Las Vegas strip gets sustainable

Las Vegas' 24 hour a day power draining strip is going to get a lot greener with details of a new sustainable resort released this week.

The 18m square-foot development called CityCenter, a joint venture between MGM Mirage and Dubai World, will open later this year on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the strip.

New details about the scheme were confirmed this week and range from from slot machines fitted with air conditioning units to the strip’s first on site energy-generation through an 8.5megawatt natural-gas co-generation plant – allowing the resort to help guests ‘green their stay’.

CityCenter also claims a world first with a fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas and will lead on water conservation with technology able to save between 32% and 39% within the buildings and 60% of water used in outdoor landscaping.

During the ongoing construction the scheme has also been recycling more than 230,000 tons of construction waste, including 80% of the Boardwalk Hotel – which was knocked down to make way for the resort.

The scheme will also comply to the LEED environmental scheme run by the USA’s Green Buildings Council, with 10,000 construction trade and craftsmen introduced to more sustainable working practices from the work.

MGM Mirage chairman and chief executive officer, Jim Murren, said: “CityCenter captures the energy and diversity of Las Vegas in one of the world’s largest green urban developments.”

“Designing CityCenter with sustainable elements and practices reinforces its permanence and creates a healthier environment for our guests and residents, as well as for the 12,000 people who ultimately will work at CityCenter.”

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Luke Walsh

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