Reno named one of the greenest cities with assistance from University programs ranks Reno No. 2 on its “Cities with Innovative Green Initiatives” list

7/3/2013 - By: Staff Report
Bag Monster Have you ever wondered how many plastic bags an average shopper goes through in a year? 500. The Bag Monster (Associate Professor in the University’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science Nancy Markee pictured here from 2012) strolls through campus during Earth Week held on campus each April.

The University of Nevada, Reno helped the "Biggest Little City in the World" receive the No. 2 spot on the "Cities with Innovative Green Initiatives" list by for being one of the cleanest, most sustainable and environmentally friendly cities in America.

Reno, according to, encourages its residents to cut down on carbon emissions by biking around the city with seasonal events and benefits for bike-riders.

"At the University, students learn about sustainability in class, by using alternative transportation like biking or riding shuttles that run on bio-diesel fuels, and by taking part in campus recycling programs. The university already utilizes solar panels in a few campus locations and has plans to implement many more green initiatives in the future."

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