Green Key Global Awards Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City with Four and Five Green Ratings
Bally's Atlantic City
Caesars Atlantic City
Harrah's Atlantic City
Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City Properties Recognized for Environmental
Management and Corporate Social Responsibility
Atlantic City - October 8, 2019 - Caesars Entertainment's three Atlantic City properties received "green keys" from Green Key Global for leadership and commitment to corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives.
Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City participated in the Green Key Meetings Program, designed to assess lodging and event facilities that host meetings of any size. Developed in collaboration with Meeting Professionals International, the Green Key Meetings Program awarded each Caesars Entertainment property at least four out of five keys for their sustainable operations at the facility level. Green Key Global is a 20-year Canadian-based leading international certification body that offers standardized programs and resources, designed specifically for the hotel and meetings industries. The organization is Global Sustainable Tourism Council recognized, affirming their commitment to promoting sustainable tourism products and services.
"Our team members, as well as our customers, have embraced a comprehensive corporate sustainability program," said Steve Van Der Molen, Caesars Entertainment Vice President Meeting Operations, Atlantic City Region. "They are excited about supporting and challenging the status quo and it will help us build a better environment and community in which we live and work. For example, we bale our own cardboard at Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center. Customers are always amazed by the volume of cardboard that is required for meetings and conventions."
Bally's Atlantic City received a five-key rating, while the other two properties received four. Overall, the three Atlantic City properties exemplified high standards of environmental and social responsibility in relation to their meetings and convention facilities and practices. This includes documented energy reduction plans, further strengthened by Caesars Entertainment's specific objectives and numeric targets.
Including Harrah's Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center - the largest hotel-conference center from Baltimore to Boston - Caesars Entertainment offers over 208,000 square feet of flexible meeting space in Atlantic City. Green Key Global highlighted the meeting space for its tactics used by facility operations to reduce waste during meetings, such as: exclusively electronic communications with meeting planners, donating used goods to the community and displaying a preference for reusable versus disposable table settings.
"We have a strong track record of environmental and socio-economic progress that is essential to our operations, as well as to meeting our guests' expectations of us as a responsible business. I'd like to commend Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City for demonstrating a commitment to Responsible Meetings," said Gwen Migita, Caesars Entertainment Global Head of Social Impact, Equity & Sustainability. "Our exemplary work in Atlantic City continues off property, as well. Caesars Entertainment community engagement efforts in New Jersey include working with groups such as the National Park Trust and Cure for a Cause."
Harrah's Atlantic City also recently completed a $56 million guest room and suite renovation in its Coastal Tower, featuring 507 finely-appointed guest-rooms & suites. The room and suite upgrades are part of Caesars Entertainment's total investment of over $250 million into its Atlantic City casino-resorts over the last five years, which includes the $125 million Waterfront Conference Center, the revamped Pool After Dark nightclub, and Gordon Ramsay Steak, the seven-Michelin star chef and television personality's first steakhouse concept in the tri-state area.
In contributing to a high sustainability rating, Green Key Global noted Harrah's Resort Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City feature guestrooms that have high-efficiency plumbing fixtures. As a whole, Caesars Entertainment reduced its 12-month water usage by over 10% in Atlantic City. Each property also received bonus innovation points for the housekeeping and meetings operations staff's monthly efficiency audits to reduce utility usage and increase water diversion.
"Doing what's right for the world and for the environment is, often times, what's right for your business," said Caesars Entertainment Chief Sales Officer Michael Massari. "We are honored to receive the '4 and 5 Green Key Meetings' rating and we look forward to even more achievements to come."