Vegas bets on sustainability
A new casino, hotel, and shopping district in Las Vegas is using energy efficient materials and is hoping to become LEED certified.
Las Vegas is not known for saving much, but the city's new CityCenter is an 18 million sq ft sustainable development that will save energy and water, according to Fast Company .
Set to be completed in mid-December 2009, CityCenter will feature a 4,004-room gaming resort, multiple non-gaming luxury hotels, residential luxury buildings, and a 500,000 sq ft retail and entertainment district. Pretty typical for Sin City.
But the site's developers, MGM Mirage and Infinity World Development Corp., are looking to do more. CityCenter is seeking U.S. Green Building Council LEED silver or gold certification based on water, energy, HVAC, and lighting enhancements made to the facilities.
The project will also use specially designed water fixtures to save up to 39% of water indoors and 60% outdoors, the first fleet of compressed natural gas-powered limousines, an 8.5 mW cogeneration plant to provide 10% of its electricity, and energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, and room controls.
Annual Salary Survey
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