Check out these businesses that went green to lower their impact.

By Annie Flanzraich

It’s hard to feel good having fun while enjoying the natural beauty of the Reno/Tahoe region when you start thinking about how your actions may impact the environment. Luckily, there are many businesses in the area that are either powered by renewable energy or are trying to lower their ecological impact. Here are four to check out:

Elevated Fitness

At this green gym in South Lake Tahoe, members power everything, including the lights, computers, fans and more. By using inverter-equipped spin bikes that deliver electricity back to the grid, cyclists provide the power for Elevated Fitness, which is one of only two of its kind in the country, and one of five on the planet. The gym also incorporates green materials and practices throughout the building including flooring made from recycled tires, low-VOC paint, energy-efficient lighting, and low-flow toilets. Elevated Fitness continues its commitment to maintaining a low carbon footprint by offering bottle service to eliminate plastic bottle waste and towel service to reduce paper towel waste and deforestation. elevatedtahoe.com

Need 2 Speed Reno
Need 2 Speed Reno
Need 2 Speed

Race at speeds up to 45 miles per hour and feel good doing it in the electric indoor racing karts at Need 2 Speed. Unlike gas karts, these state-of-the-art electric karts do not produce harmful emissions, which allows races to take place in a climate-controlled track. need2speed.com

Edgewood in the winter
Edgewood in the winter
Edgewood Tahoe

The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe demonstrates its commitment to being stewards of the land, guardians of the lake, and solid corporate citizens through many green initiatives. Before breaking ground on The Lodge, Edgewood completed several environmental improvement projects including treating and removing 500,000 pounds of sediment per year from Lake Tahoe. The Lodge is also a LEED silver certified building and uses the 43-degree water from Lake Tahoe to source its cooling system, which eliminates the use of electricity to cool the water and reduces the property’s carbon footprint. Edgewood also donates all partially used soaps and other bottled amenities to the Clean the World organization, which distributes the products across the world to people who need them due to impoverished conditions. edgewoodtahoe.com/sustainability

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is the only hotel in the United States that is entirely heated by on-site geothermal energy. In 2010, the property completed a $9.7 million project to tap into a vast reservoir of natural geothermal activity more than three-quarters of a mile underneath the resort. As a result, geothermal energy heats the property’s two million square feet of hotel, resort and casino operations. Since the completion of the project, the Peppermill has reduced its carbon footprint by 12,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. The property has also invested millions more in other green initiatives including a closed-loop hydronic heating and cooling system that uses outdoor temperatures to cool water rather than energy-intensive chillers. peppermillreno.com

With options like these, it’s easy to find a place to play or stay in Reno or Tahoe and keep it green.

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