Lexus obtains LEED Gold

In a time when the local and national economy -- and the automobile industry, in particular -- is facing so many challenges, Lexus of Las Vegas has illustrated its continued commitment to investing in the Southern Nevada region by remodeling its dealership in an environmentally conscious manner, achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification for Existing Buildings.

"Lexus was the first luxury car manufacturer to provide a hybrid V-8 model, and has been at the forefront of providing environmental solutions to the automobile industry ever since," said Lee Butler, general manager of Lexus of Las Vegas. "We are proud to be formally recognized for our efforts, although our motivation for this project comes from both personal and corporate philosophies to better the communities in which we live and work."

Lexus of Las Vegas is one of only two facilities in Nevada to receive the United States Green Building Council certification for Existing Buildings and is the only company in Nevada to have achieved the gold standard for existing buildings, a certification held by only 45 buildings in the world.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the categories that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

The luxury car dealership located on West Sahara Avenue is being recognized for its overall environmental savings, including 20 percent in energy reduction, 42 percent in process water reduction and 97 percent in landfill use reduction. Lexus of Las Vegas implemented plans for recycling, sustainable purchasing, low-mercury lighting, energy management and water-use reduction to obtain its LEED EB Gold certification.

Lexus of Las Vegas also implemented an Alternative Transportation Plan in which 10 percent of all employees take part in Club Ride, a program provided by the Regional Transportation Commission. The company also created a car pool and preferred-parking program for employees who either car pool or drive alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles to work.

Lexus of Las Vegas earned 53 points overall to obtain its gold status. Lexus received 16 materials and resources points, eight optimize energy points, four points for alternative transportation community plan, three points for recycling plan, two points for land restoration at Las Vegas Springs Preserve and the company earned an innovation point for process water reduction and one for additional innovation for reduction in water transit.

Community partners that contributed to Lexus' LEED Gold EB certification include Sustainable Energy Solutions, Evergreen Recycling and the Regional Transportation Commission, Bombard Electric, Larkin Plumbing, Evolution Equipment, Interstate Services, Penhall Co. and Linc Services, to name a few.

In addition to its LEED Gold EB certification, this fall, the dealership released its newest and fourth addition to the Lexus hybrid lineup, further illustrating its commitment to the environment. The HS Hybrid is Lexus' newest hybrid model, featuring a unique aerodynamic design that contributes to an impressive 35-mpg combined U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gas-mileage rating. On the inside, the car was made with sustainable materials unrivaled in any other production vehicle using Ecological Plastics and plant-based materials. Other Lexus Hybrid models include the LS Hybrid, GS Hybrid and the RX Hybrid.

Lexus of Las Vegas is on the leading edge of providing the ultimate driving experience to its customers and providing sustainable environmental solutions to Southern Nevada. The dealership is located at 6600 W. Sahara Ave. and can be reached at or by calling 942-6600.