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City Hall Building Receives Green Nod

City Hall Building Receives Green Nod

 

The new North Las Vegas City Hall building completed in 2012 received LEED Gold Certification for its environmentally friendly design and construction.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized mark of excellence developed by the US Green Building Council. It verifies that a building was designed and built for high performance in human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED Gold certification verifies it is designed to lower operating costs, reduce waste generated during construction, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants, and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Funding Cut for Refrigerator Recycling Programs

Funding Cut for Refrigerator Recycling Programs

 

State officials pulled the plug on some recycling programs in a move they believe will save money.

The refrigerator recycling programs were on the chopping block, but survived with a funding decrease. NV Energy used ratepayer money to give owners of old refrigerators a $50 rebate to recycle their units. NV Energy is still deciding how these cuts will impact refrigerator rebate programs. State officials eliminated subsidy and rebate programs for people buying energy efficient light bulbs.

The Public Utilities Commission says NV Energy must prove these programs are cost-effective and not a waste of ratepayer's money.

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

Pig Farm Asks for Old Jack O'Lanterns

A local farm is asking people not to throw out their old jack o' lanterns but instead recycle them into pig feed.

R.C. Farms is taking in pumpkins to feed to its hogs and cattle. This is the 19th year the farm has taken in jack o’ lanterns. The pumpkins can be dropped at the farm at 555 E. El Campo Grande Avenue, near the corner of Ann Road and North 5th Street.

There will be other drop off points around the valley:

  • 1383 American Pacific Drive, Henderson
  • 0405 S. Eastern Avenue, Henderson
  • 9892 W. Flamingo Road
  • 7335 S. Rainbow Boulevard
  • 6400 SE Centennial Center Dr.

People should look for the large light blue containers with the R.C. Farms logo. Last year, the farm collected 15 tons of pumpkins. Pumpkins will be collected through November 5. 

North Las Vegas Receives Grants for Using Solar Power

North Las Vegas Receives Grants for Using Solar Power

NV Energy is giving the City of North Las Vegas thousands of dollars in grants because of the efforts it made to use solar power in its new city hall.

The utility gave the city more than $149,000 for using solar panels in the building. The money is from the SolarGenerations incentives program which rewards projects that use renewable resources for energy. 

The city also used more than $600,000 in grants from the federal government to buy the solar power panels. The panels will be used to generate about 12.5 percent of the total energy used in the new building. The city expects to save $250,000 a year by using solar power.

The city plans to move into the new city hall in December. The new building will bring all of the city departments under one roof. It also has an expanded city council chambers and is wired to broadcast the council meetings over the internet or on cable television.

Culinary Academy Goes Green

Culinary Academy Goes Green

The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas is going green with a series of changes at the facility.

The training facility will now have a centralized location for recycling, food waste will be turned into compost and produce will be bought from local sources as much as possible. They're also going to use herbs from their own garden. They're also going to cut portions and offer more choices at the on-site restaurant Westside Bistro. The center will also evaluate its electrical and irrigation systems to see if there are ways to better save energy and water. 

“Putting these new efforts into practice could reduce 622,440 pounds of waste per year produced at The Culinary Academy. We believe we can be the example for environmental responsibility for the community,” said CEO Steven Horsford.

NV Energy Highlights Fridge Recycling Program

NV Energy Highlights Fridge Recycling Program

NV Energy showed off its program to recycle old refrigerators at a North Las Vegas plant Thursday.

The program allows people to get rid of old fridges that soak up energy and get a $50 rebate in July and August. NV Energy will pick up the old appliance for free and haul it away. Old fridges can use up to four times the energy that new fridges use so getting rid of them can save you a lot of money.

Under the program old fridges are taken apart and 95 percent is recycled from the foam insulation to the wiring to the tiny light. Fridges that qualify must be in working condition, be at least 10 cubic feet, and the person getting rid of it must own the fridge.

To get NV Energy to pick up your old fridge call 1-877-289-8260 or log onto nvenergy.com