Who We Are

Members & Supporters

Collaborative Members generally reside in the Tahoe-Truckee region and are volunteers who have completed a simple application process and determine their own level of commitment. At minimum Members are encouraged to attend monthly Collaborative Meetings and participate in one or more sector-based working groups. Members are also able to pursue self-selected projects that increase the environmental, economic, and community health of the region. Members of the Collaborative do not speak for their organizations, but do offer a bridge from the Collaborative to their respective organizations and networks.

Supporters of the Collaborative are also able to participate in monthly meetings and any action projects on a voluntary and ad hoc basis and receive all monthly correspondence about Collaborative functions and activities without the larger time commitments generally expected from Members.

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The Collaborative was launched as part of the Lake Tahoe Sustainable Communities Program (LTSCP) which is partially funded by a California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) grant awarded to the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Collaborative is a grassroots, citizen led entity that collaborates with many regionally significant agencies, organizations, and community groups.


The Collaborative meets monthly in various hosted venues negotiated with regional organizations which have included:

  • Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation
  • Lake Tahoe Community College
  • United States Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  • Truckee Town Council
  • Inn by the Lake

In addition the Collaborative Working groups are routinely hosted at the following locations for monthly meeting purposes:

  • Sierra Nevada Alliance
  • California Tahoe Conservancy
  • Barton Hospital
  • El Dorado County Supervisor’s Office
  • Alpina Café
  • R.O. Anderson Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions About the Formation of the Sustainability Collaborative

Q     What is the compelling need for the Sustainability Collaborative?
A     On the launch date in April/May 2012the Tahoe Region lacked a coordinated, community level stakeholder group with the ability to work with both formal and informal public and private groups. The collaborative fills this gap by bringing together knowledgeable citizens that engage with community members, organizations, and agencies to promote environmental, community, and economic health.

Q     Has this been tried before in the Tahoe-Truckee region?
A     While the Lake Tahoe Basin has a well-established history of collaboration on which the Sustainability Collaborative is founded, establishing a resilient, diverse and knowledgeable group focused on a collaborative approach to sustainability has been challenging. The Collaborative model seeks to bring disparate interests together in a coordinated approach that supports tangible, on-the-ground positive change.

Q     What is the relationship between the Sustainability Collaborative and the TRPA?
A     The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board provides oversight through the authority of the Bi-State Compact (PL96-551) for regional planning and environmental protection; in particular to guide and regulate land use practices that may adversely impact environmental sustainability.. The Sustainability Collaborative is non-regulatory and non-governmental. The TRPA/TMPO manages the originating funding that has been used to establish the Collaborative and to support it to date. The support has included funding a consultant team to provide facilitation and coordination. The Collaborative is creating a   foundation that includes a documented charter, mission statement, leadership team, sector-based operational working groups, a fully functioning website, and a long term business plan that will encourage continuation of the Collaborative after the existing funding is fully utilized.

Q     Is the Sustainability Collaborative mandated or otherwise prescribed by policy, legislation, or grant requirements?
A     There is no legal mandate. However, the state funding provided by the Strategic Growth Council requires “demonstration of a multi-stakeholder collaborative process” as part of the award to the TRPA/TMPO.

Q     Are there “best practices” guiding the development of this Sustainability Collaborative?
A     Various models for regional climate change planning and collaborative approaches that would maximize the integration of resources, planning, and sustainability outcomes were thoroughly researched. The Collaborative will ultimately determine its own structure and procedures.

Q     How many people will be on the Sustainability Collaborative?
A     For the initial application process, there were three possible levels of engagement: Members, Advisors, and Supporters. After several months of operation the Advisor function was folded into the Member role while preserving the opportunity for individuals to continue to be Supporters without having to commit to formal participation in Collaborative activities. There will be no limit on the number of Members and Supporters.

Q     What geographic area will the Sustainability Collaborative cover?
A     In order to make sure the Sustainability Collaborative tailors efforts to the Region and replicates successful sustainability efforts instead of duplicating them, a geographically-diverse group of stakeholders was chosen from the Tahoe-Truckee region and second homeowners.

Q     Will there be preference given to applicants with specific experience with, or connections to, certain agencies, organizations, businesses, community groups, or government entities?
A     While background and experience is important to ensure an informed and functional collaborative, applicants are not expected or encouraged to represent a specific organization or interest. The Sustainability Collaborative will be a group of individuals bringing diverse views and experience.

Q     Is the Sustainability Collaborative itself sustainable?

A     The Sustainability Collaborative is currently partially supported by state funding provided through a grant to TRPA/TMPO. As a grassroots entity financial resources are not the primary predictor of success. However, it is expected that future financial support for the Sustainability Collaborative, ending June 2014, will be determined by the Sustainability Collaborative membership who will actively seek continuing funding

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