MGM National Harbor champions sustainability

MGM National Harbor

MGM National Harbor is celebrating Earth Day and Earth Month by highlighting the green initiatives that have made it a sustainability leader in the DMV.

“MGM National Harbor continues to look for ways to lead efforts in reducing our environmental footprint,” said Ernest Lewis, Vice President of Facilities at MGM National Harbor. “We are committed to leaving a positive impact on our community through our green initiatives and will continue to operate with our people and planet in mind.”

MGM National Harbor was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold Certification, and it is one of only six casinos nationwide with LEED Gold Status. Additionally, the property has various environmentally friendly practices:

  • Water – Designed and constructed a 700,000-gallon cistern to collect, store, treat, and reuse captured rainwater as an alternative to municipal water for irrigation, cooling, and sanitation. The resort reduces water consumption by more than 45% below a design baseline. Sustainable design features include automatic faucets, low-flow toilets and shower fixtures, and the water features use re-circulated water and are sealed to minimize water loss due to evaporation. 
  • Energy – MGM National Harbor generates electricity through cogeneration, a system that provides chilled and heated water from the waste heat produced by a natural gas generator. It is one of the largest privately-operated CHP Energy Plants in the Washington, D.C. region producing 750kWh. Additionally, a building management system tracks the resort’s energy consumption and alerts MGM staff when there are opportunities to maximize energy performance and reduce consumption.
  • Food and Beverage – Food is sourced locally whenever possible, including fruits and vegetables, beer, and wine.
  • Transportation – MGM National Harbor features 28 electric vehicle charging stations and 185 low-emitting-fuel efficient vehicle parking spaces throughout the parking garage for guests and employees.
  • Environment – MGM National Harbor carefully selected building products from manufacturers that disclose information about the ingredients in their products, allowing the property to make better-informed environmental and social decisions even before construction.
Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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