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MGM National Harbor certified for energy, environmental design

A rendering shows the exterior of the MGM National Harbor Casino and Hotel. (Handout photo courtesy MGM National Harbor)

A rendering shows the exterior of the MGM National Harbor Casino and Hotel. (Handout photo courtesy MGM National Harbor)

A Maryland casino resort set to open this month has received recognition for its environmentally-friendly design.

The U.S. Green Building Council has given Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification to MGM National Harbor.

The resort in Prince George’s County is set to open Dec. 8, and has 308 hotel rooms, a 125,000-square-foot casino, 12  food and beverage venues, a 27,000-square-foot spa, a 3,000-seat theater and 18,000 square feet of retail space.

Environmental attributes of the building include:

  • A 700,000 gallon cistern will collect, store and treat rain water captured from roof structures, to be used for irrigation, cooling and sanitary needs.
  • High-efficiency faucets, toilets and showers fixtures help reduce water consumption. An on-site well helps reduce water loss due to evaporation.
  • LED lights reduce costs associated with lighting and cooling.
  • An on-site plant generates electric energy and heat for the building.
  • The resort also has 28 electric vehicle charging stations and 185 parking spaces for low-emissions vehicles.
  • More than 96 percent of construction waste was diverted from landfills as the building was built.

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