Amanda Komar

Katarina Tesarova, Las Vegas Sands’ global sustainability executive, to deliver keynote at region’s premier sustainable hospitality event

CHARLESTON, SC – (Oct. 2, 2018) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will hold its second annual Southern Hospitality Summit in Charleston, S.C., on Oct. 19, 2018. Sustainability experts, local leaders, builders, developers and professionals in the hospitality industry will convene to discuss how to infuse sustainability with luxury. Katarina Tesarova, vice president of global sustainability for Las Vegas Sands Corp., one of the world’s leading and most respected hotel and gaming companies, will deliver the keynote at the event.

“Hospitality is an energy-intensive, multi-billion dollar industry, in a market that is increasingly seeing customers who expect sustainable practices,” said Rhiannon Jacobsen, vice president, market transformation and development at USGBC. “Katarina is a shining example of an industry leader who recognizes the importance of making eco-conscious business decisions that have a positive impact on not only the bottom line, but to the surrounding community and the environment. We are thrilled to welcome her to Charleston for the Southern Hospitality Summit.”

Tesarova leads Las Vegas Sands’ global sustainability efforts by developing and implementing a comprehensive sustainability strategy focused on reducing the environmental impacts of the organization. Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands, she was responsible for managing property sustainability programs at MGM Resorts International as Director of Sustainable Operations. She also led efforts to certify several of the buildings located in CityCenter, a $8.6 billion, mixed-use urban destination in Las Vegas. Under Tesarova’s leadership, CityCenter achieved several LEED Gold certifications, making it one of the largest groups of new construction LEED-certified projects in the world.

Tesarova is recognized for her expertise in green buildings and has served on various prestigious panels and committees, including the Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force for the United States Department of Homeland Security. She is also a LEED AP for Building Design and Construction.

“Las Vegas Sands aims to minimize its environmental footprint on the planet and improve its local communities by seamlessly blending sustainability with luxury,” said Tesarova. “I am honored to be able to share our story and how we lead the way in integrating sustainability into our building development and resort operations while refining the guest experience.”

The Southern Hospitality Summit, this year convening in Charleston, one of the most frequently visited historic cities in America, will explore:

  • Existing case studies of sustainable hospitality, showcasing examples of innovative architecture, construction and interior design.
  • Affordable and incremental opportunities to employ sustainable hospitality strategies at properties or workplaces to enhance guest experience, improve bottom line, and elevate marketing impression.
  • Strategies to effectively integrate and balance economic development goals, environmental stewardship, and social impacts on business models to ensure responsible operations that regenerate and sustain local communities.
  • Incentives for new construction, major renovations and capital improvements from North Carolina and South Carolina energy providers.

Unlike most commercial properties, hotels consume resources seven days a week, 24 hours a day and, therefore, have the greatest opportunity for savings and conservation efforts. Over the last few years, sustainable practices have started to gain momentum in the hospitality industry, and more and more hotels are actively pursuing green certifications; nearly 500 lodgings across the U.S. have already earned LEED certification. As a result of this major rate of participation from the hospitality industry, USGBC released the LEED in Motion: Hospitality report in 2016 to address how the green building community and hospitality industry can work together to advance sustainability and enhance a company's triple bottom line—people, planet and profit.

Similar to the way LEED has undeniably changed the built environment, the hospitality industry is poised to transform the market yet again by creating healthy, smart, efficient, responsive, resilient, and above all else, sustainable buildings.

To register for the event please visit the Southern Hospitality Summit website.