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Growing Vertically in Northern Nevada

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Submitted by dani_225 on Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:16

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“When we looked at the climate in Northern Nevada and realized that much of the school year the students would not be able to use an outdoor garden, we decided that hydroponics would be a better option for schools.” * Kim MacQuarrie, Co-CEO of Green Our Planet
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Green Our Planet and Sananbio U.S. team up to bring hydroponics farming technology to Northern Nevada Schools.

Kim MacQuarrie is the Co-CEO of Las Vegas-based nonprofit Green Our Planet. Founded in 2013, Green Our Planet aims to “increase student academic performance in STEAM subjects as well as to conserve and protect the environment through project-based STEAM education.”

Oscar Delgado Partners with UNR Students for Diversity Push at City Hall

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Submitted by mlaquindanum_355 on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 19:19

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The City of Reno partners with UNR students to educate professionals about recruiting and retaining diverse talent.
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"We are better when we listen to our community." * Oscar Delgado
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Councilman Delgado & UNR students advocate for change in the local community's diversity deficit.

By: Lucas Furrer & Michelle Laquindanum

On March 5, the Diverse Nevada campaign hosted a first of its kind “Recruiting Diverse Voices” summit at Reno City Hall. Speaking at the event was Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado, UNR recruiters Carolina Martinez and Devin Williams, and Diverse Nevada Account Executive Lizbeth Alvarez. Each presentation addressed the importance of promoting racial inclusivity in the workplace through active recruiting and promotion.

Planting Seeds, Growing Life Skills

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 23:54

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"We are definitely learning what works as we go. And the kids have a say. They love flowers, so we are planting flowers in addition to vegetables." * Melissa Gilbert
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Teacher Melissa Gilbert is bringing her passion for gardening to the classroom and things are really starting to bloom.

Melissa Gilbert teaches at Encompass Academy, a charter school in the Washoe County School District. In 2018, she decided to integrate gardening into her class Home Arts, where she also teaches sewing and cooking. She took over a garden project started by the school’s history teacher Edna Meza who started it in the fall of 2017. In a school where 83 percent of the students are considered at-risk, Melissa is not simply offering a fun elective — she’s providing students with relevant life skills they can use today and take with them as they develop into adults. 

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