LAS VEGAS—For the 12th consecutive year, MGM Resorts International participated in Earth Hour, the worldwide effort that puts climate change in the spotlight. A total of 19 MGM Resort properties around the globe, as well as T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, turned off all non-essential exterior lighting, rooftop signage and marquees to symbolize MGM’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. All interior and essential lights remained on during this time, and property operations were not affected.
Earth Hour was held on March 30, 2019 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time and is sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund. Every year millions of people, businesses and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights and celebrate the Earth Hour movement. Earth Hour 2019 came at a critical time, when the discussion of climate change has been elevated in the global arena.
Exterior lighting, rooftop signage, marquees and front features at all the MGM Resorts’ major Las Vegas properties, as well as Beau Rivage Resort and Casino and Gold Strike Tunica in Mississippi, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in New Jersey, MGM National Harbor in Maryland, MGM China in Macau and Cotai, also participated.
An Opportunity to Join Other Global Voices
“MGM Resorts is proud to be a leader in environmental sustainability and we are deeply committed to making sure we do our part to conserve energy,” said Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. “Earth Hour gives us an opportunity to join many other global voices that recognize climate change as one of the most important issues we face today.”
Earth Hour, which began as a symbolic, lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007, is the world’s largest grassroots movement that advocates for eco-consciousness. More than 180 countries and territories, and millions of people around the world are engaged in this celebration as a global moment of solidarity for the planet. Notable world-famous landmarks, including the Sydney Opera House and The Acropolis of Athens also take part.
Earth Hour is one of the many ways MGM Resorts focuses on bringing awareness to conservation and increasing the energy efficiencies of buildings. For example, between 2007 to 2017, MGM reduced energy use by 16 percent, partly by installing over 1.5 million LED lightbulbs across its resorts. The cumulative energy saved over this period is equivalent to the annual usage of more than 125,000 average U.S. homes. MGM has committed to reduce its carbon emissions per square foot by 50 percent.
For more information about MGM Resorts International’s commitment to sustainability, visit www.mgmresorts.com/csr.