For those wishing to travel green, MGM Resorts
has won the Green Key designation for the efficiency and sustainability of its operations at 12 resorts. The resorts include 11 in Las Vegas and one in Michigan, and they are the first hotels in both states to receive the Green Key designation.
Designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program
evaluates hotels on a scale of one to five Keys, with five Keys being the highest ranking. Results are based on a comprehensive evaluation of the hotel's operational areas and sustainability practices, such as energy and water conservation, waste management, air quality, building infrastructure, and land management.
MGM Resorts' focuses on five goals - natural resources conservation, sustainable construction and renovation, waste management, sustainable procurement, and communication and education. Efforts included diverting more than 20,000 tons of material from landfills from its properties last year as well as contributing to mainstream recycling efforts. Other recent initiatives at MGM Resorts International include retrofitting lighting with energy-saving fixtures, upgrading boilers to more efficient models, landscaping with drought-tolerant plants, and installing water-saving, low-flow plumbing fixtures.
Two of the 5-key designated resorts, ARIA and Vdara, were also each awarded the LEED Gold Certification for sustainable design and construction from the U.S. Green Building Council. The company says the two properties offer sustainable options for meeting and convention planners, including a fleet of guest limousines powered by compressed natural gas and organic foods on its restaurant menus.