Archive for the ‘A Greener World’ Category

Sands Cares: Clean the World Event

April 10th, 2014 | Ciara Matthews

Team members from The Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo volunteered their time at Clean the World’s Las Vegas location last week by putting together nearly 2,000 hygiene kits that will be sent to underserved populations in our local communities and around the world. Las Vegas Sands has dedicated $1 million to Clean the World in 2014 as part of our new global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares. Clean the World works diligently to collect and recycle discarded hygiene products from hospitality companies and distributes them to those in risk of life-threatening hygiene-related diseases, such as pneumonia, cholera and dysentery. To learn more about Sands Cares and our partnership with Clean the World, visit www.sandscares.sands.com.

Today we are proud to elevate our commitment to giving back with announcement of a new global corporate citizenship program, Sands Cares.

We created Sand Cares to harness the power of our philanthropic giving, volunteerism and charitable partnerships across our regions. Sands Cares comprises three focus areas: supporting people in the company and the hospitality industry, making local communities where Las Vegas Sands operates a better place to live, and reducing environmental impact on the planet.  We regard these areas as the top priorities for our company’s corporate citizenship efforts.

Sands Cares will come to life through two major partnerships at the corporate level, along with renewed focus on the areas we support in our local communities through our properties.  At the local level, we plan to tackle the most pressing issues in each region to help make local communities a better place to live and attract new people and businesses to the area.

At the corporate level, Las Vegas Sands will donate $7 million over five years to the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Our funding will help UNLV develop the world’s premier hospitality education program for working professionals around the world to prepare our industry’s future leaders.

We’ve also given $1 million to the international nonprofit Clean the World, which will greatly accelerate the organization’s unique mission to collect and recycle discarded hygiene products from hospitality companies and distribute them to populations at risk for life-threatening, but highly preventable hygiene-related diseases.  Our team members will build thousands of hygiene kits to go back into their local communities, and our funding will help Clean the World expand its operations around the world to save more lives.

For more information about Sands Cares, visit www.sandscares.sands.com.

Sands Eco 360°: The Green Game

April 1st, 2014 | Ciara Matthews

Las Vegas Sands’ very own Katarina Tesarova, Executive Director of Global Sustainability, sat down recently with EcoBuilding Pulse to discuss the sustainable designs and operations put into place by our Sands Eco 360° team. The video interview promotes the four pillars of our global sustainability program; green buildings, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings, and stakeholder engagement. To read the full article, click here.

Las Vegas Sands Prepares for Earth Hour 2014

March 27th, 2014 | Ciara Matthews

For the fifth consecutive year, the Sands Eco 360° team will be participating in Earth Hour. The worldwide movement, organized by the World Wildlife Fund, challenges organizations and individuals alike to take part in sustainable practices by turning off their lights for one hour on March 29th from 8:30pm-9:30pm. In addition to all of our properties shutting off their exterior lights, we will be rewarding the property with the highest Team Member participation with up to $10,000 which will be donated to the eco-friendly charity of the winning property’s choice.

Our goal is to continue to push the boundaries of energy awareness by engaging both our internal and external stakeholders. By participating in Earth Hour, a global event that spans over 7,000 cities around the world, we are able to increase awareness regarding energy conservation and the impact we each have on our planet.

We understand the importance of sustainability and we encourage you to “Use Your Power” and join us in Earth Hour 2014!

Marina Bay Sands

Earth Hour at Marina Bay Sands

Las Vegas Sands Team Members supporting Earth Hour

Las Vegas Sands Team Members supporting Earth Hour

 

In September, Sands Expo—with support from Green Our Planet and Garden Farms of Nevada—established Plant It for the Planet, an urban gardening program at Monaco Middle School. The school is a recipient of Title 1 funding and a participant in the STEM Education program, a national initiative where academic subjects and instruction focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

We’re happy to report that an incredible quantity of food grew by late November, featuring 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs that have been cared for and studied by students and faculty. Sands Expo organized a Seasonal Celebration where team members, faculty and students came together to hand-pick everything that was ready, and Chef Rodney Gibson led a cooking demonstration that featured the organic ingredients that had just been harvested.

Throughout the event, students discussed nutrition; greening their community; how to use insects as organic pesticides; and other lessons for urban gardening. They wore chef’s hats as they sampled the fruits of their labor, and the joy on their faces was a delight to see. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle and teaching about sustainability, there was a clear sense of personal growth and self-reliance instilled among participants.

