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Apr 22, 2015

Harrah’s Laughlin: Setting the Green Bar High!

by Margaret George

Harrah’s Laughlin is excited to be apart of CodeGreen and work towards a more sustainable future.

Harrah’s Laughlin CodeGreen light has been shining bright and it doesn’t go unnoticed! In March, CodeGreen teams across our U.S. locations voted Harrah’s Laughlin the top CodeGreen performer for successfully implementing plans to achieve their 2015 goals. The Laughlin team already launched three CodeGreen sustainability initiatives this year, all aimed at employee wellness, mentorship, and contributing to healthy ecosystems within their community.

The positive impact of Harrah’s Laughlin’s environmental activism is widely spread throughout Southern Nevada. Last month, HERO volunteers and CodeGreen members took to the banks of the Colorado River to remove invasive weeds that can degrade the state’s rangelands and landscapes. This project is ongoing as the team aims to eventually remove approximately 200 similar plants from around the property itself and replace them with vegetation that is more beneficial to the native ecosystem.

Continuing their work in the community, members of Harrah’s Laughlin’s Food & Beverage department have teamed up with Laughlin High School and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Horticulture Division to introduce students to the “producer to plate” concept. Students in the school’s culinary program are working with professors from the university to grow their own herbs. Chefs from Harrah’s Laughlin donate their time to help educate students on how various herbs are used in preparing fresh and locally sourced dishes.The students’ harvest will then be featured as locally grown ingredients on the menu at Harrah’s Laughlin Range Steakhouse!

“As a past Executive Chef and longtime member of this community, I’m proud to be part of the ‘Producer to Plate’ program,” said Eric Fox, Food & Beverage Operations Manager at Harrah’s Laughlin. “I’m excited that we get to partner with students on a project that starts with a seed and, with time and nurturing, ends up being part of a culinary creation that literally has roots in the local community.”

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Most recently on April 1st, the Harrah’s Laughlin team broke ground on the Employee Garden where its harvest will supply fresh greens for the salad bar in the employee dining room. Facilities engineer, Scott Martin constructed two raised planter beds, which the other team members painted a vibrant green and helped position in the garden. The first seeds were planted two weeks ago—just in time to kick off their CodeGreen Week festivities!


Employees fill the CodeGreen tree’s leaves with their daily green actions.

To no surprise Harrah’s Laughlin momentum continued in full force to support Caesars property-wide CodeGreen Week, with a busy calendar of awareness and community building activities. The CodeGreen team kicked of the festivities on March 27th to coincide with Earth Hour, the World Wildlife Fund’s annual lights-out event for climate change awareness. Internal communications and front of house signed encouraged both employees and guests to get involved by posting pictures on social media of them participating with family and friends. Laughlin continued their CodeGreen movement by displaying decorations and banners in the dining room and hosting activities, ranging from crossword puzzles to volunteering in the community garden, throughout the week. The week culminated with a hygiene kit assembly competition, using supplies provided by financial donations to Clean The World. Five intermixed teams of employees from Harrah’s Laughlin and its partner, News West Publishing raced to be the first to assemble 112 hygiene kits each. The 560 hygiene kits built during the competition were then donated to a local veteran resource center and a men’s shelter.


Harrah’s Laughlin and News West Publishing teams competed to create hygiene kits.

“Putting together the hygiene kits from Clean the World really created a sense of connection” said Nichole Radcliff CodeGreen leader at Harrah’s Laughlin. “It showed us the difference we’ve been making by supporting this amazing cause.”

Efforts like those displayed by Harrah’s Laughlin in their CodeGreen week set an incredible example across the Caesars Entertainment family of companies. We are proud of all our CodeGreen team members for continuing to find innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact, lower our energy and waste consumption, and develop more sustainable ways of operating. The creative initiatives that our teams develop often address a wide variety of solutions for improving the world through conservation, volunteerism and wellness, and are the driving forces behind making our world a more sustainable place.