LAS VEGAS, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third consecutive year, Caesars Entertainment Corporation is lighting the way to a greener future by distributing 45,000 energy efficient light bulbs such as Compact Florescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) to low-income residents in the communities they serve across the United States.
Energy saving light bulbs are environmentally friendly and reduce energy costs substantially when compared to conventional incandescent light bulbs. Many of these bulbs last 10 times longer and produce 75 percent less heat, reducing home cooling costs.
"We recognize the most incremental changes often make the biggest difference at our resorts and in the communities we serve," said Gwen Migita, Corporate Director Sustainability and Community Engagement for Caesars Entertainment. "The 45,000 bulbs will reduce more than 45 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions and save more than $400,000 in energy costs."
Caesars Entertainment and its CodeGreen initiative are committed to critical issues of energy, waste, water, and carbon emissions at all of its properties and seek to engage Caesars employees in efforts to reduce natural resource use, conserve energy, and promote reuse and recycling. This annual effort is just one of hundreds of responsible green practice programs Caesars implements at its resorts and in the communities
On or near Earth Day, employees from Caesars resorts will distribute the bulbs in communities across the country, including: Ak Chin (Phoenix, AZ); Chester, PA; Tunica and Biloxi, MS; New Orleans, LA; Metropolis and Joliet, IL; Council Bluffs, IA; Hammond and Elizabeth, IN; St. Louis, MO; Las Vegas, Laughlin, Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV; and Rincon (near San Diego), CA. Some resorts will set up central distribution locations in their communities in addition to sharing them door-to-door.
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 by 2013. The company has been awarded the "EPA WasteWise Gold Achievement New Partner Award," "EPA Regional Environmental Quality Award" and is the only company to win seven "Travelife Gold Awards for Sustainability in Tourism."
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 newly redesigned laundry facility in Las Vegas saves 72 million gallons of water annually while increasing capacity 40 percent.
Throughout all resorts 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 resorts, 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 73 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.