Sustainability and Conservation

Washoe County Chair Hill brought a resolution of support to the Board of County Commissioners for Senator Jacky Rosen’s Truckee Meadows Lands Bill.
  • This bill benefits Washoe County in many ways, including:
    • Balancing sustainable growth and economic development;
    • Protecting and preserving public lands with hundreds of thousands of acres of national conservation areas and special management areas;
    • Supporting our local Tribal communities to expand land held in trust for the
      Reno-Sparks Indian Colony, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, and Washoe Tribe; and
    • Providing local governments with lands for public purposes.
Chair Hill successfully fought for Washoe County to hire a sustainability manager.
  • This important position is tasked with:
    • Developing a county operations reduction plan to reduce Washoe’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2050;
    • Supporting community-wide conversations to reduce GHGs;
    • Launching an urban forestry program;
    • Supporting programs and policies to incentivize and require sustainable development;
    • Creating a climate-resilient Gerlach plan with a recent grant from the Infrastructure Bill and working to secure a second round of funding to implement these recommendations with partners;
    • Creating policies to reduce single-use to-go containers at restaurants and events;
    • Working on “Solar for All” renewable energy initiative to Low Income and Disadvantaged Communities;
    • Expanding green waste and composting programs with Waste Management.
Chair Hill remains a staunch advocate for “keeping Tahoe blue”
  • To this end, she:
    • Created a Clean Tahoe Program that is subsidized by short-term rentals;
    • Supports enhanced public transit to and around Lake Tahoe to reduce vehicle miles traveled as Chair of the Tahoe Transportation District and lead sponsor of the TART Connect microtransit program;
    • Serves as a partner on the Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Program;
    • Supports the Take Care Tahoe billboards with the Tahoe Fund.

Regional Leadership

Chair Hill fought for central coordination for homeless services in the region.
  • Formerly, the region did not have a central coordinator for homeless services. Under Hill’s leadership as the Chair of the Community Homelessness Advisory Board, the County has taken on the Continuum of Care for the Region and now manages the CARES Campus. More than 600 people have been housed in permanent housing since Washoe County took over the CARES Campus in 2022.

Chair Hill supports the technology and regional governing structure needed for coordinated emergency dispatch services.
  • Public safety and regional cooperation have always been central to Hill’s mission as a commissioner. She recognizes that individuals calling 911 don’t care what jurisdiction shows up–they just need help. The current dispatch services for Washoe County, Reno, Sparks, and REMSA are all using different systems that don’t allow for the best deployment of services, which is why she joined with other regional leaders to approve the necessary logistical upgrades for regional dispatch.

    Short-Term Rentals and Affordable Housing in Incline Village

    Chair Hill ran on common sense regulations for short-term rentals (STRs) in unincorporated Washoe County.
    • The county adopted these regulations in 2021, and the number of short-term rentals decreased in the Washoe County communities surrounding Lake Tahoe (aka Washoe Tahoe).

    Chair Hill initiated a housing study for Washoe Tahoe to understand the full scope of the workforce housing needs.
    • The 2021 study recommended that the county enact a cap on STRs while adopting supportive workforce housing policies and programs for Washoe Tahoe. Although Hill was the only commission vote in support of this program, she is working on the Washoe Tahoe Housing Roadmap that was developed after the housing study policies and programs to be enacted by the County.

    Government Accountability

    Chair Hill has been a staunch supporter of free and fair elections in Washoe County.
    • She fought against the ludicrous Election Resolution brought by one of her election-denier coworkers to the Board of County Commissioners.
    • She also has been a supporter of the Registrar of Voters Office receiving more financial support and staffing to become a modern office able to manage elections for the second-largest county in Nevada.

    Chair Hill has a long track record of supporting our library system.
    • During her first year in office, she worked to ensure that libraries were open on the weekends and in the evenings for families. In 2021, library staffing was expanded to support our community with additional hours and resources.
    • Hill supports our library board and selects board members who support intellectual freedom and selecting diverse library materials and programming for all community members to enjoy

    Chair Hill has been a vocal advocate of expanding mental healthcare for Washoe County.
    • She was proud to support Washoe County’s purchase of the closed West Hills Facility for mental healthcare for 90 in-patient juvenile youth, set to open in 2024.

    Chair Hill asked Washoe County staff to create a class for community members to understand the purpose and role that local government, specifically Washoe County operations, plays in the lives of its citizens.
    • Recognizing that public trust and understanding of government has been degraded, Hill believes that the resulting Washoe County Leadership Academy is an important bridge between the public and public servants. The first class contributed to the county by creating a community garden at Rancho San Rafael and art classes and material for youth at Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center, and a second class started in 2023.

    Chair Hill is a strong advocate for equal pay for employees at Washoe County.
    • Through her work, the county approved a study to examine employee salaries throughout the organization to look at both internal and external equity issues. This study found inquisitors with worker pay and also corrected it with the new fiscal year in 2023. Hill believes that the staff are essential to the amazing work being done at the county for our community.

    Chair Hill championed opening additional daycare facilities for foster families and Washoe County employees.
    • As a mother, Hill understands the challenges of working families. She watched the difficulties that working families faced with daycare during the pandemic and continued to face when daycare facilities shut down at an alarming rate in Washoe County. The new facilities will open up spots to more than 200 families in Washoe County.

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