Monday, August 04, 2008

Las Vegas Going Green

Plans are underway to build more than 100 million square feet of new construction to the standards of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. 

These projects include:

Fontainebleau Resort with the first paperless hotel room. The room will feature an Apple iMac complete with all information normally found in in-room brochures. 

Boyd Gaming's Echelon, recycles building waste by using materials left over from the Stardust resort which was imploded to make way for the Echelon. Some of the waste to be used include concrete and fountains. 

The Palazzo pools and water in the guest rooms are heated through Solar Power.

The CityCenter by MGM Mirage has built it's own energy generator to provide 1/5th of the power to the new building. The generator will be used to warm the water in the planned 7,400 hotel rooms and condo units, along with shops, restaurants and other amenities planned for the CityCenter. 

For a city with a rep as a huge waste of energy, it's wonderful to see some of the top names in the Hotel and Casino industry taking the leap to go green. 

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