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Award-Winning Solar-Powered Home on Display at Springs Preserve

Award-Winning Solar-Powered Home on Display at Springs Preserve

Starting Saturday, visitors to the Springs Preserve will get a chance to see UNLV's award-winning solar-powered home.

DesertSol was part of a worldwide competition by the Department of Energy. It uses the latest technology to create a house based around energy savings and sustainable living.

The 754-square foot home is responsive to the climate of the harsh Mojave Desert. The project was honored in eight categories at the competition was held last year.

It took a team of 60 students more than two years to design and build.

The exhibit will be permanent addition to the Springs Preserve. Several local home builders and construction companies helped move the model home to its spot at the preserve's botanical gardens.

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Students Show of Ideas for New Boulder City Research Park

Some of the brightest students in the Clark County School District showed off their ideas for a new solar park planned for Boulder City.

The 6th through 8th grade students are all part of the Highly Gifted Summer Academy. They created concepts and 3D displays for the new Boulder City Renewable Energy Research Park.

The kids showed their work to the UNLV students, who are actually creating the park, for consideration in the final development.

The program is made up of 18 students who qualified because they scored in the 99.5 percentile on a test measuring intelligence.  

UNLV Team Starts Construction on Solar-Powered House

 

A group of UNLV students will start their effort Wednesday to build the best solar-powered, energy-efficient home.

The home, known as DesertSol, will be part of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013, a competition involving 20 colleges from around the world all trying to make the prototype home of the future.

The students must design and build a home that is 754 square feet with sustainable resources.

Team Las Vegas' effort will be designed for energy-efficient living in the Mojave Desert. It will take months to complete the work and every piece of the home must first be tested to make sure it is working properly. Once it is tested, DesertSol will be moved to California for judging.

It has taken 60 students, 10 faculty members and dozens industry consultants more than a year to perfect the design.

Nature Center Opens at Wetlands Park

Nature Center Opens at Wetlands Park

A new place to learn about the natural treasures in Clark County is now open.

The new Wetlands Park Nature Center, which is near Tropicana Avenue and Wetlands Park lane, opened its doors this past weekend

The center features exhibits about the wetlands and the Las Vegas Wash and their importance to southern Nevada. It also has 15,000-square-feet outdoor observation deck.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority operates a science lab inside the exhibit gallery for biology students and researchers.

The center also has information about the miles of walking trails in the Las Vegas Wetlands Park.

Admission is free and the center is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

County Commissioners to Look at Trash, Recycling Changes

County Commissioners to Look at Trash, Recycling Changes

 

The Clark County Commission may finally make a decision on changing trash pickup and recycling.

The commission will look at changing the agreement with Republic Services to allow for pickup to one day a week and increase recycling pickup to one day a week.

The system has been in place in several neighborhoods for years as a pilot program to see which system increases recycling.

The plan also includes changing from recycling bins that require homeowners to sort their own trash to single-stream recycling, which is one bin where all recyclables are placed for pick up.

According to Republic Services, the once-weekly trash, and once-weekly recycling pilot program has boosted recycling. 

Students Get Tour of Wetlands

Students Get Tour of Wetlands

 

Students from six Clark County schools got a chance Thursday to enjoy one of the Las Valley's unique features: the Las Vegas Wetlands.

The tour was part of World Wetlands Day. The students took walking tours of the wetlands and helped clean-up the area. The main purpose was to show students the importance of the wetlands.

"So, here at the Clark County Wetlands Park a portion of the Las Vegas Wash flows through that park. Las Vegas wash is the primary channel that drains all of the water out of Las Vegas valley. So, all of the wetlands found there, and we've probably got about 300 acres or so, they are improving the water as it passes through the Las Vegas Wash into Lake Mead," Seth Shanahan with the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee said.

The event was held at the newly opened Nature Center.

Super Saturday Recycling Event Coming Up

Super Saturday Recycling Event Coming Up

 

Join 8 News Now for its second annual Super Saturday Recycling Event on Saturday, January 26th at the Thomas & Mack Center parking lots from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We only do one recycling event each year, so now is the time to get rid of all of those old electronics. Viewers can recycle their electronics and vehicle batteries safely and responsibility; anything that can be plugged in or takes batteries will be accepted.

The only fees associated with the event are for televisions, monitors and hard drives. The cost is $15 for each item - cash/credit/debit accepted at the event. All other items are free. You also can have their personal documents shredded safely on-site for free.  

RC Willey will be giving away up to 2,000 $25 gift cards (one per family while supplies last.)