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History made in Vegas

May 27, 2010
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LAS VEGAS — There were two local Las Vegas historical events last week, significant because each signals what one hopes is the beginning of a new era in two critically important areas of life in Vegas, according to The Huffington Post.
First up was the official reopening of 302 East Carson Avenue, an 11-story, 162,000-square-foot 1960s office building that was environmentally outdated, the article noted.
In 13 months with an investment of $11.5 million, the building became the first in the state of Nevada to be awarded Gold certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the article stated.
To celebrate the completion of the project, an event announcing the achievement was held in the building last week. Speakers at the event included Rick Fedrizzi, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and former President Bill Clinton.
President Clinton closed the event and said that he would "come to Las Vegas on the flimsiest of excuses." But, said the founder of the Clinton Global initiative (CGI), the non-governmental organization (NGO) he founded in 2005, he was in Las Vegas that day because he thinks "Shangri-La [one of the companies responsible for the retrofitting] is the best green building company in the country."
Clinton went on to say that his foundation asks how a project can be done faster, cheaper, better and that they work with private sector partners.
"I believe," he added, "that climate change is a huge problem. I think we have only scratched the surface of what we have to do. But I also believe that changing the way we consume and produce energy is the number one thing we can do in America to get the jobs engine going again, to improve our national security by making us less dependent on either imported or otherwise destructive sources of energy and to make a safer environment for our kids and grandkids."
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