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2020 NVGBN Webinar Series



This webinars address the continued benefits of sustainable practices during and after COVID-19. Such practices not only preserve Nevada’s natural resources for future generations, they help businesses keep their costs low by reducing waste, reducing water use, and improving efficiencies in everyday business functions. These environmental practices also help keep employees healthy and engaged, enable businesses to comply with regulations, and help attract conscientious customers.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Guides


Patty Moen, Recycling Coordinator, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP)


NDEP and the Business Environmental Program at UNR developed recycling guides for households, restaurants and hotels to assist in making choices to reduce waste, reuse, and recycle during the COVID-19 reopening. The webinar presents facts regarding the latest credible information on the virus transmission and how it relates to waste. Patty will also provide an update on the state of recycling in Nevada.

Climate Change: What it Means for Nevada and What We are Doing About it presented by Dr. Kristen Averyt, State Climate Policy Coordinator


Dr. Kristen Averyt, State Climate Policy Coordinator



Under the leadership of Governor Sisolak, Nevada is accelerating efforts to address the challenges posed by climate change. This webinar presents an overview of how climate change impacts our state within the context of recent and emerging policy actions, including the coming State Climate Strategy.

Repair Fix It Panel


Patty Moen, NDEP and Kim Rios, Community Educator, Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful


One strategy for achieving waste reduction is through reuse and repair activities. A panel will discuss current practices and suggestions on growing the reuse and repair movement in Nevada, and how COVID-19 is impacting the burgeoning repair economy. Panelists and presentations by Patagonia, Reno Bike Project and Computer Corps.

Nevada and the Circular Economy


Lynne Barker – Sustainability consultant

Patrick Dalton – Great Basin Brewery

Caren McNamara – Conscious Container

Cody Witt –  Full Circle Soils and Compost



Waste reduction and recycling are integrated processes, often referred to as the “circular economy,” involving collection, sorting, processing, and manufacturing. The circular economy also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions reduction, economic development, and job creation. Investments in recycling infrastructure that processes waste materials into usable feedstock or new products can support Nevada’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery. Panelists and presentations by Great Basin Brewery, Conscious Container, and Full Circle Compost.

Implementation of the City of Reno’s Sustainability Plan: Update and Gap Analysis presented by Suzanne Linfante, Management Analyst, City of Reno


Suzanne Linfante, Management Analyst, City of Reno



The City of Reno Sustainability Plan was adopted July 2019. An update is provided on barriers to implementation, progress made to date, and how the community can be more involved and assist with long-range goals and specific actions.   The City also seeks guidance on how it can better support the community under specific priorities.

Innovation & Integration in Nevada Green Building


Jaime Villarino-Eilenberger, Brian Johnson, Dr. Ayodele Akinola, Erica Gallegos.


This panel discusses new technologies and sustainability certifications that have been integrated into building standards in response to the global pandemic and impacts on green building. Jaime Villarino-Eilenberger moderated and provided an overview of the new LEED Arc Re-Entry program as well as the new WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations & Management. Brian Johnson, Senior Mechanical Engineer at McKinstry, discusses the operation of building HVAC and plumbing systems in response to a pandemic as well as ASHRAE guidelines to ensure building systems are running efficiently for reoccupation. Dr. Ayodele Akinola, Assistant Director, Facilities Operations and Capital Planning at TMCC, provided a case study of TMCC’s innovations in sustainable building for their campus. Erica Gallegos, GreenBizTracker manager, reviews local benchmarking policies and Nevada Green Business Certification.

Additional Webinars

Employees and Buildings – Office Spaces on the Move.mov


Suzanne Linfante, City of Reno

Erica Gallegos, Western Nevada College


During COVID many office building workers were required to work from home. Today, while the COVID threat is passing, many offices are continuing to work remotely. This webinar hosted by the Sustainable Building Coalition and Nevada Green Business Network, addresses the practical challenges of a remote workforce. How do we continue to engage employees in sustainability practices? Are there ways that employees can reduce energy, water and waste from home? How do we keep enthusiasm alive for sustainability as a work community?

Overview of ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager & Nevada Green Business Certification.mov


Suzanne Groneman; Sustainability Program Manager City of Reno, Sara DeAngelo; Energy Advisor Rising Sun Energy Solutions, Mike Matheus; Senior Building Energy Engineer Mckinstry, Donna Walden; Director Nevada Green Business Network. 



ReEnergize Reno & the Nevada Green Business Network partnered to host a webinar to review ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, what it takes to become green certified in the state of Nevada, and how property managers can get the most out of both programs by coupling them together.