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Obama Fellows convened for Collective Leadership Climate Summit at The Venetian Las Vegas

22 April 2022

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Yesterday, Obama Fellows, philanthropists and inspirational leaders from around the globe convened for the 2022 Collective Leadership Climate Summit held at The Venetian Las Vegas. This event was the culmination of a week of strategic planning sessions aimed to fight climate change and make a significant impact on the planet.

20 global-leading environment reformers were carefully selected by the Obama Foundation through a meticulous process to spearhead climate change as 2018 and 2019 Obama Fellows – including Las Vegas’ own Ciara Byrne, cofounder and co-CEO of Green Our Planet. Together, the Obama Fellows used their expertise from their work in various sectors to come up with actionable approaches to tackle climate change throughout the next eight years.

“The Venetian Resort was built from love. It is the basis for everything we do and inspires our work to make a meaningful impact,” said George Markantonis, president and chief executive officer of The Venetian Resort. “Through volunteerism, charitable giving to community partners, creating an exceptional and inclusive work environment and our sustainability initiatives, we ensure the love and care we put into our business is reflected in how we serve.”

Using a science-based approach, The Venetian Resort leads the hospitality industry in a movement to actively minimize the environmental impact of its resort operations on the planet. Yesterday’s event, on the eve of Earth Day, was a zero-waste event showcasing a 100% vegan meal from locally sourced produce and hydroponics, sustainable and repurposed décor, reusable china/glassware and digital menus, removing the need for printed items.

Additionally, The Venetian Resort's tower signage, including The Palazzo and The Venetian Expo, will turn green today to bring awareness to Earth Day from 12:01 a.m. to dawn and from sunset to 11:59 p.m.

The Venetian Resort sustainability fast facts:

- 100% of electricity used is powered by renewable energy sourcesj
- 100% of food waste is sent to a local pig farm
- Standard, sustainable features are included in every suite
- The Venetian Resort uses 90% LED energy efficient lighting
- 25 million gallons of water is saved every year through the nano-water-filtration system
- A recycling dock on site runs 24/7 - sorting waste to divert 50% of trash from the landfill annually, equating to 40 Boeing 747s
- The Venetian Resort is the largest LEED Silver certified building for new construction in the U.S.

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