As part of the six-month program, participants work on Action Plans designed to improve or enhance some aspect of local community life.
These Action Plans are intended to provide the framework to allow for real-world changes in the community. Through interviews, surveys, and research, each team develops:
The action plans are modeled on the master’s projects that Sierra Nevada University students produce as part of the M.Ed. in Leadership program.
Producing an action plan prepares a team to implement a good idea, in a short period of time, with a realistic budget, through the cooperation and support of the local community. These action plans are a roadmap to effective change.
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2022 Action Plans
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2020 Action Plans
2020 Action Plans
Mismanaged waste in residential and commercial areas leads to increased bear and wildlife activity. To combat this problem, all residents and visitors should understand the importance of keeping our community clean and the solutions available to achieve this objective. Our BEar Aware educational campaign targets the North Lake Tahoe community, in order to promote awareness – through a variety of in-person and digital channels – of existing efforts to restrict wildlife access to waste, and the roles people can play in the solution.
First Friend is focused on addressing and providing a solution to the isolation issue in the North Lake Tahoe - Truckee region. We will do this by creating a digital resource for community members that encourages them to form connections with like-minded people and provide access to a comprehensive list of mental health programs. We are a group of community members who want to change perceptions, increase awareness, and form connections in order to prevent isolation and seasonal depression.
We are creating an online calendar (ideally a future app) which will act as a one-stop hub for all North Lake Tahoe/Truckee events, experiences and community updates. The calendar will be a comprehensive and accurate tool benefiting locals, visitors and local businesses. The calendar will have a simple, user-friendly interface with sorting capabilities allowing locals and visitors to easily access things to do in Tahoe in real time. The value for the businesses will be in increased brand exposure and visibility of offerings, leading to increased revenue. Additionally, this will act as a way for people to connect and be in the know regarding all timely community updates.
An application/website to facilitate the sharing of resources between local Tahoe-Truckee non-profits and the greater community.
Together Tahoe is non-profit, environmental incentive program, which utilizes the largest portion of Tahoe’s population, visitors, to give them meaningful and educational experiences through volunteerism. By providing litter clean up guidance and tools to visitors, it is an opportunity for businesses to promote their sustainable marketing strategies, helps eliminate plastics in our pristine waterways, and reduces negative wildlife impact. Participants gain a sense of belonging to this unique corner of the world and enjoy incentives at local businesses exclusive to Together Tahoe.
We want visitors to enjoy their stay in Tahoe and keep coming back, however, there are improvements that need to be made to make sure guests are doing their part to keep Tahoe safe, clean, and preserved for generations to come. A conservation welcome package for short term rentals is a fun and interactive way to enhance the Tahoe experience while still educating guests about conservation. These packages may include items such as the free bus schedule, local businesses that support the environment, a water bottle to encourage drinking Tahoe tap, a reusable bag to take to the grocery store , and facts about our bears, just to name a few. These welcome packages will be available in rental properties all around the basin starting as soon as Fall 2020!
2019 Action Plans
The Heroes of Education Learning Program (H.E.L.P.) for Schools is designed to help school volunteers get the orientation they need to be most effective while also helping teachers make the most of volunteer time. Through this program, volunteers will be able to watch instructional videos and schedule themselves for classroom time. This program will serve as a model program for other schools who need to train classroom volunteers.
HitchTahoe is a rideshare app designed to coordinate carpooling opportunities between riders and drivers for the Lake Tahoe basin and Truckee communities. HitchTahoe’s intent is to connect drivers and riders when their destinations align, helping to relieve traffic issues by reducing single-driver cars on the road and total vehicle miles traveled. This rideshare app encourages drivers to decrease their environmental impact while providing riders a safe and coordinated alternative to getting around. Hop in, hop out, share rides.
Truckee has outgrown its library. It is too small, outdated, and lacks the tools to satisfy the needs of our growing community. The Town of Truckee is considering building a new library at Truckee River Regional Park. Library Up! is an initiative to encourage the Town of Truckee to take this step.
