Skip to Main Content
by SixFigureStart | August 19, 2009


Both Pink Slipped and In Good Company (Vault's CSR blog) have promoted the environmentally-minded job sector as one of the bright spots of the future, employment-wise. So all you budding experts and green enthusiasts should take our advice and head for the next great energy-efficient hub city. It's called Las Vegas.

Really? The possibly-most-gaudily-wasteful-place-on-the-planet Las Vegas? Well, it certainly has a ways to go, but the city did recently establish Green Chips (a non-profit "meant to channel investment into clean energy and energy efficiency") with the help of local business execs, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. It's only just taking baby steps; possible initial projects include "installing a solar power system at a local charity and building houses to a (LEED) energy efficiency standard." They're gonna need people versed in renewable energy (and whatever that entails) for all those forthcoming plans, right?

A Green Chips' board member cited some examples of Las Vegas' unheralded green-ness; one casino created a water-conserving laundry operation, another decreased its greenhouse gas output after joining an EPA program, and another used materials from a demolished casino in the construction of the local CityCenter complex. Though it'll be powered by grants and donations for now, Green Chips hopes to have a revolving loan account at its disposal to help fund new solar and wind-powered systems in the future.

And the ultimate challenge: those lights! The beacons of Las Vegas -- welcoming? or warning? -- don't run on reflected moonbeams just yet, and someone's gonna get rich on turning them green. It may as well be you.

--Posted by Todd Obolsky, Vault Staff Writer

Associated Press/Darrin Bush


Want to be found by top employers? Upload Your Resume

Join Gold to Unlock Company Reviews

Subscribe to the Vault

Be the first to read new articles and get updates from the Vault team.