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Las Vegas puts sustainability in the spotlight

July 09, 2010
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LAS VEGAS – Mayor Oscar Goodman Thursday announced the city is teaming up with energy management firm Hara to audit the gaming capital''s power usage, according to CNBC.
"Las Vegas is striving to build a more sustainable community by investing in strategies to conserve energy and increase efficiencies," said Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman.
Goodman says what the city discovers in its energy-use analysis could "definitely" find its way into the city''s energy-use policies for all its residents and businesses, the article stated.
The city government has already taken some steps towards greater energy efficiency, including the conversion of 97 percent of its vehicle fleet to greener fuels and the installation of solar panels on city-owned parking garages, the article noted.
According to the article, MGM Mirage''s massive 18 million-square foot CityCenter complex opened in December 2009 with several environmental innovations, both large and small, including a dedicated 8.5-megawatt, natural-gas-fired power plant to produce enough clean energy to power almost 3,000 typical homes and small air conditioners built into the bases of slot machine bases to cool guests from the floor up instead of from the ceiling down.
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