IS IT GREEN?: Las Vegas CityCenter

by , 01/07/10

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Is It Green?

Ultimately we’re impressed with Citycenter’s LEED qualifications and we’d love to see the design teams take things in-house, applying as much care and consideration as they did to the recycling of the demolished boardwalk within their entire operations. They could offer-up some products and educational assistance to their customers who might be interested in taking some sustainable luxury back to their homes, and perhaps look at commercializing some of their success by bringing their newly designed low flow fixtures for the 4000+ rooms in Aria, produced just for them thanks to economies of scale, to market for the masses.

However there are many underlying issues here that go beyond the buildings themselves – how can a project be truly green when it exists in the middle of a resource-constrained desert and relies upon carbon-heavy tourism for economic survival? And what does it say about the state of certification if supermassive projects built in the most unsustainable of contexts can be LEED certified? As a whole the project approaches the realm of many LEED certified super-projects cropping up in Dubai – technically green but of dubious ecological merit granted their context. Still, if it was going to be built at any rate at least they chose to make it as environmentally sensitive as possible.

Being a true leader in the realm of sustainability requires taking a Ray Anderson approach to business, making it a part of everything you do and by continue to spread the sustainable wealth. We would like to see MGM continue to lead once CityCenter is fully completed – you’ve built the buildings, what’s next?

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  1. redrock January 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    To the best of my knowledge, as a Las Vegas resident and practicing Architect, the major casino projects on the Las Vegas strip do not use water from Lake Mead. Most have pre-existing well water rights from the historic desert ranch properties that they replaced. A concern should be to make sure that these large urban projects are doing their best to recycle this water and to recharge the existing underground aquifer, offsetting their water use as much as possible.

  2. manny January 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Looks fantastic…my one concern..where will the water come from in the future?
    At present all the water serving Las Vegas comes from nearby Lake Mead. For the past 10 years the levels of this lake has been declining. If it contines to decline at present rate, then in less than 12 years Lake Mead will be a dust bowl!

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