(LAS VEGAS, NV., KXNT)–Las Vegas Sands’ Sustainable Hospitality Summit features a donation of $50,000 to an Academic Achievement Award for students who develop an original sustainability project for the hotel industry.

The winning student or team will see their idea implemented at the Venetian/Palazzo resorts in Las Vegas.

“I’m thrilled by the support from Las Vegas Sands Corporation,” said Stowe Shoemaker, dean of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at UNLV. “Challenges like this are a great way for our students to think ‘outside the box’ and learn that it is possible to ‘do well by doing good.’ And to know that the winning ideas will be implemented in one of hospitality’s gaming companies is a win-win for everyone.”

Katrina tesarova, the director of sustainability for Las Vegas Sands says ‘We partnered with UNLV because we want the next generation of hospitality leaders to think ‘green’ and care about the environment,This summit helps students understand that large companies like Las Vegas Sands now consider sustainability a central part of how we do business, and we make hiring decisions based on character and commitment to the community at large, including the natural world.”

According to a statement from Sands, a panel of hospitality and sustainability experts will evaluate the student projects. Once the judges have made their final determination, the $50,000 prize money will be awarded. There may be as many as three winning contestants. Winning projects will be named at an Earth Day event on April 22, 2014.


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