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Company Breaks Ground for Green Website Hosting Center

Company Breaks Ground for Green Website Hosting Center

Ground was broken Thursday on a new website hosting center the company says will be the greenest building of its kind in the world.

pair Networks is building the center at Rainbow Boulevard and Post Road. It will house servers for hundreds of websites from bloggers to non-profit sites from around the world. It will also be a green building. pair Network says it is a 100 percent carbon neutral company. 

Data centers like the one being built in the southwest part of the valley account for two percent of the world's energy consumption because it takes so much energy to keep the computer servers cool and because the servers are constantly running. This new building promises to cut that energy use by innovative energy practices and building techniques. Some of the green techniques they're using include on site renewable energy generating, intelligent lighting controls plus recycled, re-used and local building materials.

Meritage Homes Introduces “Net-Zero” Homes

Meritage Homes Introduces “Net-Zero” Homes

 

Meritage Homes Corporation recently announced that its new “net-zero” homes, which can produce as much energy as they consume, are now available at all of its communities in Las Vegas.

Last month, Meritage Homes unveiled its “Extreme Green” homes in Las Vegas. These homes can save homeowners up to 50 percent on their utility bills when compared to a typical existing home. The builder’s new “net-zero” homes combine the energy-efficiency features that come standard in its “Extreme Green” homes with a revolutionary ECHO complete solar solution that provides renewable electricity, hot water, and solar air conditioning, resulting in “net-zero” homes that can produce as much renewable energy as they use.

Homebuyers who purchase a “net-zero” home not only can reduce their monthly electric bills, but also be eligible for a $9,000 federal tax credit, making the home even more affordable.

Fire Restrictions Start Saturday

Fire Restrictions Start Saturday

Fire restrictions around the state start on Saturday.

Last year firefighters responded to more than 100 fires around southern Nevada, in all those fires destroyed more than 700 acres. Most fires are started by lightning strikes, but careless people are also responsible for fires that can quickly burn out of control in our dry deserts and forest lands. Starting Saturday and through the summer season, on Mt. Charleston there will be no wood or charcoal fires unless in developed picnic areas.

The Bureau of Land Management, The National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, The U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working together to enforce fire restrictions in national parks and conservation areas in hopes of stopping fires before they start.

 

 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

Cleanups Mark Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week

The first week of May marks Nevada Wildfire Awareness Week throughout the state and cleanup activities are planned in conjunction.

The Clark County Fire Department is partnering with local, federal and state agencies to support the effort.

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

SNWA Seeks Entries for Water-Efficient Landscape Contest

If you have a water-efficient landscape in your yard or you’re a professional who has worked on one, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has a contest for you.

Local residents and landscape professionals interested in showing off their water-efficient landscapes are encouraged to enter the SNWA's 13th Annual Landscape Awards competition.

Applications for this free community contest, along with award criteria, categories and other information are available at snwa.com through Thursday, May 12. Applications also are available by calling the Conservation Helpline at 258-SAVE (7283).

The SNWA's Landscape Awards honor residential and professional water-efficient landscapes that are both attractive and functional. Entrants must have a working irrigation system appropriate to their design.

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Springs Preserve hosts Spring Plant Sale, Saturday, March 26

Unusual, desert adapted plants including a large selection of agaves and cacti will be among those offered for sale as the Springs Preserve hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale Saturday, March 26, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

The sale will feature limited quantities of about 5,000 native and drought-tolerant plant species, including seasonal perennials. Plants will be sold in container sizes ranging from 2 inches up to 5 gallons. Springs Preserve garden staff experts will be on hand to answer customers’ questions about how to care for their new plants.

New at this year’s event will be a silent auction to bid for cactus and succulent container gardens, and “table top” garden displays also will be offered for sale.

Springs Preserve members will have exclusive access to the sale from 7-8 a.m. The sale will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.