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Strip resorts to go dark for an hour to mark pro-environment event


Justin M. Bowen

The Strip, seen here from Mix at The Hotel at Mandalay Bay, is cloaked in unusual darkness Saturday, March 27, 2010, in observance of Earth Hour.

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More than half a dozen resorts will knock out their lights for an hour Saturday night in support of an effort to raise awareness for the environment and energy conservation.

Casinos such as the Flamingo, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Rio and Bally's will participate in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the fifth year in a row by turning out all of their non-essential lighting and marquees.

The worldwide event included nearly 7,000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories last year, according to the organization's website.

Caesars Entertainment will be acting on similar measures at many of their 50 properties, including at locations in Atlantic City, New Orleans and Ohio.

The company has spent $70 million on energy-efficient initiatives through its CodeGreen project and has seen saving $30 million annually.

"We truly believe in being good environmental partners," said  Christina Karas, a Caesars spokeswoman. "We really look at different ways to reduce water consumption and reduce energy consumption."

The casinos also have a program that collects unused hotel room amenities like soap and shampoo and distributes them to developing countries.

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  1. Here we go again! More politically correct nonsense. Let's face it, it is in the self-interest of everyone to conserve as it affects the bottom line. If it helps the environment, so much the better, but this brainwashing nonsense has gone too far. I, for one, do not need the kooks on the left dictating to me.

  2. Whats funny about this stupidity is the words "non essential lighting"

    They leave the "essential" lighting on. Like their signs, billboards and marker lights....

  3. Mr. Fink,

    The most important part of your post is " it is in the self-interest of everyone to conserve." Yes, it helps everyone's bottom line when they conserve. In many cases it also helps the environment.

    Is that being PC or being brainwashed? I don't think so. Personally I love saving money by conserving the resources I use but that is me, I like using my money for other things.

    You do what works for you. Most people know that there is not an endless supply of natural resources but most also won't work to preserve those until it effects them directly. If the casinos going dark tonight gets one person to think about the money they could save doing the same thing than this is a good thing.