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Beau Rivage earns highest Green Key rating in the state

24 January 2013

BILOXI, Mississippi -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is pleased to announce that it has achieved a 4 Green Key rating from Green Key Global’s flagship program, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

A 4 Green Key rating demonstrates that Beau Rivage has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through its wide-ranging policies and practices. The resort has mature programs in place that have shown substantial and measurable results, and involve management, employees, guests and the public.

Of the 17 Mississippi properties that have received Green Key certification, Beau Rivage and MGM Resorts International sister property Gold Strike Tunica are the first resorts to receive "4 Green Keys,” the highest rating in the state.

“This is the first time that our Mississippi operations have been evaluated in this way and the first time that our everyday commitment to ‘green’ practices has been formally validated,” said George P. Corchis, Jr., president and chief operating officer of MGM Resorts International’s Regional Operations, which includes Biloxi’s Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Casino Resort in Tunica. “Our Company has seriously embraced sustainability practices and the responsibility of reducing our environmental impact and we are proud that our Mississippi properties have earned elite recognition in sustainable hotel operations.”

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, hoteliers are awarded a 1-5 Green Key rating (5 being the highest ranking) and provided with guidance on how to "unlock" opportunities to become a cutting-edge, green lodging property, and reduce environmental impacts and operating costs through reduced utility consumption, employee training and supply chain management.

The program assesses the five main operational areas of a resort including conference and meeting facilities; food & beverage operations; housekeeping; engineering; and corporate environmental management and nine areas of sustainable practices: energy conservation; water conservation; solid waste management; hazardous waste management; indoor air quality; community outreach; building infrastructure; land use; and environmental management.

Green Key member properties and rankings are listed on the website, a valuable resource for environmentally conscious travelers and meeting planners, and also are recognized through Green Key Global’s network of marketing partners including AAA, Travelocity and Expedia, among others. Overall, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has more than 3,000 member hotels and is the foremost “green” ranking and audit program in the U.S.

“It is wonderful to see that MGM’s Mississippi properties Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica are dedicated to implementing a high standard of sustainable initiatives throughout their respective facilities,” said Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global. “The achievement of a 4 Key Rating requires long-term commitment and support at all levels of operations.”

MGM Resorts’ approach to sustainability focuses on five core areas: natural resources conservation, sustainable construction and renovation, waste management, sustainable supply chain and education and communication. This strategic framework of raising environmental awareness and promoting sustainability forms the company's sustainability platform, called Green Advantage. Green Advantage is fundamentally changing the way MGM Resorts, its properties and its 62,000 employees do business.

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