Four MGM Resorts International Properties Awarded Highest Green Key Meetings
Elite recognition in sustainable hotel operations
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Green Key Global, the largest
international certification body evaluating sustainable hotel operations, has
awarded the prestigious "5 Green Keys" rating to four MGM Resorts
International (NYSE: MGM) properties for its Green Key Meetings Program,
including Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort
and MGM Grand Las Vegas. The four MGM resorts are the first in the United
States to receive "5 Green Keys" for meetings, and among an elite group of
only six total in North America.
MGM Resorts remains one of the most productive meeting and convention
destinations in the world, offering award-wining experiences throughout its
three million square feet of meeting and convention space. In addition, each
of the 11 MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas as well as Reno and in Tunica
and Biloxi, Mississippi and in Detroit, Michigan has taken substantial steps
in their commitment to sustainability.
"Green Advantage is MGM Resorts International's platform to ensure that
environmentally-conscious decisions are at the forefront of our business
operations and facilities. We are pleased to have earned the five-key
distinction from Green Key Global, validating the significant efforts of our
team to build a world class green meeting program," said Cindy Ortega, Senior
Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer.
The designation of 5 Keys is awarded to hotels that exemplify the highest
standards of environmental and social responsibility in relation to their
meetings and convention facilities and practices.
"Now, more than ever, the Meeting Planner community is seeking innovative,
sustainable solutions when hosting their events," said Michael Dominguez,
Senior Vice President of Sales for MGM Resorts International. "As thisis an
integral part of the meeting planner organization's objectives, we are
extremely proud to be a solution provider meeting environmental expectations
while still providing world-class, award-winning service," Dominguez added.
Green Key Meetings is a comprehensive assessment tool for eco-friendly resorts
and hotels that hold meetings of any size. It is designed to provide Travel,
Meeting and Conference Planners with a sense of a hotel's level of commitment
to environment issues. Overall, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has more than
2,850 member hotels and is the foremost "green" ranking and audit program in
"As the first U.S. chain to introduce the Green Key Meetings Program to its
portfolio, MGM Resorts has demonstrated that practicing environmental
stewardship need not affect the quality of an event but can, in fact, enhance
its success," said Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global. "That
these four Las Vegas properties have all achieved the highest rating is a
testament to their dedication to sustainability within all aspects of their
Green Key Meetings ranks venues on a level of 1 to 5 keys, with 5 being the
highest ranking. Keys are awarded based on how properties perform in six
conference and meeting areas: Core Areas (carbon, energy, water, waste, air
quality), Communication (information, training), Activities (purchasing,
auditing, community), People (health), Exhibitions, and Audio/Visual. The
Green Key Meetings properties and rankings are listed at
MGM Resorts' approach to sustainability focuses on five core areas - natural
resources conservation, sustainable construction and renovation, waste
management, sustainable supply chain and education and communication. This
strategic framework of raising environmental awareness and promoting
sustainability forms the company's sustainability platform, called Green
Advantage. Green Advantage is fundamentally changing the way MGM Resorts, its
properties and its 62,000 employees do business.
The Meeting and Convention spaces across MGM Resorts are extending the level
of environmental commitment through substantial initiatives for implementing
sustainable features. By example, meeting spaces are retrofitted with light
sensors and energy efficient lighting and custom programs to deactivate
heating, ventilation and air conditioning while spaces are not in use.
Comprehensive recycling programs also divert 37.9 percent of all materials
from landfills each year. Resorts also offer specialty menus featuring wide
selections of organic, sustainable and Fair Trade products as well as
additional options for meetings to reduce water consumption.
In 2011, MGM Resorts International was awarded 12 Green Key Hotel rankings for
designation of green business operations. At the core of CityCenter, ARIA
Resort & Casino was awarded LEED Gold certification for sustainable design and
construction from the U.S. Green Building council.
About Green Key Global
Green Key Global is a leading environmental certification body offering a
suite of programs and resources designed specifically for the lodging
industry. The Green Key Meetings Program ranks and certifies hotels and
resorts based on their commitment to sustainable "green" meeting and
conference operations. Developed by Green Key Global and MPI Foundation
Canada, the Meetings program delivers relevant green meeting practices by
providing specific green requirements that meeting planners expect from
hotels. This partnership is a long term commitment to supporting the
principles of people, planet and profit. In the United States, delivery of
Green Key programs is a joint venture between the Hotel Association of Canada
and LRA Worldwide, Inc. For more information, visit www.GreenKeyGlobal.com.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global
hospitality companies, operating a peerless portfolio of destination resort
brands, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. For more
information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at
SOURCE MGM Resorts International
Contact: Yvette Monet, MGM Resorts International, +1-702-891-1844,
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