Friday, October 21, 2011
MGM Highest Ranking Casino on Newsweek's List of Greenest Companies
LAS VEGAS - For the second consecutive year, MGM Resorts International has been listed among Newsweek Magazine's 500 most environmentally responsible companies in the United States, and also as the highest ranking company in the casino resort industry.
The company ranked as the third most highly rated hotel company on the list, and was one of only two hotel companies to move up in this year's rankings.
"Environmental responsibility is a core company value that is woven into and throughout our culture and business operations," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "For our customers, environmental stewardship is a key area of awareness. Our guests 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 added.
Murren noted that MGM Resorts recently issued its first Environmental Responsibility report detailing the Company's efforts to reduce its environmental impacts over the last four years.
"We're focused on reducing energy and water consumption, increasing recycling and reducing waste," said Cindy Ortega, the Company's Senior Vice President of Energy Environment Services Division. "One of the best examples of MGM Resorts' comprehensive approach to sustainability was the 2009 opening of CityCenter, the world's largest environmentally responsible development. The Company has also worked with its suppliers to develop sustainable purchasing practices focused on raw materials, logistics and an assessment of the environmental impact of products," Ortega said.
MGM Resorts is also among a select group of leading international hotel companies that are collaborating to standardize carbon footprint measurement and communication within the hospitality industry. The Carbon Measurement Working Group includes members of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Newsweek's rankings were produced with two leading environmental research firms, Trucost and Sustainalytics and the Green Rankings were created in 2009. MGM Resorts moved from #174 overall in 2010, to #157 in this years rankings.