Gallery: IS IT GREEN?: Las Vegas CityCenter


The CityCenter mega-resort opened last month to fanfare, press, and a fireworks display fitting of a 67-acre 8.7 billion dollar gamble sitting on the Las Vegas Strip. The project surpassed its original sustainability goal of LEED Silver to score an impressive six LEED Gold Certifications (with another one on its way), and it was the recipient of the US Forest Stewardship Council‘s best commercial project of 2009. However Las Vegas is a desert, and in this resource-constrained site we couldn’t help but pull back a bit of the star-crossed blinds and ask how deep does the green really go?

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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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