Citizen-Generated Ecological Improvement

Welcome to our section theme, Citizen-Generated Ecological Improvement. As we all know, there are many ecological issues which presently trouble our planet, including energy, land, resource consumption, quality of air, etc. These problems can seem very broad with no quick or easy solutions, especially when it seems like those we elect do not seem to do anything to seriously tackle any of these issues. Sometimes the best way to fix the biggest of problems is to start small. In other words, change is best started locally. Our group has proposed the question, “Just what can a citizen do to ecologically improve Las Vegas?” What can we, as Las Vegans, do to challenge the ecological issues that trouble our city in a practical and efficient way? 
Many students have written us their ideas and we’ve selected a number of them here for our class website. All of them have researched the topic at hand and have offered a variety of creative solutions, including political activism, how to find the best activist groups, listing the most recyclable materials, and finding buildings in the city that have already taken the green initiative. It is up to the citizens to get educated about environmental concerns and get involved in improving the community and environment, which is exactly what these articles will guide you to do.

Bibliography

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How To: Be the Change

Molever, J. (2012). *green van goghs. Retrieved from http://www.volunteercentersn.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?startURL=/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?Id=a0CA000000FWbyiMADA@A&id=a0CA000000FWbyiMAD&invCd=

*Additional environmental volunteering links:

http://www.volunteermatch.org

http://matadornetwork.com/change/urban-volunteering-las-vegas/

 

City Center

http://www2.citycenter./environment/commitment

*Additional information on environmental consciencous casinos:

http://www.orbitz.com/blog/2010/07/5-eco-friendly-las-vegas-vacations/

http://www.thelvh.com/initiatives

How to Get Your Party On (Conscientiously)

Crunchy Domestic Goddess. (2008, July 23). How to throw an eco-friendly party (with a       giveaway). Retrieved from http://crunchydomesticgoddess.com/2008/07/23/how-to-throw-an-eco-friendly-\party-with-a-giveaway/

Green Party Goods. (2012). Create your perfect place settings here. Retrieved from

               http://www.greenpartygoods.com/

Home and Garden Television. (2012). Succulent centerpieces. Retrieved from                http://www.hgtv.com/landscaping/succulent-centerpieces/index.html

My DIY Wedding Day. (2010, June 14). New use for mason jars. Retrieved from

               http://www.mydiyweddingday.com/2010/06/new-use-for-mason-jars.html

Springs Preserve. (2012). Catering. Retrieved from                http://www.springspreserve.org/book/catering.html

Springs Preserve. (2012). LEED certification. Retrieved from                http://www.springspreserve.org/about/sustainability_leed.html

This Old House. (2008). Succulent plant types. Retrieved from                http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20215085,00.html

*Additional sites for eco-friendly get-togethers:

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/entertaining/partiesevents/greenentertaining

http://www.earthtimes.org/going-green/throw-eco-friendly-party/327/

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something…. Green?

http://masterpiececuisine.com

http://www.springspreserve.org/book/weddings.html

http://www.besolasvegas.com/

paperandhome.com/

*Additional sites for green weddings:

http://shine.yahoo.com/green/15-ways-throw-eco-friendly-wedding-132200014.html

http://offbeatbride.com/2010/03/eco-friendly-wedding-tips

 

Going Green Without the Gimmicks

http://www.sourcesanddesign.com/blog/residential-walk-through-house-in-2-parts-las-vegas-nevada/

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/jan/21/should-vegas-housing-go-back-drawing-board/

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jul/12/clean-energy-las-vegas-sleeping-giant-study-says/

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2011/04/06/10-metro-areas-with-the-largest-population-growth

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/dec/22/nevada-falls-no-8-population-growth/

*Additional information on ways to go green in your home:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/feb/20/unlv-lends-expertise-eco-friendly-homes/

http://www.searchthelakesrealestate.com/177593-Las-Vegas-The-Lakes-NV-Green-RESCmty.aspx

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