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Sustainability

MGM Resorts International is committed to being a leader in environmental stewardship, bringing value to our shareholders and the communities in which we operate. Created to increase the sustainability of our company, Green Advantage is MGM Resorts environmental responsibility platform that focuses on reducing our consumption of the planet's limited resources through innovation, education and efficiency. Green Advantage ensures that we incorporate environmentally responsible practices that effectively lower our carbon footprint throughout all of operations. We believe that a greener business is a better business.

To achieve our sustainability goals, we have focused our efforts on five core areas that contribute to our footprint. These five core areas drive our continuous improvements and the result is that hundreds of best practices have been implemented and MGM Resorts properties have reduced annual emissions of CO2E by more than 100,000 metric tons.

Energy and Water

Supply Chain

 

Green Building

Outreach and Education

Waste and Recycling

   


Corporate Highlights:

  • Over the past five years, MGM Resorts has achieved total savings of more than 300 million kilowatt hours of electricity, 500,000 MMBtu of natural gas, and have saved 1.9 billion gallons of water
  • As a result of our best practices, MGM Resorts properties have reduced annual emission by more than 100,000 metric tons of CO2E
  • MGM Resorts has achieved an overall recycling rate of 37.9%
  • 14,000 tons of MGM Resorts' food waste was either composted or used as animal feed a local farm in 2011
  • At MGM Resorts, we have used our recycling programs to help meet the needs of our local schools. By implementing a "Teacher Exchange Program" we donate unused meeting materials for use in local classrooms

View Corporate Social Responsibility Report

View our Corporate Social Responsibility Website

For more information, feel free to reach out to our Corporate Sustainability Division at greenadvantage@mgmresorts.com

MGM Grand Highlights:

  1. Green Key Certification

    MGM Grand Las Vegas earned an impressive 4 Key rating in the Green Key Eco-Certification Program in May 2010. Green Key evaluates hotels based on their green practices on a scale of one to five Keys, with five Keys being the highest ranking.
  2. Achieved total recycling rate of 37.6% in 2010 -- an increase of more than three times that of 2008 and among the highest in the MGM Resorts family.
  3. Pioneered "upstream" recycling program in property food and beverage outlets. MGM Grand's upstream program serves as a model for MGM Resorts family.
  4. Promoted "Green Going Greener" guest and employee communication program with helpful conservation tips and sustainability information.
  5. Partnership with Teacher EXCHANGE, a re-use resource center for all area public school teachers – MGM Grand facilitates collection from property conventions to re-use supplies and reduce landfill waste.
  6. Received the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold rating in 2013.

Waste Management and Recycling

Waste Management & Recycling

Some employees spent time at local waste and recycling facilities to better understand the waste management process.

Additional MGM Grand programs are described here:

  • Kitchen recycling programs reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. These programs include separating food waste, clear glass, and colored glass at the source.
  • Kitchenware washing products are package free; eliminating over 1 ton of waste each year.
  • Over 50 tons of phone books and magazines are recycled annually.
  • Photocopiers automatically print on both sides; saving on paper costs and waste. Our new slogan is "Be Wise Use Both Sides"!
  • Over 6,000 gallons of vegetable-based hydraulic oil from the Ka Theatre was recycled by a local Nevada company to create industrial heating oil.
  • An under-utilized boiler from Mandalay Bay was relocated for reuse in MGM Grand's Central Plant.
  • Old terry towels are reused as shop rags.
Natural Resources Conservation

Natural Resources Conservation

Welcome to MGM Grand's Natural Resource Conservation page! Like many companies and individuals, we believe that conserving our natural resources is of the utmost importance, especially in the arid desert. Everyone has a vested interest in ensuring we save when it comes to electricity, natural gas and water. Below are some of MGM Grand's improvements in support of desert living.

