From Left to Right: Jenny Yu, sustainability director for Las Vegas Sands; Mandy Martin, sustainability manager for Las Vegas Sands; and Rishi Tirupari, sustainability project manager for The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas.

I thought I’d just pass on this photo from last week’s one year anniversary celebration of the Green Meeting Council’s Las Vegas Chapter. Beside me are my friends and colleagues: Mandy Martin, global sustainability manager for Las Vegas Sands, and Rishi Tirupari, sustainability project manager for The Venetian and The Palazzo.  

We had a terrific time at the event, which was attended by incredibly thoughtful and environmentally concerned people throughout Las Vegas, and I’m proud to say Sands ECO360 was the sponsor for the entertainment that night.

One of our main goals is to continue to work together to promote Las Vegas as a green meeting destination. We want this city to be known not just as a “convention city,” but more specifically as a “green convention city.”

Working with the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) will help us achieve this goal. GMIC is the premier global community solely dedicated to sustainability in the meetings and events industry, not only through education but also by spearheading research, policy and standards. GMIC is a non-profit professional meetings association with member representation in over 20 countries. It is 100% focused on advancing sustainability in the meetings industry, helping leaders of all levels.

The Las Vegas Chapter was established a year ago. Right now the organization has 33 members from Las Vegas Sands, UNLV, LVCVA, GES, Caesars, MGM, Harrah’s, Clean the World, meeting planners and AV companies.