Natural Home Goes to Las Vegas

Explore Sin City’s greener side.

| March/April 2004

  • Photo Courtesy Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA
  • Synchronized swimmers perform in Cirque du Soleil’s “O.”
    Photo By Veronique Vial; Costumes By Dominique Lemieux

Isn’t “natural Las Vegas” an oxymoron? You might be surprised how attentive this high-rolling neon city is to conservation. Annual rainfall averages slightly more than four inches, so those who don’t manage their resources, especially water, are far too short-sighted to succeed. Finding a natural hotel or vegetarian fare is more like a hard eight than a lucky seven, but it’s possible.


The Mirage
For a breath of fresh air, The Mirage’s non-smoking floors and indoor rainforest—complete with palms, waterfalls, and lagoons—provide respite from noisy slot machines. 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South (800) 374-9000

New York New York Hotel & Casino
Guestrooms boast water-saving showerheads, sinks, and toilets, while landscaped areas use drip irrigation, reducing water usage by 80 percent. 3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South (888) 696-9887


Ethel M Chocolates
Snails, microbes, plants, and fish feast at this factory, but not on candy. They’re part of a revolutionary wastewater treatment system, the Living Machine. Sample the sweets, then tour waste-consuming technologies in tanks, marshes, and reed beds. 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson (702) 458-8864

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