Casinos aren’t typically the first place you think about when trying to minimize your environmental footprint. However, with thousands of casinos strewn across the country the collective impact of the buildings is immense. To respond to their customers concerns, some casinos are now implementing progressive changes to make their buildings more environmentally friendly. From purchasing “green” products for their casinos to building state-of-the-art LEED certified casinos, the gambling industry is zooming forward to provide their clients with enjoyable gambling that doesn’t come at the cost of the Earth.
One Las Vegas casino showcases this new-found attitude in the gambling industry. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino recently announced plans to expand their resort, which is already among the five largest casinos in the United States. The convention center expansion is planned as a LEED certified facility. During construction, builders plan to incorporate reclaimed materials, recycling 80% of all convention materials. Additionally, the building will include solar panels on the roof, further reducing the casino’s energy reliance. According to designers, the casino will generate power equal to that used by 1,3000 homes.
Other new casino launches that feature “green” building techniques are forecasted to follow. Rivers Casino in Chicago recently achieved LEED Gold status. The casino sports features such as LED light fixtures, low flow toilets, and onsite storm water treatment. Casino owners hope that the upfront investment will not only attract new clients, but also save on long term operating costs.
There are other ways in which casinos are reducing their reliance on waste. For example, one company, EGM Green, specializes in producing casino tables that comply with LEED standards. This company also dabbles in creating other types of environmentally friendly casino products, such as chairs for slots machines and bars.
Though casinos are taking different tactics, it’s clear that these new LEED certified casinos give gamblers more options than ever. Additionally, maintenance cost savings give owners extra incentives to seek LEED certification. It remains to be seen if the majority of casinos will continue this trend of “going green”.