Mobile Munchkins will be the first childcare app in the Truckee-Tahoe community to provide 24-hour, on-demand access to qualified and experienced childcare professionals in the area. Compatible with the unique needs of our community, parents will have access to a network of vetted babysitters for those last-minute, unforeseen childcare needs and our local work-force will have the ability to make additional income with flexibility to supplement any lifestyle. Local childcare; for us, by us.
For your safety, Ready Set Go Truckee encourages you take simple steps to be prepared. We will help equip people in Truckee for wildfire emergencies by implementing and inspiring Fire Wise solutions in your home and neighborhoods. When there is a fire, 75% of community members (roughly all adults 18+) will be alerted of threats, evacuations, and highway updates through Nixle (Truckee Fire and Police notifications via text and/or email). Education and outreach will include two film nights, a booth at Truckee Thursday, and a community workshop at Town Hall. All events will include pamphlets that include content on creating a Go Bag (emergency supply kit), guidance for creating defensible space around your home, and encouragement to sign up for Nixel and download the CAL FIRE ReadyforWildfire app.
We hope to develop a plan for a program outlining a residential food waste recycling program in Truckee that hosts a centralized drop-off location in town where the community can deposit their home food waste. The food waste will be collected on a weekly basis by the Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal company.
Food Waste Recycling leads to very important benefits for our environment. First, it prevents food waste from going into our landfills which helps significantly reduce methane emissions into the atmosphere and the need for chemical fertilizers. Additionally, with new food waste technological advances, food waste can be used to produce energy such as jet fuel, helping reduce 80 percent of carbon emissions than that of conventional petroleum fuel creates.
TAHOE TALKS is an educational community series where experts and outside thought leaders provide informative content to provoke community discourse while encouraging meaningful interactions and connections. Attendees will be empowered to affect change in a variety of community and global issues. Each talk will present clear opportunities for mobilization, calls to action, and next steps of activism.
2018 Action Plans
We are a group looking to secure excess food in order to redistribute it to non-profit organizations in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area via a food waste registry. Many businesses find they have excess food but are not aware or familiar with how to donate it or what to do with it. Subsequently, non-profit organizations in need of food will be able to sign up via the registry to claim food they may need.
Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPS) are a way business owners can gift or sell ownership in their company to their employees through stock options. ESOPS are a great way for business owners to raise capital and invest in their employees. In return employers will experience an increase in productivity and a way to extend the longevity of their business through succession planning. ESOPS really can enable business owners another option than simply closing their doors when they are ready to retire in addition to providing tax benefits which trickle down to all levels of the business. Our program will strive to educate local businesses about ESOPS and provide resources and information to help businesses leverage their capital. This will be done through creating marketing materials and a website, by creating a Truckee- Tahoe ESOP community, facilitating grant applications and holding informational webinars.
Our plan will produce a series of short videos that highlight historic events or companies and pair them with similar, modern businesses or organizations. It would be a history lesson and small business feature in one clip, designed to educate the viewer on the area’s history while highlighting local people/businesses/organizations. The clips will be accessible to the public through all social media sources and partnerships. We want people to feel a connection where they live. We want to draw support to local businesses and create an authentic sense of place.
As a project for the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program, we are looking to research a need for the “Tahoe Tipsy Taxi”. North Tahoe/Truckee Tipsy Taxi would be a donation-based door to door transportation service provided to North Tahoe/Truckee residents every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night to reduce drunk driving.
The North Tahoe-Truckee Community is an area with no shortage of recreation and nightlife activities. Our team seeks to understand visitors' and residents' public transportation habits when going out to have a good time. Our action plan is simple: Bring sexy back.. to the bus. We want to encourage North Lake Tahoe/Truckee to use Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) for first chair to last call, to keep our roads safer, reduce frustrations of driving in this area, and to reduce our carbon footprint to Keep Tahoe Blue by bus. We feel that our challenge is not awareness but action. Our intent is to encourage and increase the ridership of public transportation (TART) for activities that bring people to Tahoe and keep everyone having fun. Any information you can provide regarding your public transportation usage is extremely helpful to us.
