Original Link :
Please tell us about yourself
Last year Las Vegas Sands was ranked as one of the greenest large companies in the world in the 2016 Newsweek Green Rankings. Las Vegas Sands was the highest ranked hospitality company in the world. In addition, in Las Vegas, we have earned more than 15 green accolades and reduced carbon emissions by over 20 percent since 2010.”
As Director of Sustainability at Las Vegas Sands Corp., Pranav Jampani is part of an all-star team of leaders and responsible for leading the Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability program. Sands ECO360 encompasses four pillars: Green Buildings, Environmentally Responsible Operations, Green Meetings, and Stakeholder Engagement. The square footage under Jampani’s watch is significant—millions of square feet that includes the Sands Expo and Convention Center, The Venetian, and The Palazzo.
“I oversee the sustainability program for our Las Vegas operations. We have some of the world’s largest green buildings with over 9,000 employees. I manage development, management and implementation of policies and programs.”
“I am in charge of developing and implementing efficiency, resource conservation and renewable energy projects,” Jampani says. “I also manage waste management efforts and employee engagement programs. Almost every month we have sustainability events and training programs for employees. I manage the green meetings program for high-profile Fortune 500 companies and also work with local stakeholders to advance sustainability.”
Can you highlight one of the current projects
Las Vegas Sands is currently renovating the entire Palazzo tower. Last year it renovated The Venetian. The Venetian now has 100 percent LED lighting and the Palazzo will soon have the same. Throughout the Sands complex, almost all low-hanging fruit has been implemented, Jampani says. “We are trying to explore next-generation sustainability technologies. On a daily basis, we proactively try to reduce our environmental impact. Our goal is to align with science-based targets.”
Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures, as described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5).
What is your educational background? What was your career path?
Jampani is a Certified Energy Manager with more than eight years of experience in sustainable construction and facilities operations. Prior to joining Las Vegas Sands, he provided engineering and management consulting for electric and gas utilities and government agencies in more than 10 states across the United States for planning, designing, implementing and evaluating statewide energy efficiency and sustainability programs.
Jampani has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, India and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from North Carolina State University. He recently won the BITS Alumni Global 30 under 30 Leadership Award and the Nevada Hotel Lodging & Association Sustainability Leader Award. He was also selected to participate in the Leadership Las Vegas program, a premier executive development program in Southern Nevada, and Harvard Sustainability Executive Leadership program.
How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and unusual career?
Jampani says, “I am gratified by being part of an effort to run these properties as efficiently as possible. I have the pleasure to work with some very talented team members. I get to work on projects that nobody else does. I love that I am able to positively influence a lot of people’s lives.”
In regard to how well the lodging industry in Las Vegas is faring as it relates to sustainability, Jampani says, “There is a long way to go. There is still a lot of opportunity to advance sustainability to other hoteliers. In the long term it is my hope that sustainability becomes ‘business as usual.’”