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Las Vegas buildings receive LEED Gold certifications
MGM Mirage has announced that two buildings in its new CityCenter complex have received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Hotel and Veer Towers, a residential building, both earned the council's rating to complete the certification process for the entire complex.
CityCenter now holds six Gold certifications, highest LEED achievement of any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas.
Other environmentally friendly features of the complex include a natural gas co-generation plant, a limousine fleet that runs on clean-burning fuel, water conservation technology, slot machines that double as air conditioning units to save power, a large-scale recycling program and green building skills training for members of the complex's construction team.
Such initiatives are intended to offer "a remarkable demonstration that a community can be both beautiful and sustainable," said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter.
Individuals who wish to take advantage of the career opportunities offered by such eco-friendly developments may consider enrolling in associates, bachelors or masters programs in sustainable management or green architecture and building.
The demand for architects - particularly those with green design skills - is expected to grow by 18 percent over the next seven years. In May 2006, professionals in this field earned an average of $64,150 annually.