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

Brennan Lagasse

Is sustainable outdoor recreation possible?

Professor and backcountry ski guide Brennan Lagasse explores the conflicts between outdoor recreation and sustainability, providing tips for getting outside as an environmental advocate

Alex Pierce headshot standing in a snowy pine forest.

Grads of the Pack: Alexandra Pierce

University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe Business Marketing student Alexandra Pierce wins first place in the semi-annual Preger-Tahoe Prize Creative Idea Challenge

Chris Smith showing students how to take snow pack depth measurements in a meadow

Students connect to nature in Lake Tahoe through experiential classwork

Hands-on classes at the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe elevate curriculums for both students and faculty