Case Studies: Conservation and Renewables
Caesars takes a multi-faceted approach to conservation and renewable energy. Initiatives like the ones described below are often led by CodeGreen teams at individual properties working with support from headquarters.
- In 2013, Caesars expanded its state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations. We now have 18 charging sports inn our northern Nevada resorts and encourage our guests to take advantage of these new facilities.
- A 2010-2012 initiative replaced initiative replaced 50,000 halogen light bulbs with more efficient LED alternatives at all U.S. resorts. LED bulbs can be as much as 90% more efficient than their halogen counterparts.
- In order to host more sustainable, energy-efficient meetings and conventions, Caesars initiated the industry's first Green Meetings and Events certification program for its employees. Meeting and banquet managers are now required to complete the training program and pass a comprehensive sustainability test.
- A co-generation facility at Caesars Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas generates five megawatts of electricity, reducing energy loss through transmission lines and capturing waste heat to create hot water. Harveys Lake Tahoe and Showboat Atlantic City also have co-generation facilities.
- The Rincon Band of San Luiseño Indians developed a one-megawatt solar plant that provides enough power to offset 90 percent of Harrah's Rincon Casino's heating and air conditioning needs. As part of the project, Harrah's Rincon Casino also upgraded heating and air conditioning systems, saving 3.3 million kilowatt-hours a year.
- "Power Down" campaigns promote energy efficiency every day at Caesars resorts, in myriad practical ways that include turning off lights, shutting down computers, and making sure small appliances are off when not in use. Guestroom efficiency guidelines for housekeeping staff include: turn off lights, radios and televisions; minimize water use during cleaning; change towels and sheets on request only; and properly set thermostats after cleaning. The Power Down campaign is repeated periodically as a reminder to our staff that simple actions add up to meaningful efficiencies.
Reusing Construction Waste to Benefit the Community
Our renovation and reconstruction at The Grand Biloxi Casino, Hotel & Spa after the great devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is now nearing completion as we rebrand and transform the property into Harrah's Gulf Coast, offering new and improved amenities and experiences to guests. The waterfront property will include a new boardwalk and entertainment lawn, demolishing the original construction platform that was the foundation of the existing site. In collaboration with The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, we developed a plan to reuse demolished building materials to create additional offshore fishing reefs at Katrina Key, an artificial reef created in 2007 to reduce shoreline erosion and provide fish habitat. The new boardwalk and entertainment lawn along with the bolstering of Katrina Key will benefit fishermen, the local community and the environment, and significantly divert several tons of construction waste from landfills.