Casinos bring in a lot of green and now MGM resorts is making more by investing in clean energy and the environment. The company released its annual corporate social responsibility report (CSR) this week, in which it also outlined its most recent sustainability efforts, like the completion of an 8.3 megawatt solar rooftop.
The 8.3 megawatt solar rooftop at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas covers 28 acres and, according to the company, is among the largest contiguous rooftop arrays in America. The only rooftop array system that might be bigger is the 16.4 megawatt project that’s covering multiple warehouses on roofs in Los Angeles. That project will cover 2 million square feet with solar power.
The MGM rooftop array supplies 26 percent of the resort’s electricity during peak hours of sunlight. The company is taking more actions to green its properties, too. MGM has earned LEED Gold certifications, including T-Mobile Arena and The Park in Las Vegas, as well as MGM National Harbor in Maryland. The company also has replaced nearly 1 million light bulbs across its properties as part of its commitment to the Department of Energy’s Better Business Challenge.
The CSR also outlined its development in diversity and inclusion and philanthropy and community engagement. MGM said that 68.7 percent of its employees pledged contributions to MGM Resorts International Foundation. That foundation distributed funds to 1,400 nonprofit agencies. Its employees also volunteered 102,902 service hours—the equivalent of $2.4 million in labor.
“I’m so proud of our 75,000 employees, who are really leading the charge in CSR,” said Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. “They are the ones who volunteer their time to support our communities by feeding the hungry, cleaning up neighborhood blight, reading to school children, mentoring at-risk students, and much more. They help us to continuously integrate CSR best practices at all levels of our company’s operations. We firmly believe that our CSR initiatives make us both a better company and a better corporate citizen, as we endeavor to help build better communities.”
The company also has become more diverse and inclusive. It reported that minorities made up 69 percent of its domestic workforce. Its management team also is becoming more diverse. MGM reported that 44 percent of its management were women and 43 percent were minorities.Tweet