Using Less Water
Reducing water consumption is essential to environmental stewardship and an important aspect of Caesars Entertainment's sustainability strategy. In recent years, we have implemented multiple conservation approaches that have led to a company-wide reduction in water consumption of more than 200 million gallons a year.
These approaches include installing more efficient fixtures, offering a standardized in-room opt-out linen program at our hotels, and serving water upon request only in restaurants and at banquets.
In 2011, we established our first quantitative target for water conservation at our U.S. resorts: a 15 percent reduction from 2007-2020 per air-conditioned square foot. We're pleased to say that we are on track to meet that target, and have introduced an updated target as well.
Using Less Water
- Target: On track to achieve 15% reduction per air-conditioned square foot 2008-2020*
- Updated Target (2012): 10% reduction per air-conditioned square foot 2008-2015
Water Conservation and Renewables
- The innovative technology chosen for an upgrade of the laundry facility that serves eight of our Las Vegas resorts saves 72 million gallons of water a year, while increasing capacity by 40 percent and reducing energy consumption.
Water conservation programs at our golf courses have cut consumption by as much as 60 percent. These initiatives include replacing irrigated turf in non-playable areas with drought-resistant landscaping, which also permits substantial cuts in the use of fertilizer and chemicals, and increases wildlife habitat. Here are some examples of water conservation and biodiversity initiatives at Caesars golf courses:
- In 2011 Atlantic City Country Club in New Jersey won Audubon Sanctuary Certification in Environmental Planning status. The course had reduced water consumption by 60 percent through use of drought tolerant grass varieties, reduced mowable acreage, more precise irrigation, and an equipment wash-down area that recycles water. Atlantic City Country Club course also added and repaired drainage areas to cut the amount of chemicals and machinery required for maintenance.
- The Chariot Run Golf Course at Harrah's Horseshoe Southern Indiana resort achieved Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification, in part for cutting annual water use by 27 million gallons from 2007 to 2009, reducing irrigated areas from 126 to 76 acres, and increasing the use of organic fertilizers from 55 to 90 percent. Since 2006 natural habitat has increased 63 percent, sparking the re-emergence of native plant and tree species. Wildlife corridors have been built that connect to surrounding native areas. Chariot Run won a 2009 Environmental Leaders in Golf Award for leadership and sustainability in golf course management from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Golf Digest.
- In southern Nevada, the Cascata and Rio Secco golf courses replaced grass in non-playable areas with drought resistant landscaping, upgraded computerized irrigation systems for greater efficiency, and changed mowing patterns to reduce time spent on fairways and tees. The result is reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The courses were also among the first to work with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) to implement its Water Smart Landscape Program.
- Caesars Golf Macau in China introduced Integrated Pest Management to reduce water consumption and the use of fertilizer and pesticides. It also established an eco-friendly habitat for ducks and other wildlife. The course is in the process of being certified by the International Audubon Society.