Resorts World Las Vegas joins the list of LEED-certified hotels on the Strip
The Las Vegas hotel community has gotten a little greener recently with the announcement of Resorts World Las Vegasthe newest resort on the Strip, that its three hotel brands—Las Vegas Hilton, Conrad Las Vegas and Crockfords Las Vegas, LXR Hotels & Resorts—have won Leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) Gold Certification, encompassing 3.9 million square feet of real estate.
Developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification is considered the benchmark in the green building industry, providing building owners and operators with a framework to identify and implement practical and sustainable green building strategies. measurable.
From its inception, the development of Resorts World Las Vegas was rooted in the concept of green building, with the property’s design team focusing on reducing environmental impact and achieving long-term sustainability through environmentally friendly design.
The resort will also continue to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into day-to-day operations and future resort planning, according to Brandon Morrison, director of sustainability for Resorts World Las Vegas.
“A key pillar of our strategic plan for sustainability at Resorts World Las Vegas is the integration of practices that have positive environmental impacts into all operations,” Morrison said. “LEED Gold certification demonstrates our long-term commitment to helping improve the environment while providing premium accommodations and experiences for our guests.”
To achieve LEED Gold certification, green building design and sustainability were incorporated into all phases of the design and development process, including:
- Existing elements of the Echelon project (a $4.8 billion mixed-use hotel-casino project proposed by Boyd Gaming that was later sold to Genting Group, the developers of Resorts World) were incorporated into the design and to the construction of the complex.
- Over 300 trees were salvaged from the original site and incorporated into the current RWLV design. (Some trees currently on the site are up to 60 years old.)
- Energy savings greater than 38% compared to industry benchmark. Among the energy efficiency measures, a combined heat and power system of 4 megawatts (cogeneration) contributes to the overall energy efficiency of the property.
- Reduced potable water consumption by 40% compared to industry benchmark.
- Water efficiency measures used inside and outside the resort, including water-saving fixtures and fittings, smart irrigation system, and drought-resistant landscaping.
- Over 75% of all construction waste was diverted from landfills, with nearly 32,000 tonnes of material recycled during construction.
- Environmentally friendly materials, including low-emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and flooring, were used throughout development.
- Regional materials were used, where possible, in construction development ($256 million in regional expenditure; 23% of total material cost).
Resort World’s sustainability program includes:
- Alternative transportation: There are 16 electric vehicle parking spaces across the resort property; six public bus stops within a quarter-mile walk; preferred parking spaces for carpools/vans; and low-emission/fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Single-use plastics: Dispensers of bulk welcome products in the rooms and water bottle filling stations throughout the establishment contribute to limiting the consumption of single-use plastic bottles.
- Waste Management: A comprehensive diversion program sorts and separates the resort’s recyclables and food waste.
- Indoor air quality: A patented air ionization system—coupled with demand ventilation technology—provides unparalleled indoor air quality throughout the complex.
- Environmental Management System: The resort’s Environmental Management System (EMS) has been ISO certified by a third party (ISO 9001 Quality Management; ISO 14001 Environmental Management; ISO 50001 Energy Management).
- Event impact statement: A Meeting Calculator can provide custom environmental reports for on-property events and meetings.
- Health and wellbeing: The property has earned GBAC STAR accreditation and is Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED with Forbes Travel Guide.
- Social impact: Over 25 charity partners in the local community, supported by volunteer activities and philanthropic donations.
Resorts World joins the ranks of six other LEED-Gold buildings in Nevada’s hospitality industry, including MGM Resorts’ CityCenter and its ARIA Resort & Casino, ARIA’s Convention Center and Theater and the Vdara Hotel & Spa; and the Venetian Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas received LEED Silver certification in the spring of 2008.
Las Vegas is also part of a global network of more than 100 LEED-certified cities and communities. In August 2020, the city completed LEED certificate to implement practical and measurable strategies and solutions to improve sustainability and the standard of living for residents.
In partnership with Hilton, Resorts World Las Vegas integrates three of Hilton’s upscale brands into its resort campus, including Las Vegas Hilton, the resort’s full-service brand; Conrad Las Vegas, Hilton’s luxury lifestyle brand; and LXR, Hilton’s network of independent luxury properties, which operates as Crockfords Las Vegas, Genting’s ultra-luxury brand.
Built on the former site of the iconic Stardust Resort and Casino, the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas The resort features 3,506 guest rooms and suites, a next-generation casino, premium dining and beverage offerings, a 5,000-seat theater, nightlife venues, upscale retail outlets and 250,000 sq.ft. squares of meeting and event space.