Las Vegas is the land of overindulgence and gluttony. In addition to consuming a record-breaking amount of energy (Nevada spends $700 million per year on out-of-state fossil fuels to power the flashing lights, gigantic billboards, and air conditioned casinos,) the city also has the largest landfills in the nation. With over 44 million tourist per day, Vegas generates over 800 tons of daily food waste.
But according to environmental entrepreneur, Rosalie Bingham, if handled correctly, this gluttony and waste may actually help the city reach energy independence.
This forward-thinking solution uses the current hundreds of tons of daily food waste (that is now dumped into Nevada landfills,) and instead, diverts it to an Anaerobic Digester System (ADS) The ADS system converts the organic waste into clean power and water. The ADS will utilize all the by-product so there is no waste.
The project has already received interest from private funding which will be used to build and and operate the ADS. The project has the support of several large Nevada organizations including the local power and gas company and the Regional Transportation Commission who agreed to purchase the gas produced from the digester to fuel local bus fleets.
Rosalie Bingham is a fourth generation Nevadan on a quest to repair and regenerate the planet. Bingham is the founder of Regener8tive.com, a Nevada nonprofit that finds, funds, and facilitates environmental projects with solution-based methods. Regener8tive's latest project, "The Green Machine" is an initiative to bring energy independence to cities with alternative solutions to food waste.
You can contact Rosalie at firstname.lastname@example.org