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.
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.
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
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.
GE Reports: “The Venetian | The Palazzo, in conjunction with the Sands Expo Center, is the first and only property on the Las Vegas Strip to receive U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings”
As part of our Sands ECO360° program, we are making major LED lighting upgrades to our resorts. For a recent summary of our progress, below is an excerpt from an article published yesterday at GE Reports:
A visitor could be forgiven if the first thing that comes to mind while walking down the Las Vegas Strip isn’t energy efficiency…. But efficient lighting—and the environmental and energy savings that come along with it—is exactly what the Las Vegas Sands Corp. is after. That’s why the company is completing several major LED lighting upgrades at its iconic resorts, The Venetian|The Palazzo….
In conference spaces across both properties, the company hired GE to replace 120-watt halogen bulbs with 5,700 12-watt LEDs rated to last through 25,000 hours of operation. The switch is expected to reduce the Sands’ annual electricity use by nearly 4.1 million kilowatt-hours, saving more than $400,000 in annual lighting costs. It will also mean less work to replace burnt-out bulbs….
GE has already retrofitted more than 7,000 guest suites at both locations with 7-watt PAR20 LED lamps and 10- and 15-watt compact fluorescent lighting bulbs. The improvements in both meeting spaces and guest rooms have already reduced Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s annual lighting spend by about $2 million….
But efforts aren’t ending with these smaller rooms. Sands just doubled down on its commitment to saving energy—placing an initial order for 11,000 LED candelabra lamps for ballrooms and corridors. The fixtures’ custom-designed lighting produces a lower color temperature with higher lumens to meet the resorts’ needs in these more public spaces.
This entire suite of lighting upgrades is being executed as part of a program called Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability, in which the company is working to save potable water, reduce waste and lower energy consumption across its properties.
Heather Wilson Coode, hospitality marketing manager for GE Lighting, said Las Vegas Sands is at the forefront of the hospitality industry’s rising corporate responsibility efforts. “Las Vegas Sands Corp. has demonstrated a measurable commitment to protecting the environment with energy-saving practices, and GE will help the company make an even bigger impact,” she said.
In the ever-changing global environment, it is the duty of individuals and companies alike to protect Mother Earth. I’ve seen an increasing number of conversations among thought-leaders revolving around sustainability and green initiatives. It is no different here at Marina Bay Sands, with our global Sands Eco 360° program.
In conjunction with Sands Eco 360°, Marina Bay Sands hosted Sir Richard Branson, one of Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, the Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group of companies and the Carbon War Room. As a gateway to Asia, Singapore was chosen as the location for the inaugural Creating Climate Wealth Workshops Summit held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
Topics pertaining to climate change and the economic opportunity for businesses to ‘do good’ were raised by Sir Richard Branson and a panel, which included George Tanasijevich, President and CEO of Marina Bay Sands, Peter Boyd [CEO] and Jose Maria Figueres [President] of Carbon War Room. Members of the media were present at the press conference held at the Sands SkyPark. Read more at Sir Richard Branson’s blog.
(From left to right) Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer of Carbon War Room, Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands, Sir Richard Branson, Jose Maria Figueres, President of Carbon War Room
Marina Bay Sands has become the first event and conference venue outside the US to be certified under a new international sustainability standard in the MICE space. Earlier this year, we launched our Sands Eco 360° Meetings Program to provide environmentally preferable choices and options to meeting planners and clients.
In addition, Marina Bay Sands will continue to honour our commitment to our “I Will If You Will” WWF Earth Hour Pledge by turning off all non-essential façade lights and outdoor lighting for one hour each month for a year. I am proud to be part of a company that is committed to protect our environment with our long-term sustainability initiatives.
Following on the heels of the Las Vegas Review Journal’s “Green Award,” we published the Addendum to our 2012 Environmental Report today highlighting our sustainable practices at all of our properties during the last year.
At our company, “being green” is neither a fad nor a fixed destination. Rather, it’s an ongoing effort to set goals, achieve them, and keep improving the communities in which we do business.
Over the last year, we saw positive impact in all four pillars of our Sands ECO360° strategy.
In our Green Buildings pillar, for example, we performed extensive environmental assessments of our new development projects. Marina Bay Sands also became the largest EarthCheck bronze-benchmarked building in Asia. Moreover, we partnered with General Electric to develop a brand new LED light bulb that outperforms current lighting technology. All of these new efforts were part of our wider philosophy that the foundation of a successful sustainability program must start from the ground up with high-performance buildings.
