The beginning of the year is a wonderful time to start anew. There is a delightful, contagious energy to do better and be better. Here at Caesars we could not be more excited to usher in the New Year. As we look forward, we also reflect on the achievements of 2014 to inspire us to do more to drive lasting social impact in the communities where we operate. Recently we sat down with four Caesars executives to learn more about their proudest moments of 2014. What they had to say was truly inspiring. Not only do these moments celebrate last year’s accomplishments, they serve as strong motivation to make 2015 the best year yet.
Eric Dominguez, corporate director of facilities, engineering and sustainable operations, is most proud of Caesars’ commitment to its aggressive energy reduction goals:
“There are two moments in 2014 that really stand out to me. The first was receiving the EnvironmentalProtection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management- Goal Achievement, in recognition for exceeding our absolute carbon reduction goal of 10% a year early. From 2007 to 2012, Caesars Entertainment expanded its physical footprint by 18%, so being able to meet our carbon reduction goal a year early in conjunction with expansion was an outstanding achievement.
Then in March, our energy management program was selected as a “Top Project of the Year” in the Environmental Leader and Project Awards. We were recognized for driving impressive environmental and financial benefits through our CodeGreen environmental program.
I am excited to see what the New Year brings. The move toward sustainability is an ongoing process, one that does not stop once certain milestones have been met. Moving forward, Caesars is investigating how we can integrate more renewable energy into our operations and plans to aggressively address the persisting challenges of energy efficiency and conservation.”
Gwen Migita, vice president of corporate citizenship and sustainability, is impressed by the dedication of Caesars employees to the local community and environment:
“2014 was a great year for Caesars’ corporate citizenship efforts. Time and time again, I am inspired by the dedication and willingness of our employees to go above and beyond to make a difference in engaging the community and as good environmental stewards. Throughout the year, we hosted company-wide events such as our CodeGreen Day Challenge, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Dream Fulfillment event with Second Wind Dreams. Seeing and reviewing the results of each property’s engagement around these efforts was impressive. During Breast Cancer Awareness month, we challenged properties to raise awareness for this important cause. Twenty-one properties participated and I was blown away by their creativity. The Tunica Region successfully integrated Breast Cancer Awareness into their marketing and social media, while Ak-Chin hosted customer events such as a “Pink Pool Party.” The strength of our civic engagement is a key ingredient to our success as a corporate citizen.
The year culminated into the most memorable moment of all: being recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in the Civic 50 by Points of Light and Bloomberg LP. It’s an honor to be working for a top rated company for our integration and strategy around giving, employee volunteerism and environmental sustainability.
Jessica Rosman, director of supplier diversity and sustainability, shares how a trip to the Philippines with her fellow Caesars co-workers touched her heart:
“When we ran the Clean the World contest to win a trip to the Philippines in January, I could have never imagined the excitement and unity we felt as a team. The trip brought together Caesars employees from different properties, different jobs, different ages, and different backgrounds, all unified by our love of giving back. I was so incredibly impressed with the generosity and kindness of my fellow colleagues!
At that time, the Philippines had just been hit with the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan, making our mission to deliver hygiene kits that much more critical. We visited a remote city, a fertile valley near a volcano, and upon our arrival at a school we were greeted with a welcome parade in our honor! I’m not sure who enjoyed it more the kids or us, the employees. I was truly inspired by this gesture of selflessness. Even in times of true adversity, the Filipino spirit is unbroken; their generous and gracious hospitality overwhelmingly touched my heart. My time in the Philippines will be forever held dear, with goodness and the desire to do well motivating me to become a better person.”
Thom Reilly, executive director of the Caesars Foundation, is fulfilled by the Caesars Foundation’s work to raise awareness of hunger in the elder community:
“My favorite achievement with the Caesars Foundation has been the continued, positive impact we’ve had helping older individuals live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives through our continued support of Meals on Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) and AARP Foundation. In September, we donated three new meal delivery vehicles to MOWAA affiliates in Hammond, North Kansas City and New Orleans, allowing for a combined total of 27,000 additional meals that will be delivered annually to seniors in need.
We also provided a $150,000 grant to AARP Foundation to assist in funding an upcoming pilot project that will utilize tablet-based technology (iPads, Samsung tablets, etc.) to assess older individuals Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility, and where possible, complete and submit applications to receive benefits. The pilot will begin in January with Meals on Wheels programs in Baltimore and Hammond.
These are just two examples of the Foundation’s work to bring needed attention to hunger in the elder community. We’re looking forward to continuing our work in this area next year.”
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