Our annual awards ceremony provides those involved or interested in progressing the state of our environment a chance to come together as friends and celebrate those who have made a positive difference. The annual Golden Pinecone Celebration celebrates the good work of citizens to preserve and enhance the wonderful environment of northern Nevada.
Our 2011 winners are:
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.