It's Not Easy Being Green But Casinos Covet Environmental Correctness

Bright lights blazing on the Las Vegas Strip in the middle of the Mojave Desert may be the antithesis of energy efficiency, but the gaming industry is trying to go green, primarily because it is good for business.

During a recent Amazon Web Services convention, which was held at various Las Vegas casinos, guests received compostable lunch boxes for the first time.

“For a year in advance of Amazon’s visit, they worked with my people to figure out how they could reduce the environmental impact of their event,” said Cindy Ortega, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer of MGM Resorts International.

“Our largest customers like Amazon and Microsoft are actually demanding that MGM do more to be environmentally correct,” Ortega said.

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