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E-Bikes in Lieu of Cars Downtown for Some City Employees

E-Bikes in Lieu of Cars Downtown for Some City Employees

 

City employees used to using their car for short drives in the downtown area will have a more environmentally friendly option starting next week.

The RTC will provide the city with five electric bikes (E-Bikes) for its employees to use when traveling to downtown destinations in lieu of driving their personal vehicle. In line with the city of Las Vegas’ sustainability initiatives, the city is teaming up with the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada to help reduce congestion, improve air quality and encourage its employees to get active and live healthy.

City of Las Vegas council members and Jacob Snow, RTC general manager, will launch the program with a ride from the RTC Bike Center at the Bonneville Transit Center (BTC) to City Hall on Monday.

City of Las Vegas Looking for Volunteers

City of Las Vegas Looking for Volunteers

The City of Las Vegas is asking for people to volunteer to plant trees in the area of the city known as Berkley Square.

City officials will kick off the event on Saturday May 28 with a ceremonial tree planting at 7:30 a.m. at the corner of 8th Street and Owens Avenue. Organizers will plant 185 trees in the area. The tree planting is part of an effort to create a walkable community in the historic neighborhood. The planting is expected to take several hours and will end with a community barbecue.    

A grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry paid for the trees. Each property along the street will get one 15-gallon tree, while corner lots will get up to three 15-gallon trees. Property owners will be required to water and maintain the trees.

Dry Cleaner Goes Green with New Machine

Dry Cleaner Goes Green with New Machine

Tiffany Couture Cleaners recently was tapped as the only dry cleaner in Southern Nevada to be invited to purchase and operate the SystemK4 machine utilizing SolvonK4 non-toxic, biodegradable solvent. 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Convene For Green” (CFG) Summit March 10th at Springs Preserve

“Convene For Green” (CFG) Summit March 10th at Springs Preserve

Green Chips and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition are hosting the "Convene For Green" summit this Thursday at the Springs Reserve. At the summit, the groups will be launching their new sustainability road map and declaration for southern Nevada. The map represents a year of work and collaboration, and looks at social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The Summit begins at 8am and concludes with Mayor Goodman signing the declaration at 4pm.

Springs Reserve is located at 333 South Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89107