Our Commitment to Lake Tahoe

Through research, education, outreach and community leadership, the University of Nevada, Reno is dedicated to the protection and preservation of Lake Tahoe.

Protecting and preserving Lake Tahoe – the gem of the Sierra – is central to the mission of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. We are dedicated to conserving Lake Tahoe, its watershed, and its recreationally-supported economy.

The University's efforts are aligned with the planning and implementation of the Environmental Improvement Program – a multisector effort implemented by governmental organizations, Lake Tahoe’s business community, scientific community and the Washoe Tribe. Research, education and outreach align closely with the bistate efforts of the Tahoe Science Advisory Council of which the University is a member. In addition, our new University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe location is proud to support world-class scientific and creative workshops that bring expertise and knowledge to the basin to help solve the pressing global to local issues of our time.

Training the future stewards of Lake Tahoe

We believe experiential education is one of the best ways to inspire sustained environmental stewardship.

Research to inform policy

Scientific knowledge has been a mainstay in guiding management actions in the Lake Tahoe basin. The University is a proud member of the Tahoe Science Advisory Council, the bi-state organization for scientists and managers to discuss the pressing issues facing the Lake Tahoe basin related to forest health, invasive species, transportation, climate change, wildfires, and Lake Tahoe’s water quality. The Council is co-chaired by Professors Sudeep Chandra with Adrian Harpold serving as an institutional scientific member.

Explore research and creative activities

Meet our affiliated environmental sciences and sustainability faculty

Tahoe Summit 2023

The University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe hosted the 2023 Tahoe Summit Luncheon, bringing together scientists, wildland firefighters, conservationists and tribal leaders to discuss challenges facing Lake Tahoe. 

Learn more about the Tahoe Summit

Featured research: Microplastics in Lake Tahoe

Research published in the scientific journal, Nature, reveals high concentrations of microplastics in Lake Tahoe, with plastic debris from textiles frequently identified.

Read more about microplastics in Lake Tahoe

Featured research: Smoke over Lake Tahoe

University research supported by the League to Save Lake Tahoe aims to understand how the living and nonliving particles in Lake Tahoe are changing due to smoke in the Lake Tahoe Basin airshed, and what that means for Lake Tahoe’s clarity and ecology.

Read more about wildfire smoke impacts on Lake Tahoe

University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe in the news

A group talks at a table outside

Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology 2024 symposium merges disciplines at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe

Smoke from the Caldor Fire over Lake Tahoe.

Lakes across North America are being impacted by wildfire smoke, even when the blaze is nowhere nearby

99% of lakes were impacted by wildfire smoke for at least one day each year between 2019-2021, 89% saw 30 days or more of smoke

Bike rider on lakeside path.

Better bike paths as one solution to heat and climate change-induced traffic congestion around Lake Tahoe

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approves the 2024 Active Transportation Plan as warming temperatures and congestion continue to impact the region