Southern California environment news and trends

Pres. Obama keeps it eco-friendly at Las Vegas hotel

Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images

In Las Vegas to deliver an early campaign speech focused on energy, President Obama stayed true to his message by checking into an eco-friendly hotel for the night.

Speaking in front of a local UPS center last Thursday, the President pressed his energy agenda, announcing plans for new oil drilling leases in Mexico. Appropriately eschewing the bright lights of the Strip, Obama and his entourage then made their way to the LEED-certified Element by Westin hotel more than ten miles away.

The boutique hotel is aggressively environmentally conscious, featuring multiple recycling bins (glass, paper and plastic) and energy-efficient appliances in every room, and EV charging stations in the parking lot. The Presidential posse booked the entire second floor of the four-story hotel. Suites at the Element like the one the President stayed in run a reasonable $170 per night.

Read More...