LAS VEGAS, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Caesars Entertainment Corporation has committed for the fourth consecutive year to participate in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour, visually demonstrating its commitment to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. More than 40 Caesars worldwide resorts and casinos will shut off non-essential exterior lighting and marquees from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time on March 31.
"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 towards creating a cleaner, safer and more secure future. Now in its fifth year, Earth Hour asks people the world over to go beyond the hour and think about what else they can do to make a difference when the lights come back on.
Earth Hour is a visual representation of Caesars' commitment to environmental responsibility. All year long, the company and its nearly 70,000 employees engage 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 casino resort in Caesars' U.S. portfolio has CodeGreen teams that implement grassroots programs aimed to enhance energy efficiencies, reduce the impact on natural resources and improve waste streams at Caesars' resorts and in their communities.
Loveman noted the company continues to grow its guest programs through partnerships with Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps, Las Vegas Green Meetings Certification with Esty Environmental, and Clean the World, which collects, sanitizes and redistributes in-room amenities for developing countries. For Earth Hour, Caesars is encouraging its guests to turn off their hotel room lights for one hour.
Internally, the company executes multiple campaigns focused on energy, water and waster reductions throughout the year that drive incremental habit changes in the work place. Caesars Entertainment has also invested more that $62 million in energy retrofits resulting in an energy savings of $20 million 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.
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's most geographically diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 74 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.
About Caesars Entertainment Corporation Sustainability Caesars Entertainment Corporation's resorts are committed to environmental sustainability – investing at a corporate level more than $62 million on conservation projects that have reduced energy usage by more than 170 million kilowatt hours (kWh) and carbon emissions by 110,000 metric tons each year. One such investment is the use of solar and steam co-generation facilities at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Showboat Atlantic City that capture waste heat and steam to create onsite energy, thereby decreasing demand for purchased electricity.
Caesars nearly 70,000 employees drive its sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, through innovative environmentally responsible practices; implementing more than 110 large impact conservation projects resorts to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at a corporate level. More than 200 of the company's employees have completed its Green Meetings & Events Certification training program, the only program of its kind in the industry. During the past eight years, CodeGreen programs have resulted in annual savings of 200 million gallons of water and 640,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil among other waste recycling efforts.
Caesars Entertainment's leadership in environmental stewardship and energy efficiency has earned the company more than 40 environmental awards and multiple Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors. Caesars has achieved "industry firsts" in transparency of impacts such as GRI protocol reporting and establishing aggressive carbon reduction goals around environmental and social metrics. For further information on Caesars' CodeGreen efforts and its sustainability report visit www.caesars.com/CodeGreen.