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MGM Resorts Promotes Sustainability and Green Business Operations
Four premier resort properties of MGM Resorts International have received the coveted "5 Green Keys" rating for meetings. The distinction becomes very special because the four resorts are the first in the U.S. to receive this recognition and among an exclusive group of just six such properties across North America. This prestigious rating is awarded by Green Key Global, the leading certification body assessing sustainable hotel operations around the world.
MGM properties that have earned this rating include Bellagio Resort & Casino, ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandalay Bay Resort and MGM Grand Las Vegas. The "5 Keys" distinction awarded to these properties reflects the high standards of environmental and social responsibility in terms of their conventions and meetings facilities and business practices. In fact, each of the 11 MGM Resorts properties spread across the country has taken significant measures to promote sustainability through environmentally friendly facilities and business operations.
Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global, said: "As the first U.S. chain to introduce the Green Key Meetings Program to its portfolio, MGM Resorts has demonstrated that practicing environmental stewardship need not affect the quality of an event but can, in fact, enhance its success. That these four Las Vegas properties have all achieved the highest rating is a testament to their dedication to sustainability within all aspects of their operations."
Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer at MGM, said: "Green Advantage is MGM Resorts International's platform to ensure that environmentally-conscious decisions are at the forefront of our business operations and facilities. We are pleased to have earned the five-key distinction from Green Key Global, validating the significant efforts of our team to build a world class green meeting program."
Green Key Meetings is an integrated evaluation tool for eco-friendly hotels and resorts that host meetings of any size. The tool is designed to provide an idea to various meeting, travel and conference planners about a particular venue's extent of commitment to environmental issues. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program has a membership of more than 2,850 hotels overall and is regarded as the top "green" audit and rating program in North America.
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