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Since this is my first blog post on Sands Confidential, I suppose I should introduce myself. I’m Ryan Green, the sustainable development coordinator for the Sands Expo at The Venetian|Palazzo. You can see me in the video below, which describes the kind of work I do:

Over the last year, our recycling outreach program has been gaining tremendous speed. I want take a moment to recap for you what we’ve done, and I want to especially thank my fellow team members for doing so much to make our recycling program such a success.

We’ve literally received hundreds of pounds of donations from team members, including light bulbs and mirrors from our facilities team who removed the items from the guest suites. They were then donated to Habitat for Humanity to assist in building new homes.

Hundreds of gallons of our paint was distributed to several organizations including the Animal Foundation, the Graffiti Abatement Program, Opportunity Village, the Greener Blocks Event in April 2012, and more.

We’ve also received hundreds of gallons of old paint that we then distributed to several organizations including the Animal Foundation, the Graffiti Abatement Program, Opportunity Village, the Greener Blocks Event in April 2012, and more.

The Greener Blocks hosted a community building event to clean up a downtown city block in Las Vegas in April 2012. They used our paint and a few dozen light bulbs. We also distributed several thousand CFL bulbs at the local GreenFest event, in partnership with the NEWH charity to educate Las Vegas residents on the importance of energy efficient lighting. Read the rest of this entry »

As part of our company’s environmental efforts we’ve installed electric car charging stations.

Stan Hanel, who’s worked in the electronics industry for more than 30 years and is a long-time member of the Electric Auto Association and the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, published a fantastic article today about The Venetian’s electric vehicle charging stations. The full article can be read at the Las Vegas Review Journal, but here’s an excerpt:

A guest plugs in.

The Venetian is the latest hotel-casino in Las Vegas to add electric vehicle supply equipment to its parking facility. It will provide free electrons to drivers of electric cars to refuel their battery packs while visiting the Grand Canal Shoppes.

The charging equipment is on the sixth floor of the self-parking garage near the elevators. The two stations can be used to recharge the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i, Fisker Karma, Toyota Prius PHV, Ford Focus EV, CODA sedan or any other plug-in electric vehicles that use the automotive industry’s standard connectors. The charging stations are rated at AC Level 2, which means they can supply 240 volts of current to charge these vehicles in three to six hours, depending on battery-pack size.

Save money at The Venetian’s electric vehicle charging stations.

This installation complements three Tesla Motors’ high-power charging stations that have been at the valet parking garage of the Palazzo for more than a year, to provide free electrons to owners of the Tesla Roadster and now the 2012 Model S.

“The Venetian and the Palazzo have made alternate transportation a priority because we want to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve natural resources and lessen dependence on traditional automobiles,” said Rishi Tirupari, sustainability project manager for both properties.

Las Vegas Sun: “Perfect, perfect, perfect!” That’s how art historian Dr. Carlo Pedretti described “Horse and Rider,” the Leonardo da Vinci sculpture whose mold and original bronze cast were put on view to the public for the first time Tuesday inside the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery’s “Da Vinci — The Genius” exhibit at the Venetian.

Leonardo da Vinci's “Horse and Rider” sculpture displayed at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery in The Venetian

A renowned expert on the life and works of da Vinci, Pedretti’s words didn’t come easily — particularly given that the work is considered to be the only surviving examples of da Vinci’s sculpture work.

The original sculpture, thought to be a study for a larger equine portrait of da Vinci’s friend and patron Charles D’Amboise, was crafted over 500 years ago from a block of beeswax. While the artist’s casting process was never completed, a mold and bronze cast were made from the work in 1985. “Horse and Rider,” owned by businessman and civil engineer Richard A. Lewis, has only been shown in private gatherings before Tuesday’s unveiling.

Read the rest here.

Collectively, they’ve sold 70 million albums, won eight Grammy Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, 14 American Music Awards, seven People’s Choice Awards and 26 Academy of Country Music Awards. Yesterday, at a live ‘town-hall’ press conference, The Venetian Las Vegas announced the biggest musical event in its history: the arrival of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s “Soul2Soul.” This limited engagement, which opens on Dec. 7 and covers 10 weekends through April 2013, will take place at our 1,815-seat Venetian Theater.

