Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, MGM Resorts International
Cindy Ortega is Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer of the Corporate Sustainability Division of MGM Resorts International. She oversees the development and implementation of strategies for environmental sustainability and awareness throughout the company. These include natural resource conservation, sustainable new construction, and environmentally sensitive company operations. Cindy was responsible for the oversight and achievement of the LEED certification of the $8.5 billion dollar CityCenter Project in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Under Cindy’s guidance, six developments at CityCenter were awarded LEED Gold certifications making it the largest single Gold certified new construction project in the world. Cindy also helped launch the nation’s largest rooftop solar array, which was installed atop the new expansion of the convention center at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The twenty-eight acre roof holds 26,000 individual solar panels that together produce approximately 25 percent of the convention center’s energy needs. Prior to her current position, Cindy was the VP/CFO for Corporate Services at MGM Resorts International.
Cindy is recognized for her leadership and expertise on energy issues and testifies routinely before the Nevada State Legislature, and in 2014 was recognized by Green Building & Design as one of The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sustainability in the United States. She has served as Chair of Green Chips, a private/public non-profit organization that encourages and facilitates environmental sustainability initiatives in Southern Nevada to advance the region’s identity as a sustainable destination. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of ONE DROP, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to fighting poverty through projects aimed at supporting access to water and raising awareness of water-related issues. Additionally, she is on the National Board of Directors of Cleantech Open, a global accelerator for early-stage clean technology startup companies. Cindy is an invited speaker and instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Center for Health and the Global Environment.