Our Environmental Health
We recognize that by caring for the health of our environment, we are safe guarding our own health and the health of future generations. We now have greater choices in the products that we use, the foods that we eat, and the cars we drive, reducing the health risks associated with pollutants that affect us all.
Local & Regional Initiatives
Henderson was recently recognized by the American Lung Association and the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management as part of the new Clean Air Awards program. Henderson won top honors in the Biological Pollution Reduction category for the TreesHenderson community tree planting program. The City also won an Excellence Award for its contribution to indoor air quality and green buildings for the recently completed North Community Police Station.
City facilities are now cleaned with "green cleaning supplies" to improve the safety of maintenance workers and indoor air quality for users.
The City of Henderson partnered with the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management to support the 2009 Lawnmower Exchange Program. The program reduces ground-level ozone and particulate matter (dust) by allowing residents to trade in gas-powered mowers for a substantial discount on energy efficient, electric mowers. Just one gas-powered lawn mower used for a year can pollute the air as much as 40 new or late-model cars driven over that same period!
The American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is a bi-national nonprofit membership organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities. ACGA and its member organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, urban forestry, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands.
Dust and other particulate matter is one of the key pollutants affecting air quality in the Las Vegas Valley. The Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management offers a variety of programs, including Dust Control Permits, Air Quality Teaching Kits for local schools, and a Dust Control Hotline to address the issue.
Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use has been a major form of recreation in the Las Vegas Valley for many years. In order to protect critical habitat areas and maintain local air quality, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has closed some of its land to motorized vehicles. Their Southern Nevada District website offers a list of legal OHV areas and a printable map of off-limits areas.
The average American home has nearly 200 different chemical cleaning products stored under the sinks, in the shower, and in the garage. In most cases, vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils can accomplish most of our cleaning needs without creating toxic fumes or draining poisons into the water supply. (www.greenlivingtips.com).