Las Vegas is GREEN. Amazing but true.
I lived in Las Vegas for five years and never heard a word about sustainability in the 1990’s. However, I was always impressed and inspired with the innovative business practices of my employer, the Wynn properties (including Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island and Golden Nuggets). I often wonder, if I still lived in Vegas, whether I’d be working for Zappos.com. Either way, it’s wonderful to know that even sin-city who thrives in lights, action and over-consumption is taking steps to ‘do good and do well.”
I am inspired to share this article I read this morning from Smart Planet, “Verde Las Vegas?” by Mary Catherine O’Connor. Ironically, I’m now in Las Vega$. Apropos. as we’ll be visiting the revamped downtown today.
Progress in Las Vegas
The following stats were excerpted from this inspiring Smart Planet article:
– Reduced its energy consumption by 22 percent since 2010.
– 8 percent of electricity comes from solar panels with plans to gain another 13 percent of energy from solar.
– Local government is prioritizing walkable communities.
– Waste oil from kitchens serving the nearly 40 million annual visitors is collected and used to help power city busses, running on biodiesel.
– Caesars has reduced its landfill contribution by 25 percent by managing their own recycling facilities.
– Water consumption has reduced about 40 percent since 1989, despite the city’s significant growth.
Looking forward to seeing more
Kudos to Las Vegas. Hoping they will inspire more cities to make positive changes for our future and prosperity for all.REGISTER FOR NEWSLETTER Read More »
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Girl Scouts: Asking for removal of GMO’s and High Fructose Corn Syrup from ALL Girl Scout Cookies
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This time, next year, we could have healthier choices of Girl Scout Cookies. Let’s inspire Girl Scouts to change the ingredients for a better, safer, and healthier world.
8 year old explains why she’d like Girl Scout Cookies to change their ingredients. Enjoy short video
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Last month, I received a lovely gift in my monthly shipment of safe and healthy personal care and home cleaning supplies from The Honest Company. I received a small tree to plant. What could be more perfect than a tree? This is my thank you note for your thoughtful and generous gift.
My first exposure to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation wasn’t random but was a pleasant, heartwarming and serendipitous surprise. My involvement in social and environmental justice education basically planted me in this tranquil San Diego downtown cafe and bookstore called EcoVerse: Jing Si Books & Cafe. Upon entering, I felt a calming effect. Perhaps, it was the warm smiles? The beautiful artwork? The zen decor? The smell of freshly brewed tea? The soft music? Whatever the reason, I felt at home.
My original intention was to use their knowledgable staff and inspirational learning space for an upcoming “Zero-Waste Living-Party” to promote the sustainable lifestyle in our community. Then, in the future, I had hoped to plan other educational events there. I had no idea what else this experience had in store for me.
Pure. Authentic. Inspiration.
What inspired me
"Tzu Chi’s core values in disaster relief included a deep respect for the environment and an emphasis on personal connections."