How Gaming Benefits Nevada
In addition to the economic and fiscal impacts, the tourism industry in Nevada also gives back to the community and makes environmental investments to be a more sustainable industry. Nevada's gaming companies have partnered with local organizations to put forth programs that will improve living conditions for residents as well as develop programs for the state's schools and students, such as Station Casino's Smart Start education program. Nevada's hotel-casino partners have also made strides to enhance their properties to be more sustainable, earning national recognition in green achievements. The following are just a few highlights of the industry's social and environmental impacts.
Boyd Gaming is a major contributor to nonprofit organizations across the Las Vegas Valley and the nation, including Legal Aid Center of Nevada, Opportunity Village, The Smith Center and Three Square. The company donates millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations each year, led by $1 million in annual support to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Demonstrating leadership in the area of sustainability, Boyd Gaming owns and operates the nation's first LEED Silver-certified industrial laundry. Located just off Boulder Highway in Henderson, Boyd Gaming's central linen and uniform laundry facility uses a variety of methods to save more than 22 million gallons of water per year. The company has also received Green Globes Certification at several of its Nevada properties for their conservation efforts, and has received the Water Conservation Coalition's Water Hero Award. In all, the company's conservation efforts in Southern Nevada have reduced electricity usage by nearly 22 million kilowatt-hours annually.
Caesars Entertainment and its affiliates are committed to helping build strong Nevada communities. They empower more than 30,000 Nevada team members, support local businesses and nonprofit organizations, and respect the environment at each of their 15 Las Vegas, Reno, Laughlin and Lake Tahoe locations. Each year in Nevada, they generate 3.5 times more societal contributions per $10 million in revenue than the average Nevada company, for a total of $1,885,803,130.
Caesars Entertainment advances responsible business practices while inspiring employees, guests, partners and communities to share in making a positive impact through their PEOPLE PLANET PLAY framework. With a focus on people, 43 percent of Nevada managers are women; in their planet programming - CodeGreen - Caesars Palace has yielded savings of approximately one million gallons of water; and in 2018 Caesars celebrated 15 years of its industry-leading Responsible Gaming Ambassador program, with 255 Ambassadors at Nevada properties alone. Caesars was recognized as one of The Civic 50's most community-minded companies in 2018 and earned the number one spot in the consumer discretionary industry for the third time.
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino is a leader in sustainability practices. The Peppermill is the only resort in the United States that is completely heated by on-site geothermal energy. Besides a state-of-the-art heating system, the Peppermill also participates in Clean the World's Hotel Recycling program, which donates unused soap and hygienic products to children in third-world countries whose health is threatened by poor hygiene. Other projects undertaken by the Peppermill to reduce environmental impacts include the implementation of a wastewater recycling system for laundry services, the installation of LED and fluorescent lighting systems, and electric and Tesla car chargers available on property.
Eldorado Resorts, Inc.
Eldorado Resorts' Reno properties have implemented a variety of sustainable initiatives in order to reduce their impact on the environment. The company's work has been recognized by the Green Building Initiative (GBI), whose Green Globe certification is the highest honor for resource efficiency and environmental impact reduction. THE ROW - Eldorado Resort Casino, Circus Circus Hotel Casino Reno and Silver Legacy Resort Casino - has been certified by GBI for resource efficiency and reduction of environmental impacts.
Circus Circus Reno and Silver Legacy have each earned four Green Globes, the highest number of Green Globes possible, while Eldorado earned three Globes. Four Globes indicate that the buildings demonstrated national leadership and excellence in the practice of energy, water and environmental efficiency to reduce environmental impacts. A Three Globes rating shows that the building demonstrates leadership in applying best practices regarding energy, water and environmental efficiency.
Some of the highest rated areas for each building include emissions, effluents and pollution controls for the Silver Legacy, environmental management system for the Eldorado and energy for Circus Circus Reno. Efforts that contribute to these high scores include efforts such as low-emissions boilers and water heaters, having a written environmental policy, goals and targets for energy, water and hazardous materials, low-flow faucets and high-efficiency lighting.
In each separate report, GBI commended THE ROW's team and on-site facility managers for their excellent work in operating the facility in-line with the Green Globes requirements and for demonstrating their commitment to furthering sustainability practices.
Circus Circus Reno has long been a proponent of sustainable hospitality and has implemented multiple conservation policies to reduce the impact of the hotel's daily operations on the environment. Significant progress has been made year-over-year to reduce the resort's carbon footprint through waste prevention, recycling and water conservation. With the acquisition of Circus Circus Reno in 2015, Eldorado Resorts looked to Circus Circus as a role model for the Eldorado and Silver Legacy and many of their initiatives have since carried over.
Grand Sierra Resort
Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) is involved in the community in a number of ways, including through GSR Cares, which supports worthwhile initiatives as well as local and community-minded organizations and charities that help elevate the region and benefit those in need. Most recently, GSR partnered with Lyft and Zero Fatalities Coalition to prevent impaired driving in Northern Nevada. Through GSR Cares, team members have been involved in extensive volunteering opportunities with local groups such as the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Vaughn Middle School in Reno. GSR has worked extensively with organizations including Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful to participate in annual river cleanups, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada, Toys for Tots, and Children's Cabinet to sponsor the annual Art of Childhood event. In addition to supporting local community projects, GSR was a recipient of the Lifetime Leader in Sustainability award for energy conversation efforts.
