Category Archives: Video

Tahoe City Terrain Park – An Environmental Plan

I made this movie as a part of a presentation for my GEOG666 Environmental Planning class.  As you’ll see, the concept is to build a natural terrain park with the snow from snow removal off the streets and parking lots of downtown Tahoe City.  The sites shown are actually snow storage locations.  This plan could actually happen with a little collaboration and community involvement, except as a few friends have already reminded me – there would probably be issues with insurance and liability, but this is for an environmental planning class, not a business development, so I’m still putting it out there!



The Green Chamber of Commerce

Did you know there is a Green Chamber of Commerce?

Apparently, the US Chamber of Commerce is not very environmentally conscious.  Apple and Pacific Gas recently pulled out of the US Chamber due to this fact.

The Green Chamber advocates for green public policy.  They have green networking events, member-to-member benefits, political advocacy, membership directory and partnerships with green media, certification agencies and advocacy groups.

Climate Change – What is 350?

Jamie Hinn from reported on climate change.  He said that 350 is evidence that ideal temperature for the planet is 350 parts per million of CO2, the safe upper limit in atmosphere.  The question he presented to the Lake Tahoe Eco Symposium:

How do we make getting back to 350 fun?

Check out this video to find out!

Hinn discussed the POWER of presenting the 350 message through video, photography, events, music, sports.  The number 350 was put in as many creative places as possible, both on and off the grid, in locales around the world.  He noted the power of the individual, as well as the success of groups, both large and small.  From China to Iran to New York to Lake Tahoe, the message 350 was reiterated again and again to become prominent in the minds of people around the world.

Hey! Who Turned Out the Lights?

Did you notice that things seemed a little dimmer than usual last night?  That is because March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. marked the 4th annual Earth Hour.  About one billion people worldwide participated in the event, including entire cities such as Las Vegas and Reno where the usually brightly lit casino strips went dark.  The lights of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Empire State Building in New York City were also turned out for the occassion.

So what does this mean?  The event created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was created to enable individual, schools, business and government to show their support for the Earth and the future of our planet.  Although the event only last for an hour, it symbolizes the dedicated supporters of environmental awareness and conservation.  Families participated with their children by lighting up candles and turning off the TV for the hour.

The event’s website My Earth Hour comes equipped with ways you can participate via social media, an ample supply of You Tube videos and list of facts and tips about living green.

Here is an article with photos about Reno’s participation in the event.

Did you participate in Earth Hour?  What did you do?  Please tell your story and post your pictures or videos.

Video: Erin Kotecki Vest on blogging

Last week was Journalism Week at the University of Nevada, Reno. Instead of the editors and reporters from newspapers around the country that the Reynolds School of Journalism usually asks to speak at the event, this year the schedule took a twist.

Dr. Stuart Brown spoke to us about the importance of play in everything we do, including disseminating the news. Luis Vasquez-Ajmac discussed public relations and marketing, as well as building brands via focusing in our your audience and using online tactics. Caesar Andrews gave an interactive forum about ethics – do ethics change on and off the web? Jeff Howe presented the concept of crowdsourcing, a term he coined to describe the user-generated generation.

The event wrapped up with Erin Kotecki Vest, a self-described traditional journalist turned blogger. She writes for, as well as She told the UNR students to have no fear and to start blogging and putting ourselves out there. “Don’t wait for an internship,” she said. “Create your own.” Blogging is a great way to promote your business and keep in touch with friends and family spread across the world. Vest called it her “virtual cup of sugar”.

So, maybe you’ve learned how to create a blog via WordPress or another blog program, but then what? We asked Erin Kotecki Vest the same question.

What do you do to create traffic to your blog? How did you find out about nvgreenbiz?

Video:Reinventing business the green way

RENO – If you haven’t seen this, then take a couple of minutes to watch this January 2010 newscast concerning environmental business. Or more precisely, how one man has found a niche in saving businesses money – the green way.