Notes from the Field: ImpactNV

WHO: Lauren Boitel, Executive Director, ImpactNV

WHAT: ImpactNV, formerly known as Green Chips, began as a nonprofit organization promoting expansive environmental sustainability efforts throughout Southern Nevada. Now, under a broader brand and mission, the organization promotes and achieves sustainability throughout all aspects of the community – environmental, economic, and social. ImpactNV is similar to the SNS Regional Plan in that it also outlines community-wide goals and priority areas to focus its efforts. ImpactNV is a vital community partner because the organization includes members of both the public and private sector that provide a unique perspective on how to make progress.

WHY: SNS staff view ImpactNV as an important community stakeholder due to the broad and diverse reach of its member organizations. ImpactNV still manages an energy efficiency program with NV Energy, a specific implementation strategy in the SNS Regional Plan. ImpactNV also works on various social issues – such as health improvements for immigrants and youth homelessness – that impact some of the most vulnerable members of our community. Additionally, ImpactNV publishes an annual Sustainability Report that has important metrics identified in the Regional Plan.

NEXT: SNS staff and Lauren continue to work on potential programs, grant funding, and partnerships. The Sustainability Report holds promise for a future partnership that will create efficiencies between the two organizations.

“Notes From the Field” is a real-time blog written by our SNS manager that shares notes from meetings with community partners and stakeholders on how they contribute to the progress of the plan. This is an opportunity to follow along on the valley’s progress and receive relevant news on housing, transportation, healthcare, and employment projects.