Our Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
Environmental stewardship is one of the four pillars of Caesars Code of Commitment and represents our promise to preserve the planet for current and future generations. To carry out this promise, we initiated CodeGreen in 2008, and it has become part of the way we do things at Caesars Entertainment.
CodeGreen is our organization-wide, strategy to drive environmental awareness and engagement, as well as performance, across the business. It is synonymous with environmental stewardship at Caesars. A data-driven and disciplined environmental program that leverages the passion of our employees, CodeGreen also engages our guests and suppliers.
Established with a baseline year of 2007 for most of our environmental impacts, CodeGreen now encompasses additional elements of our corporate responsibility strategy for a comprehensive approach and includes community involvement and engagement of our colleagues at many different levels.
Each location participates in CodeGreen with its own CodeGreen Leaders, a team of nine members representing different parts of the location’s operations. CodeGreen Leaders champion their location’s unique, detailed work plan and targets to achieve during the year while inspiring their colleagues to embed environmentally conscious behaviors into their daily lives. Our CodeGreen Leaders also ensure our tracking of CodeGreen performance is transparent to all our locations so they know what to do in order to achieve top CodeGreen performance. Caesars’ CodeGreen Leadership Bonus Program both incentivizes and reward CodeGreen teams that deliver inspiring performance.
CAESARS CITIZENSHIP BLOG SPOTLIGHT
At Caesars, we inspire grown-ups to play. We also work hard to be good stewards of our planet’s resources through our CodeGreen strategy. While many of our efforts are behind the scenes, the Green Key Global Eco-Rating Program helps guests understand how our progress measures up across the hospitality industry.
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CodeGreen at home
CodeGreen at Home is our environmental employee engagement program that incentivizes team members to practice the same environmentally responsible actions at home as we encourage in our operations. Each quarter, hundreds of team members submit applications that demonstrate completion of approved actions such as switching to eco-conscious transportation, converting to native landscape, composting installing Energy Star certified appliances and more. Last year, our team members made huge environmental impacts by reducing their use of water, gas and energy in their personal environments.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Environmental opportunities, risks and programs are managed strategically within several departments, including Corporate Responsibility and Facilities & Engineering, which includes Sustainable Operations, Enterprise Risk Management and Government Relations. Executive Vice President of Government Relations & Corporate Responsibilities, Jan Jones Blackhurst, oversees government relations, corporate communications, corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability for the company. Along with internal environmental leadership commitments, Caesars also draws upon external expertise, including its Sustainability External Advisory Board and nonprofit partners like the World Resources Institute.
The Facilities & Engineering group conducts on-site property audits quarterly to identify environmental risks and opportunities at the specific asset/property level. Caesars’ Sustainable Operations group works with the Risk Management and the Facilities & Engineering groups to further identify climate related risks and opportunities. The Risk Assessment methodologies, as well as the on-site audits, embody the Caesars Code of Commitment and identify risks and opportunities that potentially impact our fundamental commitment to our guests, our employees, environmental stewardship, and our local communities.
A robust set of environmental metrics including energy and water consumption, waste diversion and greenhouse gas emissions from our locations across North America, are tracked in a company scorecard and results are reported to the senior management team. These metrics are utilized to guide continuous improvement programs and impact reduction at the properties. Additionally, these environmental metrics are used by the executive capital committee for review and approval of capital expenditures related to energy efficiency projects and sustainability initiatives.
As part of our CodeGreen strategy, we undertook an effort to follow green building practices outlined in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED requirements. Our first LEED certified building was the Octavius Convention Center at Caesars Palace in 2009.
Since then, our Baltimore property was certified to the LEED Gold Standard, and Octavius Tower and The LINQ Promenade in Las Vegas were each certified to the LEED Silver Standard. Additionally, our new construction is on track for LEED Silver certification. Beyond our commitment relating to new construction, we have applied LEED Standards across a further 13 existing properties, which, although not formally certified, meet Gold or Silver LEED standards in almost all respects. We continue to look for opportunities to apply the highest standards of green and sustainable construction across our existing and new properties.
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Who’s the greenest of them all? 2016 codegreen challenge winners
In 2016, twelve regions competed to further integrate sustainability into company operations and the daily lives of team members and guests. The top locations and regions are awarded prizes to put towards a celebratory sustainable food day in the employee dining room, team member awards and funds for future CodeGreen events.
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Reporting, Verification & TRANSPARENCY
Our seventh annual describes our impacts on society and the environment. It outlines the way our business activities in 2015-2016 connected us to our stakeholders through a platform of citizenship, delivering economic and social benefits for employees, guests and communities while advancing environmental stewardship.
This report is written in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative G4 guidelines, core option. The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines represent the most widely-used corporate responsibility reporting framework in the world today. This is Caesars Entertainment’s third report using the G4 guidelines.
LRQA verification has been conducted in accordance with ISO 14064–3:2006 Specification with guidance for validation and verification of greenhouse gas assertions for the GHG Emissions Inventory and LRQA’s Verification Approach for the Water Inventory to provide limited assurance that GHG emissions and water data as presented in the Reports have been prepared in conformance with the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol and Caesars water data management processes.
The CDP, formerly Carbon Disclosure Project, is the world’s leading initiative to tackle climate change by helping organizations drive down GHG emissions, and water consumption and mitigate environmental risk in their supply chains. By disclosing our performance to the CDP, we join the ranks of the world’s leading companies who are serious about environmental stewardship.