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ことで=because?

zuotengdazuo

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大山:これが、上海ノートホテルのイベントホールか。さすが上海一の高級ホテルだけあって、すばらしい会場ですね。
野田:ええ。それにこのホテルは、環境問題に熱心に取り組んでいることで有名なんです。省エネの取り組みが評価されて、政府から表彰されているんですよ。

Hi. Does the ことで in red mean “because”? If so, what’s the function of も in green here since we already have は in this sentence?
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The nuance here isn't really "because" but rather "is famous for X" (or "is famous for the fact that they X"). The particle も has the same "even/also" nuance that it usually carries, i.e. it's also famous for how environmentally friendly it was designed to be (in addition to being 上海一の高級ホテル, as mentioned in the previous sentence.)
 

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In addition to bentenmusume-san's explanation, you shouldn't think that ことで is a set expression. で is a particle to indicate cause/reason (e.g. 事故で電車が遅れた, 風邪で学校を休んだ), and こと is a nominalizer. で is attached only to a noun, and 取り組んでいる is a verb, so it's needed to be nominalized.
e.g.
このホテルは、環境問題に熱心に取り組んでいることでも有名だ = このホテルは、環境問題への熱心な取り組みでも有名だ
このホテルは、上海一高級なことでも有名だ = このホテルは、上海一の高級さでも有名だ
この町は空気がきれいなことで有名だ = この町は空気のきれいさで有名だ
 

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Thank you both.
So must this ことで be followed by 有名 (“be famous for” seems to be a set phrase in English)? Can it be followed by other kind of words or clauses?
 

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As I wrote in my previous post, this で is a particle to indicate the cause/reason, and こと is used there just because the preceding word "取り組んでいる" is a verb, so ことで is used in the similar situations.
e.g.
事故が起きたことで電車が遅れた。
この機械は値段が安いことで重宝されている。(=値段の安さで重宝されている)
彼は性格が悪いことで敬遠されている。(=性格の悪さで敬遠されている)
 
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