April 2007 

In The Neighborhood

Environmental Efforts At The City Continue

Over the past several years, the city of Las Vegas has proven to be a leader in environmental efforts with its use of alternative fuel, green building initiatives  and the preservation of open space. With the 38th anniversary of Earth Day just weeks away, it provides a good opportunity to look at some of the exciting environmental efforts taking place in the city.

Tree City USA Designation
Later this month, the city will again be recognized as a Tree City USA at its annual Arbor Day Event. Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Councilman Larry Brown will plant a tree on Friday, April 27, at Garehime Heights Park, located at 3901 N. Campbell Road, Nearly 500 students from the neighboring school will help plant the new tree.

The tree planting is part of the Tree City U.S.A. program. The city has been designated as a Tree City U.S.A. for fifteen years in recognition of its program to care for community trees and for promoting the planting of water-efficient trees.

New Hydrogen Buses
The city recently approved an agreement to lease two hydrogen engine buses, which will be used twice a week to provide express service to the downtown outlet mall. The buses are among only 12 in North America and 30 in the world.

The $250,000 cost of the lease will be reimbursed by a federal grant. The two buses will supplement the city’s fleet of which 87% use alternative fuels. The city has been recognized nationally for its use of alternative fuels.

Earth Day
On Sunday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., residents are invited to attend Earthfaire, Summerlin’s third annual Earth Day Festival. The event will take place at Summerlin Centre Community Park, located at 1800 Town Center Drive (between Charleston Boulevard and Sahara Avenue). Earthfaire features more than 60 organizations offering interactive displays and exhibits. The city of Las Vegas will also have a display at the event. There will also be children’s activities that show fun, simple ways to conserve that can make a big impact on our planet.

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