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs replaced incandescent light bulbs in MGM Grand guestrooms.
  • Lighting motion sensors were installed in office areas.
  • Electricity consumption was reduced by more than 2,400,000 kWh annually by optimizing the HVAC chillers and pumps.
  • The guestroom towel and linen reuse program conserves water, detergent, and energy consumption.
  • Steam heat exchangers are being installed on the MGM Grand dishwashers. This project will reduce natural gas and electricity usage.
Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement

(or the fine art of Purchasing)

Welcome to MGM Grand's Procurement page! MGM Grand considers the raw material extraction process, the recycled content and recyclability of a product, as well as the manufacturing process and overall durability. Some specific procurement activities include:

  • All vendors must provide information about their company's environmental commitment.
  • Vendors are encouraged to reduce the amount of packaging materials and to use reusable materials for MGM Grand orders.
  • Styrofoam cups were replaced by biodegradable cups or reusable cups in the conference center.
  • Bottled water was replaced with filtered water coolers in the administrative office areas.
  • Some TV remote control batteries are rechargeable and reusable.
Communication & Education

Communication & Education

Welcome to MGM Grand's Sustainability Communication & Education page. Educating employees, vendors and guests about conservation is critical for MGM Grand's commitment to the environment.

  • MGM Grand hosted an Employee Green Fair which included participants from NV Energy, Southwest Gas, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Springs Preserve, Republic Services, RC Farms and Chef's Garden (an organic farm in Ohio).
  • "Green Meetings" information is provided in sales packets and this information is available in electronic format on USB drives to eliminate paper.
  • At work and at home "green" tips are provided to employees.
  • Information cards in all hotel guestrooms explain MGM Grand's "Green Policy" and accomplishments.
In The News

In The News

Welcome to the most up to date information on sustainability at MGM Grand!
Here we will provide information on what we're currently working on and what you can expect in the future.
What's happening now?

  • MGM Grand recently teamed up with Teacher EXCHANGE, a re-use resource center for all Southern Nevada public school teachers. This partnership will further our leadership role in workplace sustainability to improve resource management and reduce the amount of solid waste generated in Southern Nevada. With contributions from our conventioneers, MGM Grand can collect and recycle thousands of pounds of supplies and materials that would have been disposed of in local landfills. These materials can save our teachers approximately $1,500 a year in supplies they would have normally spent out of their own pocket.

MGM Resorts International has issued its Environmental Responsibility Report known as its "Green Advantage".

MGM Resorts International, a world leader in hospitality and entertainment, has issued its Environmental Responsibility Report chronicling its comprehensive philosophy known as its "Green Advantage". The report, released during the Fourth Annual National Clean Energy Summit held at the Company's Aria Hotel, outlines the company's strategic approach and recent achievements toward improved stewardship of the environment at its 15 resorts around the country.

"Environmental responsibility is a core company value that is woven into and throughout our culture and business operations," said James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "For our customers, environmental stewardship is becoming a key area of awareness. They are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their expectations, and we are proud to be a leader in demonstrating that environmental responsibility and a superior guest experience go hand-in-hand with world class hospitality and entertainment," Murren said.

The report details the Company's efforts in five core areas:

  • Energy and Water
  • Green Building
  • Waste and Recycling
  • Supply Chain
  • Outreach and Education

As of the end of 2010, the Company succeeded in reducing electric power consumption by 140 M kWh; reduced Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 56 thousand metric tons; reduced water consumption by 200 M gallons; and diverted more than 33% of its waste from local landfills. The Company also introduced the first fleet of CNG-powered limousines, as well as organic and sustainable food strategies at its 165 restaurants.

Additionally, the Company worked with its suppliers to develop sustainable purchasing practices focused on raw materials, logistics and an assessment of the environmental impact of products; while also conducting Outreach & Education to employees, guests, suppliers and the communities in which it operates to help increase awareness that personal actions can affect future generations.

