Connect With DRI

Follow DRI on FacebookFollow DRI on TwitterFollow DRI on InstagramWatch DRI videos on YouTubeView DRI photos on Flickr

Media Contact

Justin Broglio
Communications Officer - Northern Nevada

Office: 775.673.7610
Cell: 775.762.8320
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512

Greg Bortolin
Director of Communications & Government Affairs

Las Vegas Office: 702.862.5409
Reno Office: 775.673.7465
755 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119

GREENFest Unites with Festival of Communities to Celebrate Earth Day, Culture, Sustainability and Community at UNLV


LAS VEGAS - Southern Nevada residents can commemorate Earth Day to learn how to live a sustainable lifestyle and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our community at the Festival of Communities and GREENFest Earth Day events at UNLV on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Both events and parking are free and open to the public. 

GreenFest-Flyer-thbLearn more about GREENFest - Download flyer The event will feature more than 150 student and community vendor displays, with live music and dance performances, UNLV campus tours, a farmer’s market, beer garden and cultural food from around the world.  A designated kids’ zone will have crafts and games, bounce houses, balloon art, magic, face painting, inflatable bumper cars and a human fly trap.

The Desert Research Institute’s education program, GreenPower will be also participating in the all day festivities with a section for students to learn about composting, sustainability and reducing their carbon footprint. “We’re really excited to be working with students and showcasing what GreenPower has to offer to the larger Las Vegas community,” said Amelia Gulling, GreenPower Administrator.

Earth Day activities include a Recycled Wear fashion show, natural gas truck experience, solar and eco-car displays, renewable energy exhibits, Republic Services recycling display, CCSD recycling bin art contest and free on-site recycling collections. 

The event will also showcase DesertSol, UNLV's entry into the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon this year.  DesertSol is designed as an ultra-efficient house that celebrates sustainable living in the Mojave Desert using solar as the only fuel source. 

Residents are encouraged to bring down their recyclables and used items for free recycling collections; Shred-It Las Vegas will collect personal documents for shredding, the Blind Center will accept electronics and Republic Services will accept commingled recyclables from your home or office.   New to GREENFest this year is a repurpose collection.  Partners from HELP of Southern Nevada will collect gently used clothing for infants to middle school students and Project 150 LV will collect used clothing, shoes, sports equipment, suits and prom dresses for high school students. 

"We hope those who attend will not only learn about a sustainable lifestyle but also will develop an appreciation and understanding of the cultural diversity and environmental resources that our great community offers," stated Tracy Skenandore of Republic Services/co-founder.

“We are proud to present what has become the largest community Earth Day celebration in Southern Nevada.  Brought to the community by a network of likeminded organizations, businesses and individuals.  GREENFest offers something for everyone,” stated Annette Bubak of Green Alliance/co-founder.  

About Festival of Communities: UNLV’s Festival of communities began in the spring of 2007 as an annual celebration of the rich cultural diversity of UNLV and the Las Vegas valley.  The program has grown from a few dozen booths and 1,000 participants to a community event featuring more than 180 booths and more than 7000 visitors to the UNLV campus.  Learn more at

About GreenFest: GREENFest was founded by Republic Services and the Green Alliance in 2010 with the vision to educate the community on recycling, environmental topics and services available to them to enjoy and live a more sustainable lifestyle.  The mission of the GREENFest Earth Day celebration is to bring together professional organizations, businesses, community leaders, residents and municipalities in one collaborative celebration in honor of national Earth Day. Together we are stronger and more impactful.

About Republic Services: Republic Services, Inc. is an industry leader in the U.S. non-hazardous solid waste industry.  Through its subsidiaries, Republic’s collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers.  Republic and its employees believe in protecting the planet and applying common sense solutions to customers’ waste and recycling challenges. For more information visit and on 

About Green Alliance: The Nevada Energy Star ® Partners – Green Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a statewide coalition in collaboration with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that serves as the hub for local and regional companies, organizations and individuals to connect, access information and share ideas for developing “greener,” more energy conscious and sustainable communities.  Connect. Discover. Thrive.  Visit for more information about organization and joining the GREEN Alliance and on Facebook.

About GreenPower: GreenPower is designed to promote and support the education of Nevada’s preK-12 students about environmental and climate topics by providing schools and educators free professional development, trainings, and workshops as well as grants, scholarships, and curriculum activities that meet state core standards.

For more information, contact:

GreenFest Media Inquiries:                                       Festival of Communities Media Inquiries:
Tracy Skenandore, (702) 217-0414                            Tony Allen, (702) 443 – 3962                 

All DRI news releases are available at

Note to Reporters and Editors: DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, strives to be the world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world.

Atmospheric Sciences (DAS)
Air quality and atmospheric research including meteorology, visibility and pollutant transport.

Western Regional Climate Center
Climate Information and Data Services
Providing jointly developed products, services and capabilities that enhance the delivery of public climate info.

Diversity at DRI
An Inclusive Mission of Research Excellence
Diversity at DRI
Offering a supportive and diverse environment for our students, faculty/staff and visitors.

Land and Life
Earth and Ecosystems Sciences (DEES)
Research into changing landscapes including the soils, plants, animals and humans that affect them.

K-12 Outreach and Education
Supporting Nevada educators in science-based, environmental education with free tools, resources, and training.

Renewable Energy at DRI
Discovering New Energy Production Methods
dri-renewable-energyExpanding renewable energy research throughout Nevada and around the U.S.

Hydrologic Sciences (DHS)
Study of the natural and human factors that influence the availability and quality of water resources.

DRI Nevada Medal Event
2015 Medalist - Dr. Christopher McKay
Proudly honoring outstanding achievement in science and engineering with gala events in Reno and Las Vegas.

Nevada Center of Excellence
Supporting Nevada's Economic Development
Center of ExcellenceCombining NSHE water expertise and IBM’s advanced technologies to grow tomorrow's workforce.