTC,

Reno-Sparks Green Chamber of Commerce, John Toth,

Diamond Peak Ski Resort


Congratulations to our winners!


Public Servant. Assemblywoman Debbie Smith. Smith is a steadfast supporter of legislation to protect Nevada’s land, water and wildlife. Her work during the 2011 session’s challenging budget negotiations was key to keeping state parks open and provide funding to the conservation districts. She sponsored a bill in the 2011 session to solidify the conservation position on the state Wildlife Commission.


Business. Caesars Entertainment Northern Nevada. Caesars properties include Harrah’s Reno and Harrah’s/Harveys Lake Tahoe. Caesars exemplifies how large businesses can improve profitability and environmental quality by recycling, waste reduction, and reducing water consumption. Caesars facilitates recycling by employees and guests and promotes conservation programs in the community.


Agency Representative. Steve Smith, Bureau of Land Management Nevada Wilderness Coordinator. Smith has provided expert advice and technical support to citizen initiatives for legislation to designate wilderness on public lands. His work was instrumental to the successful designation of significant wilderness acreage in the state and its sound management. 


Individual. Joe Johnson, Renewable Energy Lobbyist. Johnson has been instrumental in developing and guiding Nevada’s growing energy regulatory and incentive structure as a lobbyist at the legislature, coordinator of private and nonprofit sector interests, a member of the Environmental Commission and presence at Public Utilities Commission meetings.


Non-profit or Federal/State/Local Agency or Individual. Carson City Open Space Advisory Committee. This group works collaboratively to manage the community’s open spaces, including a recent land transfer from the federal agencies to Carson City. The city’s long-range growth plans for compact development instead of urban sprawl are a model for all communities.