Discussions of environmental consciousness and sustainable practices have been seeping into industry conversations and slowly becoming a larger and larger topic of conversation. One company though stands at the forefront of transforming thought around sustainability for the meetings and events industry: Caesars Entertainment.
With an estimate of nearly 40 million visitors a year, Las Vegas is well aware of the environmental impact events can leave behind, from excessive waste generation to high energy consumption. Caesars Entertainment however has embarked on a remarkable journey toward sustainability, demonstrating innovative thinking and responsible practices can successfully coexist within the bustling world of meetings and events.
Caesars has made sustainability a cornerstone of its operations for nearly two decades now and has been awarded as one of USA Today’s Climate Leaders and was included on Newsweek’s List of America’s Most Responsible Companies as well as named among the Civic 50 as one of America’s 50 Most Community-Minded Companies by Points of Light.
The company’s dedication to environmental stewardship goes all the way back to 2007 when Caesars Entertainment leadership first set forth aggressive sustainability goals. Since then, the company has been guided by its ambitious CodeGreen program, a comprehensive sustainability initiative that tackles every aspect of operations. From energy conservation to waste reduction and community engagement, Caesars has set the bar high for sustainable practices in the industry.
As part of CodeGreen, Caesars has implemented a single-stream recycling program at its property loading docks to separate recycled materials from trash as well as to regain silverware and other reusable items. During periods of refurbishment, furniture from hotel rooms is donated to support local communities and save the items from going to landfill. Caesars has also committed to pursuing LEED certification at all newly built and expanded properties such as its latest conference center, CAESARS FORUM.
While Caesars Entertainment has a strong history of sustainability behind it, the empire refuses to rest on its laurels. In 2022, Caesars announced ground had been broken on a new, 8.4 MW solar portfolio that will span the company’s three Atlantic City Properties—Caesars, Tropicana, and Harrah’s. The new installations are expected to generate 10,425,453 kWh of clean, renewable energy annually and will propel Caesars toward its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 100 percent before 2050.
As part of this partnership with DSD Renewables, Caesars Entertainment is exploring solar projects located at its other destinations across California, Illinois, Maryland, and Nevada.