The city of Las Vegas has joined more than 100 other local government officials for the Local Climate Leadership Summit this week in Washington D.C. The summit will take place as the House Energy and Commerce Committee considers landmark climate and energy legislation sponsored by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA).
Planning and Development Department Deputy Director Tom Perrigo is attending the summit on behalf of Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, who was recently named one of 12 directors of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability U.S.A. ICLEI, the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, is an international association of local governments and organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. More than 1,075 cities, towns and counties are members of the group.
The summit gives local governments the chance to be represented at the national level as part of an effort to ensure that federal climate and energy policies recognize and support the critical role of local governments in reducing energy consumption, creating new green jobs and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
For the city of Las Vegas sustainability is one of the top initiatives and is defined by city staff as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.
The city of Las Vegas was named the American City of the Year at the World Leadership Awards in 2007 on the strength of its sustainability program as evidenced by the alternative fuels program and Centennial Hills Master-Planned Campus.
The city’s alternative fuels program is recognized worldwide for its innovation. More than 90 percent of the city’s 1,350 vehicles operate on alternative fuels such as hydrogen, compressed natural gas, biodiesel and hybrid technology. In addition, the city is working with Newland Communities to build one of the first LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certified neighborhoods in the world at the 61-acre Union Park development downtown.
The Local Climate Leadership Summit runs through Wednesday, May 20. For more information contact:
Annie Strickler, ICLEI USA, 510-844-0699 x 328, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Grenham, Climate Communities, 202-445-3133, email@example.com