SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - MGM Resorts and Springfield Executives are presenting ways for the proposed MGM Resort Casino to be green.
The presentation started around 4:00PM, Wednesday, at Western New England University. MGM wants their project to be as green as possible, so Wednesday night they talked about their sustainability plan for Springfield.
Many people are curious about how an $ 800 million resort casino will fit into Springfield without disrupting the community; one of those aspects includes the environment.
MGM Director of Sustainability Todd Megrath said in the presentation they are already working with the PVTA to find fuel efficient ways to transport people in downtown Springfield.
22News spoke with Michaela Simpson, Director of Sustainability at Western New England University, and she said it is possible to have a massive development project like a resort casino that will create a sustainable and clean community.
According to Simpson, "My own personal mantra is use it up, wear it up, make it do or do without, and if they take that attitude of this is not going to be a throwaway place, it's going to be a place that uses things wisely. I think it's absolutely possible."
Even though the project will bring thousands of cars and buildings to western Massachusetts, Todd Megrath said, they can do it in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way.
They are talking about reusing and recycling. They are also looking at fuel efficient ways to transport people. That means finding fuel efficient cars with low emission for the PVTA, and also looking at finding suppliers locally.
I asked Todd Megrath about how they find local suppliers for MGM Grand in Las Vegas. "We look at all of our manufacturers, all of our producers. We look at what can come from Las Vegas. We have towel and linen which are big part of it. We have food and beverage and restaurant supplies."
MGM is competing against Hard Rock and Mohegan Sun for one western Massachusetts gaming license.
MGM's proposing to build an $800 million resort casino in Springfield's South End.