Caesars Entertainment Achieves LEED Certification

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Who says casinos can’t be built sustainably? Two of Caesars Entertainment’s latest developments have achieved U.S. Green Building Council’s  Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Horseshoe Casino Baltimore achieved LEED Gold certification. The LINQ Las Vegas achieved LEED Silver certification. 
Caesars has set a goal that all new construction will be built to achieve LEED certification. The company is also committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent per square foot by 2025. Last year, Caesars surpassed its short term goal of a 10 percent reduction by achieving a 12.7 percent reduction. 
Horseshoe Baltimore is the company’s first LEED Gold project. It is one of four casinos LEED certified in the U.S. The casino is designed to reduce water use. Stormwater is collected and stored to be used for landscaping irrigation and toilets. Low-flow water fixtures are installed throughout the building. The casino reduces water use by 46 percent.
Almost half of the construction materials for the Horseshoe Baltimore came from local sources. About a quarter of the construction materials contained recycled content. Ninety-seven percent of the construction waste was diverted from landfills. 
The LINQ is an outdoor dining, entertainment and shopping promenade designed to reduce energy and water use. The LINQ has energy cost savings of more than 21 center over the LEED baseline building performance. Drought tolerant plants and high efficiency drip irrigation systems and sensors reduce potable water consumption by over 51 percent. 
Caesars’ sustainability strategy
The commitment to green building is part of CodeGreen, Caesars’ sustainability strategy.  And part of green building is reducing energy use. During the last decade, the company has invested in over 180 energy efficiency initiatives including lighting retrofits, energy-efficient HVAC installations, and improved insulation. Every Caesars property has ongoing energy efficiency projects and the company maintains a corporate capital expenditure fund for environmental investments. Its approved environmental capital budget was over $4 million last year. Caesars has invested over $70 million in approved funding since 2002 in the corporate efficiency program. 
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is also part of CodeGreen. Caesars reduced carbon emissions by over 151,000 metric tons a year from 2007 to 2013. The company attributes its lighting retrofits as being a large contributor to the reduction in carbon emissions. 
Waste and water use reductions are two other important parts of CodeGreen. To reduce water use, Caesars has installed reduced-flow fixtures on its properties. It uses reclaimed water to irrigate its golf courses in Nevada. Last year, the company reduced water use by 18 percent air-conditioned square foot against its 2008 baseline. Caesars achieved a 35 percent waste diversion rate in 2013. Six of its properties achieved a 50 percent waste diversion rate, and nine properties achieved over 40 percent. 
Environmental stewardship in its supply chain is still another part of CodeGreen. Last year, Caesars created standards for sustainable fish sourcing, including identifying certain species it is able to sustainably source. The same year, Caesars recycled over 60,000 corks pulled from bottles served in its dining facilities.