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July 08 2013

3 Meeting Destinations Getting Green Additions

By David McMillin, Staff Writer

1) Indy Plugs In Electric Car-Sharing Program

Planners preparing to host meetings in the Circle City just got a nice marketing boost: the largest electric car-sharing program in the United States. In May 2014, the city will unveil an easy and eco-friendly way to get around the city with 500 plug-in cars and 1,200 charging stations.

“Indianapolis is quickly gaining national and international prominence in our drive to promote the use of electric vehicles as a means to strengthen foreign policy and global security,” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said in a statement.

Rumors are swirling about the city’s other addition, too: a bike-sharing program.

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2) MGM Harnesses Vegas Solar Power

MGM is planning to put the desert sun to use with a new 20,000 panel solar rooftop on the Mandalay Bay Convention Center - a project that will meet 20 percent of the entire center’s electricity demand and help offset the drain on the local electricity grid at the hottest time of the day.

“The new 20,000 panel solar rooftop array will effectively enable the resort to lock in a substantial component of its energy costs at a very competitive rate,” Tom Doyle, NRG Solar President and CEO, said in a statement.

SEE ALSO: Big Plans in Las Vegas

3) An Island of Energy Independence

Aruba is hoping to give incentive programs another incentive to pick one of its resorts. The island recently announced that it is working toward running solely on sustainable energy by 2020. The Caribbean destination has already made big strides toward reducing fossil fuel use with the 2009 construction of a wind farm, and a second farm is currently in the works.

“The opportunities for renewable development on Aruba are really extraordinary,” George Baker, Harvard University Professor, said in a statement. “Aruba could truly be a model to the world in terms of a sustainable place to live and work.”

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