Making a Visible Difference in Communities: Nevada
Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas Valley was among the nation’s fastest growing regions in the last 20 years. Growth was mostly uncoordinated and land use patterns became disjointed, creating longer commutes, greater impacts on the environment, and financial burdens on jurisdictions serving new communities well outside city centers.
Through the Southern Nevada Strong collaborative of area cities, the county, local agencies, and the region received a $3.5M HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant in 2011 and sought to implement its resulting vision for a more sustainable southern Nevada.
EPA provided a suite of technical assistance to the metropolitan planning organization and its local government partners to implement the Southern Nevada Strong regional plan, which included transit-oriented development, complete streets, and other sustainability projects
EPA also convened reuse, recycling, and organics experts to assess existing Las Vegas area reuse, food donation, recycling, and anaerobic collection and processing facilities and improve the food recovery rate.