Green Bucks gives back in Truckee Tahoe
Special to the Sun
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Businesses around the region are seizing a new opportunity to make a difference for our environment through Green Bucks, a program recently launched by the Tahoe Fund and the Truckee River Watershed Council.
Outside and recreating is the place to be in the summer. Visitors create positive economic impacts for local businesses as they come to cool off and explore our incredible outdoor playground.
Green Bucks is based on popular dollar donation programs across the country. The idea is simple: Businesses add a dollar donation onto major items like hotel rooms, ski tickets, golf rounds or meals.
These dollars add up to support hiking and biking trails, watershed restoration projects, wildlife protection and environmental stewardship programs.
It is an easy way for those who love and treasure the region to make a difference.
“We know our guests love Tahoe,” said MontBleu General Manager Jack Fisher. “Green Bucks is such an easy way for us to give them the chance to give back to this incredible environment.”
Leading travel web-company TripAdvisor is lending support as well. Businesses that sign up for Green Bucks will earn points toward TripAdvisor’s GreenLeader program, which helps travelers plan greener trips.
Thanks to these early-adopters, Green Bucks is already off to a great start:
Alpine Meadows/Squaw Valley
Homewood Mountain Resort
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
MontBleu Resort & Casino
Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn
Resort at Squaw Creek
River Ranch Lodge & Restaurant
Tahoe Mountain Properties
Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging
With Green Bucks, a little gift goes a long way.
Amy Berry, is CEO of Tahoe Fund, and Lisa Wallace is executive director of the Truckee River Watershed Council.
There is such a thing as loving a place to death, and with the growing masses visiting Lake Tahoe every year, overtourism is a top issue.