The Las Vegas City Council today approved plans to enter into a pilot program with Green Chips, a non-profit organization, to perform energy audits and retrofits for 10 qualifying low income households and The Shade Tree shelter, at no cost to the participants.
A total of $90,000 is available to the city of Las Vegas through the Green Building Special Revenue Fund/Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grant will be used to launch the program.
“Entering into this agreement gives the city of Las Vegas the opportunity to provide the initial funding for this very worthwhile program,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “This $90,000 in seed money will help to ensure the success of the new program and will serve as the catalyst for Green Chips to secure more funding to help even more people implement energy saving improvements. This will be a win-win for the city, for Green Chips, for the environment and for our community.”
Green Chips is a local non-profit corporation whose staff works to combine the resources of public agencies and the private sector, to develop green programs that provide direct, immediate benefits to the community and its citizens.
Under the approved agreement, Green Chips will identify and work with 10 low income homeowners and one non-profit organization – The Shade Tree shelter – and will help them to improve the efficiency of their energy usage and better manage their energy costs.
This new program allots up to $800 per home for residential energy audits and up to $5,500 per home for needed energy retrofits and improvements. Up to $2,000 is allocated for the non-profit organization energy audit, with a maximum of $18,000 available to implement energy retrofits.
Green Chips partnered with Rebuilding Together, another local non-profit organization, to select homeowners for the energy efficiency program. Since 1994, Rebuilding Together has provided free home improvements to qualifying low income participants.
For more information regarding the city’s energy efficiency pilot program residents should contact:
City of Las Vegas
Planning & Development Department
Gary A. Wood, PE
Southern Nevada Water Authority
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 2007, largely due to its leadership in sustainability. Specifically, the city was honored for operating 90 percent of 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.