Wednesday, January 27, 2010 For Immediate Release Communications Contact: Mary Ann Price Telephone: 229-5278
Army Of Volunteers To Index Litter, Graffiti And Outside Storage In Las Vegas Index First Step For Las Vegas To Join Keep America Beautiful
An army of more than 50 volunteers will drive around 17 sites throughout Las Vegas to conduct a litter index survey to measure how much litter, graffiti and outside storage are impacting the community. The index is being conducted in Las Vegas as part of a certification process to join Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and will establish a baseline for improvement. Being an official affiliate in KAB will open the door to grants and resources that will help Las Vegas in the quest to be a truly sustainable, world-class city.
The volunteers will gather Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. at the cityís Neighborhood Response office, located at 417 N. 7th St., for an hour of training. Seven teams will then hit the streets to survey, log and document what they observe until around 4 p.m. Media is invited to attend the training session, as well as follow the participants conducting the survey.
A consortium with representatives from the city of Las Vegas, Republic Services, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Recycling Program, Donít Trash Nevada, Nevada Conservation League, Southern Nevada Graffiti Coalition, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, Bank of Nevada, the Nevada Bankerís Collaborative, and the Nevada Department of Transportation have come together to establish Keep Las Vegas Beautiful (KLVB), a local affiliate of KAB. KLVB will promote a collaborative movement by educating and engaging residents to achieve a clean and sustainable community.
The Las Vegas chapter will benefit from the established KAB framework for community education and hands-on stewardship that reduces litter and waste and promotes grassroots volunteerism, to make sustainable improvement.
More than 580 cities, towns, counties and states and international communities are implementing the Keep America Beautiful System as certified affiliates of KAB.
The city of Las Vegas is committed to sustainability and livability in our community. Visit the cityís Web site at www.lasvegasnevada.gov to learn about what is being accomplished.