PROMOTING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE FUTURE

SUSTAINABLE MISSION
“Committed to ongoing sustainable efforts that promote an environmentally responsible present and future by researching and implementing innovative green solutions.”

The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) which consists of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Cashman Center  (CC), averages 250 events with nearly two million attendees annually. These types of numbers require a significant amount of planning and resources. The LVCVA's commitment to being environmentally responsible continues to be successful for all of our customers and community. Through our current efforts, the LVCVA has been able to control and/or decrease any adverse effects to our environment.

 
Established sustainable efforts have allowed us to achieve the following:

  • Reduce energy consumption on an annual basis
  • Conserve water use within our facilities to include landscape
  • Establish a comprehensive offsite recycle program
  • Establish multiple relationships throughout our community
  • Continuous research and implementation of other eco-friendly practices
  • Invest in new sustainable technologies for both facility and customer use

 

RECYCLE

The LVCVA recycling program continues to be successful and on averages diverts over 3500 tons of material from landfills annually. The program’s seamless operation is due to the close collaboration with our employees, building partners and vendors. Although the trash compactors are sorted offsite for recyclables, a concerted effort to allow local recylers to utilize bulk trash corrals on property to separate recyclable materials prior to using compactors has proven to increase the volume of uncontaminated commodities and reduce cost for trash service.

  • The LVCVA averages 338 tons of plastic recovered annually.
  • Approximately 670 tons of cardboard and paper is diverted from landfills annually.
  • The LVCVA was selected as the 2013 WasteWise Local Government Honorable Mention Partner of the Year Award winner.
  • The LVCVA recycles an average of 205 pounds of “Techno Trash” annually with 2013 being a recording breaking year of recycling nearly 400 pounds.
  • The LVCVA diverts an equivalent of (15) Statue of Liberties or equivalent of 250 school busses from landfills annually.

PURCHASING

The LVCVA has an Environmental Purchasing Policy which mandates environmental and sustainable evaluations on all LVCVA acquisitions. The area of the Finance department also plays an important role with continuing the cycle of life for used equipment by auctioning items to vendors who may benefit through further use at their operation. Auctioning benefits local businesses as well as provides a return on investment to the LVCVA.

CONSERVATION

The  LVCVA recognizes that Southern Nevada's natural resources are our most valuable commodity and have taken enormous strides to conserve energy and water throughout the organization. Both the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center utilize new technology for better conservation efficiency.

  • Energy savings of 40% by replacing exhibit hall lamps with twin ceramic metal Halide lamps, estimated saving of $60,000 per month.
  • Measure and track the energy performance of our organization's facilities which allows for better bench marking.
  • Energy conservation efforts continue to reduce annual cost and qualify the LVCVA for NV Energy rebates.
  • Participating with the Water Sense Program as a Promotional Partner, which includes a committment to water preservation for future generations, reduce waste water infrastructure and support state and local water-efficiency efforts.
  • LVCC & Cashman Center maximizes the use of desert landscaping throughout facility grounds.
  • Restrooms installed with low flow faucets, toilets and urinals.


TRANSPORTATION

The Las Vegas Convention Center is located between the resort corridor and downtown, with convenient access to local mass transportation, and only five miles from McCarran International Airport. There are approximately 20k rooms available within a 1-mile radius and most accessible via Monorail.

Committed to reducing its fuel consumption the LVCVA promotes the use of alternate energy with 90% of it's vehicles being powered by electric or propane. Taking a step closer to the future; with a generous grant from the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) the LVCC unveiled its Electric Vehicle Charging Station during the 2014 CES Show. The four vehicle charging stations feature two Level 2 charging ports supplying up to 7.2kW. The LVCC and resort partners MGM Resorts, ARIA, Mandalay Bay, and Palazzo just to name a few are the growing trend of properties offering EV charging stations to visitors at no cost.

ON THE HORIZON 

Moving forward, LVCVA is committed to building on current successes and maintaining a proactive approach towards future sustainable activities.  As we continue to experience growth within our industry, we anticipate an even greater need to explore sustainable options and remain committed to our stakeholders, customers and community.