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Clark County Approves Climate Action Plan

Lake Mead/ National Park Service
Lake Mead/National Park Service

Clark County is going All-In on its response to the impacts of climate change. At its regular meeting today, the Clark County Board of Commissioners approved the Clark County Sustainability and Climate Action Plan under the new initiative: All-In Clark County. With this newly adopted plan, the County aims to promote sustainable practices and climate action in its operations so it can continue to thrive in the face of climate change.

“The impacts of climate change are very real and they are upon us,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick, Commission chair. “As a county set in the Mojave Desert, we know what’s at stake with our water and energy supply and intensifying heat island impacts. This plan recognizes those unique challenges.”

The Sustainability and Climate Action Plan objectives include:

·         Promote sustainable practices and climate action within County operations.

·         Develop and implement codes, policies and procedures that improve the resilience of County operations.

·         Improve the County’s ability to serve the community while serving as a model for sustainable action in the region.

To accomplish these goals, the plan focuses on five key areas of operations:

1.    Clean, reliable energy.

2.    Resiliency.

3.    Smart waste management and reduction.

4.    Sustainable transportation.

5.    Water conservation and protection.

“Sustainability isn’t just clean air and water,” said Commissioner Justin Jones. “It’s about lowering energy costs, providing affordable housing, creating good-paying jobs and building a thriving, diverse economy and a vibrant, livable community for generations to come.”

The Department of Environment and Sustainability, which developed All-In Clark County through collaboration with multiple County departments, regional partners and consultants, will administer the plan.

The next steps for the All-In Clark County initiative are to develop a County operations implementation strategy, followed by a community-wide sustainability and climate action plan.

“We are a large, metropolitan region surrounded by a delicate ecosystem,” said Commissioner James Gibson. “It’s crucial we develop innovative solutions that preserve our resources, support responsible access to surrounding public lands and open our economy to new jobs and new industries that will propel Clark County forward. All-In Clark County is our roadmap to a sustainable future.”