Last night, the Nevada Conservation League held its annual Home Means Nevada Awards Dinner celebrating environment process and honoring community leaders making outsized contributions to the conservation movement.
Governor Sisolak provided the keynote address on Nevada's infrastructure upgrade initiative, climate strategy plan and clean energy economy. He also highlighted that the election of climate champions to office is necessary to continue this progress.
The event also highlighted legislative actions such as the Inflation Reduction Act, the single-largest investment in climate action in the nation’s history. The new law will bring an estimated $2.7 billion of investment in large-scale clean power generation and storage to Nevada by 2030. According to a 2020 report published by E2, a national, nonpartisan group with more than 9,000 members who advocate for clean energy policies, federal clean energy stimulus investments similar to those adopted in the Inflation Reduction Act would add more than 39,000 clean energy jobs in Nevada over five years.
Nevada is also getting federal funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over five years to build more electric charges across the state.
Three awards were presented at the event: The Harry Reid Lifetime Achievement Award, Green Guardian Award and Green Business of the Year.
Harry Reid Lifetime Achievement Award - Robert Buntjer, IBEW Local 357 member and NCL’s former board member
The Harry Reid Lifetime Achievement Award was designed to celebrate the conservation achievements of special individuals dedicated to the protection and improvement of our state’s natural resources and outdoor spaces. This year, the Harry Reid Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Robert Buntjer, IBEW Local 357 member and NCL’s former board member.
Green Guardian Award - Dr. Mary House, co-founder of CHR, Inc. and “First Lady” of Mountaintop Faith ministries
The Green Guardian Award celebrates the work and achievements of an organization or individual dedicated to increasing access to a healthier and cleaner environment for Nevadans. This year, the Green Guardian Award was presented to Dr. Mary House, co-founder of CHR, Inc. and “First Lady” of Mountaintop Faith ministries.
“It was in this community where I began to learn about using nature to survive. I advocate for low-income communities of color who have been survivors of the issue we call, “environmental justice” with little to no support. So, this award really belongs to them because I have been blessed and given a chance to speak for them knowing, hoping, and believing there’s a change coming to make my community a safer, cleaner, and healthier place to live,” said Dr. Mary L. House.
Green Business of the Year - Patagonia, accepted by the company’s Reno-based Environment Activism Manager, Meghan Wolf
The Green Business of the Year award is given to a business that showcases their dedication to the environment and set a positive example for the community at large.
“Our business benefits from healthy, accessible public lands like those across Nevada. We use resources to make our clothing, and we recognize the need to use these resources in a balanced and healthy way,” said Patagonia’s Meghan Wolf. “We constantly examine and improve our supply chain. And we currently use 1% of sales to support groups, like NV Conservation League, who work every day to protect and promote a balanced, healthy use of our environment – our land, air, water and the communities that rely on a healthy environment to thrive.”