MGM Resorts recognized for energy-saving lighting innovations

MGM Resorts has earned two awards for energy-efficient lighting projects in southern Nevada and Michigan.

The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign has recognized MGM Resorts for its dedication to sustainability and energy-efficient lighting. The Company was recognized in two categories: "Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure" for a major lighting retrofit at MGM Grand Detroit; and "Largest Percentage of Facilities Upgraded (minimum of five facilities)" for collective facilities improvement projects in Michigan and Nevada.

"Our outdoor lighting projects are truly transformational and have been undertaken to further position MGM Resorts as a thought leader in sustainability," said Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer. "Both the Detroit project and the Las Vegas parking lot upgrades have allowed for other markets to follow in making advancements in lighting efficiency."

In 2013, MGM Grand Detroit completed the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp retrofit of its 61-acre parking garage. Cited as one of the nation’s largest LED parking garage makeovers, the three-month installation boasts 3,117 LED lamps and will reduce the garage’s annual energy use by 80 percent.

Also in 2013, MGM Resorts upgraded 13 of its facility sites in Michigan and Nevada. The project covered more than 8 million square feet of parking area and is expected to reduce annual energy usage by 70 percent. LEEP is co-sponsored by the Business Owners and Management Association, Green Parking Council, International Facility Management Association, and Better Buildings through the U.S. Department of Energy.

The LEEP Campaign held an awards recognition event on April 15, 2014 at the IFMA Facility Fusion Conference in Washington, D.C.

"Through the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking campaign, the Department of Energy is working with organizations committed to more energy-efficient exterior lighting technologies and systems," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan. "These highly innovative and cost-competitive lighting solutions are helping transform how our nation lights its parking lots and garages."