Lake Spirit Awards


2023 Nominations are now open!

2023 Lake Spirit Award Nomination Form – nominations accepted through April 28, 2023.

In 2011, TRPA introduced the Lake Spirit Awards to recognize individuals in our community who show exceptional commitment to protecting Lake Tahoe. Besides nominations for an exemplary citizen of Lake Tahoe, people can also nominate someone in the agency representative/environmental scientist category.

We are looking for nominees who exhibit not only a strong commitment to the Lake Tahoe environment, but also model a spirit of collaboration and cooperation in their efforts. One North Shore and one South Shore winner will be selected for each category. If you know someone who has shown exceptional commitment to protecting Lake Tahoe that you would like to recognize, simply complete the nomination form.

Thank you for sharing in our commitment to restoring Lake Tahoe while creating sustainable communities.

Questions? Contact Victoria Ortiz at or (775) 589-5251.  Thanks for your nomination!

Past Winners

2020 Spirit of TRPA Award Winners – In celebration of TRPA’s 50th anniversary, the agency bestowed “Spirit of TRPA” awards in lieu of Lake Spirit Awards to celebrate individuals by the decades who embody the essence of collaboration in the basin.

2019 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2018 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2017 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2015 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2014 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2013 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2012 Lake Spirit Award Winners

2011 Lake Spirit Award Winners

Best in the Basin Awards

The 2020-2021 Best in the Basin Award winners were announced at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board meeting August 24. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

2020-2021 Best in Basin Awards Slideshow

The projects nominated were completed in 2020 and 2021 and exhibit outstanding planning and execution and lead the way in environmental stewardship in the Lake Tahoe Region. Now in its 30th year, TRPA’s annual Best in the Basin program showcases projects around the lake that demonstrate exceptional planning, implementation, and compatibility with Tahoe’s natural environment and communities. The categories are:

  • Building and general construction projects
  • Water quality, restoration, and erosion control projects
  • Defensible space and forest health projects
  • Public/Environmental Improvement Program projects
  • Sustainability actions and projects

Nominations for the next awards will open next year and will be for projects completed in 2022 and 2023.

Questions? Contact Jeff Cowen at or (775) 589-5278.