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Podcast: Tackling global climate change from the local level



The University of Nevada’s annual global climate change took place in late September. The event coincides with the annual climate summit at the United Nations. The UNR event is hosted by the College of Business’ Nevada Leadership Program and the University Center for Economic Development.

I got the chance to speak with three of the participants. Our conversations were wide-ranging. They were:

  1. Stallar Lufrano-Jardine, a doctoral student at the University of Nevada and is also the director of career services for the UNR College of Business.
  2. Pete Gower, an environmental planning consultant with Planning Solutions Inc. We walk about the effects of sprawl versus high-density development.
  3. Marco Velotta, who oversees the City of Las Vegas’ manager for sustainability initiatives. In this next segment, we discuss how Reno and Las Vegas are the fastest-warming cities in America — and what can be done about this concerning trend.

More topics discussed

  • UNR’s climate strike
  • Using plastic
  • City of Reno’s sustainability and climate action plan
  • The role of development in climate change
  • Affordable housing
  • Urban sprawl versus high-density housing
  • Reno and Las Vegas: the fastest cities in American
  • ReLeaf Reno
  • Why trees are essential to Las Vegas
  • Urban heat islands
Bob Conrad
Bob Conradhttp://thisisreno.com
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. He is also a part time instructor at UNR and sits on the boards of the Nevada Press Association and Nevada Open Government Coalition.