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LEED-Certified Buildings That Will Totally Surprise You (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 10/01/2010 8:39 am   Updated: 05/25/2011 5:50 pm

There are over 5000 LEED-certified projects in the United States alone. They run the gamut from hotels, schools, public libraries, sustainability think tanks, and condos.

Check out these projects that have us raising our eyebrows.

Vegas Casinos
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Many green-minded travelers might gag at the thought of visiting Las Vegas, what with all of the light shows, huge water fountains, and the air of conspicuous consumption all around.

Perhaps they will rethink that position. The city is on the leading edge of sustainable construction, with the Palazzo Hotel and Resort Casino, CityCenter’s Aria and Vdara (pictured), Venetian Resort and Sands Expo and Convention Center, and the Venetian all breaking green building barriers.

Among the usual high-tech design elements like solar panels, efficient lighting, and a robust recycling program, the Venetian and Convention Center even sends food waste off to a pig farm to use as compost or feed.
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