Granlibakken is proud to host the 1st Tahoe Truckee Green Lodging Event. Granlibakken's owner Ron Parson will be giving a tour of the properties green business practices at Granlibakken during the event. Granlibakken was the first business in Tahoe to become certified green by Sierra Business Council in November of 2019. read more

Rescheduled for September 15th, 2002

LAKE TAHOE, CA & NV – greenUP!, Incline Village General Improvement District, Sierra Business Council, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and Western Nevada College partner to offer a FREE Green Lodging Workshop for small to medium hotels, lodges and the hospitality industry.

While the organizers are targeting small to medium hotels and lodges around the Lake Tahoe region and vicinity, any hospitality establishment or industry professional may attend the event to learn best practices for operating at the highest environmental operational efficiency. Best practices covered in the workshop include energy efficiency, food and waste management, customer engagement, and sustainable transportation.

“Sustainability experts from across the Lake Tahoe Region will be presenting at the Tahoe Truckee Green Lodging Workshop on May 20,” said Donna Walden, President of the greenUP! Board. “The vision is to help businesses preserve Lake Tahoe for future generations.”

As part of the workshop, hotels and lodges are encouraged to join the California or the Nevada Green Business Networks” said Kristin York from the Sierra Small Business Development Center. “This is not a requirement to attend, but will help facilitate easier adoption of actions necessary to become a green establishment.”

“For over 50 years, agencies and organizations in the Lake Tahoe Region have taken actions to enhance our beautiful lake and surrounding regions,” said Devin Middlebrook, sustainability program manager for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “Hotels and the hospitality industry play a large role in making Tahoe more sustainable.”

“Tourists and hotel guests and their destination decisions play a huge part in the sustainability of our region,” said Madonna Dunbar, Resource Conservationist, Incline Village GID and Executive Director of the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association. “Tahoe guests can become environmental stewards and contribute towards making Tahoe a clean destination for this millennium and the next.”

“Western Nevada College hosts the green business program for the state of Nevada,” said Dr. Georgia White, Professional and Applied Technology Division Director. “The hospitality industry is a significant sector in our state. The opportunity to learn from industry leaders and implement best practices will improve the environmental scorecard for our state.”

Space for the workshop is limited. To register, visit:


greenUP! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides environmental education for businesses helping Nevada cut down on waste, reduce valuable resource consumption and fight climate change in an environmentally safe and cost-effective manner. See

The Incline Village General Improvement District, commonly referred to as IVGID, is a quasi- public agency established under Nevada Revised Statute, Chapter 318 and chartered to provide water, sewer, trash and recreation services for the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada. It is governed by an elected Board of Trustees which, acting on behalf of the electorate, sets policy and determines strategies for the accomplishing its charter. Both Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada are located within Washoe County, the entity that had the authority to create IVGID, and they are both unincorporated areas within Washoe County. For more information, visit

The Sierra Business Council pioneers and demonstrates innovative approaches and solutions to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social fairness in the Sierra Nevada. We act as steward leaders of the region, taking responsibility for the care and responsible management of our place, guided by the triple bottom line that considers the economy, environment, and community simultaneously. See

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. See:

Since 1971, Western Nevada College has helped students embark on the road to success by preparing them for a variety of careers through associate and bachelor degrees, industry certifications and workforce training. WNC offers exemplary academics, affordability and student satisfaction. Many Western grads become leaders in their communities and excel in their professions. Through its multiple campuses, resource and learning centers, cohorts and expanding online offerings, Western is able to meet many students’ needs, whether they are residing in remote parts of Nevada or trying to fit in their education while raising a family. For more information, visit:


On this Presidents’ Day Weekend we believe our guests & neighbors can agree that the two new roundabouts, new Truckee River Bridge and free TART bus service have helped reduce traffic congestion in Tahoe City. Less vehicles are idling in traffic, leading to shorter travel times and a reduction of carbon emissions around the lake. 🌲🌲🌲

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The Parson Family has been dedicated to being socially responsible for Granlibakken’s environmental impact in the Tahoe Basin since the family purchased the resort in 1978. Today, green business practices are an integral part of the daily operations of the 74 acre resort located in Tahoe City on the West shore of Lake Tahoe.


