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MGM Resorts Recognized for Lighting Innovations


LAS VEGAS—The Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign has recognized MGM Resorts International for its dedication to sustainability and energy-efficient lighting. The company was recently honored with two Campaign awards: “Highest Absolute Annual Savings in a Retrofit at a Single Parking Structure” for a major lighting retrofit at MGM Grand Detroit, and “Largest Percentage of Facilities Upgraded (minimum of five facilities)” for MGM Facilities in Michigan and Nevada.

LEEP is co-sponsored by the Business Owners and Management Association, Green Parking Council, International Facility Management Association and Better Buildings through the U.S. Department of Energy.

“Our outdoor lighting projects are truly transformational and have been undertaken to further position MGM Resorts as a thought leader in sustainability,” said Cindy Ortega, Chief Sustainability Officer of MGM Resorts International. “Both, the Detroit project and the Las Vegas parking lot upgrades have allowed for other markets to follow in making advancements in lighting efficiency.”

Awards Ceremony Held Last Month

The LEEP Campaign held an awards recognition event last month at the IFMA Facility Fusion Conference and Expoii, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

“Through the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking campaign, the Department of Energy is working with organizations committed to more energy-efficient exterior lighting technologies and systems,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency, Kathleen Hogan. “These highly innovative and cost-competitive lighting solutions are helping transform how our nation lights its parking lots and garages.”

In 2013, MGM Grand Detroit completed the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp retrofit of its 61-acre parking garage. Cited as one of the nation’s largest LED parking garage makeovers, the three-month installation boasts 3,117 LED lamps and will reduce the garage’s annual energy use by 80 percent.

Also in 2013, MGM Resorts upgraded 13 of its facility sites in Michigan and Nevada. The project covered more than 8 million square feet and will reduce annual energy usage by 70 percent.

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