The city of Las Vegas’ leadership in creating a sustainable community is being recognized with the selection of Mayor Oscar B. Goodman as one of 12 directors of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A.
ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, is an international association of local governments and national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 1,075 cities, towns, counties and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's growing membership.
“I’m honored to be a part of this prestigious board that looks at the big picture of how we can become more sustainable,” Mayor Goodman said. “Many know Las Vegas for its world-class entertainment, hotels, restaurants and boutique shopping, but beyond the neon we are a city that embraces alternative fuel vehicles, green buildings and conserving our natural resources.
“I look forward to sharing some of the strides Las Vegas has made in this area and to learning some new ways we can make Las Vegas more sustainable in the future.”
For the city of Las Vegas sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.
The city of Las Vegas was named the American City of the Year at the World Leadership Awards in 2007 on the strength of its sustainability program as evidenced by the alternative fuels program and Centennial Hills Master-Planned Campus.
The city’s alternative fuels program is recognized worldwide for its innovation. More than 90 percent of the city’s 1,350 vehicles operate on alternative fuels such as hydrogen, compressed natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid technology.
The city has also put policies in place so that any new city buildings are constructed to green building standards. In addition, the city is working with Newland Communities to build one of the first LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified neighborhoods in the world at the 61-acre Union Park development downtown.