What happens in Vegas….is green building and energy efficiencies

What happens in Vegas…is more sustainable than you know.

Part 2 of 3 part blog series.

Like sustainability, I believe that visiting Vegas is also a journey, not just a destination. The city is never the same when you go back. Las Vegas constantly evolves to keep up with its attractiveness and appeal. Strangely, I am relating Las Vegas to the term sustainability because anyone involved with it knows that in order to be sustainable, you are also creatively evolving in innovation, collaboration and opportunity.

The Las Vegas Sands has taken an aggressive approach to sustainability, as evident with its green building and energy efficiency. 

According to U.S. Green Building Council, The Palazzo is not only the largest LEED-certified building in the world, but is over four times bigger than the second largest. As an example of its efficient technology, The Palazzo conserves enough water to provide each Nevada citizen with 266 glasses of water for a year and saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 12,000 years.  They even have valet for bicycles!

Here is a key list of green features:

• Artificial turf, drip irrigation and moisture sensors in planted areas result in more than a 75 percent reduction in irrigation needs.

• Swimming pools at The Palazzo are heated with an expansive solar pool heating system, which is one of the largest rooftop solar-thermal systems in the United States. A collection area of 18,200 square feet with 364 panels provides hot water for swimming pools and spas, utilizing the power of the sun for the comfort of our guests. The property also features 680 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a peak output of 116 kW (DC).

• Air-conditioning controls in guest suites that automatically setback by several degrees when guests are not present and reset to the desired temperature upon return.

• Team member service areas equipped with lighting occupancy sensors that shut off lights when no one is in the area.

• Interior plumbing fixtures use 37 percent less water than conventional buildings as a result of water-efficient showerheads, high-efficiency toilets and low-flow lavatory faucet aerators.

• Moisture sensors monitor real time, site specific air temperature, humidity, rainfall and other factors to provide daily watering cycle adjustment.

• A waste recycling program implemented from demolition through completion diverted more than 70 percent of waste from the landfill.

• The building’s structural steel averaged 95 percent recycled content, while the concrete averaged a 26 percent recycled content rate.

Regarding green meetings, the Las Vegas Sands is also a host for major trade shows and they host about 20 percent of the largest in the U.S. The Sands ECO360° Meetings program allows clients to customize events to meet their commitment to sustainability. One of our most popular options is the Impact Statement, which reports energy and water consumption, recycling rate, and carbon footprint of the event.

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Learn more about the Las Vegas Sands Eco 360 program.

the author

Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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