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8 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Truckee-Tahoe

Siobhan Kenney
March 30, 2022
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Here in Truckee, we believe that every day is an opportunity to celebrate and protect our incredible planet. On Earth Day (and always) we take a moment to appreciate the stunning natural landscapes of our mountain town and their vital role in human health, well-being, and enjoyment. Here are eight ways you can join us in celebrating Earth Day on Friday, April 22, 2022 and all year long! 

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day, credit: Palisades Tahoe

#1 - Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival at Palisades Tahoe 

Join in on the fun at this free, family-friendly festival at Palisaes Tahoe, the largest Earth Day celebration in the region! Kids and adults will learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands on activities. There’s also live music, local food, and sustainably-minded vendors.

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#2 - Support Stewardship by Giving a Sustainable Truckee Gift Card

Give a Sustainable Truckee Gift Card to friends, family and coworkers this Earth Day! It’s the perfect sustainable gift that supports stewardship and shopping local at 47 locations in Truckee. For every card sold, Visit Truckee-Tahoe is matching 25% of card value for stewardship programs and sponsorships like meadow restoration, graffiti removal, and wildfire preparedness messaging, in 2022!

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Truckee River Legacy Trail, credit: Paul Hamill

#3 - Bike to Historic Downtown on Truckee’s Scenic Paved Paths

It feels good to leave the car at home and hop on a bike. Plus, it's a great way to reduce carbon emissions and enjoy our fresh mountain air! Truckee’s scenic paved paths make it easy to get around without the stress or hassle of biking on the road. Check them out on our Sustainable Truckee Winter Recreation Map (Beta) and learn more on our trails page.

#4 - Join an Earth Day Litter Cleanup

DOWNTOWN TRUCKEE LITTER CLEANUP
Keep Truckee Green is hosting an Earth Day litter cleanup in downtown Truckee to help beautify our mountain town! Bring your own reusable mug to the event and get a free drip coffee from Drink Coffee Do Stuff.

GREAT SPRING THAW TRASH PICKUP
Truckee Trails Foundation encourages everyone to head to their favorite trail or trailhead this Earth Day to help clean up the trash that has been appearing as the snow melts. To join this "do it yourself" cleanup event, simply grab a friend, a trash bag and gloves, and hit the trail. Be sure to follow Truckee Trails Foundation on Facebook or Instagram and share your best trash pick up photos for a chance to win new Truckee Trails swag! Contest ends April 24th.

#5 - Travel With Purpose & Give Back Through Voluntourism

Whether you’re a visitor or resident, everyone can have an impact on Truckee-Tahoe’s environment and community by volunteering with one of the many nonprofit organizations in the region. Voluntourism (volunteering + tourism) is a great way to support local stewardship and meet locals who share your passion for sustainability. By donating a small amount of your time, you can contribute to meaningful change while gaining a unique travel experience along the way!

GET INVOLVED

Green Box To-Go Container, credit: Keep Truckee Green

#6 - Use a Green Box To-Go Container for Takeout

Wish there was a zero-waste alternative to cardboard, plastic, or styrofoam takeout boxes? There is! Keep Truckee Green’s green box is a reusable to–go container that you can use at several restaurants in Truckee. We love that it reduces waste, keeps single use items out of landfills, and cuts down on litter. Be sure to ask your lodging provider if green boxes are available to use during your stay. 

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#7 - Be Featured On “Local Voices Making Climate Choices”

Inspire others this Earth Day by sharing what do you do to live sustainably. Collectively, our daily habits can create meaningful change! Check out our Local Voices page to hear from Truckee-Tahoe locals who care about our environment and climate and be sure to share YOUR voice and join us.

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#8 - Leave No Trace and Recreate Responsibly (Summer & Winter)

The Recreate Responsibly guidelines and Seven Principles of Leave No Trace are a simple yet powerful tools to help us understand how to respect the environment, local communities, and all who enjoy the outdoors. Earth Day is the perfect occasion to refresh our knowledge of how to “take care” during travels and outdoor adventures. Check out the blogs below to learn more.

RECREATE RESPONSIBLY SUMMER

RECREATE RESPONSIBLY WINTER

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