Las Vegas Sands Aligns Environmental Performance with UN SDGs

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The conversation on sustainability is ever evolving, and now it includescompanies such as a Las Vegas entertainment business. For a developer and operator of integrated resorts surrounded by a desert, efforts at energy efficiency and environmental sustainability not only reflect a commitment in corporate responsibility, but are also a smart financial decision.

The global corporate sustainability program of Las Vegas Sands, Sands ECO360, is outlined in its 2016 environmental report. The report marks the company’s first annual measurement against its revised sustainability goals, building upon the success and key learning of original targets set in 2011. The Sands ECO360 strategy reflects the company’s vision to lead the way in sustainable building development and resort operations.

Las Vegas Sands has used the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a guiding principle to set its sustainability goals. The company’s new targets address emissions reduction (SDG 7), water conservation (SDG 6) and waste management (SDG 12), supported by a commitment to one million Sands ECO360 actions. 

Katarina Tesarova, vice president of global sustainability for LVS, said that the company is challenging itself to improve its results even further, and contribute to the momentum behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

A key milestone for Sands ECO360 in 2016 was the opening of The Parisian Macao, which is its most sustainable and energy-efficient development to date. The energy performance at this iconic property is 25 percent better and water consumption is 40 percent less than the industry benchmarks.

Some of the report highlights for 2016 include:

Clean the World

LVS assembled more than 100,000 hygiene kits with repurposed amenities from the hotel rooms to help improve the health and well-being of populations in need.

Meeting Green

Through Sands ECO360 Green Meetings program, the company’s event attendees in Las Vegas took 1,829 actions, including recycling their badges and cleaning up local trail parks.

Earth Hour

From planting trees and washing clothes in cold water to taking a sustainability quiz, LVS Team Members contributed more than 22,000 actions globally.

World Hunger Week

LVS Team Members turned in more than 135,000 empty plates after meals during World Hunger Week to reduce food waste and increase awareness of global food scarcity issues.

“Clean the Office” Campaign

Forty-one different departments competed in a “Clean the Office” campaign, with the goal of reducing waste and increasing recycling at its Macao properties.

LVS has continued to earn recognition for achievements from external stakeholders, such as its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) North America, and earning a position on CDP’s Climate A List.

Source: 3BL Media