SMC Sustainability Week 2017

home-clipSustainable Works is a non-profit environmental organization. Their mission is to foster a culture of sustainability in cities, colleges, and businesses. Join with Eco Action Club during the workshop meetings participants will learn about sustainable products and uses. They will also learn how to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lifestyles, improve their quality of life, and save money while saving resources.



When & Where
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Monday, October 16, 2017 at 9:30 AM – Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:00 PM (PDT)
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Ways in which local councils can tackle fly tipping

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While tip charges at recycling centres increase, so does the number of people resorting to less-than-legal means to dispose of their waste. Fly tipping is more than littering. Offenders typically carry large quantities of waste in a vehicle and inconspicuously deposit it where it doesn’t belong — usually by the side of a highway.

In April of this year, Cherwell District Council in the UK investigated a fly tipping incident near Banbury, where more than 50 tyres were found dumped in the middle of a field. The perpetrators risked a £5,000 fine to avoid the cost of legally dumping the tyres at a recycling centre. With the new fee increase, the cost to dispose of 50 tyres would have been £250.

Fly tipping does nothing to beautify the environment, to be sure; it also carries a potential health hazard for people, farm animals and wildlife. Local authorities are responsible to clean up all fly tipping incidents larger than a bin bag and smaller than 20 tonnes. Large-scale incidents or illegal disposal of toxic waste must be reported to the Environment Agency for clean-up. Continue reading “Ways in which local councils can tackle fly tipping”

Earth day events Las Vegas 2017

Nevada GREEN Alliance GREENFest

April 2017 Dates Unannounced | Las Vegas, NV | Seasonal

Las Vegas’ annual GREENFest is a family-friendly community gathering and a huge celebration of Earth Day! Held in the foothills of Las Vegas’ west rim, the event focuses on topics relating to conservation and sustainability and offers environmental exhibits and discussions as well as live entertainment, plenty of kid-friendly activities and a beer garden. The festival also accepts donations of gently used clothing for charity.

Las Vegas: Neon sustainability

lvneonBeing a green city is the new target. Bright lights give way to new more ecological concepts. In centers like Cashman and Las Vegas Convention Center 68% recycled materials, some 3,288 tons and four charging stations for electric vehicles they have just been installed. Several resorts have also adopted sustainable programs.

Waste and excess are your letters, but the city is reinventing light. Authority Convention and Visitors Las Vegas (LVCVA) promotes practices such as the use of sustainable products, energy efficient lighting, water conservation, choosing sustainable food, green building, reducing carbon emissions, cleaning and recycling of excess soap for use in developing countries and donating food to food banks. Major hotel companies leading the change.

Caesars Entertainment
Minimize the use of water and energy and generate less waste. It is the priority in their resorts and casinos. The company launched its green plan in 2008 and now has 200 trained managers to run sustainable events. The company also rewards employees incorporate these measures in their homes, and has awarded $ 80,000 (58,000 €) in loans reward their workers through energy audits. Gwen Migita, vice president of sustainability issues and community says that has also reinforced the bottom line and core values of the brand. “The learning lesson for us has been how to link sustainability to our business model,” he said. “We recognize that satisfied customers are loyal customers and these bonds represent profitability.”
Next on the agenda is a plan to add more electric vehicles and charging stations to its properties.

MGM Resorts
MGM Resorts has its own comprehensive sustainability program, Green Advantage, which focuses on five main areas: conservation of natural resources, sustainable construction and renovation, waste management, sustainable supply chain and education and communication.
The company has also projected the second largest array of solar energy in the nation. The system should cover 20,000 panels on the roof of the largest convention center, producing 6.2 MW of energy.
“Green Advantage is the platform MGM Resorts International to ensure that decisions on the environment are at the forefront of our business operations and facilities,” said Cindy Ortega, senior vice president of the company and director of sustainability.

Sands Corporation
The Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas became the first in the world to achieve the APEX / ASTM certification level 2. For its sustainable practices in nine sectors, including audiovisual, transportation, meeting space and food and beverage.
This achievement occurred immediately after the ambitious “program Sands ECO360 ° Meetings”, which was launched in 2011 to provide holistic sustainable options for planners. A “Green Meeting Concierge” serves as a guide for planning meetings and events help customize based on specific needs.

But there’s more, The Wynn Las Vegas operates one of the most aggressive recycling programs in the city (which diverts some 1,595 tons of waste from landfills each year). And Boyd Gaming Corporation became the first nation to win the Silver LEED certification for its laundry service.

This does not mean that Las Vegas is perfect, or that no more work to do. In fact, many of the statistics are still worrying: the high demand for electricity and the few water resources they possess are a few examples. Although, according Taryle Spain, director of services LVCVA, the future is green and these initiatives are “just the beginning, will continue developing actions to develop and implement new green ideas, to transform the city into one of the most sustainable in the country to meetings and events. “

Building a ‘green’ stadium in Las Vegas


Italian businessman of 31 years Daniele Fortunato with Gaetano Di Renzo, have the idea of developing in Heroes Hill Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, a stadium ‘Green Sport Village’ for 70,000 people, with the intention of the birth of a club male and female soccer to compete in the MLS and nwsl respectively.

The news, advanced by Sky Sports Italia, reveals the intention of Fortunato of a franchise dubbed ‘Heroes’ can be created first amateur level minor league and grows up to the top flight .

Stadium construction would begin in 2017 and in 2018 would already have teams competing in the minor leagues. “Our intention is to bring professional soccer to the city” commented Daniele Fortunato has been able to count on the support of Gaetano Di Renzo, his partner in the project and the study of international consulting leads, the RDA International Study. In addition the company Ste Ksolutions Milan, also in cooperation with energy director of the sports complex, the engineer Elisa Rivieccio, has translated the concept of smart city inside the Sport Village.

In addition to the stadium, the project also includes the development of the area with the construction of ‘green’ hotels and parks around the stadium.