Kevin J MacDonald, Public Information Administrator
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Clark County Goes All-In on Sustainability; Adopts Climate Action Plan
Clark County is going All-In on its response to the impacts of climate change. At its regular meeting today, the Clark County Board of Commissioners approved the Clark County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan under the new initiative: All-In Clark County. With this newly adopted plan, the County aims to promote sustainable practices and climate action in its operations so it can continue to thrive in the face of climate change.
“The impacts of climate change are very real and they are upon us,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Commission chair. “As a county set in the Mojave Desert, we know what’s at stake with our water and energy supply and intensifying heat island impacts. This plan recognizes those unique challenges.”
The Sustainability and Climate Action Plan objectives include:
- Promote sustainable practices and climate action within County operations.
- Develop and implement codes, policies and procedures that improve the resilience of County operations.
- Improve the County’s ability to serve the community while serving as a model for sustainable action in the region.
To accomplish these goals, the plan focuses on five key areas of operations:
- Clean, reliable energy.
- Smart waste management and reduction.
- Sustainable transportation.
- Water conservation and protection.
“Sustainability isn’t just clean air and water,” said Commissioner Justin Jones. “It’s about lowering energy costs, providing affordable housing, creating good-paying jobs and building a thriving, diverse economy and a vibrant, livable community for generations to come.”
The Department of Environment and Sustainability, which developed All-In Clark County through collaboration with multiple County departments, regional partners and consultants, will administer the plan.
The next steps for the All-In Clark County initiative are to develop a County operations implementation strategy, followed by a community-wide sustainability and climate action plan.
“We are a large, metropolitan region surrounded by a delicate ecosystem,” said Commissioner James Gibson. “It’s crucial we develop innovative solutions that preserve our resources, support responsible access to surrounding public lands and open our economy to new jobs and new industries that will propel Clark County forward. All-In Clark County is our roadmap to a sustainable future.”
About the Department of Environment and Sustainability
The Department of Environment and Sustainability is the air pollution control agency, regional Endangered Species Act compliance program, and sustainability office for all of Clark County, Nevada. Established as the Department of Air Quality by the Clark County Commission in 2001, it was renamed in 2020 and is comprised of three divisions: Air Quality, Desert Conservation Program and Office of Sustainability. Through these three divisions, DES is ensuring the air we share meets healthful, regulatory standards, administering the County's Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan and addressing climate change.
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 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.4 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). 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 1.1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.