In This Issue:

  • Upcoming Events — Make a Difference Day, Scheels Turkey Trot, and the Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards
  • Volunteer Spotlight & Beautiful Business — Debe Fennell & KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup 2017 sponsors
  • Beautiful News — KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup results and a warm welcome to our new AmeriCorps State and National service members
  • How to KTMB Everyday — Recycle your clothes with H&M

Upcoming Events

Make a Difference Day, Scheels Turkey Trot, and the Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards, oh my!

We have lots of exciting and fun upcoming events for all you KTMB-ers in this month’s issue! First on the list is an opportunity for you to make a difference in your community. Join KTMB for Make a Difference Day on October 28th as we plant flower bulbs alongside Riverside Drive with our partners, the Reno Rotary Club. Call our office at (775) 851-5185 if you are interested in volunteering or if you would like more information. Hope to see your beautiful faces out there!

Second on the list is the City of Sparks’ annual Scheels Turkey Trot taking place Thursday, November 23rd at 8:30 am. Yes, it is on the morning of Thanksgiving. Need an incentive to sign up? Aside from a good calorie burn before a shameless day of eating, the proceeds from the events’ registration fees will benefit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful! Trot on over to this link to register online! Gobble-Gobble!

Finally, last month we sent out a call for nominations for the 2017 Golden Pinecone Sustainability Awards, hosted by GREENevada, in ten different categories. Well, the results are in and we are proud to announce the winners! Queue the drum roll, please.

Education Program- Classrooms Unleashed by Sierra Nevada Journeys
Educator-Linda Conlin, Former Director, Current Board Member- River Wranglers
Individual/Volunteer- Mark Korinek, Director of Operations- Carson City School District
Public Figure/ Servant- Hillary Schieve, Mayor- City of Reno
Youth Leadership- Eric Doung- UNR Student
Nonprofit Organization- Walker Basin Conservancy
Federal/ State Agency- Regional Transportation Commission (RTC)
Small Business- Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. (EMPSi)
Medium to Large Business- Otis Bay Ecological Consultants
Sustainability Milestones- Washoe County School District’s Sustainability Policy

These outstanding individuals and organizations will be recognized on November 7, 2017 at the National Automobile Museum from 6 pm to 9 pm. Follow this link to purchase tickets online! Find out more about GREENevada’s efforts in keeping our beautiful state green here.

Volunteer Spotlight

Debe Fennell

This month’s volunteer spotlight shines on Debe Fennell who was a Project Leader for KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup Day at Bicentennial Park. For more than a year, Debe has spent Saturday mornings working with fellow members of the Downtown Reno Rotary Club to weed, plant, and beautify the flower bed that runs along the south side of Riverside Drive between the Lear Theater and the McKinley Arts and Culture Center. The Rotarians recently raised money to buy 15,000 spring bulbs to beautify this part of the river corridor. Debe and her team organized a detailed planting plan for KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup Day, even including pictures of the bulbs in bloom so that volunteers would understand what they were planting. On the day of our cleanup, over 60 volunteers worked together to plant 10,000 bulbs in Bicentennial Park and along Riverside Drive! There are still 5,000 bulbs left to plant and KTMB will be partnering with Debe to plant them on Saturday, October 28th – which is Make a Difference Day – from 9 am to noon. Call KTMB to sign up 775-851-5185. Thank you Debe, for all your hard work!  We look forward to appreciating your work next spring and summer.

Beautiful Business

KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup 2017 sponsors 

In case you missed it, KTMB received a lot of love from Ninkasi Brewing Company last month. Not only did Ninkasi Brewing Company reach out to KTMB requesting to be a first time sponsor for this year’s Truckee River Cleanup Day, but they also held a social media competition through their Beer is Love donation program, giving environmental non-profits a chance to win $500, and guess who won? Due to the high volume of votes/love from our beautiful KTMB squad, KTMB ended up taking home the grand prize! Ninkasi Brewing Company also held a Pints for a Cause fundraiser at Beer NV the evening before KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup to raise more money for KTMB! As if that wasn’t enough, Ninkasi also had representatives from the brewing company itself fly in and volunteer during the big day! Yep, they are AWESOME!KTMB would also like to send much love to the rest of our equally amazing sponsors for their contributions! Truckee River Fund, UPS, REI, and Grainger; it is because of their generous support that KTMB’s 2017 Truckee River Cleanup was possible.

Beautiful News

KTMB’s Truckee River Cleanup Day results and a warm welcome to our new AmeriCorps State and National service members

The Truckee Meadows community showed up in force for KTMB’s 13th annual Truckee River Cleanup last Saturday! Over 750 volunteers removed an astounding 30,000 pounds of trash and 39,000 pounds of invasive weeds last weekend. Our beautiful volunteers also helped plant 10,000 flower bulbs along Riverside Drive. We live in the best community!

KTMB is excited to welcome our brand new AmeriCorps State and National service members: Patricia Tierney and Elise Traywick! We are excited to see their continuing efforts to keep our Truckee River Watershed healthy! Americorps engages Americans in an intensive, full-time volunteer service each year to help move communities forward.

How to KTMB Every Day

Recycle your clothes with H&M

Are you looking to make more room in your closet and get rid of any unwanted garments? Drop them off at your local H&M store-no matter what brand or what condition! As much as 95% of clothes thrown away could have actually been re-worn or recycled. Clothes and shoes are the second most common items that are thrown away in our Washoe County community. So go do beautiful things and give your textiles another chance at life. Limit your drop-off amount to two plastic shopping bag size per day (shoes not accepted). For every pound collected, H&M will make a donation to Keep America Beautiful, our national affiliate! Call your local H&M store for more details. H&M is located in Meadowood Mall in Reno and The Outlets at Legends in Sparks.