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Green Summit


The Green Summit is an opportunity for residents to participate and help develop plans to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency, recycle, create sustainable building practices, use environmentally friendly products and contribute in other ways to protect our environment.

2010 Green Summit - June 17, 2010 
The 2010 Green Summit, intended to be a report back to the community to highlight the action taken since the last summit, will continue the dialogue with respect to the City’s priorities in the 2010-2011 Green Action Plan. The keynote speaker was the Honorable Greg Nickels, former Mayor of Seattle Washington. Nickels earned an international reputation for his leadership on climate protection. In addition, Rolling Stone called him the "Pied Piper" of mayors for his efforts to protect the climate and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Mayor Nickels with their 2006 Climate Protection Award. Nickels pledged that Seattle would lower its emissions by the amount mandated in the Kyoto Protocol. He began an effort to enlist mayors across the country to pledge to do the same. Over 1,000 Mayors, representing 86 million Americans, have now signed the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement to reduce emissions voluntarily by 7% from 1990 levels by 2012.

2008 Green Summit - Sept. 20, 2008
The 2008 Green Summit was a report back to the community on action taken since the last summit, and a continued dialogue on what the City should have as priorities in the 2008-2009 Green Action plan. The event was held at UNR's Joe Crowley Student Union, with Rocky Anderson as the keynote speaker.

Breakout sessions included the following topics:

  • Single Stream Recycling and Plastic Bag Bans
  • Education/Youth Programs-EnAct/Youth City Council
  • Green Building and Sierra Green Guidelines
  • Transportation

Keynote Speaker
The Honorable Rocky Anderson, founder of High Road for Human Rights, practiced law for 21 years; representing plaintiffs in antitrust, securities fraud, professional negligence, and civil rights cases. He then served as mayor of Salt Lake City from 2000 to 2008.

His comprehensive environmental programs, including an aggressive climate protection campaign, achieved a 31% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in Salt Lake City's municipal operations.

For his leadership on climate change, Anderson received the Climate Protection Award from the EPA, the Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club, and the World Leadership Award from the World Leadership Forum. Anderson is now working to achieve municipal and regional support for climate protection initiatives and to provide grassroots education and advocacy opportunities in the areas of human rights and climate change.

2007 Green Summit - April 19, 2007
More than 365 people accepted the City of Reno's invitation to attend and participate in Reno's first Green Summit event on April 19, 2007. The 2007 Summit set the roadmap for the Green Action plan followed by the City/

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