MGM Resorts International is an entertainment and hospitality company that owns and invests in resorts across three states in America, as well as Macau, China. The company has implemented a global strategy as they continue to expand on an international level. They operate a number of hotels in Las Vegas, including the MGM Grand, one of the largest in the world with over 7,000 rooms for guests.
The Green Key Global programme is a world-wide eco-award presented to resorts that are raising awareness of environmental issues while actively reducing their business energy usage. It promotes green credentials in the hospitality industry using a rating system to evaluate properties. Fifteen of MGM Resorts’ properties have received Green Key certification with four properties holding the elite ‘5 Keys’.
The CityCenter Campus
Exceptional green credentials
With 23 resorts, including hotels and casinos, MGM Resorts is conscious of its environmental responsibility and applies this to all its properties.
Bellagio in Las Vegas is one of only six in North America to have received ‘5 Green Keys’ for energy efficiency. Green Key grants this award to less than 2% of its participating properties.
The hotel also runs an employee communication programme offering helpful conservation tips and sustainability information.
MGM Resorts has focused on five key areas that contribute to the company’s carbon footprint:
• Energy and water
• The supply chain
• Green building
• Outreach and education
• Waste and recycling
The company’s CityCenter campus including ARIA Resort & Casino has achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the US Green Buildings Council. The resort is the largest LEED Gold-certified development in the world and was awarded the accolade for innovative and eco-friendly design and construction.
The development was designed to save between 30% more water, compared to typical resorts. This reduced carbon emissions and saved energy across all operations.
CityCenter includes 4,000 room resort, 700,000 sq ft conference centre, two hotels, two residential towers and a retail shopping district. The resort cost $8.5 billion (£4.97 billion) to build and is the most expensive and ambitious development to have ever taken place on the Las Vegas Strip.
MGM Resorts has adopted a sustainable approach in development and operations, which resulted in 420 million kilowatt hours of energy saved in the past five years at its resorts. It was a massive undertaking and included efforts such as:
• Retrofitting meeting spaces with light sensors and energy efficient lighting.
• Installing custom programmes to deactivate heating, ventilation and air conditioning while spaces are not in use.
• Fitting nearly 3,000 slot machines with custom LED lamp applications.
LED Lights are energy efficient, durable and cost-effective, as they have a long lifespan. Efficient lighting is one of the many ways in which MGM Resorts has committed to reducing their energy consumption 20% by the year 2020.
The good news is you don’t have to be MGM to take energy-saving steps. Energy efficiency is something any business can get serious about. So, if you’re interested, please take a look at some more of our business energy saving tips.
In a series of posts, we will be taking a closer look at the energy efficiency efforts being implemented in areas not usually associated with energy-saving and investing in the environment.