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Apr 22, 2020

During these unprecedented times, we continue our work to build a sustainable community that is environmentally, economically and socially resilient. Here are some sustainability facts and tips:   

  • Since 2016, the city was the first in Nevada to meet 100 percent of its electricity needs from renewable resources, and continues to power its public facilities from forty solar systems and Hoover Dam hydropower, including for our newest green building, Fire Station 3.
  • The city will also soon be wrapping up its 2050 Master Plan, a thirty year vision of future growth, recovery, and development. This plan will be a tool for the City to emerge #VegasStronger. A draft will soon be released for public review and comment on www.masterplan.vegas
  • The city will soon be sending an application to the US Green Building Council to be certified under the LEED for Cities program, which will assess the city on ecology and natural systems, transportation and land use, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resource use, and quality of life.
  • For businesses looking to save money, consider participating in the City’s Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program, a cash-positive financing program for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, similar to a Special Improvement District.
  • There are many simple things you can do to go green, save money, and live sustainably:
    • Nearly a third of southern Nevada’s power comes from renewable resources; the state’s renewable standard was increased to 50 percent by 2030. Participate in NV Energy’s and Southwest Gas energy programs to assess energy use, conserve energy, receive rebates and discounts, and make home or business improvements.
    • Community recycling rates have been improving. Remember to recycle properly with Republic Services of Southern Nevada’s tips on proper recycling of paper, plastic, cardboard, and glass.
    • Water conservation efforts in the Las Vegas Valley have helped the community reduce its water use by almost half over the past two decade , even as the population increased nearly 700,000 residents. Follow Southern Nevada Water Authority’s indoor tips and install water efficient low-flow fixtures. Plant drought tolerant trees, plants, and water efficient landscaping. Also, remember to change your watering clock to the appropriate seasonal watering schedule 
    • Walk and bike on hundreds of miles of trails and bike lanes. Find your map and route with the RTC.

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