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MGM Resorts Becomes First Gaming Company to Sign United Nation’s CEO Water Mandate

Making commitments to address water crises and challenges

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Today, MGM Resorts announced it endorsed the United Nations' CEO Water Mandate, making commitments to address water crises and challenges. It is the first gaming company to endorse the mandate.

"Given our environmental conditions, Las Vegas has long been innovative it its approach to water. We are fortunate to do business in a place that has a world class water management system and hope to help others learn from successes here," said MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle. "The ongoing drought and effects of climate change in the Western U.S. are a wake-up call that we need to do more, and to that end—we're proud to endorse the CEO Water Mandate to not only share what we've learned in Las Vegas, but also help strengthen our commitments."

Established in 2007, the CEO Water Mandate is endorsed by more than 230 companies from around the world, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Nike, Microsoft, and Cola-Cola.

In 2022, MGM Resorts released its Global Water Policy, an outline of how water will be resourced and managed across all global operations. Between 2007 and 2021, MGM Resorts reduced water use by 37% and avoided use of 5.6 billion gallons through conservation and water-efficient building and design initiatives.

Notable water-saving efforts at MGM Resorts include:

  • Replacing over 200,000 square feet of real grass with drought-tolerant landscaping in Las Vegas
  • Installing water-efficient fixtures and equipment in guest rooms, kitchens and laundry facilities
  • Use of an onsite well and pool drainage from the 'O' Theater as source water for Lake Bellagio
  • Enhancing the efficiency of Las Vegas cooling tower systems to reduce evaporative loss

The Mandate requires companies to report on their progress annually.