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Clark County Commits to Energy Use Reduction Plan

Clark County Commits to Energy Use Reduction Plan

 

County officials recently accepted a “challenge” from the Department of Energy to reduce energy consumption by at least 20 percent by 2020.

The “Better Buildings Challenge” of improved energy efficiency, accepted recently by the Clark County Commission, requires the county to develop an energy-savings plan in which it must share data that demonstrates how the county is measuring progress against the 20-percent reduction goal. The county already uses an “energy management information system” for tracking and collecting data needed to document and share progress.

As an example, half of Clark County’s energy bills come from street lighting and traffic operations. 

Art Contest Winners Announced

Art Contest Winners Announced

 

The winners of the annual Earth Day art contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission were announced Friday.

There were two grand prizes awarded. The first went to Yazaret Arredondo and Rebecca Gort of Roy Martin Middle School. The second grand prize went to Crisann Bautista of West Prep School.

A community online vote determined the winners from nearly 100 submissions from nine schools around southern Nevada. The winning artworks will now be featured on the sides of 40-foot RTC transit vehicles for the next year. The theme of the contest was the RTC’s initiative of quicker, cleaner and greener.

“The inspired artwork of these talented students celebrates Earth Day and highlight the various options we have to promote sustainable transportation,”  Tina Quigley, RTC general manager, said.

The runners-up will have their artwork displayed on posters inside some RTC vehicles.  Runners-up included:

Recycle Your Computer at Pre-Earth Day Fair

Recycle Your Computer at Pre-Earth Day Fair

 

Going green can be as easy turning in that old computer to be recycled.

Clark County invites you to get an early start on Earth Day by visiting the Government Center to recycle your old computers, drop off recyclables and learn about improving your home’s energy efficiency.

The county and its community partners are hosting an early Earth Day fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 at the Government Center rotunda in downtown Las Vegas at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. The event is free.

Participants in the fair include:

Greener Fleet Nets National Award for County

Greener Fleet Nets National Award for County

Making its vehicles more environmentally friendly earned Clark County’s Automotive Division national recognition.

The county received an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for eliminating the use of 1,404 pounds of lead wheel weights from its automotive fleet.

Wheel weights are clipped to the rims of automobiles to balance tires. The weights, when made of lead instead of steel, zinc or other more eco-friendly materials, pose a hazard to the environment and human health when they get loose and fall off vehicles. The weights often wind up in sewers and storm drains or in landfills, where they become susceptible to corrosion and cause damage to the environment.

Slithering Creatures Featured in New Show

Slithering Creatures Featured in New Show

The often feared but always fascinating snake will be featured in a new show that starts Friday at the Springs Preserve

The show at the Big Springs Theater will give the audience a good look, from a safe distance, at some of the snakes found around  the southwest. Zoologists will show off snakes like the Western diamondback, Mojave sidewinder, Great Basin rattlesnake and even a Gila monster. The show will also explain how the snakes use venom and when. 

The shows will be daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., through August 14. The show is free for members of the Springs Preserve and with general admission to the attraction. General admission is $9.95 for adults, $4.95 for kids 5 - 17. Children under 5 are free.