California law mandates that the TRPA reduce greenhouse gas emissions five percent by 2035. Now, the agency has a plan in place to reduce emissions by seven percent with modifications of transportation and land use patterns. The TRPA’s Jeff Cowen says a greenhouse gas emissions study by the California Tahoe Conservancy paved the way to go even beyond that seven percent. Cowan said, that can be accomplished by requiring local jurisdictions to meet green building standards.
“But now it is giving us the nod to look ahead and start looking to local government to put green building codes in place to start improving energy efficiency of buildings and homes,” Cowan said.
The plan also encourages schools, homeowners and businesses to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and there is a 230-page Sustainability Action Plan, including ways to reduce greenhouse emissions voluntarily.
"It could mean retrofitting existing buildings with more energy efficient windows and doors as well,” Cowan added.
Lake Tahoe nonprofits were struggling to find a place now have a new home at Kings Beach.
Ski resorts are spending millions on summer activities to draw more tourists.
If an initiative to fund a library in South Lake Tahoe fails it could financially impact other El Dorado County Libraries.
Forest thinning is underway at Lake Tahoe. But does it work? Parts of the north and south shores of Lake Tahoe are closed starting this week as the U.S. Forest Service thins thousands of acres of timberland.
Fire services in the Reno area could be consolidated under a new plan. A committee charged with looking at fire services in the Reno area has issued a scathing report on the efficiency of the four departments.