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.
To promote sustainable practices within Clark County’s operations and throughout the community. To accomplish this, the Office will focus on improving quality of life in the community, natural resource conservation, economic vitality, and public engagement.
The Office of Sustainability was created to address a sustainable framework to further the objectives of the eco-initiative. The office is responsible for serving as a liaison to other entities, cultivating funding resources, creating a strategic marketing plan, development of external website, and promoting ongoing County conservation efforts.
Clark County has always been committed to conserving our natural resources in Southern Nevada. For the last decade, the Board of County Commissioners has looked for ways to do its part to save the environment and spread that message to residents. The timeline below illustrates just some of the steps the County has taken to create a more sustainable community.
- APRIL 2001 – County Commissioners adopted the Clark County Energy Management Strategy Plan to conserve energy throughout County facilities, heighten public awareness, promote alternative and renewable sources of energy, and develop a long term energy management plan;
- AUGUST 2003 – County Commissioners adopted the Clark County Energy Management Policy, affirming the Board’s commitment to minimizing the County’s energy consumption while providing a comfortable environment.
- DECEMBER 2007 – County Commissioners adopted the Energy Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The element provides for work programs and policies to promote the use of renewable and sustainable energy. The goal of the Element is to help Clark County, in partnership with the Southern Nevada utilities providers, meet the current and future energy needs of its citizens in an efficient and sustainable manner.
- DECEMBER 2007 – County Commissioners adopted the Eco-County Initiative, which recommended, among others, to continue reducing energy purchases at the County, establish working groups to achieve sustainable goals, construction of solar demonstration projects and requested to study the impact of county facilities on the environment. It also recommended for an inventory of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions for the entire County and development of a regional plan that establishes GHG reduction.
- OCTOBER 2008 – County Commissioners accepted the recommendations of the sustainability working groups that addressed the seven areas of sustainability with short, medium, and long term goals to attain a sustainable community.
- JUNE 2009 - The Office of Sustainability was created at the direction of the County Commission as an early step to assist in the coordination of sustainability efforts countywide.
- AUGUST 2011 - The Office of Sustainability became a division under the Comprehensive Planning Department.
- MAY 2012 – To date, the County achieved a 27% reduction in energy consumption within its facilities and has saved $17 million in utility bill expenditures.