"Leadership is about walking the talk," Murren said "We are proud that our efforts have been validated by our properties receiving the highest levels in the Green Key Eco-Hospitality Rating system, and that City Center in Las Vegas is the largest LEED Gold certified development in the world, with six LEED Gold awards."


Shattering misconceptions

Robust glass recycling program earns Company award

When the Washington D.C.-based Glass Packaging Institute contacted the Company earlier this year, it was to encourage our resorts to start a recycling program for glass bottles and containers.

Little did they know!

"They came to us planning on lobbying us to start recycling glass," said Brad Tomm, Sustainability Manager for the Company's Energy & Environmental Services Division. "I was able to pull a report to show them that we already are recycling glass. We recycled 1,200 tons last year and we're on track to do 3,000 this year. They had no idea. They were shocked."

Shocked, and impressed. The trade organization representing the glass industry this month honored MGM Resorts International with a "Friend of Glass" award for the recycling effort. The Company is one of just six corporations in the country to receive the distinction. It's the first recycling-specific award - the award itself actually made of the recycled glass - that the Company has received.

Did You Know?

Glass is one of the most recyclable commodities? It can be endlessly recycled, re-used again and again to make new glass bottles and containers.

According to the EPA, Americans generated about 12.2 million tons of glass waste in 2008, and less than 25 percent of it was recycled.

"It came for the corporation, but this recognition is really for the properties and the respective green teams," Mr. Tomm said. "We were successful in getting every property on board (with glass recycling) in a short period. They've worked hard to get it rolling over the past year. The tonnage has been astonishing."

Friend of Glass 2010

The Company recently earned the "Friend of Glass" award from the Glass Packaging Institute.

The glass recycling effort is one of the newest Companywide sustainability programs at MGM Resorts. It began at Mandalay Bay in late 2008 and spread to sister resorts. By early this year, every Strip resort had a program in place. MGM Resorts was the first operator in the city to recycle glass on a Compaywide basis, Mr. Tomm said.

In August, the resorts collectively recycled about 325 tons of glass. It saves money, because pulling the heavy and voluminous glass bottles from the waste stream means fewer dumpster "pulls" and ultimately less refuse in the landfill.

"It's good for the company and good for the environment. It's been really successful," said Mr. Tomm.

Most of the resorts sort the glass and other recyclables from the waste stream at the refuse docks, though some are venturing further into "upstream" recycling, that is, sorting the trash in restaurants, bars and other venues long before it reaches the docks. MGM Grand Las Vegas now has upstream recycling in every resort kitchen, restaurant and bar, including its two nightclubs, said Food & Beverage Administration Manager Jeremy Underwood, who also chairs the resort's green team, Green Going Greener.

In related news
EPA Waste Wise

MGM Resorts International recently became a member of the Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise program, which encourages companies and organizations to reduce municipal solid waste through waste prevention, recycling, and buying or manufacturing recycled products.

More than 1,100 organizations have joined WasteWise since 1994, demonstrating their leadership in finding cost-effective ways to reduce waste and recycle. MGM Resorts is the second-largest member, as measured by the resorts' total volume of recyclables - 21,000 tons recycled in 2009.

"We've been separating glass at the nightclubs for two full months now. It's going well," he said. "It takes a little staff training, but it's definitely something the employees want to do. Not only that, but guests look for it. They want to know, what happens to this glass?"

The glass is shipped to Southern California, where it is crushed, smelted and manufactured into new containers.

"Glass is endlessly recyclable and there are big energy savings when recovered glass is used to make new bottles," Joseph Cattaneo, President of the Glass Packaging Institute, said in a recent press release about the Company's Friend of Glass honor. "We thank MGM Resorts International for collecting and recycling glass containers for bottle-to-bottle use. We hope this recognition will call attention to the value of glass container recycling and ultimately help us reach the goal of using 50 percent recycled glass in the manufacture of new containers by the end of 2013."


KÀ Theatre finds sustainable solution to 20-ton problem

Energy Division helps resort recycle 6,000 gallons of hydraulic oil

MGM GRAND – When he needs an oil change, Mark Castle can't just go to the 10-minute oil change place on the corner.

