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MGM Resorts Receives Award for Recycling Programs

MGM Resorts Receives Award for Recycling Programs

MGM Resorts is being honored with a national award for its efforts to recycle food from its Strip properties.

The Environmental Protection Agency honored the gaming company for outstanding achievement in food waste recycling. The company will get the EPA’s 2011 WasteWise Gold Achievement-Food Recovery Award.

Last year, MGM Resorts recycled 8,722 tons of food waste from its Las Vegas hotels. That is 25 percent of all recycled waste from the resorts. When the program first started, the resorts recycled just 3,353 tons of food waste. The resort company works with RC Farms in North Las Vegas, which feeds the food to its 3,000 pigs. The waste is also gathered by A1 Organics, which turns it into compost.

Improvements Coming to Sunset Park

Improvements Coming to Sunset Park

The Clark County commission approved big changes to Sunset Park. 

Crews are set to start construction by mid-summer on 75 of the 375 acres of the park at Sunset Road and Eastern Avenue. The commission awarded the $11.7 million contract to Hardy Construction on Tuesday.

Improvements include a walking loop with exercise stations that will go around the entire lake. The lake will also get new lighting, a pedestrian plaza, a remodeled dock, a new playground and improved picnic areas.

“This is one of Las Vegas’ most popular and heavily used regional parks and this particular face lift is a long time in coming,” said Commission Vice Chair Steve Sisolak, who represents the area where the park is located. “I think our residents are going to be very pleased when the work is complete.”

Natural Gas Fueling Station Coming to McCarran Airport

Natural gas powered cars, buses and shuttles will have a convenient place to fuel up with the opening of a new natural gas station.

The station will open Thursday at McCarran International Airport. Clean Energy Fuels is running the station. It is one of seven the company plans to open in the Las Vegas Valley. Natural gas burns much cleaner than traditional fuels and is more economical.  The company picked our city because we already had infrastructure in place to support natural gas fleets.

The station will be open for personal cars and for cars that are part of a fleet.

 

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.

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.

GREENFest Coming to Town Square

The GREENFest celebration and fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16 in the main park in the heart of Town Square, surrounded by exhibitors with valuable information about services and how to go green.

This event will be a community celebration and fair featuring various vendors, activities and giveaways. Our exhibitors with sustainable products and services will offer educational materials and activities on various areas of becoming a sustainable community. There will be a recycling art display, Farmers Market, free document destruction service, recycling collection center, energy and water conservation information, alternative and efficient transportation opportunities, and much more.  

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.