In Novermber 2015, the Conservation District of Southern Nevada was the recipient of the NvACD Outstanding Conservation District of 2015 Award for their outreach programs and dedicated efforts.

For their extraordinary contributions to solving long-standing water resource challenges facing Southern Nevada and preserving a valuable ecological resource for present and future generations, The Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee (LVWCC) is awarded the U.S. Department of the Interior Partners in Conservation Award. The award acknowledges the contributions of 30 local, state, and federal agencies, environmental groups, business owners, and concerned citizens, that collaboratively transformed the wash into an ecological resource for Southern Nevada. Accomplishments include channel stabilization, re-vegetation, water quality improvement, wildlife monitoring, cultural resource management, and creating one of the most unique wetlands parks in the country.
Partners in Conservation Awards Group

The Conservation District of Southern Nevada (CDSN) endorsed CityCenter for the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) Fifth Annual Designing & Building Awards. CDSN recognizes CityCenter as an example of responsible development in an environment with restricted natural resources. The project demonstrated significant commitment to conserving energy and water use through various efficiency measures and green building practices. CityCenter purchased FSC-certified wood for an astounding 87% of all new wood used in the project. With more than $41 million worth of FSC-certified wood, CityCenter represents the greatest use of FSC-certified wood in a single project in the United States to date.
The FSC honored CityCenter's designers and builders with the 2009 FSC Award for their commitment to using FSC-certified wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management.

CityCenter efforts have also served to expand local markets for environmentally preferable products and construction waste. As a result, the local supply of environmentally preferable products and capacity for construction waste recycling has been greatly enhanced. CDSN commends CityCenter for these significant accomplishments that are setting the standard for sustainable growth within the Las Vegas valley. For more information on environmental measures being taken at CityCenter please visit MGM Resorts Environmental Responsibility page.


On April 21st, 2005, Silverado High School Teacher, Mr. Don Curry, received the 2005 EPA Region 9 Environmental Award recognizing his environmental contributions to Las Vegas. Mr. Curry and his Global Lab students were selected from a pool of more than 175 nominees. The award was presented by EPA's regional administrator, Wayne Nastri, who commended Mr. Curry's efforts and environmental work. "Thanks to their efforts, our air, water and land will be cleaner and safer for generations to come," stated Nastri.

Mr. Curry's unique class is considered a "one of its kind" in the Western United States. This class, also known as, the "Global Lab Program" was designed to educate, explore and address environmental issues both locally and nationally. Since its establishment in 1995, the students have addressed issues such as water quality and quantity, air pollution and weed abatement.

Over the past year and a half, the students have worked closely with the Conservation District of Southern Nevada and the Clark County Department of Air Quality and Environmental Management to develop a "Student-to-Student" (S2S) program, which spreads the word to Clark County School District (CCSD) students about dust and ozone. The students have dedicated their time and talent to teach younger students about air quality and the impact it has on their health. This interactive and educational presentation has received rave reviews from the CCSD students, staff and administration. The program has reached over 800 students, and the numbers are anticipated to triple for the 2005-2006 school year.