The city of Las Vegas is one of 18 pilot cities to voluntarily account for and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of city operations as part of a joint project by the Carbon Disclosure Project and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability USA.
The report was recently released and shows that the city of Las Vegas and other cities are taking strong action to address the challenges of climate change, including using alternative fuel fleets, constructing green buildings and using clean energy sources. The report can be viewed online at www.cdproject.net and www.icleiusa.org.
“As this report underscores, cities have shown tremendous leadership in identifying and implementing emissions reduction strategies and recognizing the risks of inaction and values of action,” said Michelle Wyman, executive director of ICLEI USA. “They have laid the groundwork for action in their communities, across the country and around the world.”
Mayor Oscar B. Goodman is one of 12 directors of ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, an international association of local governments and organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 1,075 cities, towns and counties are members of the group. The Carbon Disclosure Project is a not-for-profit organization that provides climate change data.
For the city of Las Vegas sustainability is a top initiative and is defined by city staff as 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 the environmentally-friendly Centennial Hills Community Center 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. 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 Symphony Park development downtown.
Earlier this week the city and the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development announced plans for solar carports that will create energy to help power community centers and other city facilities.
For more information regarding the report contact Annie Strickler with ICLEI USA at (510)844-0699 x328 or via e-mail at email@example.com.