Award Date

8-1-2015

Degree Type

Professional Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Hotel Administration

Department

Hotel Administration

First Committee Member

Robert Woods

Abstract

Sustainability is important to Las Vegas hospitality organizations because they operate in an environment with constrained resources. Water supply is one such constrained resource and Lake Mead is and has been far below its normal level. This lake provides the potable water supply for Southern Nevada. Southern Nevada, which is anchored by Las Vegas, worked to reduce their water consumption by 32 billion gallons between 2002 & 2014 (Southern Nevada Water Authority, 2015). This pattern tells me that Las Vegas is aware of the footprint they leave on the environment and look for ways to reduce said footprint. This is where sustainability comes into play; efforts like the water reduction are led by hospitality organizations that not only participate, but educate their team members to do the same. As the years pass, operators will need to strategize on how the choices they make not only affect their bottom line, but what effects they have on society and our local environment. This study will attempt to clarify what sustainable decisions organizations have made in the past, what their impact has been, what drives change in terms of sustainability, and then what dictates their ability to make future decisions based on those prior practices. As Las Vegas is considered a leader in the hospitality industry, the broader hospitality market can apply practices shown to have relevant benefits.

Keywords

Business--Environmental aspects; Hospitality industry--Energy conservation; Nevada--Las Vegas; Sustainability

Disciplines

Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Business Law, Public Responsibility, and Ethics | Hospitality Administration and Management