Our beautiful resorts are the perfect combination of an unparalleled guest experience and efficiency. At MGM Resorts, we are constantly working to improve our resorts with a focus on where we can conserve natural resources. We are uniquely situated to not only take advantage of our sustainable progress, but to help drive innovation in the green building and hospitality industry.
CityCenter, the largest sustainable development in the world, includes a 4,000 room resort, 700,000 square foot conference center, two condo-hotels, two residential towers, and a retail shopping district which have all received 6 LEED Gold Awards from the US Green Building Council. CityCenter was designed to be water-smart and to provide staying guests with a 30% reduction in carbon, when compared to typical resorts.
While CityCenter set a standard for green building and design in Las Vegas and throughout the world, at all of our existing facilities we are committed to continuously integrating elements of green building through maintenance, renovations and remodels. Fifteen MGM Resorts properties have been awarded Green Key Global Eco-Ratings for conservation including five properties receiving the prestigious “5 Keys”.
Better Buildings Challenge
MGM Resorts operates as an energy-efficient company, which significantly reduces our environmental impact while providing value to the communities in which we operate. In 2014, we committed to improving our energy performance by achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2020. We strive to implement innovative solutions in resource management. We focus on operational efficiency and stakeholder engagement and are actively involved with the Department of Energy Better Building Challenge program.
Through our partnership, we are dedicated to improving energy performance across 12 properties, which represents 78 million square feet. Portfoliowide, MGM Resorts has improved energy intensity by 3.4 percent, with MGM Grand Detroit achieving a 12.2 percent reduction.
We have been working with the DOE since 2008 when we were invited to join the steering committee of the Better Buildings Alliance.
MGM Resorts International is upgrading all Las Vegas property lighting with LED or other high-efficiency lighting over the next two years. The project encompasses the replacement of approximately 1.3 million lights at MGM Resort's 14 North American properties.
As a leader in hospitality and entertainment, MGM Resorts is continually reimagining and improving upon the guest experience. To accompany our ongoing energy retrofits of existing buildings, we are committed to implementing sustainable best practices across all future development areas. MGM Resorts is dedicated to designing buildings to U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Gold standard. Numerous MGM Resorts developments are currently underway, with sustainability as a foundation of their design.
Opening in 2016, National Harbor is designed to complement the local environment and ecological surroundings. In western Massachusetts, MGM Springfield is slated to reinvigorate the area by developing a resort which will include regional enhancements and encourage local sourcing.