The city of Las Vegas was honored as a “Key City for CAPPA,” by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability at the Local Action Summit North America held in Albuquerque yesterday. Deputy Director Tom Perrigo, AICP of the city’s Planning & Development Department, accepted the recognition on behalf of the city.
The recognition was based on information the city submitted about ten programs including the Alternative Fuels Program, CELEBRATE program, turf conversions and the Methane Recovery Project at the Water Treatment Facility. The city has been a member of ICLEI since 2007.
ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability will launch its Climate and Air Pollution Planning Assistant tool (CAPPA) this year to assist local government leaders in developing customized plans for reducing climate and local air pollution based on the collective advice of local governments throughout the organization’s network.
The city of Las Vegas has a number of sustainability programs. Sustainability is defined by the city as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. This includes numerous "green" efforts such as constructing new buildings to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, water conservation, recycling and greater energy efficiency, just to name a few.
In fact, Las Vegas was named the American City of the Year by the World Leadership Forum in December, largely due to its leadership in sustainability. Specifically, the city was honored for operating 90 percent the city fleet on alternative fuels and sustainability concepts built into the Centennial Hills master-planned recreational campus. The World Leadership Forum is an international competition among hundreds of cities from around the globe.
The name of the organization was changed to ICLEI – Local Governments from the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives in 2003. It is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 815 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI’s growing membership.
ICLEI provides technical consulting, training, and information services to build capacity, share knowledge, and support local government in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level. Its basic premise is that locally designed initiatives can provide an effective and cost-efficient way to achieve local, national, and global sustainability objectives.