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Clark County Government Embarks On Ambitious Climate-Change Plan

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Clark County — by far the largest municipal government in Nevada — is all in on fighting climate change.

Earlier this month the county commission approved an ambitious plan to reduce county government’s greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.

Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones told State of Nevada that climate change is an urgent challenge with real-world consequences that need to be addressed now.

"The real guiding principles for the Clark County climate action plan are clean and reliable energy, making sure our county operations are resilient (in the face of climate change),  reducing waste, and making sure that we have sustainable transportation," Jones said. "The hard part now is making sure we put those goals into effect."

Early efforts of the All-In Clark County initiative include reducing county government’s energy consumption and promoting carpooling among its 10,000 employees.

 

Justin Jones, Clark County commissioner; Marci Henson, director, Clark County Department of Environment and Sustainability; Verna Mandez, deputy director, Nevada Conservation League; Ainslee Archibald, hub coordinator, Sunrise Movement Las Vegas. 

 

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Zachary Green is the Coordinating Producer and a Reporter for KNPR's State of Nevada Program. He reports on Clark County, minority affairs, health, real estate, business, and gardening. You'll occasionally hear Zachary Green reporting and fill-in hosting on the State of Nevada program.