So I’m walking along Las Vegas Boulevard, past the construction site for a new casino that looks to be about the size of Whittier, and I’ve got that smug, incredulous attitude one can have about Las Vegas, about the excess, the exorbitance, the waste, the sheer, mind-boggling stupidity of it all and . . . suddenly . . . I stop in my tracks. Solar panels! The bus stop has solar panels on it? Who would’ve thought?
And then a few steps later . . . stopped again. Plywood panels stamped with the FSC logo used for the barrier wall. FSC? In Las Vegas?
Not too long ago, I walked all around my local Home Depot in liberal, enlightened, environmentally ahead-of-the-pack Southern California looking for plywood, any wood, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and all I found that was green was pressure-treated wood with a spooky green tint.
FSC plywood in Vegas? So I do a Google search on the code stamped on the sheets — FSC SW-COC-376 — and I find out the wood was manufactured by Roseburg Forest Products in Roseburg, Ore., which is one of the most environmentally responsible lumber companies in the country.
And I think, if a massive casino site in Las Vegas can manage to go a little green, why not me in my remodel?
Later, back at the Luxor Hotel with its monumental pyramid structure (see the beast here), I think: Would it kill you to put some solar panels on that thing?
UPDATE: I see from the always-illuminating Jetson Green blog that the development I walked by is the future CityCenter and will include 18 million square feet of new construction on 76 acres. And if everything is done according to plan (and not all green intentions are carried out), it will be the largest LEED-certified green project in the world.