The city of Las Vegas will offer four events in honor of Earth Day April 22, and will participate in several more community events that celebrate the city’s sustainability initiative and the goals of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day — preserving and improving our environment.
Bring the family to learn about the importance of preserving and improving our environment by recycling, reusing and reducing at Earth Fair 2010 on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held at three Wal-Mart locations:
- Cheyenne Avenue at North Rainbow Boulevard
- Charleston Boulevard at Decatur Boulevard
- I-215 at South Rainbow Boulevard
Presented by the city of Las Vegas in partnership with Wal-Mart, Beasley Broadcasting Group and other community partners, the fair offers free admission at all locations. Each site will have a shredding truck, Goodwill donation sites and other green opportunities. Call 229-3516 for details.
Everyone is invited to enjoy the music of accomplished flute player/maker Tim Blueflint of the Bad River Chippewa and Comanche Native-American tribes on Friday, April 23, at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center. Raised in the traditional manner of his people, Blueflint is an educator whose concert will surround the audience with the sounds of nature in a musical celebration of Earth Day. Tickets to the 7 p.m. concert are priced at $5 per person, and are free for children 12 years and younger. Call (702) 229-1515 for tickets and information.
Residents age 50 and older are invited to enjoy the Earth Day Celebration & Picnic on Thursday, April 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, located at 250 N. Eastern Ave. Participants will enjoy a cookout and entertainment. The cost is $4 per person. Advance registration is required. Call (702) 229-1515 for information and reservations.
Youth ages 4 to 10 are invited to enjoy an Earth Day workshop on April 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Clark Community School, located at 3074 Arville St. The cost is $2 per child. Advance registration is required by April 16. Call (702) 229-3686 for information and registration.
Members of the city’s Environmental Compliance Section of the Public Works Department will participate in Mandalay Bay’s free Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to be held in the hallway in front of the Shark Reef Aquarium. City staff will answer questions and educate the public on water-quality issues, particularly what happens to waste discharged into the sanitary sewer and waste sent through the storm drains. Wastewater discharged into the sanitary sewer is treated at the city’s Water Pollution Control Facility, which ultimately discharges highly treated effluent to the Las Vegas Wash and Lake Mead. Storm drain discharges flow untreated directly into Lake Mead.
City staff will offer information on the city’s Green Building Program, Green Chips energy audits, Home Free Nevada program and other sustainable living programs for conservation, recycling, reusing and reducing consumption at the What On Earth Day event at the Springs Preserve April 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Regular prices apply for access to museums and galleries.
Staff also will offer educational information to students during the Earth Day fair at a booth on the mall outside at UNLV April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 LEED standards, water conservation, recycling, 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 the 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.
For more information on city of Las Vegas sustainability programs, call (702) 229-2397 or go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/sustaininglasvegas/.