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Jun 07, 2016

Who’s the Greenest of them All? 2016 CodeGreen Challenge Winners

by Margaret George

Over 30 Caesars Entertainment properties and offices participated in World Wildlife’s annual Earth Hour for the seventh consecutive year. This is an annual tradition celebrated around the world in 178 countries and territories to honor the planet. The moment also signaled the kick off of several weeks of an annual earth-friendly competition called the CodeGreen Challenge, which encourages team members, guests and local communities to get involved in global conservation.

Twelve regions competed to integrate sustainability into company operations and the daily lives of team members and guests. Six weeks has passed and we have 2016’s winners! The top properties and regions are awarded prizes to put towards a celebratory sustainable food day in the employee dining room, team member awards, and funds for future CodeGreen events.

1st place – Harrah’s Ak-Chin


The first place and grand prize winner is Harrah’s Ak-Chin! Its CodeGreen team coordinated a plethora of events and activities for both guests and team members that earned them the $4,000 prize package. More than 31,000 guests swiped their Total Rewards cards at energy efficient promotional kiosks and 1,500 guests received reusable water bottles along with eco-friendly bamboo pillows. The effort – and fun! – continued as team members picked up trash during an Adopt-A-Highway clean up. They also participated in a Recycled Fashion Show and Recycling Relay Race, hosted an Electronic and Clothing Event, created a Code Green Mural, and planted an employee garden.

2nd Place – Harrah’s Resort Southern California


Finishing in second place is Harrah’s Resort Southern California (HRSC). They won the $3,000 prize package for creating a series of earth-friendly events. Their activities included hopping on bicycles for a Save-the-Planet ride and picking up trash at Buccaneer Beach and Lake Wohlford. To engage guests, the HRSC team put a green spin on gaming that nearly 10,000 guests played during Earth Week. Guests won various prizes such as a Harrah’s branded plant, reusable water bottle, tote, seed sticks, and eco-friendly light bulbs and shower heads. The team’s favorite event was the “Be Water Wise Lunch and Learn” where 776 members learned how to save water.

3rd Place (Tie)

Flamingo, The Cromwell and The LINQ Hotel & Casino


The Las Vegas locations competed in different teams for the CodeGreen Challenge. Two of the teams tied for third place and each won a $1,500 prize package. The Cromwell, Flamingo and The LINQ joined forces to open a beautiful employee garden at the Flamingo, which is adorned with recycled recover from waste streams. The garden became a popular spot for guests to stop by and was even featured in the Las Vegas Japan Times. The culinary department crafted an organic CodeGreen cocktail sourced from local farmers and served the drink in restaurants such as Giada in The Cromwell. Additionally, Flamingo Chef, Katherene Brookshire, created an environmental sculpture made from over 10,000 recycled corks which was unveiled at Bon Appetit Uncork’d held at Caesars Palace. Other eco-friendly events included an employee garage sale, National Park clean up, clothing donations, a bush planting, and a special Earth Month dining menu.

Caesars Palace, Harrah’s Las Vegas and Rio


The other third place Las Vegas team consisted of Rio, Caesars Palace and Harrah’s Las Vegas. They collaboratively demonstrated the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle with educational and engaging activities and programs. Over 150 team members participated in the CodeGreen at Home program that encourages team members to practice the environmentally friendly actions learned at work at home. Rio hosted another successful Farmer Market filled with fresh produce, baked goods, craft brews and a complimentary lunch. Over 100 team members volunteered with Green our Planet at a local partner school, Walter V Long, where they removed water intensive grass and replaced it with a wellness track where students and family members can get exercise. Interactive booths were set up in dining rooms to play informative games about “Nature Deficit Disorder,” a phrase that refers to the growing separation between generations and the outdoors.

Thank you to all the team members who participated in the CodeGreen Challenge and congratulations to the 2016 winners! You’ve demonstrated Caesars commitment to our environment and to making our communities healthier and more vibrant places to live and work.