Another pillar—Environmentally Responsible Operations —integrated our green strategies into daily resort operations, so as to meet our annual conservation targets. In 2012, we adopted ionized water technology for green cleaning in Bethlehem that reduces the use of chemicals. We centralized the building management systems of all Macao properties to better balance energy efficiency with guest comfort. And, in the desert of Las Vegas, where water is scarce, we expanded our nano-filtration system to use treated nuisance water to refill fountains and our new low-flow urinals use only 0.125 gallons per flush.
Our Green Meetings pillar—which designs customized sustainable meeting experiences for our clients and their attendees—also gained momentum. We trained 300 team members globally and appointed Green Meetings Concierges to guide clients throughout the planning process. We also created property-specific planning tools outlining sustainability standards and options, such as resource conservation practices and sustainable food choices. Furthermore, we developed an event Impact Statement to summarize statistics about energy and water use, recycling rates, carbon emissions and other sustainability metrics. What’s more, to encourage attendees to give back to the local community, we established participant volunteer programs.
As part of our “Stakeholder Engagement” pillar—which works to educate and serve both our Team Members and our wider communities—we launched the Sands ECO360° Quarterly publication, which helps educate our team members on sustainability practices. We also reported our carbon inventory and energy management strategy through the Carbon Disclosure Project. Meanwhile, at Marina Bay Sands, Team Members were invited to volunteer for the Go Green Ambassadors program to promote green activities among their colleagues.
As a result of these and other sustainability efforts, we had the greatest improvement of all companies listed in the Newsweek Green Rankings, an impartial study of how our green program has progressed.
Rishi Tirupari from our sustainability department, and Lisa Witherell from Sands Expo, receive Las Vegas Business Press’s Green Award.
After examining more than 50 nominations, the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Business Press chose nine winners in their latest annual installment of Green Awards. Among those companies to make the list were The Venetian|Palazzo and Sands Expo. Here’s some of what they had to say about our environmental initiatives:
Over the last few years, The Venetian and Palazzo have supported sustainable initiatives to reduce waste and eventually recycle more of what they use in an effort to cut down on what the two properties deposit in local landfills. The Strip resorts, owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp., have implemented a number of programs, including upstream sorting and an incentive program, according to Rishi Tirupari, assistant director of sustainability at The Venetian.
“We recognize that the more diligently the dock employees work to sort recyclables, the higher our diversion rate becomes,” Tirupari said. “Knowing this, we created a program that financially incentivizes the workers to increase the diversion rate.”
The Venetian also has an extensive program that reuses or composts more than 700 tons or organic material a month, with much of the food scraps reused as feed for pigs at RC Farms in North Las Vegas. The rest gets trucked out of Las Vegas and thrown on a compost pile.
Other recycling efforts include faculty shops separating every type of material from glass to wood and metals, and the recycling of plastic room keys.
Gene Capuano, vice president of convention & exhibition operations, accepts IIFA’s sustainability award on behalf of The Venetian Macao.
At the recent International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend, The Venetian Macao was honored with a partner award for creating the Green IIFA sustainability program. While celebrating the talent and creativity of Indian Cinema–with fun-filled activities that gave fans the opportunity to meet their favorite stars–The Venetian Macao implemented an array of environmentally-friendly initiatives throughout the event.
Among the green initiatives were state-of-the art water flow controllers; advanced energy conserving technologies that monitored lights and air conditioning; and energy-efficient audio-visual equipment. The Venetian Macao also introduced a variety of organic, vegetarian and sustainable seafood items into the food menus, as well as carried out a mass recycling program (including soap recycling in partnership with Clean The World). Even the runway carpet that the film stars walked down was green—literally and figuratively—to represent our shared dedication to sustainability and healthy living.
In the end, these and other sustainability measures helped solidify The Venetian Macao as a leading green meetings venue in Asia.
Gene Capuano, the Venetian Macao vice-president of convention and exhibition operations, accepted the award and said he was grateful to the IIFA for their recognition. “Our entire operations team is on board with creating more environmentally responsible events for our clients,” he said. “Being able to educate and support them with these initiatives is of the utmost importance to us.”
The IIFA’s long-time commitment to sustainability, he said, made the award especially gratifying to receive.