Calling all inhabitants of the earth! The Las Vegas Monorail is celebrating Earth Day with an exclusive discount for the only emission-free transportation option in town! Read on to brush up on some environmental facts and get details on the discount.
Where did Earth Day come from?
The very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. Today, it’s celebrated all over the world but we came up with the idea right here in the US of A. The holiday was founded by a US Senator named Gaylord Nelson. The first year, millions of people gathered and protested the environmental effects of the Industrial Revolution. Since then, people all over the world use the holiday as an opportunity to reflect on their environmental impact and look for ways to better protect Mother Earth!
What makes the Las Vegas Monorail environmentally friendly?
Las Vegas Monorail carries over 4.9 million people every year. The Monorail is completely electric and runs zero emissions trains.
In 2016, we aided in the annual removal of an estimated 2.2 million vehicle miles from Southern Nevada’s major roadways. 2.3 million miles is equal to more than 9 trips to the moon.
The Monorail is also responsible for reducing emissions by more than 28.7 tons of carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) over the course of the year.
Carbon monoxide is the most commonly produced emission by roadway vehicles. Heavy concentrations can be found in cities with high populations of commuters. Volatile organic compounds are toxic and have been linked to cancer. Finally, when nitrogen oxides are released into the environment they create reactions in the ozone that can lead to acid rain and damage to the earth’s delicate ecosystems.
In just one year, the Las Vegas Monorail is responsible for removing the equivalent of 23 black rhinoceros of these types of emissions.
The Las Vegas Monorail uses regenerative braking, which saves significant power consumption. Regenerative breaking works by storing the excess energy that accumulates when Monorail train cars are slowed. At times, the use of this system can save up to 20%.
How can you help?
Every person can make small and sustainable changes that have the power to impact the environment and communities they live in. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Ditch the plastic bags for good! Try a reusable canvas bag. Keep it handy and say no to plastic. One plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Yikes!
- Borrow, don’t buy! Try thrifting for clothes and houseware. Hold a swap with a group of friends. You’ll be amazed what you’ll find with a little creativity. It’s good for the environment and your wallet.
- Carry a reusable BPA-free water bottle. It’s an easy change and the environmental impact is significant.
- Purchase locally grown and seasonal products. These kinds of produce don’t require transportation across the country, are often organically grown and support farmers in your community. That’s a win-win-win.
Finally, use the Las Vegas Monorail to travel along the Las Vegas Strip. To celebrate Earth Day we’re offering $5 off a 2-Day Pass! Being green is easy with the Las Vegas Monorail!
Just use the promo code GREEN17 at checkout to receive the discount. The offer is good until the end of the month but it’s not valid with any other offers. Get your ticket today and ride the Monorail knowing you’re doing good for the world!