Everyone loves to visit Las Vegas but those that are concerned about the environment may consider Las Vegas an enemy of sustainability. Las Vegas is now on the cutting edge of the green movement. Las Vegas prides itself on alternative transportation, LEED Certified buildings, an in depth recycling program and water smart technology. Las Vegas could be a completely sustainable city within ten years if they step up their commitment.
Las Vegas LEED Certified buildings should be the best place to stay.
Las Vegas is becoming a leader in LEED Certified green building technology. The recently completed CityCenter is the largest green building development ever built and is now under full operation. MGM Mirage was meticulous during the erection of the project that all materials meet rigorous LEED Certified standards. Click here for room reservations to CityCenter.
The addition of the Venetian, the Palazzo, is also a LEED Certified project. By only booking rooms at these two hotels, visitors will be doing all they can to further the goal of 100% sustainability. Click here for reservations at Palazzo. Another hotel that believes strongly in keeping it green in Las Vegas is the Hard Rock Hotel. Click here for reservations to the Hard Rock. If these hotels are out of your price range, when booking a room ask key questions. “What is your hotel doing to help the environment?”
Transportation in Las Vegas-Keep it green with a green car rental.
While staying in Las Vegas, insist on green transportation. Las Vegas has many transportation options that do not use gas or diesel. Las Vegas has car rentals on the Las Vegas Strip that are all electric (Las Vegas Exotics) and Enterprise Car Rental has hybrids to name a few options. When visiting Las Vegas there is no excuse not to drive a green a vehicle.
Green public transportation.
Las Vegas has many green options when it comes to public transportation. The Las Vegas Monorail is an all electric form of transportation that travels from one end of the Las Vegas Strip (Sahara Hotel) to the other (MGM Grand). It is not powered by solar as of yet but that is the ultimate goal for the monorail. According to the Green City Guide Las Vegas, the monorail eliminates 135,000 tons of carbon emissions a year.
The Las Vegas bus system is called the CAT (Citizens Area Transit). Most buses used on the Las Vegas Strip use Natural gas or CNG. Most of the buses are double decker and run within ten minutes of each other but since they run clean burning fuel they create zero emissions. For CAT schedule click here.
Taxi cab companies that only use natural gas or propane to power their cars should be the only vehicles that anyone on the Las Vegas Strip should patronize. To eliminate your carbon foot print always look for a CNG sticker or a propane sticker on every cab. If this guideline fails look for a hybrid cab.
Visit the Las Vegas Springs Preserve an example of sustainability.
Change your opinion of Las Vegas and visit the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is a walking talking example of sustainability. From displays, to lectures to a nature walk, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve is an example how we need to live to make it to the next century. The Springs Preserve also has many displays paying homage to the glitzy Las Vegas past.
Also don’t pass up a chance to eat at Wolfgang Puck’s Spring Cafe, you won’t regret it. The Cafe is located within the Springs Preserve and is one of the secret pleasures of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Springs Preserve is located just West of Downtown Las Vegas at the 95 freeway and Valley View Boulevard.
Water Smart campaign and technology.
The Las Vegas Valley Water District has an intensive advertising campaign when it comes to sprinkler usage and renewable systems for Las Vegas many waterfalls and fountains. All new buildings must have water conservation style faucets and waterless urinals among some of the new building regulations. Las Vegas relies on water from the Colorado River and needs a good snow pack in the Colorado Rockies which is currently 20% below normal this year.
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