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Las Vegas’ CityCenter to be one of the World’s Largest Green Developments

CityCenter
Created with a vision to bring a new level of environmental consciousness to the world-famous Strip, CityCenter will be one of the world’s largest sustainable developments, from design and construction to operations and guest amenities.  An extraordinary urban resort destination brought to life by eight world-renowned architects, the 18-million-square-foot development is set to achieve a combination of gold and silver LEED ratings by the U.S. Green Building Council throughout its distinctive hotels; residences; dining, retail and public spaces. Using cutting-edge solutions, CityCenter has been able to grow responsibly without sacrificing the quality of materials or guest experience.

Due to its size and purchasing power, CityCenter is driving green economies of scale in multiple industry segments, paving the way for other entities to build and operate sustainably. CityCenter has moved beyond existing green practices to empower industry-wide innovations.

Key Sustainable Highlights

  • First energy-generation on The Strip through its 8.5 megawatt natural-gas co-generation plant, providing efficient electricity on site, reducing emissions and using “waste heat” to provide all domestic hot water
  • Water conservation technology and programs that will save between 32% and 39% within the buildings and 60% in outdoor landscaping
  • First-ever fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)
  • Nation’s most technologically advanced hotel rooms with exclusive features allowing guests to “green their stay”
  • Development of slot machine bases that serve as floor air-conditioning units, efficiently cooling guests from the ground up, rather than wasting energy on empty space by cooling from the ceiling
  • Energy-efficiency initiatives providing a savings equivalent to powering 7,700 households annually
  • Creation of a large-scale recycling operation that enabled the recycling or reuse of more than 230,000 tons of construction waste, including 80% of the imploded Boardwalk Hotel

Most significantly, collaborating with the foremost sustainability and LEED consultants from throughout the nation, CityCenter has introduced more than 10,000 construction trade and craftsmen to green building techniques that can be implemented at other developments throughout Las Vegas and beyond.

“CityCenter captures the energy and diversity of Las Vegas in one of the world’s largest green urban developments,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE. “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.”