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April 18, 2018

Wynn Las Vegas Plans Major, Sustainable New Events Venue




Wynn Las Vegas announced plans for a new, 280,000 square foot meetings space expansion at this year’s Global Meetings Industry Day. The resort also outlined its sustainability practices. 

The new meetings and conventions complex, set to debut in March 2020, will be built on repurposed land that was previously the Wynn golf course. The complex will be adjacent to a 25-acre lagoon, which Wynn says is a first for Las Vegas

The grand rotunda entrance will lead to 18 new rooms aimed at a variety of uses from small receptions to general sessions, highlighted by sunlit promenades and oversized terraces. Unique to this development is a 20,000 square foot outdoor events pavilion and an 83,000 square foot pillar-less ballroom, Wynn said.

The new space will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy sourced from the 160-acre Wynn Solar Energy Facility. The resort will begin receiving power in the first half of 2018 from the facility, which will be used to offset up to 75 percent of its current meetings and conventions peak power requirements until the expansion opens.

Combined with the recently installed solar panels covering 103,000 square feet of Wynn's convention space rooftop, enough renewable energy will be generated to power 5,056 homes and eliminate 33,734 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the environment annually, Wynn said.

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Also at Global Meetings Industry Day, Wynn shared a little more about sustainability practices at its Las Vegas resort. 

"Our meetings and conventions clients are increasingly concerned about their impact on the environment, prioritizing clean energy use, responsibly supplying and using data, and recycling," said Wynn Las Vegas' Director of Energy Procurement, Erik Hansen, in a written statement.

Wynn's information technology infrastructure, housed at Switch, is powered by 100 percent renewable energy. This means that clients have access to data capabilities in their on-site business centers, and can support hundreds of laptops and thousands of personal phones, with no impact on the environment. Switch was able to retire over 835 geothermal and solar renewable energy credits in 2016, and expects to retire over 850 in 2017, on behalf of Wynn Las Vegas. Independently tracked and verified, each renewable energy credit is proof that one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity was generated from an eligible renewable energy resource and delivered to the energy grid, Wynn said.

Wynn said it has also implemented a wet-waste single-stream recycling program used to capture the value of a variety of materials at once. This method collects and sorts food and landscape waste, as well as recyclables such as paper, plastic, and cardboard. The reclaimed materials are repurposed for various commodity streams or used as sustainable food sources for local farm animals. The practice also reclaims items that have been inadvertently discarded, like flatware, dinnerware, glassware, linens and more, keeping them from entering landfills.


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