Welcome to Clark County’s sustainable home building project, the Planet Clark Emerald House.

Clark County’s Department of Environmental Services (DES) and Building Services’ Planet Clark program have partnered with Evergreen Habitat for Humanity and Quail Homes to build an affordable, healthy, safe and sustainable home for a family in need.

Clark County is committed to fostering a safe, secure future where natural resources are conserved and basic human needs are met. This includes clean water, fresh air and healthy food, along with shelter, education and employment.

The Clark County Sustainability Policy (CCSP) was adopted to identify areas of improvement relating to environmental preservation and enhancements, energy conservation and renewable energy resources. The CCSP advisory committee implements and monitors impacts and funds sustainable projects using the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System framework as a systematic methodology to manage change.

The Planet Clark Emerald House is another “lead by example” project, selected by the CCSP because it meets the policy objectives for neighborhood improvement, energy reduction, innovative design and efficient use of resources. Learn more about Clark County’s sustainability mission, targets and achievements.

The Journey to Sustainability

The challenge is for everyone to build and live sustainably. This project will serve as a model to educate residents, other government agencies, the community, and the building sector by demonstrating thoughtful and innovative building practices.

Sustainable living requires passion and dedication, initiative and ingenuity, insight and obligation. We hope you will take the time to learn the importance of becoming a sustainable advocate in your home and community. By taking the first step toward sustainable living, we challenge you to become the change agents needed to make our world a better place to live.

By building with a smaller “footprint” we will place fewer demands on our environment, our economy and future generations so we may all thrive!

Why Sustainable Development?

The “environment” is where we live. “Development” is what we do to improve our lives within the abode. You cannot separate the two. In order to sustain human progress, we must build in ways that protect the environment and in that process ensure that such development will serve future generations.

Global leaders have long recognized that the development paths of our nations are unsustainable. In October 1987, the Brundtland Commission of the United Nations published a report entitled “Our Common Future,” which introduced the most commonly cited definition to date:

“Sustainable development is develop-ment that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of further generations to meet their own needs.”