Casinos are notoriously known as consumers of energy and colossal producers of waste. You only have to look at the 24/7 illuminated gaming floors, the lines of hungry buffet-eating tourists, and the harmful gas emissions they pump into the air to fathom how much these venues are gulping down the planet’s resources.
But there are a handful of casinos that are highly conscious of their carbon footprint and the impact their businesses have on the environment. Here’s 7 of them you visit if you want to live out an eco-friendly gambling experience.
Caesars Entertainment has invested almost $70 million toward its energy conservation projects in the last decade. The casino giant made 162 improvements throughout its hotel resorts, including thermostats in guestrooms, replacing controls, and reducing electricity usage with energy-efficient lighting, and installing fixtures with low-flow water controls in their guest area. The company has also revamped its laundry systems to reduce water consumption and provided full training on eco-friendly practices to every staff member.
The project was put into action after analysis revealed that an average 2,000-room Caesars hotel uses up close to 5 million kilowatts of electricity and a whopping 14.2 million gallons of water every hour. Since installing these retrofits, Caesars has managed to reduce its carbon footprint by 20%. This achievement alone has seen them receive multiple accolades and awards for environmental leadership.
Owned by MGM Resorts, the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas has been in the process of switching to renewable energy resources for some time. On top of its convention center sits what is set to be the largest solar panel array in the U.S. It’s still a work in progress, but once it’s complete, the panels will span twenty acres and provide self-sustaining energy for the entire building.
The hotel has also installed 1,000 variable speed drives on compressor motors, pumps, and fans to produce less energy in their heating and cooling systems, increased smart energy expansion, and installed fault detection systems that signal waste and resource opportunities. For its extravagant light displays, over 1 million of the existing bulbs have been replaced with energy-efficient LEDs.
The MGM Grand was one of the first MGM hotels and casinos in Macau. The venue has won numerous awards and certificates for going green in the last few years, mainly thanks to its relationship with the eco-development company, Energenz. After reducing its cumulative energy consumption by 12% in 2011, MGM Macau has won awards for Macau’s Greenest Hotel for three years running.
The building was redeveloped to include industry-level green building frameworks, high-tech energy-efficient air-con, 100% LED lighting throughout the premises, low-flow water fixtures and controls, and advanced indoor air quality systems. The casino also hosts events throughout the year, promoting ecosystem biodiversity, creative upcycling, and food waste handling.
Resorts World Sentosa
Resorts World Sentosa is considered one of the largest integrated resorts in the world, and it’s one that continuously demonstrates its pledge to greener initiatives and sustainability. The amount of energy the resort has managed to save between 2014 and 2018 is enough to power almost 40,000 four-room HDB flats. Plastic waste was also reduced by over 100 tons last year thanks to the elimination of plastic straws and bottles. The venue uses 100% recycled materials for its disposable hotel amenities, 100% FSC certified copy paper and pulp-based materials, plus 80% sustainable fish in its Ocean Restaurant.
Each year resort management conducts education and public engagement seminars that tackle topics like plastic pollution and water waste, along with programs that see hundreds of volunteers clean up the nearby beaches and reefs. In 2018, more than 900kg of trash was picked out from the mangroves.
Complete with serene views of the Indian Ocean and a stunning backdrop of KwaZulu Natal nature, the Sibaya Casino is Durban’s most eco-loving casino. Every aspect of sustainability is accounted for in the venue, to the point where an on-site wormery functions as a management system for garden and kitchen waste.
The staff are also committed to re-purposing and using recycling systems that have significant positive effects on the surrounding environment. Whether it’s in the headquarters, the guest facilities, or the kitchen — the casino has made continuous efforts to reduce consumption and eliminate waste products.
The Venetian Macao
Owned by Sands China, The Venetian Macau was recognized as the city’s first and only hotel to earn green recognition in 2018. The casino was awarded the Macau Green Hotel Platinum Award after extreme efforts were made to reduce overall waste of food, water, and electricity. The hotel also replaced every individual mattress in the guest rooms with eco-friendly bedding.
The casino’s car parking area has been revamped with spaces to accommodate electric vehicles, while the transport system has also been reviewed to include regular audits and the monitoring of gas emissions from shuttle buses. Green events and conferences are held throughout the year to discuss the casino’s approach to climate change, waste reduction, and other environmental challenges.
Melco Resorts and Entertainment
Not far from the Venetian is another one of Macau’s finest gambling joints, Melco Resorts and Entertainment. It shares an equal amount of dedication to eco-friendly operations and has had goals for going green since it adopted the Above and Beyond sustainability strategy in 2019. The company’s progress in the past year includes recycling and composting over 700 tons of waste, training AI systems to tackle issues with food waste, utilizing material and services from local suppliers, and installing a solar panel array in the City of Dreams Manila to produce up to 100,000 kilowatts of electricity each month.
These changes have seen the resort receive accolades from CDP for the “Best First Time Performer” in environmental disclosure systems, plus multiple HR and employment awards for its engagement with eco-driven communities in Macau.
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