What is Keep Truckee Green?

It is the Town of Truckee’s sustainability, solid waste, and resiliency program. We coordinate the planning and implementation of our Town’s waste reduction and climate change actions. In partnership with our community, we foster culture to proactively address climate change and lead by example.

Our Keep Truckee Green team is guided by an interdisciplinary Sustainability Committee, which includes staff from all Town divisions.

Sustainability Committee

Bret Albert

Bret Albert

Fleet and Facilities Manager, Public Works Department

I help oversee all of our Town buildings and have helped to implement many energy saving retrofits. Additionally, I oversee our fleet and have integrated biofuels into our fuel usage when possible.

Bronwyn Roberts

Bronwyn Roberts

Executive Assistant to Chief of Police, Communications Analyst for Town of Truckee

I support the Truckee Police Department in making sustainably conscious budget decisions for equipment and safety supplies. I am also continuously looking for more efficient ways to manage our records to reduce the use of paper and unnecessary printing. I have also started to work in communications to educate our residents and visitors about what we are doing, how they can help, and the opportunities they can have in shaping our goals.

Our household has adopted many package free products, everything from shampoo, toothpaste to laundry detergent. We have implemented many reusable products that reduce single use shopping and ziplock bags, plastic wrap, wipes, straws and cleaning supplies.  We are constantly looking at better, more sustainable ways to live our lives.

Caitlin Brennan

Caitlin Brennan

Office Assistant, Town Clerk
As an office assistant for the Town, I am in charge of ordering a multitude of supplies for Town Hall. I am working to increase the amount of recycled products we buy with the hopes of decreasing Town Hall’s environmental footprint.

In my household we are working to cut down our meat consumption and have cut back to eating meat once per week. We are hoping to soon be a vegetarian family.

Dan Wilkins

Dan Wilkins

Acting Town Manager, Public Works Director, Town Engineer (Committee Advisor)

As Truckee’s Public Works Director, I have been involved with managing and constructing 20 miles of bike trail, and 60 miles of bike lanes in the Town of Truckee, as well as the construction of the sidewalks in the commercial areas of Town, and all of Truckee’s Roundabouts.  I have also led the construction of multiple Town building projects to improve energy efficiency and sustainability of Town buildings.  I also have management oversight of the Town’s transit system and am a regular rider of the transit system in the region.

Darcy Messner

Darcy Messner

Plans Examiner II, Building & Safety Division

In order to minimize solar PV system failures in the Town’s high snow load areas, I am helping to pursue an exemption to the 2019 CA Energy Code solar PV requirement for new residences, and an alternative to offset that exemption.

I do my best to meditate daily. When I am centered, peaceful and connected I am better able to make sustainable choices in all aspects of my life.

Deverie Acuff

Deverie Acuff

Support Services Manager, PD PIO; Police Department

Fleet purchase decisions, utilizing technology to capture data for future Department decisions.

We educate our kids on the importance of protecting the planet through sustainable living.

Drew Jack

Drew Jack

GIS Specialist, Administrative Services

I make maps and mapping applications to aide in decision making, to inform the public, and to facilitate dialogue between staff and the community.

I love to bike. Whenever possible I replace car trips with heart healthy and emissions free bike trips.

Emily McGuire

Emily McGuire

Planning Technician, Planning Division

I review building plans and land use applications for consistency with the Town’s planning policies to ensure smart growth and development within the Truckee community.

I helped kick off the compost collection around our Town Hall kitchens. I also have an obsession with reuse – a majority of my clothes are purchased second-hand and diligently mended to extend their life as long as possible.

Erica Mertens

Erica Mertens

Recycling Programs Manager, Recycling & Solid Waste Division (Committee Chair)

In the last few years, I worked to establish and implement the Town’s new recycling programs. I’m also bolstering our waste reduction initiatives like reusable green boxes and hosting Fixit Clinics.

Our household has banished the use of paper towels and many other single-use products. We save old t-shirts and towels to cut up to use as rags, which work so much better than a weak paper towel anyway!

Erin Ronald

Erin Ronald

CivicSpark Fellow, Solid Waste & Recycling Division and Planning Division

As a CivicSpark Fellow, I have been working to develop policies for Truckee’s Climate Action Plan, forming Truckee’s Adaptation Plan and help to provide resources for waste-reducing efforts throughout Town.

I get back to basics with cleaning supplies! You would be surprised what water, vinegar, castille soap, baking soda, and lemon can all do when used in different combinations. Not only does this limit exposure to toxic chemicals but I end up purchasing less plastic packaging!

Hilary Hobbs

Hilary Hobbs

Management Analyst/ Economic Development, Town Manager’s office

I’m developing the Town’s sustainability dashboard to track and communicate Truckee’s progress toward Keeping Truckee Green.

Outside of my role with the Town, I practice sustainability as an enthusiastic gardener and worm farmer! I feed our household’s food waste to a basement vermicompost bin, where a bevy of hard-working worms turn it into rich compost for our organic garden.

Melanie Conti

Melanie Conti

Recycling Outreach Specialist, Solid Waste & Recycling Division

I helped implement the commercial food waste program, which has allowed over 50 restaurants in town divert their food waste from landfill.

I try to avoid food waste in my house by keeping inedible food scraps to make veggie stock and compost for the garden.

Nick Martin

Nick Martin

Sustainability and Special Projects Manager, Planning Division (Committee Chair)

I get pulled into many different projects at the Town, though the majority of my time is spent developing and implementing our sustainability programs. From our Climate Action Plan and Climate change vulnerability assessment, to EV charging stations and energy efficiency retrofits, I am fortunate to be involved in it all.

I am passionate about raising my children to be good stewards of our earth, and have inadvertently put my every action at home under scrutiny by a tag team of small, but shameless, sustainability inspectors. Kids just tell it to ya straight, gotta love it.

Riley Morrison

Riley Morrison

Street Maintenance Manager, Public Works Department

I oversee our street maintenance, including the application and removal of sand to our roads. With our efficient street sweeping, we are able to capture sediment that would otherwise be detrimental to our watershed.

Part of sustainable living is infill development of housing units. I built a granny unit ADU (accessory dwelling unit) in my backyard to help with our affordable living crisis.

Sara Sherburne

Sara Sherburne

CivicSpark Fellow, Planning Division and Solid Waste & Recycling Division

During my service year I will be working on implementation of the Town’s Climate Action Plan, community outreach, new organics initiatives and other waste reduction projects.

I am known for a commitment to zero food waste and will happily act as the garbage disposal for others’ leftovers.

I shop first at second-hand shops and enjoy crafting home decorations like picture frames from my old cardboard boxes!

Scott Mathot

Scott Mathot

Associate Engineer, Engineering Division

As a project manager for capital improvement projects, I work to incorporate a sustainable mindset at every phase of my projects. Utilizing solar powered streetscape devices, encouraging roundabouts to reduce GHG emissions, incorporating recycled asphalt material, installing recycled plastic benches, and locally sourced contractors/materials are just a few ways we work towards the Town’s sustainability goals.

In my household, we strive to implement sustainable practices into every aspect of our lives. From recycling as much as possible and utilizing sustainable supplies such as reusable-ware and chemical free household items, to primarily utilizing our electric vehicle for daily use and maintaining our property with electric equipment. One step at a time.

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