A green CityCenter goes for the gold

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CityCenter (rendering)We build ‘em. They get old. We implode ‘em. Sure, it sounds super wasteful.

But now the waste from one hotel is aiding in the construction of several others.

Ninety-seven percent of the construction waste from the former Boardwalk hotel, imploded in 2006, was reused or recycled during the construction of CityCenter thanks to a large-scale recycling and resue operation. Overall, the project utilized more than 260,000 tons of construction waste.

This is just one of the reasons CityCenter was recently awarded three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. Certifications were given to Aria Resort’s hotel tower, Aria’s convention center and theater, and Vdara Hotel (all set to open in December 2009).

“From the beginning we believed that intelligent design and sustainable practices would reinforce a sense of permanence for CityCenter and create a healthier, more appealing environment for guests, residents and our workforce,” said Bobby Baldwin, CityCenter’s president and CEO. “The LEED Gold certification for ARIA and Vdara is a great leap forward in our effort to redefine the destination resort experience and provide a true cultural center to the Las Vegas Strip.”

CityCenter has demonstrated a commitment to the environment from the outset. Other initiatives that helped the development earn its LEED certification include:

“The CityCenter team set a standard for responsible growth in Las Vegas by pursuing the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification,” added Cindy Ortega, MGM MIRAGE’s senior vice president of Energy and Environmental Services Division. “CityCenter’s pursuit of LEED is driving green economies of scale in multiple industry segments, paving the way for other entities to build and operate sustainably.”

A joint venture between MGM Mirage and Infinity World Development Corp, CityCenter sits on 67 acres on the Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts. In addition to Aria and Vdara, the multi-use urban development will include Mandarin Oriental, Veer Towers, The Harmon and Crystals, a retail and entertainment district. CityCenter also anticipates Gold or Silver LEED certification for these remaining developments.

Aleza Freeman

Yes, I’m from Las Vegas. But I’d like to clarify a few things: I don’t live in a hotel and I’m not a showgirl. I put my pasties on one nipple at a time, just like everyone else. I’m a regular girl who plunges off the side of ridiculously tall Las Vegas landmarks and writes about it for a living. I also ride roller coasters, hang at the spa, shoot holes in zombies and take art lessons from bottlenose dolphins. You know, normal stuff. My career as a journalist and copywriter has led me out of Vegas and around the world, but the 24/7 normality of Las Vegas sucks me back in every time. Am I oblivious to the plethora of slot machines everywhere I go? Sure. But that’s because I’m distracted by all the pretty lights. Follow me on Google+ and Twitter.

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