Nevada Conservation League Announces Environmental Leaders Being Honored at Annual Home Means Nevada Awards Dinner

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Today, the Nevada Conservation League proudly announced the winners for the annual Home Means Nevada Awards Dinner. The yearly fundraising gala celebrates legislative progress for our environment and recognizes exceptional community leaders who worked to better protect our climate, air, water, land, and health.

The three award categories are the Harry Reid Lifetime Achievement Award, Green Guardian Award, and Green Business of the Year Award. Information about the awards can be found here

The Harry Reid Lifetime Achievement Award prestigiously honors individuals with an unwavering dedication to protecting, maintaining, and improving Nevada’s unique environment. This award recognizes an exemplary individual in Nevada’s conservation community who promotes all forms of environmental advocacy and will be posthumously awarded to former tribal chairman and water rights champion Norm Harry. Harry was born and raised on Kooyooe Pa’a, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. It was on Pyramid Lake where Harry found a passion for fishing and appreciation for the lake. In the 1990s, he learned about a water battle that diverted water from the lake, causing damage to the native cui-ui fish population, sacred to the Paiute. Harry became a voice for the lake, working with Indigenous and rural communities to protect rights to their precious water and natural resources. He later became chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and was instrumental in negotiating the Truckee River Operating Agreement to designate Truckee River waters to the tribe. Norm Harry passed in August 2020 and is remembered throughout Nevada and the nation as a leader in environmental justice. 

The Green Guardian Award recognizes those dedicated to increasing access to a healthier and cleaner environment for Nevadans. This award will be presented to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ Solar Decathlon Team for their strides in renewable energy. Earlier this year, the team took first in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition which challenges collegiate teams around the globe to design and build full-size, solar-powered houses that combine market potential and design excellence with smart energy production and maximum efficiency. The team’s entry — Mojave bloom — was designed as a place of healing and respite for military veterans suffering adverse effects of wartime trauma, a unique and innovative approach in the sustainable home building arena. The team’s representation of Nevada has pushed all of us forward in utilizing renewable resources to meet our energy needs. 

This year’s Green Business of the Year Award will be given to MACOMA Environmental Technologies, a Las Vegas-based specialty photocatalytic film manufacturer partner/distributor of high-quality environmentally safe, titanium dioxide photocatalytic nanotechnology systems for ceilings, walls, roof, and building facades. Part of MACOMA’s mission is the building of green cities, homes, and farms by the immediate removal of toxic particles and greenhouse gasses from the air. Through simple and economic but highly effective photocatalytic nano-technologies, MACOMA hopes to aid in reducing greenhouse gasses, protecting human health, and fighting the climate crisis. Ezekiel and Olga Martin, the co-founders of MACOMA, possess a dedication to the elimination of all fossil-fuel emissions and toxic materials and are deserving of this year’s Green Business of the Year Award. 

The award winners will join Senator Cortez Masto and other conservation leaders taking the stage at the Home Means Nevada 2021 Awards Dinner. More details and announcements about the event can be found here

EVENT DETAILS:

WHO: Nevada Conservation League, Keynote Speaker U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Norm Harry family, UNLV Solar Decathlon, MACOMA Environmental Technologies

WHAT: 2021 Home Means Nevada Awards Dinner celebrating environmental progress

WHEN: Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM PST 

WHERE: Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Keep Memory Alive Event Center 

888 West Bonneville Avenue

Las Vegas, Nevada 89106