LVMS Green

This week, Las Vegas Motor Speedway is participating in NASCAR's Race to Green initiative that highlights the efforts being made by the sport and its fans to reduce their overall carbon footprint.  

What Las Vegas Motor Speedway is doing
Geothermal energy keeps Las Vegas Motor Speedway on track. In 2006, the Speedway underwent an infield renovation that made way for the state-of-the-art Media Center and Neon Garage and also included increased track banking and a relocated pit road. Geothermal technology was integrated into the re-design as a way to reduce the track's electrical usage by 60 percent. The Nevada desert proves to be a natural candidate for this type of technology, which generates energy via heat stored in the ground.

The Speedway has also cut down on water usage by making all urinals on property waterless, saving 700,000 gallons of water, and with the relocation of pit road, two-thirds of the watered infield grass has been removed.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway recycles on property, and during this year's NASCAR Weekend, 77 percent of all waste collected was recycled. That was the equivalent of 62 tons of material.

To find out you how you can get involved with the NASCAR Race to Green initiative or to see what others are doing, visit:

Las Vegas residents, find out how you can contribute to the Race to Green

Kick your grass to the curb
The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) will rebate customers up to $1.50 per square foot of grass removed and replaced with water-efficient landscaping. Water-smart landscaping converts thirsty grass into desert landscaping and helps property owners cut down on yard maintenance, save money and conserve water.

For more information on water-smart landscapes and rebates, visit the SNWA website:

Don’t be a fool, cover your pool
Wonder where the water in your pool is going? Ask yourself this question, "Do I own a pool cover?" If the answer is no, you might want to invest in one. Pool covers reduce evaporation and can save 10,000 to 15,000 gallons of water each year. The Southern Nevada Water Authority provides coupons to Las Vegas residents (one per property address) for pool covers.

For more information on pool covers and how you can get a rebate, visit the SNWA website:

Don’t water in vein, use the rain
Rain is a good thing. However, it is not good to keep your irrigation system running on rainy days. By using a rain sensor, you can automatically shut down your irrigation system when it is not needed. By turning off your sprinklers during heavy rain, you can save 500 gallons of water.

Another option to prevent water waste is installing a smart irrigation controller. These controllers automatically adjust their watering schedule according to the weather, which not only reduces your water consumption, but your water bill.

For more information on rain sensors and smart irrigation controllers and rebates, visit SNWA:

Be posh, use a smart wash
It’s no secret that cars get dirty faster in the desert, but by using a water-smart car wash, you can not only save water, but money as well. Water-smart car washes in Las Vegas recycle water on-site or have their wastewater treated at a water treatment facility and returned to Lake Mead.

For a list of water-smart car wash locations and coupons, visit the SNWA website:

Don’t cause a hazard
Do you have batteries, televisions, paint, or other hazardous items around the house you want to get rid of but don’t know to dispose of them? Improper disposal of hazardous waste can pollute the environment and pose a threat to human health. Many recycling facilities have designated drop-off locations for hazardous materials to ensure proper disposal procedures.

For a list of hazardous items and drop-off locations in Las Vegas, visit Republic Services’ website here:

Don’t be trashy, recycle
Nearly everything people toss in the trash can actually be recycled, and residential recycling pickups are available on a weekly basis in Clark County. You can view your neighborhood schedule here:

Curbside recyclables include aluminum cans, tins, plastic bottles, newspapers, magazines, cardboard and glass bottles. Live in an apartment building where there is no curbside pickup? No need to worry, Clark County has you covered. Apartment dwellers can drop off recyclables at Republic Services Recycle Center locations.

No excuses: Know what items can be recycled in Las Vegas 
Below is a list of all acceptable recyclable material.*

All non-ferrous metals

  • Aluminum scrap
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Red/yellow brass
  • Copper tubing
  • Insulated wires
  • Radiators
  • Stainless steel

All grades of paper

  • Cardboard
  • Newsprint
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Mixed paper

 All grades of plastic

  • Plastic bottles
  • Plastic containers

*Note: These items may vary, please check with your recycling provider to know exactly what can and cannot be recycled in your town.

For a list of Las Vegas recycling centers and services, click here:

To find out how you can recycle and make Las Vegas more sustainable, view Clark County’s resource guide here: