MGM Resorts International recently announced that it has joined the Convene Green Alliance, a grassroots industry initiative that aims to foster positive environmental practices through national, regional, and local outreach and education. MGM Resorts’ sustainability efforts include the design and construction of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. CityCenter, featuring ARIA Resort & Casino as its centerpiece, opened on the Las Vegas Strip in late 2009.

“In 2005, when CityCenter was being developed, our company’s top management envisioned a city of the future,” explained Chris Brophy, vice president for energy/environmental services for MGM Resorts International. “One common element that we stressed in working with our architects was that the city of the future would need to incorporate environmental sustainability into the campus and into our everyday operations.” Other properties belonging to MGM Resorts International include Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and The Mirage.

MGM Resorts International’s environmental programs are managed in five areas: energy and water savings, sustainable design and construction, efficient waste management (more than 90 percent of waste in the 1.7-million-square-foot convention center at Mandalay Bay is diverted from landfills), environmentally friendly procurement programs, and an education program about green initiatives for employees, guests, and the surrounding communities.

The newest addition pushes total membership for CGA to more than 900 association and industry partners.