Clark County, Nevada going all-in on sustainable transportation

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Home to the Las Vegas metropolitan area, Clark County, Nevada has put sustainability and resiliency at the forefront of its values through its All-In Clark County initiative.

In 2021, All-In was launched, and Clark County released a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan for its internal County operations. The idea was to lead by example by transforming its day-to-day policies, procedures, and culture to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be better prepared for climate change. That effort is currently in the implementation phase.

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The next phase of All-In is focused on the community. This phase is based on two data-driven reports: a regional Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory and a Climate Vulnerability Assessment. Those two reports, mixed with surveys, outreach events, interviews, workshops and more will lead to the upcoming Community Sustainability and Climate Action Plan that will be released in early 2023.

After a lengthy development process with an advisory group of prominent stakeholders, the Community Plan has been created and targets six key areas: clean and reliable energy, diverse and circular economy, resilient and healthy community, smart buildings and development and connected and equitable mobility.

In preparation for the community-wide plan’s release, Clark County has organized a Transportation Electrification Working Group that is focused on developing and implementing strategies to support transportation electrification in Southern Nevada in an equitable manner. Additionally, Clark County hosted its first Clean Cities Coalition meeting in October 2022 and is producing multiple educational and outreach activities as they work towards an apprenticeship designation into the Coalition.

Clark County’s All-In efforts include guiding principles of transparency and equity; therefore, it envisions a more diverse and inclusive transportation system for the future of Southern Nevada. With transportation representing the second largest source of greenhouse gases in the region, Clark County is taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint by expanding transit services and moving towards zero-emissions vehicles.

This is summed up in the Connected and Equitable Mobility Vision of the Community-Wide Plan: Develop a safe, connected, and accessible transportation system that prioritizes low-carbon mobility, public transportation, and active lifestyles.

Zero-emissions vehicles will be a large component as Clark County moves towards net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This will not simply include personal vehicles of community members, but there are also plans for:

  • Buses for Clark County School District, the fifth-largest school district in the United States
  • Ground support at Harry Reid International Airport, the tenth busiest airport in the world
  • Tourism-supporting fleets for one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world

Preparing for a sustainable future in Southern Nevada will take bold action, and All-In Clark County is the path forward. Learn more about All-In Initiatives at AllinClarkCounty.com and take a minute to watch this video on Clark County’s Community Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.

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