In a city that powers itself up so bright that it can be seen from space at night, it may be a bit surprising to hear that Las Vegas really is making strives in becoming green, even if it won't turn off the lights. From getting rid of those old florescent bulbs (safely) to greening up business meetings and special events, Vegas is on the road to being, dare we say, eco-friendly.
In fact, in early 2011 two of Las Vegas' biggest gaming/hospitality brands were honored by the US Green Building Council's Nevada Chapter for their green achievements.
MGM Resorts International, the parent company of such famed Las Vegas resorts as Bellagio, MGM Grand and The Mirage, was presented with two awards by the US Green Building Council's Nevada Chapter - "Exceptional Leadership and Advocacy - LEED Project" for its CityCenter project, a dense mixed-use complex which obtained six LEED Gold certificates, and for "Organizational Excellence."
A green project from inception to completion, CityCenter (comprised of a combination of hotels, condo/hotels, retail shops and restaurants) uses natural light to cut down on artificial lighting needs, offers VIP guests access to the world's first fleet of stretch CNG limos, utilizes low-flow water fixtures, desert landscaping, and more.
One of MGM Resort's biggest competitors, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, also was honored for its strives toward being a green meeting machine. The US Green Building Council's Nevada Chapter awarded the company an "Organizational Excellence" award as well.
Caesars, known for Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, the Rio and more in Las Vegas, was recognized for its CodeGreen programs which touch on a wide-range of internal initiatives like repurposing convention and office supplies to help local educators to pledging to cut greenhouse emissions by 10 percent by 2013. Other eco-friendly measures include recycling waste vegetable oil and replacing millions of light bulbs for more energy efficient versions.