William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration

UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Summit

Taking place on the UNLV main campus Monday, September 9, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Las Vegas Sands Corp., driven by its Sands ECO360° Global Sustainability program, and the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration are proud to present the UNLV/Sands Sustainable Hospitality Summit. View the Summit Schedule.

Designed as an empowering opportunity for the UNLV and Las Vegas community, this event celebrates the global leadership by the hospitality industry in sustainability. The UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Summit will bring together current and future leaders in sustainability and introduce the UNLV/Sands Sustainable Hospitality Student Challenge. The intent is to spark the innovation needed to leave a cleaner and safer environment for future generations.

Stephen Ritz, who recently presented at NATO and has appeared on NBC's The Today Show, will deliver the keynote address. Ritz, a teacher from the Bronx, and founder of the Green Bronx Machine, is focused on building "living walls" in at-risk neighborhoods around the New York area to help kids learn about healthy living and develop new skills to help with job placement and community involvement.

Student teams participating in the UNLV/Las Vegas Sands Sustainable Hospitality Student Challenge will be asked to research, create and develop a workable plan to help Las Vegas Sands achieve even greener operations. The winning teams will be awarded a $50,000 academic achievement award and may have their ideas implemented at The Venetian|The Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas. At a time when sustainable operations and initiatives are more important than ever, the UNLV/Sands Sustainable Hospitality Student Challenge will give future leaders a jumpstart to their careers and highlight the increasing role that sustainable and environmentally friendly operations and development are playing in the hospitality industry.

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