Making A Difference

As a public utility, giving back to our community is part of what we do every day. From hosting school field trips to planting native trees, our community and environmental programs are designed to make Clark County an even better place to live.

Our Community Programs

We offer a variety of programs to share resources and educate our community about electrical safety and how electricity works. Here are some examples.

Student Field Trips and Education

Every year, we bring nearly 5,000 elementary school students to our Operations center for a behind-the-scenes look at the utility. We also provide educational support to many teachers and particpate in other environmental education programs.

Guest Speakers

Utility employees are available to speak to your local organization or neighborhood group about cutting energy waste, safety and more.

Outreach Programs

Guest speakers, tent loan and water wagon program available upon request.

Solar Car Challenge

Hundreds of students from local elementary, middle, and high schools participate in the Solar Car Challenge. Held every spring, teams of students race custom build hybrid solar cars, testing their knowledge of renewable energy and engineering.


A collection of educational and fun activities designed to be appropriate for a variety of ages and grade-levels. This site has plenty of resources and information related to electrical safety, science of electricity, renewable energy, water quality, our local environment and more!

Make a Difference Celebration

Hundreds of volunteers come together each year to participate in the annual Make a Difference Day effort. Planting native trees and removing invasive weeds along streams helps to improve wildlife habitat and bring salmon back.

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Environmental Stewardship Programs

More than 1,000 StreamTeam volunteers work year-round planting trees, removing invasive weeds and helping make the Salmon Creek Watershed healthier for fish and wildlife.


More than 1,000 StreamTeam volunteers work year round planting trees and removing invasive weeds to help bring salmon back to Salmon Creek.

Eradication Nation

This grant-funded program identifies and treats infestations of non-native knotweed, a fast-spreading, destructive weed that destroys fish and wildlife habitat.

AmeriCorps Program

Clark Public Utilities partners with the AmeriCorps program to bring a team of dedicated volunteers on board each year in support of StreamTeam efforts.

Watershed Restoration Programs

We operate the longest-running program in Clark County dedicated to watershed restoration, with ongoing planting, monitoring and educational outreach.

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Reducing our Carbon Impact

We’re fortunate in the Northwest that much of our energy comes from clean, renewable hydropower. Here are some other ways the utility helps reduce carbon.

Community Solar

Community Solar

More than 700 utility customers have funded our five community solar arrays at the Operations Center in Orchards. READ MORE ›

Green Fleet

Green Fleet

See how our fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles helps us reduce fossil fuel usage and cut down on carbon. READ MORE ›

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

We’ve installed three Level 2 chargers and one Level 3 rapid charger downtown, plus two Level 2 chargers at the Operations Center in Orchards. Orchards. READ MORE ›

Green Lights Program

For as little as $1 a month you can support the development of clean, renewable energy through Clark Public Utilities’ Green Lights program.