PROPERTIES IN ACTION

From Macao to Las Vegas, and Singapore to Bethlehem (U.S.A.), the reach of Sands ECO360 program now extends to our properties worldwide. Below are the 2016 highlights for each of our operating regions.
SANDS CHINA LTD.

Small steps, big changes

Given the limited land resources in Macao, waste management is a constant challenge. Yet even the biggest goals can be accomplished with small steps. Two McDonald’s restaurants for employees in the Heart of House at The Venetian Macao and Sands Macao no longer provide unnecessary packaging such as beverage lids, tray liners, and burger boxes. Plastic and paper recycling bins are placed at trash collection points to encourage Team Members to properly sort their waste.

“The team at Sands China Ltd. is very proud of their Sands ECO360 achievements. I am confident that with our ongoing focus we will continue to be a clear leader in Macao in this important aspect of corporate responsibility.”

Mark McWhinnie, Senior Vice President of Resort Operations and Development
 

PROPERTY INFORMATION
Location:
Macao (SAR), China
Year opened:
Sands Macao (2004);
The Venetian Macao (2007);
The Plaza Macao/Four Seasons Hotel Macao (2008);
Sands Cotai Central (2012),
including The St. Regis Macao (2015);
The Parisian Macao (2016)
Number of Team Members: 26,048
Number of rooms: 12,749
Meeting square footage: 2.43 million

Clean Plates Aplenty
Sands China marked World Hunger Day with three separate clean plate challenges, as Team Members returned nearly 118,000 plates with no food waste.
Raising Awareness of Food Security
One hundred Team Members participated in a memorable, interactive Oxfam Hunger Meal activity that brought hunger and poverty issues to life.
Clean the Office
The properties hosted a five-day “Clean the Office” campaign. More than 7,000 pounds of unneeded supplies were recycled or donated to local charities.
International Housekeeping Week
Celebrations culminated with a 3D model competition – utilizing only recycled materials – highlighting how creativity can reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill.
THE VENETIAN, THE PALAZZO AND SANDS EXPO

Reinventing our classics

Nevada is one of the leading states in green buildings in terms of LEED-certified square footage per capita. First certified in 2010, the Sands Expo Convention Center and The Venetian Congress Center achieved LEED Gold® recertification for building operations and maintenance in 2016. This space alone represents 35% of the total LEED-certified area in Nevada that year.

“Our Team Members are an integral part of our Sands ECO360 program, as they are the ones championing our sustainability efforts and driving us to create a lasting positive change. Even the smallest of eco-friendly actions, when multiplied by thousands of Team Members, can have a transformative impact on our operations and culture.”

Anna Schmid, Vice President of Administration and Event Optimization
 

PROPERTY INFORMATION
Location:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Year opened:

Sands Expo (1990);
The Venetian Las Vegas (1999);
Venezia at The Venetian (2003);
The Palazzo Las Vegas (2007)
Number of Team Members:
8,600
Number of rooms: 7,092
Meeting square footage: 2.08 million

Green Caffeine Campaign
The annual IMEX Travel Exhibition continues to drive sustainability through attendee engagement. This year, conference guests willing to say goodbye to disposable paper cups were rewarded with discounts or free coffee at eight coffee shops on property.
CANstruction Benefits Three Square
To mark World Hunger Day, Team Members collected more than 28,000 food items for charity, while creating some remarkable art from the donations
From Paper to Pixels
Keeping 7,092 suites spotless requires a surprising amount of paperwork. The resort’s 2,000 housekeepers are now equipped with iPods for assignments and reporting issues – improving efficiency while saving trees.
Sands Expo Streamlines Recycling
Large volumes of waste are generated in a very short period during the move-in and move-out of a convention. A horizontal baler was installed to automate the process and compress more recyclables into commercial-scale bales.
Marina Bay Sands

Everyday excellence

Green meetings were one of this property’s focus areas in 2016. The resort piloted Asia’s first zero waste to landfill event and also expanded its ISO 20121 sustainable event management systems into 15 non-MICE1 departments. Marina Bay Sands received a Grand Award in the Environment Category from the Pacific Asia Travel Association. The organization particularly praised the property for its industry-leading Sands ECO360 Green Meetings Program.

“Ocean conservation is immensely significant to the food and beverage industry. We took the first step four years ago by completely removing shark fins from our kitchens and increasing sustainable seafood options. We have since deepened our commitment, working with WWF Singapore to assess our supply chain and pledging to remove highly vulnerable species from all of our offerings.”

Christopher Christie, Executive Chef
 

PROPERTY INFORMATION
Location:
Singapore
Year opened: 2010
Number of Team Members: 9,500
Number of rooms: 2,561
Meeting square footage: 1.06 million

Skyrocketing Sands ECO360 Participation
More than 90% of Team Members took at least one Sands ECO360 action in 2016, marking the highest participation level for the property to date.
Leadership in Packaging
The property attained the Merit Award at the National Environmental Agency’s 3R Packaging Awards, in recognition of its reusable plastic basket and pallet exchange program. This program helps the resort’s suppliers avoid the use of carton and Styrofoam boxes when making deliveries to the property.
Sourcing Sustainable Seafood
In partnership with WWF, the property hosted the Sustainable Seafood Business Forum and launched the Responsible Seafood Group, which commits to procuring sustainable seafood.
Engage Public Through Eco Films
The ArtScience Museum hosted the first annual Singapore Eco Film Festival to inspire the public and bring local environmental organizations together to foster more collaboration in protecting the environment.
Sands Bethlehem

Enlightening the future

Environmental education is a resource that transcends the classroom and helps schoolchildren understand how natural systems function, and equally importantly, how humans and nature are intertwined. Sands Bethlehem has teamed up with the Donegan Elementary School in an effort to provide students with the tools they need to be good stewards of the environment in their neighborhoods and communities.

“We all have a responsibility to care for the environment. The partnership with Donegan School personifies our commitment to sustainability, which extends beyond the boundary of our property to the local community.”

Julia Corwin, Executive Director of Brand Marketing
 

PROPERTY INFORMATION
Location:
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Year opened: 2009
Number of Team Members: 2,400
Number of rooms: 282
Meeting square footage: 29,000

Recycling Benefits Local Community
Following the remodeling of the casino’s hotel, more than 18,000 square feet of carpet was donated to a local charity for repurposing into smaller rugs.
Colorful Reuse
After the spring bloom, tulips have been traditionally pulled up and recycled at a local composting facility. This year, the plants were carefully removed and placed in a location where Team Members could pick them up for their own gardens. In three hours, all 9,000+ bulbs found a new home.
LED Lighting Upgrades
Over 6,500 lamps were retrofitted with LED bulbs, which is projected to save over 400,000 kWh of electricity per year.
Clean the World Rankings
The Housekeeping Team doubled its Clean the World amenity collection of partially used shampoos, conditioners, and soap, ranking #7 nationally among similar-sized hotels.