Sustainable Events at MGM Resorts

HERE, INSPIRATION IS SUSTAINABLE AND SPECTACULAR

Through our “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” philosophy, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of our employees, guests, and in the communities where we operate.

Our Approach

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Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

We operate with integrity and strategic focus.

Our Accolades

As of December 31, 2022, our portfolio of integrated resorts and entertainment venues earned several certifications for green building design and sustainable hotel operations. 

Further details about green building certifications at MGM Resorts can be found in our Design & Development section.

They Include

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14 LEED Certifications

ARIA Campus

ARIA features more than 500,000 square feet of meeting space and an abundance of naturally lit and outdoor space options.

  • Cogeneration at the ARIA Campus: ARIA has an 8.2-megawatt combined heat and power plant onsite, efficiently generating approximately 30% of the resort's electricity needs, while using waste heat to warm water.
  • Green Building Certifications: The ARIA Campus earned six LEED Gold certifications, making it the world’s largest privately funded LEED Gold certified development upon opening in 2009.
  • Sustainable Wood: More than 50% of all wood products used are from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forests 
  • Water Efficient Building Design: The ARIA Campus conserves an estimated 33% of water with efficient plumbing fixtures.
  • Ultra Efficient Energy Design: Energy efficiency measures at the ARIA Campus result in 30% savings in energy use, the equivalent to powering 8,800 households annually.

Bellagio

With more than 200,000 square feet of elegant meeting space and unique amenities such as the world-famous Fountains of Bellagio and stunning Conservatory, Bellagio offers an artful blend of imagination, sophistication and creativity for events of all types.

  • Water Source Innovation: Fountains of Bellagio fed with water from wells onsite, circumventing the use of potable water from Lake Mead or the Colorado River.
  • Nature Connectedness: The Conservatory at Bellagio celebrates nature with seasonal displays. 90% of the trees, flowers and plants are composted after use.
  • Sustainable Hotel Certifications: Awarded five Green Keys, the highest level of certification from Green Key Global Hotel and Meetings Programs, the leading international environmental certification body for the hotel and meetings industry.
  • Efficient Lighting: Bellagio is lit using LED lighting. In all, more than 1.5 million LEDs light MGM Resorts venues.  
  • Robust Recycling Program: We separate recyclables from trash and boast an innovative food waste program that diverts food scraps to a local pig farm. 

Sustainable Events Program

Our approach to sustainable events aims to save water and energy, reduce materials and waste and engage the community. For this, we focus on four areas: venue and space, décor and signage, food and beverage, and outreach and education. To assist clients in improving the environmental efficiency of their events, MGM Resorts has designed a custom deck of playing cards featuring 52 sustainable event ideas. The ideas also support one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGS), which are also visually highlighted on the cards, as well as an assessment of the likely cost impact. The ideas on the cards combat the common misconception that environmental and societal benefits from events are cost prohibitive. 

Venue & Space

We support our clients by offering low-carbon, environmentally sustainable venues.

Examples

  • Offer environmentally certified venues
  • Ensure robust health and safety protocols
  • Power venues with renewable electricity
  • Undertake food waste diversion

Décor & Signage

We offer décor and signage options that help reduce waste and increase circularity of material flows.

Examples

  • Incorporate biophilic design in event and meeting space
  • Take advantage of circular economy opportunities
  • Support diverse-owned suppliers and vendors
  • Offer digital signage

Food & Beverage

We have an extensive offering of sustainable food and beverage options and have a best-in-class program to manage event-related food waste.

Examples

  • Offer enticing vegan and vegetarian items
  • Reflect seasonality in menus
  • Selectively offer organic meats and produce
  • Offer certified coffees and teas
  • Utilize reusable dishware and utensils

Outreach & Education

We help meeting planners communicate the sustainable event elements implemented and offer detailed sustainable event reports to help quantify impacts and benefits.

Examples

  • Help communicate sustainability efforts to attendees
  • Provide accessibility accommodations for attendees
  • Offer wellness experiences

Other Sustainable Events

Food Donations

One of the most socially beneficial materials and waste programs at MGM Resorts relates to food donations. We have developed a robust program in which we safely donate unserved food to the food insecure in the communities in which we operate. We donate three major food types: unserved perishable prepared food from events, perishable unprepared kitchen food from kitchens and non-perishable food from minibar and warehouses. In collaboration with the Southern Nevada Region’s primary food bank, Three Square, we also helped establish the core infrastructure needed in Las Vegas to safely collect, transport, and store food from hotels.

Digitally Forward Meetings

At MGM Resorts, we embrace innovation and continuous improvement. While the COVID-19 pandemic affected our events and banquets business, it also required us to create digitally forward ways of doing business. For events, this digital transformation has also spurred environmental benefits. What began as a health and safety measure, such as digital event registration and mobile check-ins, has become a best practice for reducing paper waste – a significant waste stream in events. Additionally, offering virtual attendance options to our guests helps lower the carbon footprint of our clients’ events

Examples

  • Mobile guest check-in
  • Web-based event registration software
  • Digital signage and event literature
  • Virtual attendance options

More Information

Social Impact & Sustainability Reports

Each year we are proud to showcase these commitments by highlighting the work we do today and the goals we aim to achieve.

ESG Policies

We have a number of ESG-related policies in place to formalize and operationalize our efforts.

ESG Disclosures

In addition to our company’s self-selected metrics and goals, we also provide disclosures aligned to a number of prevailing third-party ESG frameworks.

More Awards and Recognitions

MGM Resorts International is honored when organizations recognize our Company’s efforts in diversity, philanthropy and environmental sustainability.

Focused On What Matters

Through our “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” philosophy, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of our employees, guests, and in the communities where we operate.

Protecting the Planet

We believe a greener business is a better business and environmental ledership is critical