Media Release

 

Wednesday, August 02, 2006
For Immediate Release
Communications

Contact: Diana Paul
Telephone: 229-6501

 

City Council Adopts Resolution Calling For Reduction In Global Warming Pollution
City Will Continue To Expand Programs To Reduce Harmful Emissions

 

During today’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, the council joined with cities across the nation in supporting a resolution that calls for the reduction of pollution that can cause global warming. The city also vowed to continue and expand programs to reduce global warming pollution such as the use of alternative fuel vehicles, the development of parks, trails and open space, the construction of LEED certified public buildings and the development of private “green” building incentive programs, and the continued development and promotion of mass transit opportunities to our citizens and guests.

The resolution on climate protection is consistent with an agreement previously passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors calling for cities, communities and the federal government to take actions to reduce global warming pollution.

The resolution highlights the actions currently undertaken by the city of Las Vegas to reduce global warming pollution including:

  • The city of Las Vegas has identified as a strategic priority to create, integrate, and manage orderly and sustainable development and growth of our community.
  • The city of Las Vegas is a leader in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the use of alternative fuel vehicles, with 87 percent of the city’s non-emergency fleet running on alternative fuels and comprising a significant portion of the 7,000 alternative fuel vehicles operating in Southern Nevada.
  • The city of Las Vegas provides incentives and subsidies to employees who commute by mass transit, van pool or car pool, and increased employee enrollment in the Club Ride Program in May of 2006 by 18 percent, and is recognized by the EPA as one of America’s “Best Workplaces for Commuters.”
  • All new public facilities to be built by the city of Las Vegas will be built to meet or exceed the standards of the United States Green Building Council LEED-Silver rating scale requirements.
  • The city of Las Vegas actively promotes the development of mass transit options throughout the city and the Southern Nevada region including light rail, monorail, Bus Rapid Transit and a Super Speed Train connecting Las Vegas with Primm, Nevada and ultimately with Barstow and Anaheim, California.
  • The city of Las Vegas actively promotes the creation and maintenance of open space through the implementation of the Conservation, Parks and Recreational Trails Elements of the Las Vegas Master Plan 2020.
  • The city of Las Vegas actively promotes the planting of trees and for 13 years has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

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