County Joins County Climate Coalition
The Clark County Commission approved a resolution to join the County Climate Coalition at Tuesday's regular board meeting. The resolution mandates Clark County—under the direction of the Office of Sustainability—reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and take climate action. The move fulfills the first of several sustainability goals introduced by Commissioner Justin Jones at the Sept. 17 board meeting.
"While climate change is global threat, the responsibility for addressing climate change and making a meaningful impact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must occur at the local level," said Jones. "With that in mind, joining the County Climate Coalition is an important step in continuing our efforts to tackle sustainability issues in Clark County."
By combating climate change through renewable solar energy development, alternative community energy providers, enhanced waste diversion, environmentally friendly vehicles, reduction of water usage and other local solutions, Clark County will continue its efforts to slow the pace of global warming while advancing environmental sustainability, protecting public health and leading innovation.
Next steps for Clark County's Office of Sustainability include hiring a manager, completing a countywide audit of sustainability efforts and adopting a Sustainability/Climate Action Plan.
About the County Climate Coalition
The County Climate Coalition was started in June 2017 by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to encourage other counties to commit to uphold the Paris Agreement. The County joined with The Climate Reality Project, an organization founded by former Vice President Al Gore, to engage other counties to make the same commitment to the Paris Agreement's carbon emissions reduction goals.
About the Office of Sustainability
Established in 2008, the Office of Sustainability is responsible for serving as a liaison to other entities, cultivating funding resources, creating a strategic marketing plan and promoting ongoing County conservation efforts. It focuses on improving quality of life in the community, natural resource conservation, economic vitality and public engagement.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation's 14th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.3 million visitors a year (2018). Included are the nation's 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state's largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.