Saving the Planet, One Ride at a Time

Helping the environment doesn’t mean not having fun or forgoing the ways we like to celebrate.A case in point: for a lot of us, Las Vegas is all about traveling in high style and having a great time with friends.Nothing seems more a part of having a stylish night with friends than hopping aboard a nice ride.

They’re everywhere on the Strip, and they’re getting bigger and bigger. It’s not only the hotels, but the limos, vans, and SUVs that let people live the Las Vegas lifestyle if only for one night. As you can imagine, ultra-stretch SUVs and their related high style modes of transport need a lot of fuel… and that can use up fossil fuels, and increase air pollution.

Thanks to Earth Limos, doing it in style in Las Vegas can be easier on the planet. Earth Limos has a hybrid Toyota Prius and a Ford Excursion that’s powered by biodiesel. For larger transportation needs, Earth Buses has two limo-style party buses and a super stretch limo SUV that are all powered by biodiesel. Founder and Las Vegas native Lou Castro wanted to create the first eco-friendly transportation company in the city, and EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region honored Earth Limos as a 2009 Environmental Award winner. Lou has big plans to expand his fleet to use compressed natural gas and liquid propane in the near future. It’s an example for how small businesses everywhere can look to improve their environmental footprint and carve out a unique niche in their industry.

Gary Riley is an environmental engineer working in EPA’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office, Superfund Division. He works to investigate and clean up sites on EPA’s National Priorities List of the most polluted sites.