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One Drop Teaches the Importance of Conserving Water

'Saving even just one drop of water can go a long way' was the message for dozens of young people Thursday at a pep rally at Springs Preserve.

One Drop is a non-profit organization created by the founder of Cirque du Soleil. The group brought in Olympic athletes and UFC hall of famer Forrest Griffin to talk about the importance of conserving water in southern Nevada.

"We need them to be the difference and to lead the way and I think children also have opportunities to influence their parents it works that way as well," CEO of One Drop Catherine Bachand

One Drop works to improve access to clean water and sanitation projects in developing countries.

Friday night the group is holding a special performance of Michael Jackson's "One" Cirque du Soleil show at Mandalay Bay to benefit the non-profit.  

Award-Winning Solar-Powered Home on Display at Springs Preserve

Award-Winning Solar-Powered Home on Display at Springs Preserve

Starting Saturday, visitors to the Springs Preserve will get a chance to see UNLV's award-winning solar-powered home.

DesertSol was part of a worldwide competition by the Department of Energy. It uses the latest technology to create a house based around energy savings and sustainable living.

The 754-square foot home is responsive to the climate of the harsh Mojave Desert. The project was honored in eight categories at the competition was held last year.

It took a team of 60 students more than two years to design and build.

The exhibit will be permanent addition to the Springs Preserve. Several local home builders and construction companies helped move the model home to its spot at the preserve's botanical gardens.

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling Program Returns

Holiday Cooking Oil Recycling Program Returns

As most everyone gets ready to cook a big feast for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Clark County Water Reclamation District has announced the return of its holiday cooking oil recycling program.

The water district is partnering with the Springs Preserve to collect used oil and keep it out of the drain. The idea is to reduce the amount of sewer blockages caused by fat, oil, grease and grit dumped down the drain.

Once the oil is turned in, it is recycled  into biofuel for trucks, buses and vehicles.

The Springs Preserve will collect grease and oil from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 through Monday, Dec. 2 and Thursday, Dec. 26 through Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.

The collection site will be in the south ticketing parking lot. The cooking oil should be poured back into the original container and sealed before being brought to the Springs Preserve.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest


Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

Last Week to Recycle Used Cooking Oil at Springs Preserve

Last Week to Recycle Used Cooking Oil at Springs Preserve

It is the last week to take used cooking oil to the Springs Preserve for the Clark County Water Reclamation District's Don't be a Pain in the Drain campaign.

The goal is to keep fat, oil, grease and grit out of the drains because it collects in sewers creating blockages.

To drop off cooking oil, go to the south ticketing parking lot between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Tuesday, January 15. The oil should be poured back into the original container and sealed.

Small amounts of grease or oil can be put into a can and disposed of in the garbage.  

More than 1,400 gallons of used oil was collected and recycled last year. The cooking oil is turned into biofuel. 

Parking Spaces Become Park Spaces Downtown

Parking Spaces Become Park Spaces Downtown


Parking spaces downtown turned into public parks Friday for International PARK(ing) Day.

The effort was spearheaded by Nevada landscape architects and the urban design gallery called COLABlv. They teamed up to create the spaces. Designers, artists and citizens took 9-foot-by-18-foot spaces and changed them into mini parks with sod, benches, trees and in one case, a putting green.

The purpose of the project is to start a conversation about green space in our country’s urban areas. It is also highlight the need for more open spaces, trees, and grass downtown.

Park(ing) day was also the kick-off for the Downtown Backyard Project. The project is looking for input on designing and building a green corridor in the 18b Arts District downtown. COLABlv and the Nevada Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects are working together on the backyard project.

Recycling Program Launched Downtown

Recycling Program Launched Downtown


A new recycling program is being launched downtown. The city of Las Vegas will be setting up 150 recycling bins around the area.

The bins will allow people to separate trash, and it will give the city a new way to make money from recycling.

"This will allow our pedestrians and our transit riders to deposit trash separately from their recyclables to keep our city streets and our area beautiful and clean. And keep the public space an active and beautiful environment," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.

The bins are made from the same type of materials used for playground equipment and are expected to last a long time.