LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 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).
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation Sustainability
From coast-to-coast, Caesars Entertainment Corporation resorts are committed to environmental sustainability. Caesars is the first company in the casino entertainment industry to join the EPA Climate Leaders Program and to make an EPA-approved commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent in absolute numbers by 2013. The company has been awarded the "EPA WasteWise Gold Achievement New Partner Award," "EPA Regional Environmental Quality Award," Virgin Holidays "Partner in Sustainability Award," and is the only company to win seven "Travelife Gold Awards for Sustainability in Tourism" from the Federation of Tour Operators.
In the past seven years, more than 110 conservation projects at Caesars U.S. casino resorts and $60 million of conservation investments have dramatically reduced the company's energy usage. The implemented programs annually reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 243 million pounds, the equivalent 247,000 barrels of oil. A few highlights include:
- A redesigned laundry facility in Las Vegas saves 72 million gallons of water annually while increasing capacity 40 percent.
- Throughout all properties, millions of light bulbs have been replaced with energy efficient lighting, saving more than 50 million kilowatt hours (kWh) each year.
- Restaurants throughout Caesars Entertainment's Las Vegas resorts have installed on site water filtration and bottling systems reduce purchase and transportation of plastic water bottles.
- A steam turbine in Atlantic City Showboat generates electricity as a by-product of the normal steam production at the resort. Use of the steam turbine produced an annual savings of 2,283,041 kWh and avoided emissions of more than 1,077,685 pounds of carbon dioxide and other gases.
- Several properties, including the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Showboat Atlantic City; have co-generation facilities that generate electricity, reducing demand on the nation's power grid.
- Across 35 domestic resorts, Caesars Entertainment recycles more than 640,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil annually.
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's largest casino entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 70 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions, and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Harrah's®, Caesars® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars Entertainment is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. Caesars is committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognizes the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.
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