Officials from World Wildlife Fund will join Clark County, Nevada Commissioner Larry Brown, City of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Las Vegas showgirls and the World Wildlife panda will convene at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign to officially kick off the Las Vegas Valley’s participation in Earth Hour—a global event calling for action on climate change – on Tues., March 9 at 11 a.m.
Named a prime showcase city for Earth Hour 2010, Las Vegas will stand in solidarity with cities throughout the world to raise awareness about climate change by getting people to do something quite simple—turn off their lights for one hour on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. PST.
At the press conference in front of the sign, County and City leaders will put the call out to businesses and residents throughout the Valley to join the Strip and off-Strip properties, organizations and government agencies who have agreed to participate in this exciting project.
Parking is available at The Little Church of the West – 4617 Las Vegas Boulevard South. Beginning at 10:15 a.m., a shuttle will transport attendees to and from the site. Television news trucks will have access to bus/taxi zones on site.
The Big Green Bus from Dartmouth College will be rolling into The Springs Preserve on Thursday, July 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. to present a unique “go green” educational opportunity.
Fifteen students from the college are traveling across the United States to teach people about climate changes and how to practice environmental conservation at home and at work.
The Big Green Bus itself has been converted to run on waste vegetable oil, such as leftover french fry grease. The tour of the bus and “green” presentation are free to the public.
For more information, visit www.thebiggreenbus.org
Although reportedly ‘safe and sane’ energy juice drinks are now alternatively swigged in copious amounts nightly by Paris Hilton and her clan to keep them up all night and partying hearty, it’s nice to know that less juice of yet a different type can also be a good thing in the City of Entertainment.
Although many states reported little or no change in energy use during Earth Hour, officials at NV Energy report that energy consumption during the March 28 one-hour event [click on prior Las Vegas Backstage Access articles: 1 2] in the Las Vegas Valley dropped roughly 3 percent below a typical Saturday night.
Although virtually every Las Vegas hotel-casino on the Strip powered down their exterior lights for an hour during that evening, it’s really difficult to accurately determine how much of that power drop might have come from conservation-minded residents turning down or off their lights as the company doesn’t differentiate between power use along the resort corridor and residential consumption.
But saving energy really wasn’t the goal of Earth Hour. Rather, the idea was a call for world action for climate change, letting policymakers know the people mean business on the issue.
Las Vegas means business on climate change initiatives and saving energy costs.