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Mandalay Bay CC and UBM Announce Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Collaboration

UBM plc, the world’s largest pure-play business-to-business events organizer, and its UBM Fashion Group division, have joined forces in a strategic partnership with Mandalay Bay Convention Center to co-develop a new LED lighting system within its exhibit halls.

The upgraded system debuted during the February 12-14 edition of MAGIC and demonstrated MBCC and UBM’s commitment to being progressive leaders in sustainable, environmental, and socially responsible business practices. This multi-million-dollar investment will provide significant carbon footprint reductions and improve the overall appearance of the MBCC.

Tony Calanca of UBM
Tony Calanca of UBM

“UBM is committed to sustainability across its events, so when conversations about partnering with the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to upgrade existing lighting, replace all fixtures and install a new control system came to fruition, we enthusiastically agreed,” said Tony Calanca (pictured right), executive vice president of exhibitions, UBM. “We are honored to partner with the MBCC and the impressive team responsible for executing this expansive lighting overhaul in just a matter of months. UBM’s partnership with the MBCC, coupled with this new, state-of-the-art lighting system, will provide long-term sustainability for the tradeshow industry, the city of Las Vegas and the broader society in which we live.”

As a result of this partnership, MBCC and UBM will replace more than 1,000 light fixtures with top-of-the-line LED lights, increasing the luminescence range of the interior hall by nearly 300 percent and resulting in 85 percent less energy usage than previous lighting units.

“It’s UBM’s mission to raise awareness around sustainability issues with our suppliers, customers, and the owners of the venues we use. We strive to run UBM’s business in an environmentally responsible way, reducing our environmental impact wherever and whenever possible,” said Michael Alic, managing director, UBM Fashion.

MBCC’s new lighting system is reducing our environmental footprint by focusing on:

  • The new control system is estimated to reduce energy consumption by 85 percent due to the ability to customize light levels. This amount of projected energy savings could power all of Mandalay Bay for nearly 5 days and prevent 900 Metric Tons of greenhouse gases (CO2E) each year.
  • Within the 10-year project life, there will no longer be a need to recycle 26,898 fluorescent lamps, which equals 20.4 miles of lighting.
  • Each of the pre-existing fluorescent lamps contained 4 mg. of mercury, which means the 26,898 lamps recycled every 10 years contained 4 ounces of mercury. It only takes one ounce of mishandled mercury to contaminate a lake for centuries.
  • Each year, 3,000 lamps will no longer need to be boxed a second time then transported to other states for recycling.

Chris Magee, vice president of sustainable facilities for MGM Resorts, says, “This higher quality lighting system will help Mandalay Bay Convention Center–and MGM Resorts Int’l.–achieve significant energy savings. UBM is a valued partner and is as committed as we are to the environment. We’re excited to unveil the results of our collaboration.”

Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold the coveted Five Key ratings from the Green Key Eco-Rating and Meetings Programs. In addition, TripAdvisor has awarded the resort Gold in its Green Leaders Program. Mandalay Bay integrates environmentally responsible practices into its operations including the recycling of more than 80 percent of all convention materials. From sustainable service ware and organic, sustainable menus to zero waste recycling, Mandalay Bay’s Convention Service Managers offer a number of options to help each group conduct green and socially responsible meetings.

UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.   For more info, visit www.ubm.com

Uniting the most influential fashion retail decision makers and the world’s top fashion brands, UBM Fashion serves the $1 trillion+ worldwide fashion industry through its comprehensive marketplaces in New York (NY Men’s and Women’s) and Las Vegas (MAGIC).  UBM Fashion serves the industry by bringing together great brands and retailers in superbly merchandised shows while providing superior customer service and ultimately presenting end consumers with the best apparel, footwear, accessories, and fashion products.  For more info, visit www.ubmfashion.com.

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 newly remodeled rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas that debuted September 2014. Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise featuring real sand, a wave pool, the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city and DAYLIGHT Beach Club. Other resort highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, LIGHT Nightclub, Shark Reef Aquarium, Spa Mandalay and the recently expanded 2-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandalay Bay also is home to Michael Jackson ONE, Cirque du Soleil’s latest resident production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop.  Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM).  For more info, visit mandalaybay.com, or call toll free at (877) 632-7800.

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