The Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities Program has been created as a Basin-wide program supported by staff from different agencies and organizations as described here. As part of this program, there are many initiatives and projects already happening throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin that are helping our communities become more sustainable. To the extent possible, the products from these efforts will be available through this website and as a series of documents that will serve to coordinate stakeholder’s efforts to lead the Tahoe Basin toward a more sustainable future.

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How to Use This Website:

The Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities Program (LTSCP) and this website seek to  promote sustainability in and around the Lake Tahoe Region. The mission of the LTSCP is to unify and coordinate complementary federal, state, local, public, and private efforts within a common Sustainability Framework  in order to effectively and efficiently address climate change and related challenges facing the Lake Tahoe Region. Here are a couple of quick ways to navigate this website, learn more, and become involved in the sustainability movement in Lake Tahoe –> 

I want to learn more about the area plans that impact my community.

I want to take action!

I want to get involved  in the conversation, and make a difference locally and regionally.

I want to learn more about the regional entities working towards sustainability in Lake Tahoe


The LTSCP Regional Sustainability Vision centers on increasing the long-term resilience of the natural and built environments in the Region in the face of climate change. Reflected in the vision for the Lake Tahoe Region are the unique characteristics and priorities of the area as well as alignment with state and federal policy on topics including the environment; community and economic development; housing and transportation. Tahoe Basin communities have provided the foundation for the vision below through extensive public outreach conducted while preparing the 2012 Lake Tahoe Regional Plan. A product of the input of over 5,000 participants since the start of the process in 2003, the vision for sustainability in the Region seeks to maintain and enhance the following:

  • Diverse natural ecosystems, and other resources in the Lake Tahoe Region and its communities that maintain a healthy balance between human (built) and natural environments that make the Region a unique and special place.
  • A sense of community that maintains the richness of everyday life by preserving the historical, architectural, and cultural identity of the community that is linked to the Region’s environmental values, creating public spaces for social gathering and interaction, and improving the distribution of community and social services though regional-municipal collaboration and cooperation.
  • Enhanced recreational opportunities and choices that take advantage of the Region’s unique natural beauty while protecting it for future generations, providing easy access to the Lake and other regional destinations, and offering multiple options for all community members to be physically active.
  • Diverse housing / lodging choices that meet the needs of residents, workers, and visitors of all physical and economic abilities and that recognize the seasonal, visitor-oriented nature of many businesses in the Basin.
  • A connected multimodal transportation network that increases travel choices within, to, and from the Region that reduce traffic congestion, lower household transportation costs, and encourage walking and biking to local destinations by residents, workers, and visitors.
  • A vital regional and local economy that balances the needs of commercial and residential areas, building on local visitor attractions, maintaining Lake Tahoe as an exceptional place where communities thrive in harmony with the natural environment, promoting greater renewable energy use, use of locally grown food sources, and better integrating Tahoe into a larger regional economy that includes Truckee, Reno, and Carson City.
  • A high quality of life with improved public health, education, and job opportunities; enhanced social well-being and economic equity in Lake Tahoe’s communities; and greater economic and ecological resiliency in the Tahoe Region through energy, water, and other natural resources conservation.