The Venetian and The Palazzo will be lights out March 19 in support of Earth Hour. Starting at 8:30 p.m., exterior lights will be turned off for one hour at both properties.
This marks the eighth year in a row of Las Vegas Sands participation in the worldwide environmental campaign, which has a goal of raising global awareness of climate change by encouraging eco-conscious individuals, communities, households and businesses to switch off their lights for one hour.
In the week leading up to Earth Hour, The Venetian and The Palazzo will incorporate the global I Will If You Will challenge (IWIYW) to engage team members across both properties to take action on climate change (Twitter hashtags #ECO360 and #OneSmallChange).
The challenge activities for team members are:
- Turning off the lights at home during Earth Hour 2016
- Taking public transportation, carpooling, biking or walking to work
- Adjusting air conditioning thermostats at home
- Changing out an incandescent or compact fluorescent light bulb at home for an energy-efficient LED bulb
- Washing clothes in cold water
- Taking an educational sustainability quiz
- Unplugging electronics or appliances while not in use
- Submitting a workplace- or business-related green idea to the company
- Team members are encouraged to take on multiple challenges and to repeat single challenges as many times as possible during the campaign period now through March 19. Those who participate have the chance to win prizes like an Apple Watch, a Fitbit or a Go Pro camera.
Implementing environmentally sustainable initiatives at its properties is a long-running strategy for Las Vegas Sands. Annual participation in Earth Hour is just one of the many ongoing efforts of Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability Program.
Las Vegas Sands eco-friendly measures have contributed to more sustainable operations while earning the company recognition for its efforts. In 2010, for instance, Sands Expo and The Venetian achieved LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings and in 2008, The Palazzo achieved the LEED Silver certification for New Construction building. The Sands Expo and Congress Center also became the first convention center in the world to achieve the advanced APEX/ASTM Level 2 Green Meetings certification.