This project will raise the Hispanic community’s awareness of the Truckee Tahoe Unified School District’s CTE programs and improve participant in the 2018/2019 school year. These programs give students an important opportunity to succeed in today’s society.
2017 Action Plans
Reclaimed is Truckee-Tahoe’s upcycle center for re-useful materials such as furniture, building materials, appliances, sporting goods, tools, yard equipment, and household items
Org.Gov.Tahoe is an action plan to create the first online portal to increase the public’s scope of the vast Sierra.org and .gov services available to our community. It will provide locals and visitors alike with a portal into the world of Nonprofit organizations and government agencies around the Greater Lake Tahoe region and will provide visibility and support for the organizations and agencies.
RecycleWise is a project to create standardized recycling throughout the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. The program would determine waste and inconsistencies, then create solutions and an educational component. The goal is to recycle more and waste less.
Reach for Rotary is an initiative to increase Tahoe City Rotary Club membership through outreach and marketing materials. The marketing will target young professionals with the goal of increasing membership diversity.
Tahoe Global Dish is a community pop-up dinner series featuring international cuisines not typically found in the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. The goal is to satisfy cravings, bolster shoulder season business, and to bring community together.
INFO-ON-THE-GO is a mobile information booth that can go where the action is welcome visitors and locals by showcasing regional attractions, events, businesses, and local environmental campaigns. The goal of the booth is to increase business visitation, create destination loyalty, and environmental stewardship.
2016 Action Plans
The Truckee-Tahoe Youth Leadership Program will develop the future leaders of this community. It initially will be a youth leadership development and community connection pilot program where 15 high school students will meet two days each week during the spring. These meetings will help create a community connection to build future leaders. The students will be tasked to organize a fundraiser for a local non-profit. The goal of the program is to empower teens with the skills, connections, and confidence to make a positive change in their community.
The goals of Solution to Poo-llution are to obtain more trash receptacles along the Legacy Trail, to develop a partnership with Truckee Day to encourage waste pick up and to create dog waste friendly stickers. The overall task is to motivate Truckee residents and visitors to pick up after their dogs.
The goal of the Winter Jazz Festival is to provide a world-class live musical experience on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe attracting music lovers, tourists, and locals alike. Music education will be a key component of the festival. The festival is intended to link with the back-end of Snowfest events in March.
Unbottle Truckee is a campaign to end single-use water bottle sales in Truckee. The goal is to garner public interest to spur the town council into action by created an education campaign, creating an interest group to ensure all voices are heard, and to mitigate efforts based on interest groups with concerns.
Truckee Restaurant Week is an idea to create prix fixe menus at participating restaurants during the shoulder season. The goal is to drive business and to provide a well-priced dinner option for locals and visitors so that they can discover their next favorite restaurant.
Clear the Walks is a movement to advocate for wintertime bike path access from Lake Tahoe’s West Shore to Tahoe City. The goal is to have snow cleared from Cathedral Drive to the Tahoe City Transit Center (.8 mile). Update: Because of the advocacy of this program, the Tahoe City PUD plowed 3 miles of trails in Tahoe City during the 2016-2017 winter season!
2015 Action Plans
To protect the Tahoe 4th of July tradition and reduce the footprint of the celebrations, we heard a call to action: To provide trash bags at Tahoe beaches to contain trash and to provide cigarette cones to dispose of dirty cigarette butts. This program organizes volunteers and develops educational materials to inspire a culture of caretaking across residents and visitors over the 4th of July holiday.
The Reside Guide is a web portal for living in North Tahoe and Truckee. It is a comprehensive regional online resource that includes regional issues such as recreation, transportation, housing; regional calendar; local knowledge; and how to get involved.
The directory was created to gather and help disseminate information about all nonprofit organizations in our area. It is the only one-stop website where locals can find the most up to date and comprehensive database of nonprofit organizations. Residents can research events, community-based resources, health, and social services as well as a donation, volunteer, and employment opportunities. This free online hub also provides nonprofit organizations a way to advertise their services.