Over the years Granlibakken is proud to have hosted hundreds of environmental conferences for groups that continue to stay at the resort and conference center year after year because of the progressive green policies and practices that have been enacted.


On September 5th, 2019 Granlibakken was recognized by Sierra Business Council as the first business in Tahoe to be certified Green. Granlibakken is now a member of the greater California Green Business Network alongside thousands of participating green businesses in California. The Green business certification required completing an extensive checklist evaluating Granlibakken’s energy, solid waste, transportation, wastewater, water, transportation and community policies. Multiple departments worked together to complete the process forming a ‘Green Team’ that now meets monthly.


“Granlibakken completed the certification process much faster than we had expected any of our businesses would. We encourage any business in Tahoe to contact us at Sierra Business Council to get the certification process started”  – Benjamin Maritato, Planning Technician at Sierra Business Council


Recently, it was announced by Gov. Newsom that The State of California would ban small single use plastic bottles in all hotels by December 2023. In the summer of 2019 Granlibakken completed the process of switching all soap and lotion plastic bottles into refillable glass bottles and all our bathrooms now feature large refillable bottles for shampoo, conditioner and body wash.


Granlibakken has also committed to reducing single use plastic products in all aspects of daily operations. Our resort and conference center serves over 500,000 cups of coffee a year to our hotel and conference guests. The green-libakken guest experience begins by offering reusable coffee cups at all coffee stations in dining areas. This “small” change has lead to the dramatic reduction of the number of single use coffee cups that need to be purchased for guests throughout the year and saving the company thousands of dollars a year in supplies.


Granlibakken has also added a new water bottle refill station in the hotel lobby through a grant provided by The Tahoe Fund encouraging the use of local Tahoe tap water to guests upon arriving instead of buying a case of single use water bottles from Savemart or Safeway in Tahoe City.


“I believe Tahoe City and Truckee have the potential to become the greenest zip codes in the country. People choose to vacation in Tahoe because of the endless amount of outdoor recreations available, clean air and clean water. I believe that we should do all we can to preserve Tahoe for future generations to enjoy. We try to educate our guests on how they can be more environmentally responsible through the example we set at Granlibakken the moment they arrive.” – Ron Parson, Owner Granlibakken Management Company


Granlibakken is looking forward to hosting a Green Business conference in the Spring of 2020 in partnership with Sierra Business Council to share and educate the local hotel industry about the green business practices which is ingrained in each department from our kitchen’s green purchasing plan, to our maintenance team’s forest & water management program to the cleaning products used in each room.


Granlibakken would like to encourage all Tahoe businesses to begin the green certification process by visiting


Granlibakken’s Green Business Report


These environmental benefits are calculated from certain quantitative measures that Granlibakken completed when filling out the checklist. The column titled Per Year savings show the environmental outcomes each year that the measures are implemented and the column titled Since Recognition shows the total environmental outcomes since your recognition on Sept 5, 2019.


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There aren’t enough to block out the sun, but social media posts out of the Lake Tahoe area show enough swarming butterflies to get just about anyone who encounters them to pull over and start taking pictures. While some think the butterflies are migrating monarchs — which have been declining at an alarming rate in California — the Reno Gazette-Journal identifies them as California tortoiseshell butterflies that are visiting the Sierra in search of the remnant of our winter snowpack. The butterflies are known to frequent beaches and puddles in search of salt from the soil, according to the newspaper. The bugs can be identified by their orange and red wings, and social media posts show them swarming in a few locations around the region.

Will Richardson, executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, told the paper that while migrations of the tortoiseshell butterflies through the region have occurred frequently, even predating humans, this year’s crop is “exceptional.”

Read more in the San Francisco Chronicle Massive butterfly swarms becoming the talk of Tahoe”


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"Granlibakken Tahoe is a historic, family-owned and operated resort located just outside Tahoe City. Situated on a private, 74 acre wooded valley, just one mile from Tahoe City and the shores of Lake Tahoe, Granlibakken is easily accessible year-round and breathtaking in all four seasons. First used in 1922 as a winter sports grounds for the Tahoe Tavern, Granlibakken has truly been in the business of making Lake Tahoe memories for generations.

Lodging here ranges from rustic themed rooms to townhouses for larger groups. Onsite, guests can enjoy a ski and sled hill, yoga, cycling, and the TreeTop Adventure Park, one of the most unique ropes courses you will ever experience!"

