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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.

Aiding in the Relief Effort

November 18th, 2013 | Ciara Matthews

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan as well as our team members who have family and friends in the region. Las Vegas Sands is showing its support for the Philippines in a variety of ways following the devastation caused by this terrible disaster. Financial assistance is being provided to the recovery efforts there by both our entities in Asia, Sands China Ltd. in Macao and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Additionally, through our existing partnership with Clean the World, LVS is funding the packaging and shipment of 40,000 hygiene kits which contain soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste and washcloths, to the area as a means of preventing the spread of hygiene-related illness.

Sands: Giving Back to Society

October 16th, 2013 | Val Chua

It’s not every weekend that a charity marathon involving tens of thousands of ordinary people takes place at a singular location over a series of separate activities, all in the name of raising money for the less privileged amongst us.

And yet that was what happened at Singapore, at Marina Bay Sands, recently in August.  Through activities as diverse as walking 4km around the bay, sprinting 57 stories up a hotel tower, dining at restaurants, bidding for auctioned luxury goods, casting votes for deserving charity pitches, or simply visiting a musical and taking a sampan boat ride, an impressive amount of over $3.6 million was raised from 16-18 August to benefit local charities in Singapore.

The momentous event did not come together by chance – it was the result of months of meticulous planning undertaken by Marina Bay Sands, one of Las Vegas Sands’ jewels in its string of integrated resorts around the world.

And the seemingly disparate activities were connected by a common theme – Sands for Singapore, whose very name suggests the aim behind the programme: to give back to Singapore, through the integrated resort’s vast resources and unique assets.

“In our earlier days, it is natural for us to support other people’s causes because we were new in the market. But, all along we wanted to create something of our own that fills in the gaps of the local community. We thought about it and realised that Marina Bay Sands has a lot to offer in terms of space and people,” said George Tanasijevich, Chief Executive Officer and President of Marina Bay Sands.

“We recognised that no local organisation has our building and facilities. We are uniquely positioned to leverage Marina Bay Sands to help promote CSR and support local causes. We also recognised that we have 9,000 people who work for us and have the spirit of volunteerism.”

Indeed, the integrated resort, which has sealed an iconic place on the world map after opening in April 2010, has done much for the community despite its tender age of three years.

To complement the more routine route of cheque-giving, Marina Bay Sands created its own signature programme which culminated in August’s inaugural charity marathon – Sands for Singapore Festival.

The principle behind this is simple: there are needs in the local community that cannot be fulfilled by a blanket approach to charity. Hence began a deliberate process of seeking like-minded charity partners, delving deeper into the under-served in the Singapore society, and identifying gaps and pockets of opportunities to make a difference to these communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Teens enjoying the new center for the Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club

Teens enjoying the new center for the Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club

Local teens kicked off the 2013 school year with a party at the Lied Memorial Boys and Girls Club’s new teen center, a space recently gifted to the Club by Sands Expo. The party, also hosted by Sands Expo, featured resident TAO Group and LAVO DJ Jason Lema, a former Boys and Girls Club member whose participation took place on behalf of TAO Cares.

In addition to providing items including furniture, foam core for creating artwork, and white boards and cork boards, Sands Expo facilitated and coordinated the donations of paint and supplies from Frazee, carpet from Freeman, and books from the Teacher Exchange Program. Sands Expo team members also volunteered in the creation of the space by painting and raising funds to pay for the carpet installation.

“This is a really cool space, and we are grateful to be able to offer our teens a place to go where they can hang out with friends, study, seek guidance, and just be themselves,” said Fiztslona Johnson, clubhouse director. “Sands Expo exceeded our expectations, both with this renovation and with such an incredible, fun party to welcome these kids, many of whom have never before been to our Club.”

LAVO DJ Jason Lema gettin' the party started

LAVO DJ Jason Lema gettin’ the party started

“I am amazed by the level of commitment and enthusiasm the Sands Expo team had for this project,” commented Ashlyn LaPorte, executive director of Sands Expo. “We have staff who either grew up attending a Boys and Girls Club or whose children are spending time at a Club today, so for many of us this has been a personal calling.  I’m equally proud of the fact that partners like Freeman, Encore Productions and Frazee Paint were so quick to join in.  When you include TAO and other local businesses supporting the opening event, it shows how a collective effort can really impact one of the most valuable parts of the community – our children.”

Click here to read the article featured in the Las Vegas Sun, with a gallery of photos from the event.

Click Here to view before-and-after pictures featured on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas website.

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"

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.

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Sands for Singapore Festival Kicks Off

July 31st, 2013 | Bhavna Moolani

What do David Beckham, Rio Ferdinand, John Barnes, Robbie Fowler and Peter Crouch have in common? (Hint: It is something other than football)

These sporting superstars were recently at Marina Bay Sands as part of Sands for Singapore, ahead of the Sands for Singapore Festival which will be held in August.

The legendary and very passionate Beckham recently stopped by our little red dot and joined us in our initiative to give back to the community. Sixty local children between the ages of 8 and 17 from The Guardian Academy and students from Singapore Association for the Deaf’s affiliated schools were given an opportunity to meet and be inspired by him.

He also kicked off the Sands for Singapore Festival by signing a jersey that will form the centrepiece of “The Art of Shopping” where the public will be able to view and bid for the signed jersey during the festival with all proceeds to benefit local charity, Art Outreach.

David Beckham signs jersey for charity

David Beckham signs jersey for charity

Not long before that, 18 Premier League Superstars were at The Shoppes to conduct an exclusive football clinic for 60 students from The Guardian Academy. The lucky and excited kids were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try their hand at juggling, dribbling and taking a penalty.

Football clinic for 60 lucky students

Football clinic for 60 lucky students

 

Beckham 3

Learning from the best

From 16 – 18 August, Marina Bay Sands will be giving back to Singapore with the inaugural Sands for Singapore Festival. Read more about it here.