The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced their annual Top 10 States for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) list. The annual ranking highlights states throughout the United States that made significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation over the past year. Nevada made the 2016 list with a total of 6,397,602 LEED-certified gross square footage.
The Sands Expo Convention Center and The Venetian Congress Center’s LEED Gold Re-certification helped the state earn a #6 ranking on the list, with the Sands Expo Convention Center alone representing 35% of total certified gross square footage in Nevada. The space was originally certified in 2010 and was recertified after 5 years, in 2016, to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to maintaining high-performance, sustainable facilities.
“LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system and we are so happy that our industry-leading position in Las Vegas has helped the state of Nevada earn such a high ranking on this list,” said Pranav Jampani, director of sustainability at The Venetian and The Palazzo.
Las Vegas Sands has made a firm commitment to incorporate sustainable standards into its new developments around the world, as outlined in the company’s Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability Strategy. Sands ECO360 reflects the company’s vision to become a leader in sustainable development and resort operations. It was designed to help minimize the company’s environmental impact around the world and is integrated across the entire business. The strategy is based on the environmental issues identified as being of most importance to their business, stakeholders and to society.
“We are proud to be a sustainable certified venue and operator in Las Vegas,” said Katarina Tesarova, vice president of global sustainability at Las Vegas Sands. “Third-party certification is important to us as it provides our guests the confidence that our resort meets international standards of sustainable design, construction, and operations,” Tesarova continued.
The Parisian Macao, Las Vegas Sands’ newest Integrated Resort was built according to the company’s Sustainable Development Standards, incorporating the latest efficiency technologies. The resort is the company’s first project in Macao to pursue LEED certification and is their most sustainable property to date.
Click on the link below to access the USGBC press release about their annual Top 10 for LEED list.