When we think of “sustainability” at a high level, the usual suspects are communities and companies based in cities such as San Francisco, Portland and Brooklyn. As we glean information both from conventional news sites and blogs focusing on environmental awareness and activism, it is easy to believe that leadership on sustainable development is only happening in a few select, progressive regions.

But the stubborn fact is that innovation and the scaling-up of more sustainable business solutions are sprouting up all across the U.S. And one such city is Las Vegas, known more for its entertainment, gaming industry and debauchery than mundane activities like conservation and clean technology.

What is creating excitement is that the ideas related to sustainable development within this rapidly growing city of 600,000 are not necessary staying in Vegas. Sin City is becoming recognized as an emerging hub for thought leadership when it comes to new and creative solutions related to responsible and sustainable business. To learn more, TriplePundit spoke by telephone with Cindy Ortega, senior vice president and chief sustainability officer of MGM Resorts International, while she was working from her Las Vegas office.

Read the entire article on Triple Pundit, which is part of an ongoing series on thought leadership.

Image credit: MGM Resorts International

About The Author

Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.