At Caesars, we are thoughtful about how we use energy and other environmental resources in the 50 properties we own and manage around the globe. Environmental stewardship is one of the four pillars of our Code of Commitment and illustrates our commitment to preserve the planet for current and future generations.
We initiated CodeGreen eight years ago to help us fulfill this promise to build vibrant communities and engage our workforce and guests in environmental initiatives. That’s why, for the ninth year, Caesars is preparing to take part in “Earth Hour” on March 19 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. (local time), turning off our lights for one hour to bring attention to climate change. 34 Caesars properties will participate this year. We will shut down all non-essential lights in our buildings, facilities and signage.
Planning to be in Vegas during this weekend? Make sure to experience the full visual effect of Earth Hour by bringing family and friends to Caesars Entertainment’s open viewing party starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Rio Hotel Voodoo Lounge rooftop bar. Don’t miss this stunning bird’s eye view of the Las Vegas strip while enjoying our signature Earth Day cocktail. If heights aren’t you thing, there will be plenty of Earth hour excitement happening on the ground level at the LINQ promenade and our nine Las Vegas locations.
Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement started by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to unite people to take action for climate change. The first event took place in Sydney, Australia, ten years ago. Today, it’s grown to millions of supporters as the world’s first open-source climate change campaign. Last year, Caesars’ participation helped WWF achieve an all-time record with over 10,400 landmarks in 172 countries turning off their lights.
“Earth Hour is a global opportunity to celebrate the climate progress we’ve made, while committing to move even faster to deliver the solutions that will protect our planet,” said Lou Leonard, vice president, climate and energy, World Wildlife Fund. “With momentum on our side, together we can accelerate the work needed to bring the promise of last December’s Paris agreement to life. A zero-carbon future is within our grasp.”
As in years past, we encourage all employees, guests and friends to participate in Earth Hour too. Turn off the lights and host an Earth Hour party at home, or get your employer and co-workers on board. And don’t forget to share! Capture your Earth Hour experiences on social media using #earthhour and #codegreen. (Caesars employees can add #codegreenatwork too). If you take a cool photo or video and you want it to be highlighted here on our Citizenship blog in our Earth Hour roundup, send your moments to firstname.lastname@example.org
WWF is pulling out all the stops to get people involved, including this video that will inspire you into action. They have made it easy for everyone to participate by providing this handy Earth Hour Starter Kit, which includes website banners, posters, social media templates and an event guide to help spread the word. Check out the Earth Hour Tracker to see all the other amazing events already planned for March 19 around the world, and join us to help make Earth Hour 2016 a milestone year.