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LVS Expands Its “Green” Meetings Program

April 5th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Go Green

Sands ECO360 Meetings program is part of Sands’ overall sustainability program

Las Vegas Sands Corp., the world’s premier developer and operator of integrated resort destinations, continues to set the industry standard in developing sustainable business practices with a significant expansion of its custom Sands ECO360 Meetings program. New offerings include “Green Meeting Concierges” to guide the entire sustainable meeting planning process, “Sands ECO360 Event Impact Statement” — a report to track a meeting’s sustainability performance, and the option to add community engagement events to the meeting experience.

The Sands ECO360 Meetings program was created specifically to help Las Vegas Sands’ meeting and convention customers fully leverage the company’s award-winning investment in sustainable building and business practices. Meeting organizers interested in hosting a “green” event now have the option of working with one of Sands’ Green Meeting Concierges, trained and dedicated professionals who will seamlessly integrate Sands’ standard sustainability practices into meeting events for the minimum environmental impact. Sands’ Green Meeting Concierges also use the new Sands ECO360 Event Planning Tool to work closely with clients to customize their programs, often innovating and implementing new practices to help them meet individual sustainability goals. 

Another new option is the “Sands ECO360 Event Impact Statement,” which clients can request for their event. The report details performance against a myriad of sustainability metrics, including a carbon footprint calculation, utility consumption, recycling and waste diversion, sustainable food and community benefit.

“Our clients have a growing interest in conducting business in an environmentally responsible way, and they are asking us for more solutions to help them minimize impact on natural resources,” said John Mims, senior vice president of worldwide sales and resort marketing at Las Vegas Sands Corp. “The Sands ECO360 Meetings program continues to provide Sands’ best-in-class environmental practices, but we are now delivering more customization to meet our clients’ individual goals.”

Launched in September 2011, the Sands ECO360 Meetings program is part of Sands’ overall sustainability program, the Sands Eco 360 Global Sustainable program, introduced in March 2010. The program integrates Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s best practices, technologies and methodologies in the area of sustainability across all properties. Sands ECO360 Meetings program comprises three key focus areas: high-performance facility, standard sustainable meeting practices and green meeting options. Many of Sands’ facilities have received third-party environmental certifications, providing a foundation for a successful green meetings program. Further, all meeting clients benefit from Sands’ standard sustainable meeting practices, which are fully integrated into operations and include resource conservation procedures (e.g. equipment and lighting shut down in unoccupied spaces), paper reduction programs, waste diversion, indoor air quality management, and responsible purchasing. The customizable program offers additional options to clients, including serving sustainable food and using sustainable decorations, the ECO360 Event Impact Statement and community volunteering programs. The Sands ECO360 Meetings program has been implemented in Las Vegas Sands’ global properties in the United States, Singapore and Macao, and the meeting customers will receive consistent services worldwide. 

“Sustainable practices are an unquestioned business trend, yet they represent great complexity for many organizations,” said Michael Luehrs, president of the Green Meeting Industry Council and a sustainable business advisor for MeetGreen. ”The team behind the Sands ECO360 Meetings program is an exemplary example of leadership from which the hotel and meetings industry can directly benefit. Innovative, creative, persistent and inspired, the comprehensive and easy-to-use tools and resources they have developed save event planners valuable time and energy. Their clear commitment to customer service is evident in their exuberance and an on-going investment in staff training that has resulted in a deep expertise that is virtually unparalleled in the hospitality sector.”

Press Play: Las Vegas Sands & Earth Hour Presentation

April 1st, 2013 | Katarina Tesarova

Las Vegas Sands once again joined millions of people and organizations around the world for Earth Hour to show our commitment to conserving natural resources. What did we do? Check out this interactive presentation:

Environmental causes hold a special place in my heart. This “green” passion means I am extra proud of our Las Vegas Sands team this year. For the fourth year in a row, Sands employees around the globe are getting ready to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour on March 23.

Earth Hour is an annual environmental campaign that challenges organizations and individuals to turn off lights for one hour each March to show their commitment to green initiatives. Our participation is just one piece of Sands’ comprehensive environmental program, called Sands ECO360°.

Like in years past, our properties will turn off non-essential outdoor lighting during Earth Hour.  Check out the photos– it’s inspiring to see! 

