News | March 17, 2017
Las Vegas Sands’ properties throughout Asia and the US are once again planning a number of events during a one-week period to drive awareness of climate change and to encourage others to do their part to minimize their impact on the environment. The week-long events will commence the week of March 20th, leading up to Earth Hour on March 25th when all properties will go dark by shutting off exterior non-essential lighting.
In Las Vegas, a series of events centered on employee education and participation will take place, such as a World Water Day educational campaign whereby water consumption tips will be shared with Team Members to increase awareness of water issues and water conservation, as well as a school beautification project taking place on the day of Earth Hour where Team Members will work together to refresh a local elementary school and its garden. In addition, throughout the week, Team Members will be encouraged to sign up for the Sands ECO360 “Spring Step up Challenge”, a four-week walking event in April where participants will challenge each other to reach the goal of at least 150,000 steps during the challenge period, with an opportunity to win prizes. Moreover, an Earth Hour celebration open to both Team Members and guests will also take place in front of The Venetian and will feature energy conservation tips, a DJ, cocktails, giveaways and more.
At Sands Bethlehem, Team Members will be encouraged to commit to environmentally-friendly eco-actions on the day of Earth Hour. Actions will be tracked and recorded. The property will also will have an Earth Hour quiz for Team Members to take.
At Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, for Earth Hour, the integrated resort is planning a ‘Walk in the Dark’ around the bay that ties in with the sustainable iLight Festival around the bay and includes special appearances by two of Singapore’s sustainability mascots, Caring Cora and Smiley Ray. There will also be a climate change-themed Earth Hour quiz for Team Members. On World Water Day, Team Members will be asked to dress in blue and take pictures to post on social media to drive awareness of the current global water crisis. The property will also be posting pictures of Team Members engaged in water saving measures. Also on World Water Day, the MasterCard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands will screen an environmental movie.
In Macao, each Sands China property will put together events for Climate Week related to Earth Hour and World Water Day, with a particular focus on carbon footprint and water conservation. One such event consists of an Energy Savings Roadshow, where LED lighting and fixtures will be on sale at discounted prices for Team Members, and booths will be set up for the recycling of broken and old non-LED light bulbs. Additional events include a Planet Earth shaped floral display at Conrad Macao created by the in-house floral team using on-property recycled materials, as well as a lightshow on the outer façade of The Venetian Macao. In addition, Sheraton Grand Hotel has installed a stationary bicycle, available to Team Members and guests, which when peddled will generate electricity and light up LED lighting connected to the bike.
Las Vegas Sands has a vision to lead the way in sustainable building development and resort operations. The Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability strategy is designed to help minimize the company’s environmental impact and is integrated across the entire business. One key area of focus for Las Vegas Sands is climate change mitigation. As such, the company has recently been identified as a global leader for the third time for its actions and strategies in response to climate change, and was awarded a position on the Climate A List by CDP, the international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies.