Employees saving more than $1.4 million in utility bills over the last year, freeing up funds for more city services
Excess. Waste. Extravagance. Many around the world have labeled Las Vegas as the most wasteful, least sustainable city on the planet.
The real story, the story that is helped being written by city of Las Vegas employees, is that Las Vegas is rapidly becoming one of the most sustainable cities in the world.
The city of Las Vegas has a number of programs that focus on conserving water and energy, recycling, and building homes and city facilities to standards that have the least impact on the environment.
For example, over the last year, the city has saved more than $1.4 million in utility bills. This has been accomplished by city employees saving energy, conserving water, and recycling at city facilities.
Some of the city’s other accomplishments include:
- The addition of 32,000 energy efficient LED streetlights since 2008, and installing solar panels at 28 city facilities, resulting in 30 percent less energy use than five years ago.
- The opening of a solar power plant later this year, the first in the western United States for a municipality.
- Seven buildings constructed to international standards of green development and environmental design.
- Recycling at city parks and facilities.
- Treating water used indoors and returning it to the Colorado River, converting sports fields to artificial turf, and making other water conservation efforts that have led to water use declining by 36 billion gallons the last 10 years while adding 400,000 people to our city.
Ours is not a story of excess and waste, but an emerging story of efficiency and sustainability. These efforts are critical for our present and future economy, the environment and our community.
This is just one of the many ways your city works for you! Read more about the city’s efforts relating to sustainability in the semi-annual report, and visit the city’s website for ways you can get involved!