Sustainable Communities Program

What does Sustainability mean for Lake Tahoe?

Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities Program LogoWhile the Tahoe Region has been a leader in environmental protection and restoration for many years, creating a sustainable future goes beyond conservation. Even if local sources of pollution, such as air pollution, are reduced or eliminated, Lake Tahoe is still affected by the larger environment beyond the boundaries of the Region. Sustainability for Lake Tahoe communities includes bringing green mobility options, natural resource protection, health and social well-being, and a healthy economy together in ways that increase the long-term resilience of the natural and built environments.

Tahoe Basin Sustainable Communities Program

TRPA is a member of the Tahoe Basin Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a cooperative group of agencies, organizations, and community stakeholders working to establish a cohesive approach to sustainability efforts across the Tahoe Region.

Sustainability Action Plan

The Sustainable Communities Program developed a Sustainability Action Plan, which includes strategies we can all use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A Sustainability Framework was created to coordinate and focus regional efforts and lead the Tahoe Basin toward a more sustainable future. The Sustainability Action Plan and Framework consist of a twelve document series which can be viewed here.
The work upon which the publication is based was funded in whole or in part through a grant awarded by the California Strategic Growth Council.



There are many initiatives, programs, and projects already happening throughout the Region that are helping our communities become more sustainable. Success depends on efforts from all sectors, public and private.


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Tahoe-Truckee Regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Project

Electric vehicle readiness is on its way to the Tahoe-Truckee Region. TRPA, the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, a consultant team, and a newly initiated Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council have partnered to accelerate transportation electrification in the Tahoe-Truckee Region. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to dramatically reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and increase energy independence.


  • Increase PEV access in the Northern and Eastern Sierra.
  • Establish the Tahoe-Truckee Region as a PEV destination, gateway, and corridor.
  • Create a comprehensive plan to increase local PEV adoption and deploy charging infrastructure.
  • Proactively engage local and regional planning agencies and the community.

Project Deliverables:

Tahoe-Truckee PEV Readiness Existing Conditions 6.20.2016 Draft

Bureau of Reclamation Truckee Basin Study

The Bureau of Reclamation has released its study of the Truckee Basin in California and Nevada, projecting that climate change may impact water supplies in the 21st century. Now available online, this study provides water managers with information to better understand the basin’s water supply and demand from now until 2099, and also identifies potential options to help them meet future demands.

“The Truckee Basin is an important source of water for eastern California and western Nevada and includes the iconic Lake Tahoe,” Reclamation Commissioner Estevan López said. “Reclamation and its partners now have the necessary information to develop options to ensure a sustainable water supply into the future.”

Reclamation developed the study in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Truckee River Flood Management Authority and Placer County Water Agency.

Click here for more information and the full report.


Get Involved

The basin-wide program has benefited from public collaboration of the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative. The Collaborative is implementing project throughout the Tahoe-Truckee community by partnering with non-profit organizations, environmental professionals, government agencies, and engaged citizens. To join the sustainability effort in the Tahoe contact the Sustainability Collaborative today!