By John Singlaub, Executive Director

Column also means thinking blue

There is a fair amount of talk lately about going green in Lake Tahoe. Whether it is a simple retrofit with energy-efficient fixtures and a conversion to solar power or a top-to-bottom “green building” showcase with all the trimmings, property owners in the Tahoe Basin and elsewhere are getting the green message and doing what they can to live in ways that leave a smaller carbon footprint. Improving energy efficiency, using sustainably produced materials and other green building plusses are simply good for the planet. What isn’t simple, however, is the question of how the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency should use incentives to encourage such good deeds, particularly when other facets of green building and its benefits are examined.