August Kicks Off Month-Long Celebration of Food & Wine

August 7th, 2012 | Jeff Birchmeier

Come enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the scenic Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at The Palazzo

As we approach the finale of the three-month-long Carnevale celebration, The Venetian and The Palazzo kicked off “Cibo-Vino” (chee-bo vee-no) on Wednesday, August 1. A month long spectacular celebration of food and wine hosting a plethora of stellar events created for true foodies including chef demonstrations, wine tastings and exclusive dining experiences. These are free events you won’t want to miss if you’re in Vegas.

Carnevale Vino Tasting Tuesdays. — Every Tuesday in August, from 5 to 6 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting in the scenic Waterfall & Atrium Gardens at The Palazzo.

Learn to make sushi & sashimi with Sushi Samba Executive Chef

Carnevale Chef Demo Wednesdays. — Every Wednesday in August, from 5 to 6 p.m., a variety of talented chefs from both properties’ will showcase their expertise in cheese, fruit, sugar and ice carving with complimentary demonstrations.

Samba Roll Thursdays. — Beginning August 2, from 5 to 6 p.m., in The Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens, guests are invited to join Sushi Samba Executive Chef, John Um, to learn the art of sushi making and note-worthy techniques of sashimi cutting. A complimentary tasting of the palate-pleasing sushi rolls will take place, paired with sake tastings to enhance the flavors.

The Venetian Las Vegas Fun Facts

July 30th, 2012 | J.C.

The resort opened on May 3, 1999.

The Venetian Luxury Suite is the largest standard room on the Las Vegas Strip.

More than 300 artisans, architects, and scholars helped to recreate Venice in Las Vegas. Read the rest of this entry »

Carnevale Continues On A High Note With Music Month

July 27th, 2012 | Darcy Martinez

Surround yourself with serenading gondoliers, featured musicians, street performers, and so much more. Carnevale is a celebration of life’s greatest pleasures, and you can be part of this wonderful composition. Throughout July, our resort in Las Vegas is loaded with musical offerings. Read the rest of this entry »

Ever watch the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats? Well, if you haven’t, the show  “spotlights America’s most exciting and revolutionary restaurants. It’s the first look and the last word in everything extreme in food today. The locations range from high-end dining rooms to casual neighborhood treasures, and even roving eateries with no permanent addresses. We seek out the most amazing examples of modern dining across America.” And this weekend their amazing example is found at The Palazzo. The show will spotlight chef Sam DeMarco’s wonderful restaurant: First Food & Bar.  Watch the program on Sunday from 7 to 8 pm PDT.

In Vegas? Visit Our New Addition: The Bourbon Room

June 29th, 2012 | Jeff Birchmeier

The Bourbon Room offers the finest collection of bourbon and spirits in Las Vegas and entertainment by music video flashbacks to nostalgic rock music from the totally rad ‘80s. Located on The Venetian casino floor between Noodle Asia and Valentino, The Bourbon Room gives a backstage pass to the hottest scene in Vegas with resident VJs cranking out feel-good tunes and accompanying music videos.

To add to the experience, a talented crew of cocktail servers take to the stage several times a night in sexy and fun performances while guests sing along to their favorite songs.

The Bourbon Room will be open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m., and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 a.m.. VJs get the party started nightly in the Bourbon Room at 8 p.m. spinning classic rock hits.

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Don’t Miss Da Vinci — The Genius

June 28th, 2012 | Jeff Birchmeier

For a limited engagement at The Venetian, enjoy an interactive experience of the timeless brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci’s fascinating works. Guests will enjoy more than 200 unique pieces, including life-size machine inventions, renderings of da Vinci’s notable works and an in-depth analysis of his most famous piece, “Mona Lisa.” Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them. This inspirational exhibition will be featured near the Venetian Front Desk. Da Vinci – The Genius will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Blogger Nikki Villoria was the first out of the blocks to create a Youtube video about the exhibit. Thanks, Nikki!

We’re also giving Team Members a FREE voucher to experience this interactive exhibit from June 15 – July 3rd. Please visit Team Member Concierge at The Palazzo starting now. Vouchers must be redeemed at any Venetian Box Office for 2 admission tickets. Team Members must present their TM ID and be out of uniform to experience the exhibit.