Sands Expo’s goal is to expand this initiative to other schools, showing faculty, students and their families the numerous benefits of urban gardening. For more information about the program, watch the video below.

Palazzo’s New Autumn Display Focuses on Sustainability

September 27th, 2013 | Rishi Tirupari

Focus is on green for this season's display at The Palazzo

Focus is on green for this season’s display at The Palazzo

Our autumn display is open free to the public through November 10. The Las Vegas Sun has the story about our environmental motivation for this season’s stunning display:

The picturesque Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens’ fall display was unveiled Tuesday morning, and this year’s focus is on sustainability and being eco-minded and honors Sands Eco360, a program that drives the company’s environmental initiatives. 

The exhibit of trees, flowers and plants reuses materials found on the property to reflect environmentally friendly programs. Highlights include the Infinity Pond (featuring moss, grasses and succulents); the Recycled Forest (construction debris, 70 percent recycled steel, bottles, wine corks and soaps); and the 1934 Hudson car centerpiece made of succulents, lichen, moss, grapevine and some 5,000 drought-resistant plants. 

Also…the East Garden Nano filtration system display represents the properties’ water-reclamation system, which recycles 5 million gallons of nuisance water a year for horticulture; and the West Bed Chocolate Cosmo Flower display made of motion-censored flowers opening and closing in harmony.

Read the rest at the Las Vegas Sun. They also published a terrific photo gallery of the display, taken by the publication’s talented contributing photographer Tom Donoghue.

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas with green exterior lights.

The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas with green exterior lights.

You may have noticed recently that The Venetian and Palazzo Las Vegas colored their exterior lights green. Why? Because we wanted to celebrate the fact that our convention and meetings complex, including Sands Expo, became the first venue in the world to receive the advanced Level Two industry certification for environmentally sustainable meetings and events. VegasNews.com covered the story:

The certification – called Level Two Certification to the ASTM Standard – is a designation of the meeting industry’s comprehensive standards for environmentally sustainable meetings, created through a partnership of the Convention Industry Council’s APEX initiative and ASTM International. This designation is considered the most relevant to the meetings industry because it reflects standards that are catered to meetings, events, trade shows and conferences. In addition, it is backed by ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.

Read the rest here.

Photos from Sands Expo Urban Gardening Program

September 11th, 2013 | Lisa Witherell

Following up on my previous blog post, here are some photos from our “Plant it for the Planet” urban gardening program last Friday at a Las Vegas middle school.

One of the plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture

One of the plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture

Getting the kids motivated to plant

Getting the kids motivated to plant

Building the garden frames

Building the garden frames

Getting the soil ready

Getting the soil ready

Students planting

Students planting

Learning how to plant

Learning how to plant

Great team work

Great team work

20 kinds of vegetables and herbs were planted by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty

20 kinds of vegetables and herbs were planted by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty

Sands Expo–with support from Green our Planet and Garden Farms of Nevada–has established an urban gardening program at a local middle school.

This project, dubbed “Plant It for the Planet”, kicked off Friday, September 6th with the presentation of a Proclamation from Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, the installation of plaques commemorating the start of the yearlong venture, and the planting of 20 kinds of vegetables and herbs by Sands Expo team members, students, parents and faculty.

The selected school is a recipient of Title 1 funding, and recently joined the STEM Education program, a national endeavor where core academic subjects and classroom instruction emphasize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Throughout the school year, the urban gardening project will be integrated into these aspects of the curriculum.

Students having fun with greens

Students having fun with greens

Continued involvement from Sands Expo will provide supplemental opportunities for students and their families to learn about nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, sustainability, and how projects like this promote personal growth and a sense of self-reliance.

Sands Expo remains dedicated to establishing and strengthening collaborative efforts between “corporation” and “community”, and expects that this urban gardening project represents the first of many.

Las Vegas Sands has issued a challenge. For the first time in the hotel industry, we are asking UNLV students to discover new ways for us to raise the environmental standards of our operations. This coming Monday—September 9, 2013, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.–is the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Summit, which will bring together current and future leaders in sustainability.

What is most exciting, at the event we will introduce the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Student Challenge. The intent is to spark the innovation needed to leave a cleaner and safer environment for future generations.

Student teams participating in the challenge will be asked to research, create and develop a plan to help Las Vegas Sands achieve even greener operations. The winning student or team will be awarded a $50,000 academic achievement award and the chance to have their idea implemented at The Venetian|The Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas.

If you’re interested in coming–and we hope you are–then join us on Monday, September 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Philip J. Cohen Theatre inside the UNLV Student Union.