Las Vegas’ Green Efforts Get Encouragement from Travelocity

October 27, 2010 / No Comments

Travelocity, the internationally known online travel company, has launched a Las Vegas Green Hotel sale that could help clients save up to 32%. The move is in recognition of Las Vegas incorporating a host of environment friendly practices into everyday living.

travelocity Las Vegas’ Green Efforts Get Encouragement from Travelocity

The city of Las Vegas is increasingly using limos that run on alternative fuel, LED lights are lighting casinos, restaurants are turning to running on sustainable sources. For almost ten years now, several of the city’s hotels have been focusing on diminishing their carbon footprint.

According to the Travelocity Green Hotel Directory, there are more than twenty resorts in Las Vegas that have received eco-friendly certification.

As part of the travel company’s green investigations, their mascot, the Roaming Gnome will be checking out the city’s ‘green’ aspect through the Green Tour of Vegas. On October 26, the gnome will be visiting the most eco-friendly hotels in the city to get to know more about their green efforts. On the 27th, the Great Green Scavenger Hunt has been organized.

This will be carried out through Twitter and will have six mini scavenger hunts taking place in Las Vegas. A set of clues will be tweeted to followers, and the first person to decode all the clues and get to the right spot will win the grand prize.

One of the best-known eco friendly hotels in Las Vegas is MGM Resorts International’s CityCenter. This is the world’s largest environmentally sustainable, mixed-use new construction development that has received LEED certification.

Other green initiatives are also being carried out in hotels owned by Harrah’s Entertainment- such as Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood and others.

They implement company-wide strategies like giving leftover sanitized bath products to developing nations and recycling aluminum, glass, cardboard, yellow grease and plastic  – which has given their resorts the EPA WasteWise New Partner Award.

Hotels like the Palazzo (the first resort in Las Vegas to be LEED certified); the Venetian Las Vegas, along with The Palazzo and Sands Expo, which comprise the largest LEED-certified building in the world and the Mandarin Oriental have ecologically friendly practices that save nearly 160 million gallons of potable water per year and recycle 55 percent of daily trash and 75 percent of food waste; saved enough electricity to power more than 6,500 average American homes annually; and offers preferred parking to staff members who carpool or drive hybrids or alternative-fuel cars to work.

These efforts to promote green initiatives are increasingly becoming part of the fabric of the city, which is the attitude that Travelocity is attempting to highlight and encourage.