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Unhustle® Retreat Burnout to Peace Out In partnership with our astrology friends, Sandy and Alex from Intention Beads.

Located at Granlibakken Tahoe on Sept 19th - 22nd

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Focused on people who need to take time to learn astrology, unhustle, connect with what's important, recharge, and experience life in the moment while taking time for themselves. Get out of your to do list and into your being and higher self.

Welcome in the Autumn Equinox together as we unplug, unwind, and unhustle. Learn the basics of Astrology in a personalized, easy to understand way. Become more familiar with your own astrological chart with an emphasis on Mercury- our communication methods. Learn to live life Unhustled, starting with your morning.

By the end of the retreat, you will have the tools and techniques to continue your wellbeing journey and live with more clarity, joy, freedom, energy, and intention every day. Take home an easy set of mindful movement techniques, meditation and breathing practices for centering, reducing stress, increasing your energy levels and healing your mind and body. Learn to appreciate the healing powers of Nature and cold therapy. Get familiar with biohacking and digital wellbeing.

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Meet The Instructors

Milena Regos

Milena is the co-founder of Unhustle®, a Certified Human Potential Coach and Bulletproof Biohacker. An award-winning digital marketer and entrepreneur, she understands entrepreneur's challenges first hand. She loves to spend time with her husband and her dog Taz, unhustling. She has thousands of hours doing yoga, QiGong, mindfulness under the instruction of Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Erin Woo, cold therapy with Wim Hof, meditation with Light Watkins, and biohacking with Dave Asprey.

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Sandy Rueve

A Spirited Creator. Having studied astrology for nearly two decades and widely known as the Optimistic Astrologer, Sandy Rueve hand creates clay beads with precise astrological timing to take on the energies available. Sandy blends art, astrology, and alchemy to help her clients reach their desires thru mindfulness and talismans.

Alexandra Rueve

A Calming Force. At a very young age, Alex began teaching meditation and mindfulness with noteworthy Gurus like Dr. Joe Dispenza, Wright Institute, and, of course, her mother & business partner, Sandy Rueve. Alex has facilitated retreats around the world dedicated to helping bring light, calmness, and clarity to those who are in search.

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Not long after, she moved to San Francisco to be with him; later, he got down on one knee at the top of KT-22 chair lift at Squaw Valley.

Tahoe would prove to also be the perfect wedding venue for the pair; Richard had grown up coming here, and the place would offer plenty of activities for the couple's out-of-town guests. They chose Granlibakken Resort as home base.

"Granlibakken had the accommodations we were hoping for, a low-key vibe, and a lot of natural beauty," Whitney says.

With the surrounding forest lending all the fairytale feels, all it took was a small bit of rustic decor with some "boho vibes" to set the perfect scene. A few somethings-blue were inspired by the bride's home state—"I am from Alaska and our state flower is the Forget-Me-Not"—and terrariums bursting with blooms topped the tables at the reception. Richard, who dabbles in calligraphy, wrote the escort cards, while his longtime friend officiated.

Read more: Wedding Inspiration: A Wooded Fairytale at Lake Tahoe's Granlibakken Resort [7X7 San Francisco]

"Like many families in Marin, it's something of a tradition for us to spend some time in the Lake Tahoe area on an active summer vacation. One of the activities that my kids always love to do is to challenge themselves and have a blast on one of the aerial adventure ropes courses operated by Tahoe Treetop Adventures. We've had the opportunity to try out all three of the courses that they run—at Granlibakken, Squaw Valley, and North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, and each offers its own unique setting and set of challenges. For us, it's a must-do interactive activity on a Tahoe getaway!"

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"Participants can be 5 years old and up, and of course grownups are welcome to tackle the aerial courses, too. (You're welcome to stay on the ground and watch, too—it's up to you.) Younger kids have a limited number of runs they're allowed to access, while those above 49 inches can usually access all the courses. Expect a session to run about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Of the three parks, our favorite is the one at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City, due to its challenging combination of courses and lovely setting in the woods. The Tahoe Vista park is similar, with slightly fewer courses. The one at Squaw Valley is the smallest of the three, and slightly less expensive than the other two. We highly recommend any of the three, as the kids had a great time at each one."

Challenge Yourself on a Treetop Adventure in Tahoe [Marin Mommies]