Thursday, April 9, 2009

"Live Lighter on the Planet"

Next Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m., Steve Rypka, Green Living columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and President of Green Dream Enterprises will be speaking at the Rainbow Library about renewable energy and sustainable living. He will give the talk a second time at the West Charleston Library on Monday April 20 at 7 p.m.

Steve practices what he preaches. He and his wife live in a net-zero, solar-powered home. This means that they produce all of the energy their home uses. They have also been driving hybrid vehicles since 2000. They have reduced their “carbon footprint” by about 75% and offset the remainder by supporting renewable energy development, to be entirely carbon neutral.

Steve also helped start the U.S. Green Building Council – Nevada Chapter and Solar NV, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. The U.S. Green Building Council is the organization that administers the LEED building certification -- Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The new Centennial Hills Library was designed for LEED Gold Certification.

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