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Green meetings

 

Destinations of the future need spaces for sustainable events. But how “green” can green meetings really be?

 

Environmental footprint

With a few simple steps, we can help transform an event into a sustainable gathering. Many of our facilities have been awarded third-party environmental certification, providing a robust foundation for a successful sustainable meeting. Our customizable program offers our clients countless options to help them attain their event’s specific sustainability goals.

Community cause

Thinking globally and acting locally, we collaborate with non-profit organizations to design custom volunteer experiences for our meeting clients to give back to the host city. Once the customers select their community cause, we help to connect them with our partners. Globally, we donate time, expertise, and resources to a wide array of charitable organizations, amplifying the effect of our property efforts into the larger communities in which we operate.

Wellness

Despite their packed schedules, we know many meeting attendees want to maintain their healthy routines. With a selection of wellness offerings, it’s easier than ever for our guests to make smarter, more wholesome choices. From nutritious menus to fitness and stress-reduction activities, we make sure our clients and guests have everything they need to support their health and well-being, all under one roof.

Case study
Plan zero

Asia’s first-ever zero waste to landfill event foreshadows the future of sustainable gatherings

Trying to host a zero waste event is the easiest way to learn how much waste is embedded in unexpected places. From tea bags to floor tape, stage decorations to sugar packets, waste comes in all shapes, sizes, and products. Some solutions are obvious – like using cloth napkins instead of paper ones, or digital communications over printed materials – but others are more disguised.

Large-scale conferences are generally resource-intensive in ways that are hard to predict. For instance, when organizers at Marina Bay Sands were planning the 5th Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development, hundreds of feet of cords and wires had to be secured to the ground without using floor tape. The solution involved an entire re-design of the event’s audiovisual layout using reusable cable trays, where necessary, to make sure safety was not compromised.

Lunch came with its own challenges, since fluctuating attendance makes food waste or food surplus common at events. Chefs at Marina Bay Sands created a menu of ingredients that could be easily processed by the resort’s on-site food digesters. Any ingredient with a shell, husk, pit, or stone was kept off the menu to ensure all leftover waste could be properly disposed of. Beverage stations were equipped with reusable cups along with tea bags without strings and labels. Individually wrapped sugar packets were swapped out for sugar cubes.

The path to zero waste can be difficult, but this target can be achieved by making a conscious effort to change the way we plan events.


The journey of our Green Meetings Program

2011

  • Launched Sands ECO360 Meetings Program in Las Vegas.
     

2012

  • Appointed dedicated Green Meeting Concierges.
  • Developed Sands ECO360 Impact Statement.
  • Created property-specific Planning Tools.
  • Established volunteering programs for attendees.
  • Expanded Sands ECO360 meetings to properties in Asia.
  • Trained 300 Team Members globally.
     

2013

APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting Standards Certification:

  • Las Vegas – Venue Level 2 (first in the world).
  • Marina Bay Sands in Singapore – Venue Level 1 (first outside of the U.S.).

 

2014

  • Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and The Venetian Macao achieved ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management Systems Certification.
  • Sands China Ltd. received the IMEX-GMIC Green Supplier Award.
  • Hosted more than 100 sustainable events across our properties globally.

2015

  • Marina Bay Sands in Singapore recevied the IMEX-GMIC Green Supplier Award.
  • Sands Expo in Las Vegas established a surplus food donation program with Three Square Food Bank.
  • Held Sands ECO360 Meetings Program strategic planning workshop to set the direction for upcoming years.
     

2016

  • Hosted Asia's first-ever "Zero Waste to Landfill" event at Marina Bay Sands.
  • Co-sponsored "Sustainable Meeting and Event Practices" study to garner feedback from meeting professionals and suppliers.
  • Marina Bay Sands in Singapore received PATA Grand Award 2016 in the Environment category for their Sands ECO360 Meetings program.
  • Expanded sustainable meetings program to encompass additional events and venues across portfolio of properties.
  • Updated the strategy to place greater emphasis on wellness-focused amenities, allowing guests to maintain their active lifestyle while traveling.