The solar thermal system at The Palazzo is among the largest in the nation

In case you missed it, Travel Weekly had a terrific article about how  “one of the best-kept secrets in the Wild West is that Sin City is really Green City.”  The article highlights the great environmental work of three companies:  MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, and us: Las Vegas Sands. Excerpt:

Known first for the Venetian resort, this Fortune 500 company seriously began examining its eco-footprint during the early stages of building its second Las Vegas property, the Palazzo, primarily because the contractor on the project was LEED-certified.

According to Katarina Tesarova, executive director of sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corp., once the Palazzo was completed, “naturally, we extended it to the existing operations because we had this beautiful new green building and we wanted to make sure that the rest of our operations were up to the same standard.”

Much of the company’s environmental strategy was organic.

“In the early stages of our environmental initiatives, things just basically evolved,” Tesarova said.

Realizing that a more strategic approach was needed, Sands Corp. looked to the LEED green building certification initiative for guidance on sustainable design, construction and operation of its business.

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