Stateline, Nevada – The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 program recognized Lake Tahoe as a global sustainable destination at a tourism trade show in Berlin, Germany this spring.

In its fifth year, the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 program showcases sustainable tourism stories and best practices of local and regional destinations around the world. The goal of the program is to make tourist destinations around the globe more sustainable, responsible, and more attractive from a visitor experience point of view. Being selected as a destination in the Top 100 does not mean it is fully sustainable. It means it is making strides and demonstrating progress.

As part of the 2019 Top 100 awards, officials selected Lake Tahoe as a top destination and as second in the “Best in Nature” category, finishing behind the Dutch Quality Coast Delta in the Netherlands.

Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and one of the clearest large Alpine lakes in the world. Although many of the its watersheds and aquatic habitats were degraded as a result of past human activities, a partnership of federal, state, and local agencies, private interests, scientists, and the Washoe Tribe are collaborating to protect and improve the extraordinary natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“This award highlights the successes of the Environmental Improvement Program and epic collaboration at Lake Tahoe over the last 20 years,” said Joanne Marchetta, executive director for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. “Our commitment to preserving the environment at Lake Tahoe can be a shining example for other destinations around the globe.”

The collective impact of these organizations confirms their commitment to sustainability in all its aspects. Over the past 20 years, partners have worked to treat 74,000 acres of land to reduce fire threats, restore lake clarity and 1,700 acres of wetlands, enhanced fish and wildlife habitat, and added 3,195 feet of public shoreline for recreation at Lake Tahoe.

“As a tourism agency, we continue to reinforce messaging on car-less vacations, educational programs, beach clean-ups and trail building opportunities along with best practices to become stewards of the lake,” said Carol Chaplin, president and CEO of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.”

“Environmental stewardship and tourism sustainability efforts are at the core of our efforts,” said Liz Bowling, communications director of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. “We take every opportunity to educate visitors and locals alike on maintaining the well-being of our majestic Lake Tahoe.”

Green Destinations, a global non-profit, leads the Top 100 program. They head a global partnership of tourist destinations, private companies, and academic institutions to promote sustainable tourism around the globe. Past winners of the Top 100 program include the mountain communities of Vail and Jackson Hole. To see all of the 2019 winners, please visit or

About the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Chris Larson, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278.

About the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Designated the “America’s Best Lake” by USA TODAY readers, Tahoe South combines the distinctive appeal of two worlds: spectacular natural beauty and a modern tourism destination with an array of outdoor recreation, entertainment, nightlife and gaming. Tahoe’s timeless splendor and an emerging economic diversity toward health and wellness, green business practices and sustainability continue to define its inimitable personality. For information about lodging, recreation and family packages at Tahoe South, call 1-800-288-2463 or log onto

About North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber I Resort Association I CVB is celebrating 65 years of supporting small businesses and major resorts, ultimately enhancing the strong and vibrant North Tahoe community. The Resort Association combines Chamber of Commerce and Destination Marketing services to assist local businesses and connect community leaders. Supported by a contract with Placer County and Membership dues, the team is focused on midweek and shoulder season visitation, transportation and housing solutions, and visitor services. The North Tahoe Chamber ultimately provides a collective voice for the local community.