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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Regional science center already exists

One suggestion in the Lake Tahoe Basin Prosperity Plan is “development of an Alpine Research Center capable of housing a variety of scientists affiliated with either the private sector or universities” comparable to the Monterey Bay Aquarium at Monterey, Calif., or the National Center for Atmospheric Research at Boulder, Colo.

In fact, a regional science center housing scientists with private and university affiliations already exists in Incline Village in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Science building on the Sierra Nevada College campus, an innovative green research building awarded a LEED platinum rating. Current scientists using TCES are sponsored by Sierra Nevada College and the University of California, Davis, and scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Desert Research Institute have used the facility in the past.

TCES partners are open to collaboration with additional scientists interested in environmental science and green energy research in an alpine setting. This collaboration is a great start to an alpine research center in the Lake Tahoe Basin, so it makes sense for our communities to support the development of additional partnerships utilizing the TCES.

Suzanne Gollery

Associate Professor, Sierra Nevada College

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