Lights On

Lights On

Lights Off

Lights Off

This year, we have set the eco-conscious bar a little higher by joining the new Earth Hour “I Will If You Will” challenge. This new push means we’ve extended a friendly challenge to others to expand the reach of Earth Hour. For example, Conrad Macao offered to turn off its non-essential lights for one hour twice a month for the rest of the year if 10 other Macao hotels agree to switch off their lights once a month. Even better, the challenge has already been met!  A total of 13 hotels have agreed to extend their Earth Hour “lights-out” to every month of the year, even including one in South Africa. That’s the impact of one person or organization taking the lead!

But we’re not stopping there. We are challenging our nearly 50,000 Sands team members across the globe to join us to embrace Earth Hour and pledge to turn off lights at home. In the spirit of a challenge, we are planning to plant one tree for every participating employee at the property with the biggest team that joins. The competition is on!  I can’t wait to see which team wins!

I hope hearing about our team’s dedication will inspire others to join us. Let’s build momentum for this campaign and make an even bigger impact. We all share the world – and the responsibility to it. Come up with an eco-challenge and join the team!

LVS President & COO Mike Leven

Another fascinating interview with Mike Leven, our president and COO.

Writes Hotel Interactive: “For you young folks out there, today is going to be a major history lesson. Leven’s 50+ year career cast is as a central figure in the development of the modern hotel industry, and his fingerprints are everywhere. From his days running brands such as Holiday Inn and Days Inn to creating his own hotel brands like Microtel, Leven has literally done it all. He even combated racism and discrimination throughout the 1960s, which culminated in his helping hand in creating AAHOA, which is now one of the most powerful industry associations.”

Listen here at Hotel Interactive.

Exclusive interview with Sands’ President & COO Michael Leven, recorded a week before he received the Americas Lodging Investment Summit’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles. We talked about everything from his early experience with racial segregation in the hotel business to his classical education and his appreciation of the Bhagavad Gita. Such an interesting man and great business leader.

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This week the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Burba Hotel Network presents LVS President & COO Michael Leven with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americas Lodging Investment Summit, which is the world’s largest hotel investment conference. CNBC interviewed Mr. Leven whom they called an “icon of the industry.” Take a look.

Happy New Year!

January 1st, 2013 | J.C.

All of us at Las Vegas Sands would like to wish you a great new year—full of health, joy, love, success and booty swing shuffle:

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2012 | J.C.

“One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
― Andy Rooney
 

A Very Merry Christmas To You!

This photo comes from CNBC.com. For more powerful photos, look for their collection entitled “Scenes From Hurricane Sandy.”

From the American Red Cross website:

Please be a part of the Sands Cares, Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Campaign. Every dollar donated by Jan 1 will be matched by Las Vegas Sands Corp. This project supports the American Red Cross’ efforts to help the victims of one of America’s most destructive storms. Thank you for your support.

Hurricanes of 2012 and Other Related Storms

You can help people affected by disasters such as Superstorm Sandy, this year by making a donation to support 2012 Hurricanes and Other Related Storms. Your support helps the Red Cross prepare for and respond to the storms, and provide services such as food, shelter and emotional support to those impacted across the country. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

 

The most-watched comparison of mainstream company sustainability performance.

If Fortune‘s list of top 500 companies is the gold standard of business prosperity, then Newsweek’s Green Rankings is the equivalent benchmark for assessing a company’s commitment to sustainability. 

The rankings are, according to GreenBiz, “probably the most-watched comparison of mainstream company sustainability performance, both in the U.S., Newsweek’s home turf, and around the world.” 

This year saw Las Vegas Sands shoot up the environmental ranks. In the words of GreenBiz, “Las Vegas Sands Corp. hit the jackpot, rising 238 slots to #128 on the U.S. list.”

This is remarkable. Yearly environmental progress for most big companies is very slow. As GreenBiz points out, “the environmental impact scores, both in the U.S. and globally, changed only about 1 percent — that is, hardly at all.”

The fact that we jumped ahead so many slots in one year is a testament to the commitment of our senior executives, the hard work of all our team members, and, of course, the vision of our extraordinary Sands ECO360º team who develop, implement, and oversee our many sustainability projects. Well done, guys. Really well done.  

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