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Las Vegas Green Jobs Created by CityCenter

We’ve heard a lot about CityCenter lately. Despite recent financial troubles, the urban resort destination located in Las Vegas is expected to create thousands of jobs and help revive the city’s gaming industry. But did you know that CityCenter will be one of the world’s biggest sustainable developments, in turn creating many Las Vegas green jobs?

The resort plans to implement a green mentality to all of its components, including design, construction, operations and guest amenities. The facility is planning to receive gold and silver LEED ratings from the U.S. Green Building Council throughout its hotels, residences, dining, retail and public spaces.

According to an article by the Real Estate Channel Global News Center, CityCenter has introduced mroe than 10,000 construction trade and craftsmen to green building techniques that can be implemented at other developments throughout Las Vegas and elsewhere.

“CityCenter captures the energy and diversity of Las Vegas in one of the world’s largest green urban developments,” Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage, said. “Designing CityCenter with sustainable elements and practices reinforces its permanence and creates a healthier environment for our guests and residents, as well as for the 12,000 people who ultimately will work at CityCenter.”

During the construction and recycling phase of the project, green efforts include:

  • The Boardwalk Hotel was imploded to make way for CityCenter. About 80 percent of the previous structure has been recycled into the building materials or sent elsewhere for reuse. Crushed blocks and mortar were used in dust abatement on the construction site and as aggregate in concrete and asphalt; recycled whole and broken glass and bathroom fixtures were shipped to other countries for reuse after being wrapped in Boardwalk curtains and carpets as recycled packing materials.
  • About 95 percent of all construction waste that would have ended up in landfills has been recycled.
  • Ventilation systems have been completely sealed until installed, which protects them from the dust, smoke and harmful particles that are present on a construction site. No smoking is allowed on the site once the ventilation is sealed, which will give the buildings vastly higher indoor air quality when the facility opens.
  • CityCenter uses Forest Stewardship Council wood, which ensures wood is only taken from forests with responsible management practices. Low volatile organic compound paints are used, along with enough sustainable certified carpet to cover 140 American football fields.
  • Reclaimed water from the Monte Carlo is used for dust control in place of precious drinking water, which has contributed to savings of 2.4 million gallons of potable water.
  • A concrete batch plant allowed concrete to be generated on site saving gas and energy.
  • Each room is carefully sealed to prevent migration of tobacco smoke ensuring freshness and comfort for each guest.

Other features in CityCenter’s design and operations, as well as the overall guest experience, will help maintain the facility’s green-friendly repuation.