Downtown Summerlin Hosts GREENFest Today, April 20
As the developer of the master-planned community of Summerlin® which spans 22,500 acres, The Howard Hughes Corporation® has long recognized its obligation as a steward of the land. In Summerlin, the company’s dedication to preserving the environment has been demonstrated in many ways over the years, most notably two land exchanges in which Hughes pulled Summerlin’s boundary eastward, adding 6,400 acres to the National Conservation Area and creating a permanent boundary that will forever protect Red Rock Canyon and preserve its pristine character.
According to Tom Warden, senior vice president, community and government relations, Summerlin, the decision to pull the community’s border back was made because The Howard Hughes Corporation knew it would be inappropriate to develop within sight of the scenic loop road. “From its inception, Summerlin was developed with the environment in mind,” said Warden. “Beyond our landmark exchanges that continue to protect Red Rock Canyon today, Summerlin was one of the valley’s earliest adopters of desert landscaping, helping to improve the public image of low water-use landscapes in the 1990s and encouraging other developers and builders to do the same. In fact, Summerlin was the valley’s first community to implement strict Water Smart conservation guidelines, and we continue to use and promote desert friendly plant materials whenever and wherever possible.”
In addition, Summerlin is now harvesting many of the native desert plants in areas under development, and replanting them in new ‘blended’ or ‘re-vegged’ landscapes. So far millions of dollars have been spent on these landscapes, saving significant amounts of irrigation water.
Even before Summerlin began to take shape, The Howard Hughes Corporation was integral in establishing a development fee to fund Desert Tortoise habitat that helped protect this once threatened species. Company leaders also served on a valley-wide development coalition that drafted some of the nation’s toughest self-imposed rules on dust control to protect air quality. And Hughes continues to be proactive in the fight against illegal dumping by organizing and funding desert clean-ups in undeveloped areas in and adjacent to Summerlin.
A number of design innovations, such as the preservation of natural drainage areas and arroyos that serve a dual use for parks and trails, as well as the incorporation of the natural landscape and topography, are strong examples of environmentally oriented design principles that have made Summerlin the model community it is today, said Warden. “Summerlin looks the way it does because of our commitment to preserve as much open space and natural vegetation as possible.”
According to Warden, the community’s environmental stewardship is evolving to include a more intense focus on new urbanism and smart growth, evident in a growing number of higher density neighborhoods, particularly in the Downtown Summerlin® area where as many as 4,000 residences are planned, including apartments, townhomes, condominiums, lofts, brownstones and more. In 2016, Downtown Summerlin earned Silver certification status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Given Summerlin’s long history of environmental stewardship, the community is a fitting site of the annual GREENFest Earth Day Festival organized by Nevada Energy Star Partners Green Alliance. Held today on the Lawn at Downtown Summerlin, the event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free celebration coincides with Earth Day and features over 100 exhibitors, interactive displays, conservation exhibits, pet adoptions, Kidz Zone, beer garden and even a GREENFest Treasure Hunt with a variety of prizes.
GREENFest kicks off with the Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas procession beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Cyclery parking lot, 10575 Discovery Drive in Summerlin. Hybrid gasoline/electric vehicles, battery-powered electric vehicles, compressed natural gas vehicles, electric motorcycles, electric bikes, and e-scooters will proceed north on Town Center Drive to Downtown Summerlin.
“We are thrilled that the Southern Nevada community has embraced GREENFest as the Valley’s largest Earth Day festival and we are honored to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year,” stated Tracy Skenandore, co-founder of GREENFest.
“The community is more interested today than ever before about living a sustainable lifestyle and supporting a healthy environment for future generations,” stated Annette Bubak, co-founder and past president of Green Alliance. “We are proud that GREENFest brings the community together with educational resources and unique services for a fun and interactive celebration in honor of EARTH Day.”
Premier Community Partners sponsors include Bombard Renewable and Wynn Las Vegas. Sponsorships and Exhibitor Spaces are still available but going fast. For more information visit GREENFestLV.com.
The master-planned community of Summerlin® currently offers nearly 180 floorplans in 40 neighborhoods in nine distinct villages. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes, priced from the $230,000s to more than $1 million. For more information, visit Summerlin.com. For information on all actively selling neighborhoods, visit Summerlin.com.
Caption: Downtown Summerlin hosts GREENFest today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The master-planned community of Summerlin has long been a steward of the land and championed many environmental causes and initiatives, including two land exchanges with the Bureau of Land Management that added 6,400 acres to the National Conservation Area and created a permanent boundary that will forever protect Red Rock Canyon and preserve its pristine character.
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to nearly 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 250 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 26 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, ten golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes– priced from the $300,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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