At the core of the Desert Living Center is the NV Energy Foundation Sustainability Gallery, where you can learn about living a more eco-friendly lifestyle through a bevy of interactive exhibits, children's play areas and even an entire house full of sustainable appliances, fixtures and decor!
Explore a simulated Las Vegas neighborhood, making your way through areas focused on recycling, composting, alternative energy, sustainable construction and water conservation. Along the way, "Smart Shopper" kiosks help you learn more about making informed choices for a greener home and planet. Highlights include:
A life-size garbage truck made of recycled materials doubles as a theater, in which you can sit on trash-can chairs to view a film that shows the difference between "trash" and "treasure."
Children can crawl through a giant compost heap to explore the composition and benefits of composting. The soft foam sculpted compost pile contains larger-than-life earthworms, banana peels and yard clippings that help kids learn why compost is natural, organic and nutrient-rich.
Learn more about energy efficient technologies by engaging with interactive exhibits exploring alternative fuels such as hydrogen, bio-diesel and compressed natural gas, photovoltaic panels, wind power, household lighting options and a hybrid car with its engine exposed.
This exhibit includes the major areas of a typical Southwest home – kitchen, bathroom, living room, laundry room, even patio and landscaping – showcasing sustainable building materials and resource-efficient products for homeowners and renters. Featured items include sustainable flooring, low-flow bath fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, stylish furniture made from recycled materials and an oversized thermostat that lets visitors set it to their desired temperature and see how the changes affect seasonal energy costs, as well as recommending ideal settings.
Learn more about sustainability with our custom video games that teach you about water-smart landscaping, recyclable materials, regional culture and more. They're so much fun, you'll forget you're learning.
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