Truckee’s green thumb growing after years of environmental initiatives | SierraSun.com

Truckee’s green thumb growing after years of environmental initiatives

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun
Greyson Howard/Sierra SunTruckee High School Envirolutions Club members brought their Trashion Show to Town Council on April 15. The club will be performing at Earth Day at Squaw Valley, April 24.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; From practices around town hall to programs aimed at keeping air and water clean, the Town of Truckee has been environmentally busy the past few years.

The town has taken aim at internal green initiatives such as paper use, energy consumption and the commute to work, and at external programs like storm water management, air pollution and solid waste and recycling.

Truckee Town Council and town staff took time last week to review its efforts in honor of Earth Day.

Internally, through ride sharing, shift changes and other efforts, Assistant Engineer Jessica Thompson said the town has saved 6,162 commuter miles, adding up to 2.7 metric tons of carbon emissions kept out of the atmosphere.

The use of alternative transportation has saved an estimated 29.1 metric tons of carbon, she said.

and#8220;We’ve eliminated bottled water and coolers to promote drinking Truckee tap,and#8221; Thompson said.

The town has also bought less paper and used less energy, saving $12,370 in office supplies and knocking 23 percent and 15 percent off its two energy accounts, Thompson said.

The town will hold more collection events, said Nichole Dorr, the town’s recycling coordinator, including a e-waste, tire and paper shred and collection June 19 at town hall.

and#8220;The past we’ve filled two trucks with over 10 tons of paper, 16.71 tons of electronics and we’re adding tires this year,and#8221; Dorr said.

Blue bags for recycling and green bags for yard waste will be continued this year as well.

The green bags last summer collected 89.15 tons last year, taken to the Loyalton Biomass plant to be burned for energy, Dorr said. Collection of green bags starts May 1.

and#8220;We’ve extended Keep Truckee Green to a regional Keep the Sierra Green,and#8221; Dorr said.

The town’s water quality monitoring program and storm drain system mapping continue this year, Thompson said, and a program encouraging dog owners to and#8220;scoop their poopand#8221; is also part of the town’s water quality efforts.

Community Development Director John McLaughlin said the town is still meeting air compliance standards from the nation and#8212; though on some days not from the state.

The town’s wood stove replacement program helped reduce particulate matter in the air, McLaughlin said, and better road sweeping practices should reduce road dust.