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New Science Center Cornerstone Ceremony Aug. 20

TitleNew Science Center Cornerstone Ceremony Aug. 20
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-08-25
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #130 - "New Science Center" (Air Date: August 8, 2005).
SubjectTahoe Environmental Research Center
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationWindows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 130 - New Science Center Air Date: August 8, 2005 The cornerstone of the new Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences will be laid in a public ceremony, 4 7 p.m., Aug. 20, on the Lake Campus of Sierra Nevada College, at the corner of state Route 28 and Country Club Drive in Incline Village. This will complete the foundation for the new world-class hub of research and teaching on the preservation of alpine lakes. Top officials from California and Nevada and the states' universities will lead the public celebration and ceremony, Foundation for the Future. The public is welcome at the ceremony and celebration reception. U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn; U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef; and Sierra Nevada College President Paul Ranslow will lead the ceremony. Other officials taking part include representatives from the Desert Research Institute; University of Nevada, Reno; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; RAND Corporation; and Carnegie-Mellon University. At the reception immediately following the ceremony, in the Prim Library, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the scientists and project partners, and learn about the research, academic initiatives, scientific exhibits and educational programs that will take place at the facility. Poster exhibits will explain recent research advances on Tahoe issues such as forest health, biodiversity, air quality, water quality, earthquake faults and the reintroduction of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout to Fallen Leaf Lake. Guests will be able to take a virtual tour of the building from the architects via an amazing animated DVD rendering of the building, both inside and out. They will also be able to learn about the innovative green technology used in this start-of-the-art building, which employs energy-efficient and sustainable design features that will enhance the health and productivity of the scientists and students who work there. The center is a national model for multi-institutional collaboration and green building technology. The ambitious project is supported by federal, state, private and foundation funding. Under development for a decade, the new facility will be an international leader for science and teaching on the preservation of alpine lakes and their watersheds. It will house offices and research labs for the Tahoe Environmental Research Center of UC Davis, classrooms and labs for the students of Sierra Nevada College, the Thomas J. Long Center for environmental information, and exhibits open to the public on the ground floor. The building is scheduled for completion in August 2006. On Aug. 21, at Commons Beach in Tahoe City, many of these same dignitaries will assemble for the 2005 Lake Tahoe Environmental Forum. Since the Presidential Forum in 1997, this event has become an important yearly gathering of federal, state and local leaders dedicated to preserving Lake Tahoe. Invited guests will hear progress reports on water quality, planning activities, and wildfire protection from federal, state and local agencies.

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