Caesars Entertainment Is Doing Good For the Environment

(3BL/JustMeans) When you think of Caesars Entertainment, you may not think immediately about sustainability. The company is famous for its casinos and hotels. However, Caesars is doing some good for the environment, as the Business Roundtable’s 2014 Sustainability report notes. Caesar’s Code Green Program is the company’s initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency and water use. As part of the Code Green Program, Caesar’s has invested $3.5 million across 37 projects  (lighting, HVAC and water) which deliver almost 24 million kilowatt hours of energy savings a year and an estimated at $2.5 million in savings. One of those 37 projects consisted of swapping 70,000 halogen bulbs for LED ones which resulted in an approximately 65,000 gigajoule reduction in electricity consumption in 2012. 

Caesars has reduced its GHG emissions, energy use water use, and waste. It has achieved a 3.2 percent reduction in energy use per thousand air-conditioned feet, with the goal of a 20 percent reduction by 2020. Other achievements include:
  • Reduced absolute electricity consumption since 2007 by nine percent 
  • Reduced GHG emissions per thousand air-conditioned feet in 2012 by 5.4 percent 
  • Reduced electricity consumption per square foot of air-conditioned space by 19 percent since 2007
  • Reduced carbon emissions per square foot of air-conditioned space by 21 percent since 2007
  • Achieved a 24 percent waste diversion in 2012 towards the goal of a goal 50 percent reduction by 2020
  • Achieved a seven percent water use reduction since 2008 towards the goals of a 10 percent by 2015 and 15 percent by 2020
Caesar’s achieved LEED Silver Certification in 2011 on Caesars Palace Octavius Tower and Convention Center in Las Vegas. The Convention Center is 500,000 square foot convention center, and the Octavius Tower is a 678,600 square foot hotel tower with over 650 individual guest rooms. The same year, Caesar’s installed a management software program to track electricity use in 2011. Two years later, it completed its electric vehicle charging pilot program in Northern Nevada.
During the past nine years, Caesars has invested almost $70 million in energy conservation projects during the past nine years, including over 162 major refits, which included:
  • Installing energy efficient indoor and outdoor lighting and reduced lighting usage
  • Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of air-handling systems
  • Retrofitting equipment with energy-efficient upgrades
  • Reducing water use in laundry facilities
  • Upgrading guestroom thermostats
  • Installing low-flow water controls and fixtures in guest rooms
Caesars is being recognized for its sustainability efforts. In February, the company received the Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Management in Goal Achievement. The Climate Leadership Awards are sponsored by the EPA’s Center for Corporate Climate Leadership with three NGO partners: Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry (TCR). Caesars was recognized for surpassing its five-year goal of reducing GHG emissions by 10 percent. Under the EPA’s former Climate Leaders program, Caesars established a 10 percent GHG reduction goal for its U.S. operations between 2007 and 2012. During that time period, the company met its goal. By 2011, Caesars had reduced its GHG emissions by 11.4 percent.