The KÀ Theatre, where Mr. Castle is the Head of Automations, uses 6,000 gallons – more than 20 tons – of vegetable-based hydraulic oil to maneuver the show's massive stage, which is capable of rotating 360 degrees and standing vertically. Earlier this month, as part of routine maintenance, the system needed a complete oil change.

 

 

The KÀ stage hydraulic system is comparable in
size to those used in industrial mining operations
and hydroelectric dams.

"The hydraulic oil had reached the end of its life span, and it was time to do it. It was the first time we've had to do it since the show opened five years ago," Mr. Castle said.

Buying new oil wasn't a problem, but getting rid of the old oil was a potentially expensive proposition.

"I started looking into different options to get rid of it. The manufacturer wouldn't take it back," Mr. Castle said. "There were companies that would come and take it, but you had to pay a fee."

Mr. Castle reached out to the MGM MIRAGE Energy and Environmental Services Division (EESD), which helps the properties incorporate green practices into everyday operations.

"I got involved because I have experience with helping the properties find ways to recycle their used cooking oil," said Brad Tomm, EESD Energy Analyst. "Sustainable best practices, including recycling, are not only the right things to do; they also save our Company money. The KÀ Theatre team had a very limited timeframe to work with, and they were looking for someone to take the used oil away for free."

Mr. Tomm ultimately coordinated with Reno Drain Oil Service to haul away the used oil at no cost. Calvin Carter, who led the project for Reno Drain Oil Service, compared the size of the KÀ stage hydraulic system to those used in industrial mining operations and hydroelectric dams. His company will process the used oil into industrial heating oil.

"It will be used to fire industrial kilns, cook asphalt, things of that nature," he said. "Every barrel of oil that's recycled is a barrel that's not imported."

Our Mission

MGM Grand's mission is to identify and promote sustainable business practices.
This mission is fulfilled through:

  • Education – integrate environmental awareness and responsibility throughout MGM Grand
  • Development – identify innovative and flexible sustainable solutions
  • Encouragement – support our employees, guests and vendors in practicing sustainable efforts
  • Measurement – track and monitor our sustainable practices

Recent Accomplishments

  • Total Waste Stream: 19,593 tons
  • In 2013, 10,822 tons of waste were diverted and only sent 8,750 tons to the landfill for a 55% diversion rate.
  • We ended 2012 with a 38% diversion rate. Below are some of the highlights because of this effort.
  • We recycled:
    • 98 tons of aluminum
    • 1,037 tons of glass
    • 200 tons of paper/cardboard
    • 22 tons of plastic
    • 284 tons of wood
    • 40 tons of metal
  • A total of 5,300 tons of food product were composted.

MGM Grand's Green Team was first established in 2008 focuses on sustainable operations and has achieved the following:

Pioneered expanded property recycling efforts in 2009 and 2010 to include an "upstream" recycling program including "zero landfill" restaurants along with efforts in other outlets in addition to full back-of-the-house program

  • Diverted more than 5,600 tons of material from landfill in 2010, an increase of 16% over 2009 and 175% over 2008
  • Increased total recycling rate to 37.6% in 2010 vs. 28.7% in 2009 vs. 11.1% in 2008
  • This upstream recycling program serves as a model for the MGM Resorts family.

Multiple energy conservation initiatives put in place since 2006

  • Energy efficient lighting upgrades – guest and employee parking garages, porte cochere and landscape lights (2011), multiple internal and external applications
  • Mechanical equipment retrofits and improvements
    • Relocated two central plant boilers from Mandalay Bay in 2009
    • Completed optimization on central plant boilers, chillers and pumps
    • Implemented casino air handler controls in 2011
  • Over 14.6M annual kWh of electricity saved since 2006
    • Equivalent annual usage of 1,200 average U.S. homes

Sustainable business practices deployed in multiple property operations

  • Guest towel and linen reuse program standard in place since 2007
  • Water efficient showerheads in guest rooms
  • Artificial turf and Xeroscape utilized in property landscaping
  • Vendors tracked by "green friendly" status in property procurement database

Received the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold rating in 2013.

