City Center

Julia Sinopoli

The strip is filled with millions of lights, shows, traffic, and people. It uses a massive amount of energy just through one night. There is a new trend of going green. Las Vegas is following this trend and has opened City Center. City Center consists of Aria Hotel and Casino, Mandarin Oriental, Vdara Hotel and Spa, Crystals, and Veer Towers. The newest attraction to the Las Vegas Strip is very sleek and sophisticated, which is very popular with the tourists and even Las Vegas locals. This group of buildings has achieved LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. According to the website, “CityCenter is the world’s largest environmentally sustainable, mixed-use new construction development to achieve LEED certification.” City Center has figured out a way to conserve energy, but still attract tourists with its glitz and glam.

City Center has taken many precautions in maintaining green. It begins with the amount of energy they use and how they maintain it. The website adds this fact about energy to give the reader some insight about how much they save, “The amount of energy saved by the efficient design of CityCenter is equal to the average annual power use of 8,800 homes.” The center generates its own electricity from a plant on-site. This plant uses natural gas to fuel it, which then fuels the whole center. Low wattage bulbs are also used to light the rooms, public spaces, and garages. An interesting way that has helped to conserve energy, as well, is the window glazing. It reflects and deflects the intense summer heat before it enters the buildings. Not only have they saved on energy, but water as well.

Water is a precious commodity in Las Vegas because of the drought we are experiencing. City Center has taken precautions to use the least amount of water as possible. During the building process, water was taken from Monte Carlo’s cooling tower to control the dust. It saved 2.4 million gallons of potable water. Special showerheads, faucets, and toilets were selected for their appeal and functionality. They deliver a low-flow and save 30 percent on water compared to other fixtures. Lastly, drought resistant landscaping was installed as a water-conscience effort. Since the center made these changes, it now saves nearly 50 million gallons of water each year.

Recycling is a major concern and CityCenter has come up with a program to help address this issue. City Center’s website states, “Recycling at the CityCenter site began before the first brick was laid. A single structure had to be removed from the site prior to construction. More than 85 percent of the materials from the old Boardwalk hotel were reused or recycled, keeping tons of materials from going into local landfills and preventing the need to manufacture new materials where old materials already on site could be utilized.” Also, after City Center was doing being built, according to the website, more than 94% of construction debris at City Center has been delivered to landfills. Once the structures were built and ready to open, they went to four recycling docks. The docks recycle things such as paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, metals, kitchen grease…etc. These are just some of the steps that they have taken to maintain LEED.

It’s impressive what City Center has done to prove that they can be conscious of the environment, but still attract Las Vegas locals and tourists. The center is designed beautifully and offers an array of activities. There are restaurants, nightclubs, rooms, and casinos for people to explore. It has kept not only the people in mind, but also the environment as well in a city that has so much tourism and spends a lot of money on energy to maintain that tourism. It’s a great example of what Las Vegas should aim to be and gives us a starting point of what we can do to make our city more energy aware.






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