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.
Homes and businesses in Truckee and Lake Tahoe are under several feet of snow.
(AP) - Some Sierra resorts are planning to extend skiing until May after a spring storm dropped fresh snow on the area.
(AP) - Nevada wildlife officials say a young black bear euthanized at Lake Tahoe last week had the same mother as two others they've had to put down because they lost their fear of humans.
(AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has abandoned logging plans it suspended in the mountains above Lake Tahoe nearly two years ago.
Tourism in North Lake Tahoe is rising dramatically even in the drought. Hotel occupancy was up 8 percent last weekend over the same period last year according to the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.