Recipient of Green Keys for green practices.
Please see Green Keys

Green Keys – 4 Key rating

MGM Grand Las Vegas earned an impressive 4-Key rating in the Green Key Eco-Certification Program in May 2010. Green Key evaluates hotels based on their green practices on a scale of one to five Keys, with five Keys being the highest ranking. Green Key has more than 1,400 member hotels and is the foremost "green" hospitality ranking, certification and audit program in North America. Currently, less than 1% of all certified hotels achieved the 5 key ranking.

Green Meetings – 5 Key rating

MGM Grand is also a proud recipient of the prestigious "5 Green Keys" for green meetings.The designation of 5 Keys is awarded to hotels that exemplify the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility in relation to their meeting and convention facilities and practices. MGM Grand is among an elite group of only six in North America to receive this designation.

Waste Management and Recycling

Waste Management & Recycling

Some employees spent time at local waste and recycling facilities to better understand the waste management process.
Additional MGM Grand programs are described here:

  • Kitchen recycling programs reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. These programs include separating food waste, clear glass, and colored glass at the source.
  • Kitchenware washing products are package free; eliminating over 1 ton of waste each year.
  • Over 50 tons of phone books and magazines are recycled annually.
  • Photocopiers automatically print on both sides; saving on paper costs and waste. Our new slogan is "Be Wise Use Both Sides"!
  • Over 6,000 gallons of vegetable-based hydraulic oil from the Ka Theatre was recycled by a local Nevada company to create industrial heating oil.
  • An under-utilized boiler from Mandalay Bay was relocated for reuse in MGM Grand's Central Plant.
  • Old terry towels are reused as shop rags.
Natural Resources Conservation

Natural Resources Conservation

Like many companies and individuals, we believe that conserving our natural resources is of the utmost importance, especially in the arid desert. Everyone has a vested interest in ensuring we save when it comes to electricity, natural gas and water. Below are some of MGM Grand's improvements in support of desert living.

  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs replaced incandescent light bulbs in MGM Grand guestrooms.
  • Lighting motion sensors were installed in office areas.
  • Electricity consumption was reduced by more than 2,400,000 kWh annually by optimizing the HVAC chillers and pumps.
  • The guestroom towel and linen reuse program conserves water, detergent, and energy consumption.
  • Steam heat exchangers are being installed on the MGM Grand dishwashers. This project will reduce natural gas and electricity usage.
Sustainable Procurement

Sustainable Procurement

MGM Grand considers the raw material extraction process, the recycled content and recyclability of a product, as well as the manufacturing process and overall durability. Some specific procurement activities include:

  • All vendors must provide information about their company's environmental commitment.
  • Vendors are encouraged to reduce the amount of packaging materials and to use reusable materials for MGM Grand orders.
  • Styrofoam cups were replaced by biodegradable cups or reusable cups in the conference center.
  • Bottled water was replaced with filtered water coolers in the administrative office areas.
  • Some TV remote control batteries are rechargeable and reusable.
Communication & Education

Communication and Education

Educating employees, vendors and guests about conservation is critical for MGM Grand's commitment to the environment.

  • MGM Grand hosted an Employee Green Fair which included participants from NV Energy, Southwest Gas, Las Vegas Valley Water District, Springs Preserve, Republic Services, RC Farms and Chef's Garden (an organic farm in Ohio).
  • "Green Meetings" information is provided in sales packets and this information is available in electronic format on USB drives to eliminate paper.
  • At work and at home "green" tips are provided to employees.
  • Information cards in all hotel guestrooms explain MGM Grand's "Green Policy" and accomplishments.

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