Award-winning solar home with spectacular desert views asks $5.35M

August 28, 2020 by  
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On the edge of the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, just outside of Las Vegas, an AIA award-winning home has hit the market for $5.35 million. Designed by PUNCH Architecture and built by Bugbee Custom Homes, this custom, 3,270-square-foot residence embraces the breathtaking desert landscape with carefully framed views and an indoor/outdoor design approach. The luxury Montana Court home is built largely with natural, modern materials and is topped with solar panels as well as a living roof. Recognized by the American Institute of Architecture’s Las Vegas chapter for its architectural innovation and design, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath luxury home keeps the spotlight on the southern Nevada desert landscape with a restrained palette and contemporary aesthetic. The two-story home is built into the mountainous landscape and blends in with the desert with a natural materials palette, which will develop a patina over time. According to the real estate firm, The Ivan Sher Group, this site-sensitive approach is an exception to the typical Las Vegas luxury home, which tends to stand out from the background rather than complement it. Related: Sustainable desert home has a small water footprint in Nevada “This is a home for those who fully appreciate nature and the outdoors, in addition to the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip,” said listing agent Anthony Spiegel. “There are panoramic views of Blue Diamond’s stunning mountain and desert scenery, and at night you can see millions of stars light up the sky. This home is also nearby one of the top biking trail systems in Southern Nevada, allowing residents the convenience to ride at any time.” Located in the small town of Blue Diamond, the Montana Court home is nestled among Joshua and Pinion trees, cacti, creosotes and rock formations in a setting that offers complete privacy in the outdoors. The exterior is wrapped in weathered steel that will evolve as the home ages. The home also includes a 1,200-square-foot garage, outdoor shower, barbecue area, fire pit and multiple sheltered outdoor spaces that seamlessly transition to the indoors through full-height glass doors. + 4 Montana Court Listing Images courtesy of The Ivan Sher Group

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Redwoods, condor sanctuary are damaged in California wildfires

August 28, 2020 by  
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The beloved giants of Big Basin Redwoods State Park have been facing massive wildfires in California. Fortunately, many survived, proving how tough and resilient these trees can be, although there has still been considerable damage. Meanwhile, a condor sanctuary has also been devastated, with experts fearing the loss of some of these critically endangered birds. Big Basin’s redwoods have stood in the Santa Cruz Mountains for more than 1,000 years. In 1902, the area became California’s first state park. The trees are a combination of old-growth and second-growth redwood forest, mixed with oaks, conifer and chaparral. The park is a popular hiking destination with more than 80 miles of trails, multiple waterfalls and good bird-watching opportunities. Related: Arctic wildfires rage through Siberia Early reports of the Santa Cruz Lightning Complex fires claimed the redwood trees were all gone. But a visitor on Tuesday found most trees still intact, though the park’s historic headquarters and other structures had burned in the fires. “But the forest is not gone,” Laura McLendon, conservation director for the Sempervirens Fund, told KQED . “It will regrow. Every old growth redwood I’ve ever seen, in Big Basin and other parks, has fire scars on them. They’ve been through multiple fires, possibly worse than this.” Scientists have done some interesting studies on redwoods, including one concluding that redwoods might be benefiting from climate change . A warming climate means less fog in northern California, which allows redwoods more sunshine and therefore more photosynthesis. Researchers have also looked into cloning giant redwoods, which could save the species if they burn in future fires. A sanctuary for endangered condors in Big Sur also suffered from the wildfires. Kelly Sorenson, executive director of Ventana Wildlife Society, which operates the sanctuary, watched in horror as fire took out a remote camera trained on a condor chick in a nest. Sorenson saw the chick’s parents fly away. “We were horrified. It was hard to watch. We still don’t know if the chick survived, or how well the free-flying birds have done,” Sorenson told the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m concerned we may have lost some condors. Any loss is a setback. I’m trying to keep the faith and keep hopeful.” The fate of at least four other wild condors who live in the sanctuary is also still unknown. Via CleanTechnica , EcoWatch and KQED Image via Anita Ritenour

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5 transportation tech trends to watch

November 30, 2018 by  
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Cities that predict potholes, robo-taxis in Vegas, shared micro-mobility options and an EV charging buildout? What we heard backstage at VERGE 18.

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In Las Vegas, ride-hailing is eating away at taxis, but the effect on public transit is unclear

October 2, 2018 by  
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New mobility trends don’t necessarily stay in Vegas.

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How Las Vegas aims to be the next Silicon Valley for water innovation

October 25, 2017 by  
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With millions in state funding, a new startup incubator has begun luring water innovators to Las Vegas. The goal is to create a destination for water entrepreneurs akin to the culture of Silicon Valley.

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World’s first streetlights powered by footsteps installed in Las Vegas

November 8, 2016 by  
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Las Vegas gambles on green with world’s first solar-kinetic street lights

March 9, 2016 by  
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Las Vegas is gambling on green, making a big bet on clean energy with a plan to go 100 percent renewable . Most recently, a massive new solar plant in the Nevada desert went online. The Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power project is providing power to Sin City around the clock. In the future, solar-kinetic street lights will add to the sustainable energy mix thanks to a partnership between the City of Las Vegas and NYC-based EnGoPLANET  (formerly Volta Group), a clean tech startup with a focus on off-the-grid lighting solutions and portable solar devices. Read the rest of Las Vegas gambles on green with world’s first solar-kinetic street lights

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Las Vegas Extreme Sports Park Combines Wakeboarding, Organic Food and Repurposed Shipping Containers

July 5, 2015 by  
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Zappos Billionaire is Transforming Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center

July 31, 2014 by  
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Back in the 1940s, an entrepreneur named Bugsy Siegel had big dreams for a shimmering oasis in the heart of the Mojave desert, and from his vision, the Las Vegas as we know it today was born. 70 years later the heart of the city is crumbling, but another visionary has appeared with an entirely new dream for the struggling downtown area. Today, Zappos billionaire Tony Hsieh is working hard along with the Downtown Partnership to change Sin City into a flourishing, sustainable urban center. Read the rest of Zappos Billionaire is Transforming Downtown Las Vegas into a Sustainable Urban Center Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Downtown Las Vegas , Downtown Las Vegas revitalization , downtown Las Vegas sustainability , Downtown Partnership Las Vegas , Las Vegas downtown , Las Vegas shipping container mall , Las Vegas Tony Hsieh , sustainable cities , sustainable downtown , sustainable urban core , Tony Hsieh , Zappos Tony Hsieh

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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

January 14, 2014 by  
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While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar trees. For years the sign has been a marker that lets people know that they have arrived in Sin City. Now the sign will also act as a symbol of the city’s commitment to renewable energy. To realize their Clean Energy Project , Nevada worked with Green Chips , a non-profit focused on sustainability and the Clark County Commission to erect a three-tree solar installation next to the sign. The installation not only provides much needed shade for tourists, it also powers up what may be one of the world’s most photographed locations. Read the rest of Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Clean Energy Project Nevada , Green Chips Nevada , green energy Southern Nevada , las vegas , Las Vegas goes solar , Las Vegas sign solar tree , Las Vegas sustainability , solar installations , Solar Power , solar power initiatives , solar trees , Southern Nevada sustainability , sustainability Southern Nevada , Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign , Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign going green , Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas solar powered        

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