Viva Las Vegas as lights go out for Earth Hour
On 29 March, between 8.30pm and 9.30pm (local time), all Caesars Entertainment's resorts and casinos in North America will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to the environmental concern of climate change.
Guests and employees will be encouraged to turn off all non-essential interior lighting, while the resorts' lit exteriors and marquees will be shut off for the hour.
Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people across 7,000 cities and 154 countries in a collective statement of concern about climate change.
Earth Hour is one of the company's many initiatives comprising its larger sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, and serves as a visual representation of their commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. So far Caesars has succeeded in reducing energy use 19% per air-conditioned square foot (from 2007 through 2012) although the company has grown organically and reduced absolute GHG emissions by 10% at domestic properties from 2007 to 2013. It has also reduced its carbon footprint by 12% and water usage by 7%.
"Caesars has been a leader in promoting Earth Hour, encouraging other casinos and businesses in the region to participate. Seeing the lights go off in America's brightest city every year is a reminder of our movement towards becoming a more environmentally and socially sustainable Las Vegas, as well as all the work we have yet to do to make a real impact on climate change in our community and as a planet," commented Tom Perrigo, Chief Sustainability Officer at City of Las Vegas.