Las Vegas: Neon sustainability

lvneonBeing a green city is the new target. Bright lights give way to new more ecological concepts. In centers like Cashman and Las Vegas Convention Center 68% recycled materials, some 3,288 tons and four charging stations for electric vehicles they have just been installed. Several resorts have also adopted sustainable programs.

Waste and excess are your letters, but the city is reinventing light. Authority Convention and Visitors Las Vegas (LVCVA) promotes practices such as the use of sustainable products, energy efficient lighting, water conservation, choosing sustainable food, green building, reducing carbon emissions, cleaning and recycling of excess soap for use in developing countries and donating food to food banks. Major hotel companies leading the change.

Caesars Entertainment
Minimize the use of water and energy and generate less waste. It is the priority in their resorts and casinos. The company launched its green plan in 2008 and now has 200 trained managers to run sustainable events. The company also rewards employees incorporate these measures in their homes, and has awarded $ 80,000 (58,000 €) in loans reward their workers through energy audits. Gwen Migita, vice president of sustainability issues and community says that has also reinforced the bottom line and core values of the brand. “The learning lesson for us has been how to link sustainability to our business model,” he said. “We recognize that satisfied customers are loyal customers and these bonds represent profitability.”
Next on the agenda is a plan to add more electric vehicles and charging stations to its properties.

MGM Resorts
MGM Resorts has its own comprehensive sustainability program, Green Advantage, which focuses on five main areas: conservation of natural resources, sustainable construction and renovation, waste management, sustainable supply chain and education and communication.
The company has also projected the second largest array of solar energy in the nation. The system should cover 20,000 panels on the roof of the largest convention center, producing 6.2 MW of energy.
“Green Advantage is the platform MGM Resorts International to ensure that decisions on the environment are at the forefront of our business operations and facilities,” said Cindy Ortega, senior vice president of the company and director of sustainability.

Sands Corporation
The Sands Expo and Convention Center at the Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas became the first in the world to achieve the APEX / ASTM certification level 2. For its sustainable practices in nine sectors, including audiovisual, transportation, meeting space and food and beverage.
This achievement occurred immediately after the ambitious “program Sands ECO360 ° Meetings”, which was launched in 2011 to provide holistic sustainable options for planners. A “Green Meeting Concierge” serves as a guide for planning meetings and events help customize based on specific needs.

But there’s more, The Wynn Las Vegas operates one of the most aggressive recycling programs in the city (which diverts some 1,595 tons of waste from landfills each year). And Boyd Gaming Corporation became the first nation to win the Silver LEED certification for its laundry service.

This does not mean that Las Vegas is perfect, or that no more work to do. In fact, many of the statistics are still worrying: the high demand for electricity and the few water resources they possess are a few examples. Although, according Taryle Spain, director of services LVCVA, the future is green and these initiatives are “just the beginning, will continue developing actions to develop and implement new green ideas, to transform the city into one of the most sustainable in the country to meetings and events. “