The Environment

  Employees help to clean up Mira Loma Park and Dorostkar Park.

NV Energy is committed to supporting programs and organizations that foster a safe and sustainable environment and address concerns such as renewable resources, energy conservation, air, land and water quality, wildlife habitat, open space, parks and trails and waste recycling. We not only support existing projects, programs and organizations that encourage sustainable living but have also created various programs to help promote a sustainable environment. Below are some highlights of NV Energy's involvement in environmental initiatives.

Protecting our Public Lands

NV Energy partners with The Outside Las Vegas Foundation, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to enhance the connections between people and the public lands in southern Nevada.

The Outside Las Vegas Foundation's primary focus areas are connected trails and open space systems, conservation programs and outdoor education. The Foundation works with southern Nevada citizens, the business community, educators, advocacy organizations and governmental entities to reach shared goals. The Foundation supports effective collaboration to solve important community issues regarding quality if life and stewardship of public lands in southern Nevada.

Las Vegas' Desert Oasis

NV Energy is a proud partner of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural and historical attraction that includes more than 176,000 square feet of museums, educational galleries and interactive exhibits; more than 30,000 plants in an expansive botanical garden; and 2 1/2 miles of trails. The 180-acre tract about four miles northwest of the Strip marks the spot where a natural spring helped give Las Vegas its name ("the meadows," in Spanish). Although the spring practically dried up half a century ago, the location has now become a new non-gaming attraction for locals and tourists to learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley, as well as methods to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in the desert.

The Desert Living Center is a complex of five buildings and 43 exhibits including a sustainability gallery, a library, and classroom and conference space. Exhibits, events and activities at the center demonstrate the benefits of recycling, conservation and alternative energy. The preserve has earned the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for its use of straw bale-constructed buildings, recycled carpeting and solar-power receptors that serve both as an energy source and as shade for cars in the parking lot. Educational programming at the Springs Preserve provides active learning opportunities for children, adults and teachers through lectures, tours and hands-on workshops.

Employee Park Cleanups

Before the start of summer, Mira Loma Park in Reno, NV receives its annual clean-up from NV Energy Employees. NV Energy employees have adopted Mira Loma Park as a part of the City of Reno's "Adopt a Park Program." This family event has employees and their children showing up on a Saturday morning to plant flowers, clean the gutter and back ditch and give the park sign a new coat of paint for the summer.

Every fall, NV Energy employees also participate in the Great Truckee River Clean-up Day. Employees create fencing, stain signs, clear excess foliage and pick-up trash at Dorostkar Park on Mayberry Lane in Reno for the day.

Helping Nevada's Kids Grow Up Green

The GreenPower program is a partnership between DRI (Desert Research Institute), volunteer committee members, NV Energy and their customers to support and promote educating Nevada's K-12 students about renewable energy and conscious living practices.  The goal of GreenPower is to help students make cleaner and greener decisions for their homes and businesses when they grow up.

Preserving Nevada's Open Spaces

2008 marked the 10-year anniversary for the Nevada Land Conservancy (NVLC), and NV Energy was a main sponsor of a celebratory event held at Reno's Rancho San Rafael Park. The mission of NVLC is to preserve and protect the special places and open spaces of Nevada for future generations. Since its founding in 1998, NVLC has protected a total of more than five acres of land a day. Recently, NVLC announced the protection of more than 17,000 acres in northern Washoe County's Granite Range. NVLC's President, Alicia Reban, says "NVLC was created to foster partnerships between landowners and agencies to protect what is most special about the Silver State."

Protecting History

NV Energy worked with The Nature Conservancy and the Truckee Meadows Water Authority to protect 3,350 acres of forested lands in the Truckee River Canyon west of Reno. The three entities worked closely with the Truckee Donner Land Trust and three California state agencies to preserve the canyon while protecting the watershed and allowing public access to some of the property. This land transaction involved company history that spans more than 100 years, when hydroelectric plants along the Truckee River began producing electricity to serve the needs of the Comstock silver mining boom in Virginia City.