Sometimes everything falls into place. Such is the case with the innovative fall-themed display gracing The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens through Nov. 10, 2013.
The display, which represents the Palazzo and Venetian hotels’ multiple sustainability efforts, was two years in the making. But its unveiling coincides with recent accolades for industry-leading environmental initiatives.
Earlier this month, the resorts’ meetings complex (including Sands Expo and the Congress Center) was named the first venue in the world to achieve the advanced “level two” industry certification for environmentally sustainable meetings, events, trade shows and conferences.
Dana Beatty, director of floral and horticulture for the Venetian and Palazzo, said she and her 34-person floral horticulture team are thrilled with how the autumn display turned out, but adds, “Most rewarding is educating our guests with all the initiatives that we have brought to life in the atrium.”
Here are some of the environmentally-friendly programs that are reflected in the property’s autumn display:
A whimsical bed made of moss, succulents, and grasses sits dreamily in the Infinity Pond. The bed represents the properties’ sustainable suites, which feature energy-efficient lighting, sensor-enabled temperature adjustment, a master light switch and an Eco Linen program.
Sustainable Food, Composting & Recycling
A Recycled Forest made of construction debris, 70 percent recycled steel, bottles, wine corks and soaps represents the properties’ sustainable catering menu options, including organic and local food, sustainable seafood and fair-trade coffee. There is also a composting program.
The Venetian and The Palazzo are known as one of the largest recyclers in Las Vegas. The properties recycle food, cardboard, glass, plastic, paper, metal, batteries, electronic waste, corks, cooking oil and many other commodities.
Alternative Transportation & Renewable Energy
The 1934 Hudson car centerpiece is covered in succulents, lichen, moss, grapevine, and approximately 5,000 drought resistant plants, which were glued on by hand by Beatty and crew.
The Hudson is Beatty’s favorite part of the autumn exhibit.
“When we were in the conceptual stages I knew I wanted a vintage car — something that would be the contradiction of modern technology,” said Beatty. ”Once we found the car it took on a life of its own.”
The car represents the properties’ alternative transportation program, which rewards commuters for carpooling, biking, or taking public transportation to get to and from work. There is also a valet bicycle parking service with secure bike racks as well as preferred parking for hybrids, alternative fuel vehicles, and carpools in both garages.
Venetian and Palazzo are two of the few Vegas properties that also provide Electric Vehicle charging stations and three Tesla-specific charging stations for employee and public use.
Solar panels are displayed next to the car to represent renewable energy initiatives at the resort, including one of the largest rooftop solar-energy systems in the United States.
The East Garden Nano filtration system display is an artistic representation of the properties’ water reclamation system, which recycles 5 million gallons of water annually for horticulture use. When it comes to horticultural needs, the property is “off the grid.”
The system was recently expanded to be used for filling feature fountains and external cleaning.
The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens is updated five times a year: spring, summer, fall, winter and Chinese New Year.