The primary function of businesses in the tourism industry is to serve people, and the importance of employee training and development can’t be overstated, because every job, from dishwashers to managers to owners, affects the guest experience. We ARE Tahoe is the only FREE virtual one-stop training program designed to educate, engage, and empower frontline staff to remain updated about current information, area resources, and events while providing customer service staff training and positive messaging. Join us today to increase your bottom-line and grow the local North Lake Tahoe and Truckee economies.
Every 2nd Counts is a support program to bridge the gap between visitors and non-profits serving the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee area. Based on community need, our program fosters re-purposing of unwanted non-perishable food and clothing by collaborating with local property management companies and businesses creating a less wasteful and positive environment.
Our project is to create a community needs assessment for a local makerspace within the Tahoe-Truckee region and to facilitate and plan a fundraiser/tool drive event.
2014 Action Plans
This project looked into providing free access to bikes and helmets in order to make the Truckee Bike Park more accessible to local youth.
Shop North Tahoe Truckee is a branding and awareness campaign that promotes shopping locally to help grow North Lake Tahoe and Truckee business volumes year-round. The program will create business and consumer buy-in through stickers and marketing. This will provide education and ultimately influence spending decisions and habits.
Clothesline Tahoe is a community outreach program aimed at educating users on saving energy and valuable resources by promoting the use of clotheslines rather than drying machines in the region. Hang-drying laundry saves money, consumes less energy, makes homes safer, and prolongs the life of clothing.
Xeriscape 101 is a movement to raise awareness of landscaping strategies that can be implemented as part of a more comprehensive water conservation plan in response to the drought.
Truckee-Tahoe Official Work Net is a trusted, non-profit source for actual work, whether it is someone that needs their driveway shoveled, a mural painted, a civil engineer, an assistant or a pilot to fly them to San Francisco. For a nominal fee, TTOWN connects people who want to work and get paid with employers who want to treat people fairly and get a job done well!
Tahoe Mountain Food Co-Op is an affordable, membership-based Co-Op grocery store that brings, locally farmed, sustainably produced food to the North Lake Tahoe community. We are able to offer lower prices to our members for exceptional quality food because our members work a short monthly shift in return for a 15% discount.
Past Action Plans
This project was designed for North Tahoe area homeowners and renters to gain a better understanding of homefire prevention practices.
The Tahoe Food Hub will bring organic food from small producers within 150-miles and make it available for wholesale distribution in North Lake Tahoe.
PTT will provide professionals in the area with the chance to network, connect with the community, learn about local career opportunities, and to build new friendships.
The Tahoe Mind is a project dedicated to helping diversify the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Community by providing mentoring resources to entrepreneurs looking to develop and expand businesses in the Tahoe Region that are not solely tourist dependant.
PH Solutions is a project designed to strengthen the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Community by providing a vital link between unused second homes and the hard to find a responsible and professional tenant.
This project outlines the need for and the idea of a fundraising program for North Lake Tahoe arts programs.
The Health Indicators Project pertaining to Awareness and Participation in Cancer Programs is a study to determine what the special needs are of cancer patients and families in the surrounding community, how can the community become informed, and if interested, how can they participate.
The Marketing Toolkit Workshop is a seminar to be given with the goal of providing educational material and in-sight for “Maximizing Marketing Efficiency for Your Small Business.”
This report will display the value of walking and walkability and report on information gathered at public workshops, local government and master plan guidelines and various websites that led to our development of the Walkability Assessment in North Tahoe Truckee (WANTT) tool.
This project presents a first-step solution to the challenge of informing the general public about how to compost and why compost in the Tahoe Region.
The goal of this project was to research methods to create and manage a resource for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe community members to turn to for civic awareness.
In any community, decisions that impact residents, businesses, and visitors, can at best, be controversial, and at worst, divisive. The goal of this project was to use one such issue and its related public meetings as an opportunity to assess the methods of communication, and as a case study to provide recommendations for future such projects in the area.
This program is designed to educate and influence North Tahoe and Truckee residents and visitors to take steps to keep the local wildlife, resources, and environment healthy and thriving via Shots of Sustainability.
Project is to develop a fruit and vegetable garden within the Kings Beach community which will create opportunities for social gathering, beautification, education and recreation