At MGM Resorts we have made great strides in reducing our natural resource consumption through Green Advantage initiatives. We work diligently to do more with less. Over the past five years, MGM Resorts has achieved total savings of 823,000 MMBtu of natural gas. Despite our monumental successes, we continue to implement progressive solutions that conserve our precious natural resources.
Our tangible reductions in energy and water use are made possible through region-specific operating improvements, workforce education, community and business partnerships, and ongoing progress monitoring.
In 2013 MGM Resorts International's domestic operations used over 24 million fewer kilowatt hours of electricity as compared to 2012. By executing strategic investments in energy saving initiatives, while continuously examining ways to do more with less in operational practices, we have saved a cumulative total of more than 383 million kilowatt hours of electricity since 2008. We look forward to future energy conservation efforts as a key driver in reducing the impact of company operations on our natural environment.
The domestic properties of MGM Resorts, excluding CityCenter, have saved a cumulative total of over 1.2 billion gallons of water since 2008. This is a result of a comprehensive review of operational practices, as well as strategic investments in things such as drought-tolerant and native landscaping. CityCenter, with its six LEED gold certified buildings, was designed with water conservation as a priority. Saving more than 50 million gallons of water annually.
Executive Chef, MGM Grand Las Vegas
“At MGM Grand Las Vegas, we not only value our guests but also our planet. We have successfully implemented various energy and water saving initiatives throughout our operations. For example, to minimize water waste we have implemented food thawing procedures and installed low-flow equipment.”
In 2013, MGM Resorts announced plans to install one of the largest contiguous rooftop solar photovoltaic arrays in the world at the Mandalay Bay Resort Conference and Convention Center. The installation will result in more than 20,000 solar panels across the currently existing 20 acres of rooftop surface.
In partnership with NRG Energy, a national solar energy developer, the 6.2-megawatt array is expected to generate 10.5 million kWh annually. This is enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,000 average U.S. homes.
At peak production, the array is expected to produce nearly 20 percent of the resort’s power demand while helping to alleviate demand on the southern Nevada energy grid.