In recognition of Earth Hour, Clark County will power down the lights of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 p.m.
The move is in homage to the goal of reducing the area's carbon footprint by lowering energy consumption. Sponsored by the World Wildlife Federation, Earth Hour has millions of supporters who will turn out their lights for one hour in support of creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. Earth Hour was started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7,000 communities worldwide.
The County is committed to conservation. For instance:
- The County's fleet of 2,837 vehicles is the largest hybrid fleet in Nevada. The fleet also includes bio-diesel, electric, bi-fuel, and no-fuel vehicles.
- The County recycles tires, batteries, and antifreeze from its automotive fleet. In addition, all used oil is sold to a third party for reprocessing.
- Clark County has reduced its automotive fleet by 120 vehicles, which has saved more than $3.5 million in replacement costs.
- Clark County is in the process of converting more than 55,000 street lights and retrofitting other County facilities to energy-saving LED.
- Clark County Public Works replaced 190 intersection lights, providing 60-percent energy savings.
- All new traffic signals are now installed with LED luminaire fixtures.
- All new school crossing flashers have LED technology, and some locations are/will be powered by solar panels.
- At the County Government Center, a 20-space photovoltaic array parking canopy with vehicle charging stations for up to six vehicles was constructed.
- Clark County now has five photovoltaic sites (solar panel locations) that are 30 KW or greater.
- Clark County has replaced 1.4 million square feet of grass, reducing water consumption by 76 million gallons of water annually.