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Henderson Shine event looks to reuse and recycle

The city of Henderson will be cleaning up this Saturday at special event to recycle, reduce and renew.

The Henderson Shines effort will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy. During those hours, people can bring in old household items and electronics.

People are encouraged to bring in old batteries, paint, fluorescent lights, cell phones and electronics. All of those items are made with potentially toxic chemicals like lead, nickel, cadmium and mercury. If they not disposed of properly. they can pose a hazard.

The Henderson Shines is a safe way to dispose of the items and ensures any data left on old electronics will not fall into the wrong hands.

Some of the old cell phones received are reused by the Henderson Police Department. The smart cards are wiped clean. The phones are then given to people who may need to reach 911 fast, like victims of domestic violence.

Henderson Offering Loans for Replacing Water-Guzzling Landscaping

Henderson Offering Loans for Replacing Water-Guzzling Landscaping

The city of Henderson would like people to change their water-guzzling landscaping to a more water-efficient plantings and are offering loans to help pay for the change.

The city is accepting applications for two loan programs that will people replace their grass with drought-tolerant landscaping.

The first program called the Homeownership Enrichment Landscape Program will help residents remove turf and install water-efficient plants or improve a yard that has been neglected.

The program is a deferred loan program, which means people do not need to pay the loan back until they sell their home or the home changes ownership, for a maximum of $5,000.

The second program Turf Removal Program will help pay for residents to replace grass with desert landscaping. The loan is up $5,000 at 3 percent interest, which will paid down over a seven-year period.

Henderson Gets Money to Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Houses

Henderson Gets Money to Clean Up Lead-Contaminated Houses

 

The city of Henderson is getting more than $2 million to help protect kids from lead

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the money to two local projects in Henderson that are designed to rid homes of lead-based paint.

The city will use the money to address lead hazards in 74 housing units that are home to low and very low-income families with children. It will also perform healthy home assessments on 50 more units.

The money is part of $98 million awarded to 38 projects across the country to clean up lead paint hazards, train workers on how to handle properties contaminated with lead and to educate people about the problem.

HUD estimates about 24 million homes around the country still have significant lead-based hazards, even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978.

Lead is a known toxin that can impair a child’s development and have effects into adulthood.

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

 

A group of local middle school students wants southern Nevadans to be aware of what they call an environmental hazard at Lake Mead.

Greenspun Junior High School Leadership Club students are launching a public campaign about “the dangers and the damage done by the use of carbureted 2-stroke engines.”

In 2013, a ban on personal watercrafts with carbureted 2-stroke engines went into effect to help reduce pollution at the lake. Leadership Club students, led by educators Gwendolyn Buckles and Katie Litzenberg, started an educational campaign named “Lake MEad.” It focuses on the effects pollution has in southern Nevada’s public recreation areas.

The students created a multimedia campaign to spread the word about the 2-stroke engine ban at the lake. During their after-school club, students chose this cause as their annual community project.

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work

 

Earlier this week, senior Samantha Banz was given the Certificate of Commendation by City of Henderson Councilwoman Debra March.

The presentation took place at the annual GreenFest in honor of Earth Day at the Springs Preserve last week.

"She did a great job, and we are very happy, and feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and wonderful daughter," Sonja Rogers-Banz, Samantha’s mother, said. "She shines inside and out."

Earlier in the year, Banz was invited, along with other members of CCSD's "green" Eco-Ambassador program, to speak in front of the CCSD Board of School Trustees. She spoke about the green movement at Liberty High School along with her experiences at the National Green School Conference in Florida. 

Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest

Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest

 

A fourth grader from Gehring Elementary School is the winner of this year's Mojave Max Emergence Contest.

Kayla Marshall's guess of when the desert tortoise would emerge from its burrow was closest to the actual time. She was off by only two minutes.

Max ended his brumation, which is the reptilian form of hibernation, at 1:45 p.m. March 14. The desert tortoise is one of the best predictors of spring in the Mojave Desert, because he only comes out when the weather is warm enough, and there is enough daylight.

Kayla was one of 5,200 students who entered this year's contest. Her great guess earned a pizza party for her class and prizes for her. 

The program is a partnership between the Clark County School District, The Bureau of Land Management and Clark County. The idea is to help students better understand their desert home. 

Henderson Man's Hard Yard Work Pays Off

Henderson Man's Hard Yard Work Pays Off

The hard work of a Henderson man and his mother was rewarded when the Southern Nevada Water Authority named their yard, Yard of the Month for January.

Devon Sansone and his mother moved into the former rental property nine years ago. In that time, they've worked to remove the turf and replace it with water-efficient landscaping.

Sansone did not just remove the turf, he dug down another eight inches and filled it back in with six inches of compact red soil. He says the red soil helps keep down weeds and holds moisture.

His yard now features low-water plants like dwarf bottle brush, deer grass, sago palms, Texas rangers and lantana. The change brought down their water bill by 25 percent.

Sansone and his mother did most of the work on their yard themselves.

“My advice for anyone who wants to do this on their own is to keep it simple,” he said. “You’d be surprised how well desert plants can do in this valley.”