CityCenter Las Vegas earned the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – New Construction (LEED-NC) Gold certification rating for six buildings within the CityCenter campus, including the ARIA hotel tower and convention center. LEED certification is awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council based on a project's environmental design, construction and operations. Today, CityCenter is the largest LEED-NC Gold certified new construction project in the world and is truly a groundbreaking achievement in the gaming and hospitality industry. By designing and building ARIA and the CityCenter campus to the stringent environmental design and construction criteria of LEED Gold, MGM Resorts International has set the standard for environmentally responsible growth and for large-scale development efforts around the world.
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, the largest international program evaluating sustainable hotel operations, awarded 12 MGM Resorts International properties the distinguished Green Key designation for "green" business operations. The resorts are the first in Nevada and Michigan to receive Green Key ratings, which are designed specifically for evaluating commitment to sustainable "green" operations in the hospitality industry. Green Key evaluates hotels on a scale of one to five Keys, with five Keys being the highest ranking. Both ARIA and Vdara earned the prestigious 5 Key rating. Results are based on a comprehensive evaluation of the hotel's sustainability efforts. Green Key has more than 1,400 member hotels and is the foremost "green" hospitality ranking, certification and audit program in North America.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program awarded MGM Resorts with the Gold Achievement Award for outstanding successes in food scrap recycling. The Gold Achievement Award is given annually to a company that demonstrates excellence in implementing policies for food scrap recovery that lead to exceptional quantities of food scraps donated, reused, and/or composted. In 2010, MGM Resorts diverted 8,722 tons (17.4 million pounds) of food scraps from the landfill by sending the food to a local pig farm and composter.
The United States Green Building Council – Nevada Chapter recognized MGM Resorts with the LEED Advocacy Award for the development of CityCenter and an Organizational Excellence Award for MGM Resorts' longstanding commitment at the organizational level to create and promote sustainability programs at each of the resorts it owns and operates.
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) presented MGM Resorts with the national 2011 Business Leadership Recycling Award for its outstanding leadership in helping to extend the life of its paper and paper-based packaging products by recovering 10,913 tons (21.8 million pounds) from its Las Vegas resorts operations in 2010.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Hospitality Design Magazine awarded CityCenter's ARIA with the 2010 Earth-Minded Award (EMA), which recognizes innovative and sustainable design in hospitality. ARIA earned the EMA for its materials selection, resource efficiency, recycling management, environmental management systems, employee practices and overall guest experience. The 2010 EMA award recognizes ARIA's designers, architects and operators for creating a truly innovative and sustainable project.
The Las Vegas Business Press presented MGM Resorts International with the 2010 Best Green Owner Award for CityCenter, the world's largest LEED Gold mixed-use campus. The business journal recognized eight local businesses and businesspersons for their leadership and commitment to developing best green business practices that benefit the local community and environment.
The Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) recognized MGM Resorts International as a model in the hospitality industry for its achievements and innovative efforts toward glass-container recycling. MGM Resorts is among the six "Friends of Glass" recognized by GPI during its second annual Recycle Glass Week. MGM Resorts recycled 3,645 tons (7.2 million pounds) of glass in 2010 at its ten Las Vegas resort properties, tripling the amount recycled in 2009.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) honored CityCenter's designers and builders with the 2009 FSC Award for their commitment to using FSC-certified wood and creating a marketplace that promotes environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable forest management. With more than $41 million worth of FSC-certified wood, CityCenter represents the greatest use of FSC-certified wood in a single project in the United States to date.
MGM Resorts International was presented with the 2006 Southern Nevada Water Authority Water Hero Award after implementing many water conservation programs, including turf removal and upgrades to the resort's showerheads and cooling towers. MGM Resorts recognizes it operates in a desert environment and is making tremendous efforts to conserve this precious resource.
MGM Resorts is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED Certification is a nationally accepted program for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
MGM Resorts participates in the Carbon Disclosure Project, providing detailed carbon data since 2008.
MGM Resorts is a member of The Convene Green Alliance. The Convene Green Alliance is a grassroots organization initiated by the association and meetings communities as a response to the concerns and desires of their members for the environment.
MGM Resorts is a partner of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) WasteWise program. The Company is committed to reducing waste, increasing recycling and reporting its municipal solid waste and recycling statistics annually.
MGM Resorts is a partner of the EPA's Combined Heat and Power program. The CityCenter resort in Las Vegas is partially powered by a highly efficient 8.2 megawatt CHP unit.
MGM Resorts is a founding partner of Green Chips, a unique public/private non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of environmental responsibility in southern Nevada.
MGM Resorts is on the steering committee of the Department of Energy's Commercial Real Estate Energy Alliance. The alliance brings together portfolio owners and operators to promote research, technology, and best practices that will improve the energy efficiency of commercial real estate buildings.