Caesars Entertainment Corporation has committed for the third consecutive year to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour by shutting off non-essential exterior lighting and marquees at more than 40 of its worldwide resorts and casinos from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time on March 26.
“Caesars’ leadership in the gaming industry and its steadfast commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship are reflected in our resorts’ continued participation in Earth Hour,” said Gary Loveman, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Caesars Entertainment.
Earth Hour is an event in which millions of people turn off their lights for one hour in support of action on climate change and toward creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. Now in its fifth year, Earth Hour is asking people the world over to go beyond the hour and see what else they can do to make a difference when the lights come back on.
In addition to Earth Hour, Caesars engages in sustainable business practices and environmental programs through CodeGreen, its comprehensive environmental strategy that focuses on critical issues of energy, waste, water and carbon management throughout the company’s casino resorts. Each resort in Caesars’ U.S. portfolio has CodeGreen teams that implement a corporate strategy through grassroots programs aimed at engaging employees to enhance energy efficiencies, reduce the impact on natural resources and improve waste streams at Caesars’ resorts and in their communities.
Loveman noted that the company continues to grow its guest programs through partnerships with EPA WasteWise, Green Meetings Certification with Esty Environmental, and Clean the World that collects, sanitizes and redistributes in room amenities for developing countries. For Earth Hour, Caesars is encouraging guests to turn off their hotel room lights for one hour. Internally, the company is running a simultaneous “Power Down” campaign that drives incremental habit changes in the workplace such as turning off nonessential equipment and lighting in meeting rooms, kitchens and office space to reduce energy usage.
Through energy-efficiency programs and efforts such as the “Power Down” campaign, from 2007 to 2009 the company effectively reduced electricity use by 2 percent and reduced greenhouse gases emissions by 5 percent. Caesars has cut its energy use by nearly $20 million dollars annually.
Participating Caesars properties include: Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, The Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Imperial Palace, O’Sheas, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, Harrah’s Laughlin, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Harrah’s Reno, Harrah’s Ak-Chin (Phoenix), Harrah’s Rincon (San Diego), Harrah’s New Orleans, Harrah’s Tunica, Horseshoe Tunica, Tunica Roadhouse Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs, Horseshoe Bossier City, Harrah’s North Kansas City, Grand Biloxi, Harrah’s Council Bluffs, Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrah’s Joliet, Horseshoe Hammond (Chicago), Harrah’s Chester (Philadelphia), Harrah’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Showboat Atlantic City, Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Windsor (Ontario, Canada), Conrad Punta del Este (Uruguay), Caesars Asia (Hong Kong), Caesars Golf Macau, The Rendezvous (London, Southend and Brighton, UK), Manchester 235 (Manchester, UK), Alea (Nottingham, Glasgow and Leeds, UK), The Sportsman, The Golden Nugget and The Casino at The Empire (London, UK).