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MGM National Harbor to achieve prestigious LEED Gold Green Building Certification

MGM Resorts International’s ninth LEED Gold certification brings the company’s portfolio of LEED certified space to more than 20 million square feet.

LAS VEGAS – MGM Resorts International announced that the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification to MGM National Harbor, the company's newest resort. Located minutes from Washington D.C., in Prince George's County, Maryland, the resort is scheduled to open December 8.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. Meeting the rigorous environmental standards of this designation is a testament to the complete integration of sustainable principles throughout the design and construction of MGM National Harbor.

"Environmental responsibility is a commitment that extends across all levels of our organization. Achieving our ninth LEED certification exemplifies MGM's long-standing effort to implement sustainable and responsible practices across our resorts," said Cindy Ortega, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts International. "MGM National Harbor embodies the Company's dedication to environmental leadership in our industry."

The resort will incorporate a variety of environmentally minded practices and sustainability elements, making MGM National Harbor a premier eco- luxury destination.

"As we approach MGM National Harbor's grand opening, earning this coveted designation is a meaningful source of pride for our team," said Lorenzo Creighton, President and COO for MGM National Harbor. "It is another example of how MGM National Harbor is helping to charter a new course for sustainable growth in Maryland."

MGM National Harbor is situated just off the banks of the Potomac River, in the Chesapeake Bay region. One priority of the MGM National Harbor team was to protect the water resources in and around the project site. MGM designed and implemented a range of innovative approaches to store, reuse and reduce consumption of water to help protect the local ecosystem.

Environmental attributes of MGM National Harbor that supported the LEED Gold rating include:

  • Rainwater Harvesting: MGM National Harbor designed and constructed a 700,000 gallon cistern to collect, store and treat rainwater captured from the roof structures. The repurposed water will be used for the resort's irrigation, cooling and sanitary needs and will reduce the amount of water taken from the Prince George's County water supply.
  • Water Conservation: High-efficiency fixtures, including automatic faucets, low-flow toilets and shower fixtures help reduce the property's water consumption by more than 45 percent. An on-site well provides recalculated water to help further minimize water loss due to evaporation.
  • Energy Efficiency: MGM National Harbor was built with comprehensive integration of LED (light emitting diode) high-efficiency lighting technology. The use of these lighting systems not only allows for less direct lighting energy to be consumed, but also a significant reduction of cooling energy required throughout the building.
  • Resiliency: MGM National Harbor designed and built one of the largest privately operated combined heat and power (CHP) energy plants in the Washington D.C. region. The system works to generate on-site electricity for the resort. By creating its own energy, MGM National Harbor improves reliability, minimizes energy losses in transmission and reduces demand on the local energy grid.
  • Alternative transportation: To encourage the use of alternative transportation, MGM National Harbor has installed 28 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and 185 low-emitting-fuel efficient vehicle parking spaces. These attributes help to promote the use of alternative transportation modes for both our guests and employees.
  • Waste and Recycling: More than 96 percent, or over 15,000 tons, of construction waste was diverted from landfills during the building of MGM National Harbor.  Construction and demolition waste makes up approximately 40 percent of landfills in the United States.
  • Located at the intersection of I-95 and I-295 in Prince George's County, Maryland, MGM National Harbor will encompass 308 hotel rooms, a 125,000-square-foot casino, 12 world-class food and beverage venues, a 27,000-square-foot spa, a flexible 3,000-seat theater and 18,000 square feet of high-end luxury retail space.
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