MGM Resorts International
At MGM Resorts International, community engagement is organized around three key programs: employee workplace giving through The MGM Resorts Foundation, employee volunteerism and its corporate giving program. In 2018, there were 85 grants totaling $2.8 million awarded by The MGM Resorts Foundation with 47 of those grants totaling $2.6 million awarded in Southern Nevada alone. These grants go toward affordable housing, education, family services, food insecurity, health and wellness, and services for seniors and military families. Through The MGM Resorts Foundation, employees raised $4.75 million in 2017; a total of $74.7 million was raised in support of more than 1,500 charitable organizations since the Foundation's inception in 2002. One hundred percent of these donations go to the communities where employees live to support their charities of choice.
MGM Resorts International, through the Company's corporate giving initiative, donates a portion of its profits each year to build stronger host communities. This giving program is organized around the following focus areas: public education, health and wellness, environmental sustainability, basic human needs of hunger relief and shelter, the cultural arts and gaming industry priorities. In 2018, MGM Resorts won a Shorty Social Good Award for its "Spotlight on Hunger" campaign.
Additionally in 2018, MGM Resorts and Invenergy announced the development of a 100-megawatt solar array, just north of Las Vegas. At full production, the array will provide up to 90 percent of total daytime power needs across MGM Resorts' Las Vegas Strip locations, equivalent to the annual electricity needs of more than 27,000 homes.
MGM Resorts' Las Vegas properties are renowned for their long-standing commitment to protecting the planet. Between 2007 and 2017 the company reduced energy, carbon emissions and water use per square foot by 16 percent, 29 percent and 25 percent respectively. For these and other efforts, all MGM Las Vegas properties were awarded at least four or five Green Keys in 2018 for environmental excellence in the hospitality industry, from Green Key Global. In addition, ARIA, Vdara, The Park, and T-Mobile Arena have achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Las Vegas Sands Corporation
Las Vegas Sands is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of serving people, planet and communities. Sands delivers a great working environment for 50,000 team members worldwide, drives social impact through the Sands Cares charitable giving and community engagement program and leads in environmental performance through the award-winning Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability Program.
In 2017, Sands Cares established two innovative new programs with long-term impacts on youth homelessness and those experiencing homelessness in Southern Nevada: (1) the first annual Southern Nevada Youth Homelessness Summit, and (2) Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers. In its first year of operation, Fresh Start Mobile Showers provided more than 7,500 showers to those experiencing homelessness. Moreover, 17,500 meals have been donated by their Las Vegas properties to Chefs to End Hunger. Las Vegas Sands also started the Sands Cares Accelerator Program aimed at assisting "growth-stage" nonprofits.
On the environmental front, the Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability Program has resulted in 65 energy efficiency projects saving more than 30 million kWh in electricity annually. In 2017, Las Vegas Sands achieved the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) climate change leadership position for the fourth time.
In addition to ongoing support to hundreds of local charities, Station Casinos is proud to have three signature community initiatives benefiting the local community focused on at-risk youth, the fight against breast cancer and assisting those who proudly served in our military.
Since 2000, the company has shown its commitment to public education, assisting the most at-risk youth by supporting and adopting a variety of the highest need elementary schools through its Smart Start school partnership. By providing annual financial support as well as creating and customizing meaningful classroom programs and initiatives, all efforts are targeted to help inspire the most challenged and underprivileged children feel loved and understand the value of a good education with the ultimate goal to break the cycle of poverty. To date, more than $2.6 million has been donated to at-risk elementary schools.
Station Casinos also dedicates the entire month of October to Breast Cancer Awareness month with its annual "Project Pink" initiative. The community effort benefits both Susan G. Komen of Nevada and the American Cancer Society by inviting guests to eat, drink and play "pink" throughout all of its casinos and the company donates to the fight against breast cancer. Over the past nine years, Project Pink has donated $600,000 to the fight against breast cancer.
Similar to Project Pink, Station Casinos dedicates the entire month of May to its annual "Month of Honor" initiative benefiting Veteran's Village, assisting local homeless veterans with housing and crisis intervention services 24/7 in Southern Nevada. Since 2015, Station Casinos has donated $265,335 and together with our guests, have donated 6,000 buffet dinners to local vets in need.
Wynn Las Vegas marked a new renewable energy milestone with its acceptance into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership, a collective of organizations that are voluntarily leading the innovation, production and use of green energy in America. The distinction came less than five months after the debut of the Wynn Solar Facility, a new 160-acre solar complex solely dedicated to generating enough renewable energy to power 75 percent of peak power demand at the Las Vegas resort. Based on this green power use, Wynn Las Vegas became the largest hotel industry Green Power Partner in the nation, and the only casino resort in Nevada in the partnership.
Wynn Resorts' philanthropic efforts reached new heights with total global giving exceeding $17.7 million and more than 42,000 hours of employee volunteer time. The company partnered with 100+ nonprofit organizations and sponsored 200+ volunteer events to support education, provide crisis relief, promote the arts, protect the environment, battle food insecurity, care for veterans, and so much more.
Major projects included rallying 80+ business vendors to renovate The Shade Tree, a 24-hour shelter providing vital relief services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence; the construction of a 3,500 square foot Crisis Intervention Center and 10,000 square foot park at Veteran's Village, a nonprofit providing holistic health and housing solutions to displaced veterans; and the continuation of Wynn's Adopt-A-Classroom program with Dean Peterson Elementary, which has advanced from a one-star to a two-star school within the Clark County School District and earned its highest test scores and teacher retention rates to date.