Cutting Greenhouse Gases using the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest

Do you have any idea how big your carbon footprint may be? Did you know that the Caesars Foundation cares about that answer? Although you may not have thought about the answers to either of these questions, Caesars is very proud of their company’s first comprehensive environmental sustainability strategy called CodeGreen. Building on our multi-year partnership, Caesars is working with NPT and Terrapass to create a Buddy Bison carbon reduction school contest that will engage elementary school students and their employees in fun creative ways to: 1) learn about greenhouse gases and assess their consumption in energy and waste; 2) set goals for students to reduce carbon emissions, waste and energy; 3) create easy action steps to reduce energy and waste consumption; 4) quantify results so actions equal results; and 5) earn park scholarships for their schools!

This unique program begins this upcoming school year and all schools participating in the program will win park scholarships of differing amounts depending on the results of their carbon reduction contest “report card”. Five elementary schools in the following Caesars communities will participate: Atlantic City, New Orleans, North Kansas City, Council Bluffs and Las Vegas. The respective Caesars properties will launch the program in each school and will also participate by reducing their waste and energy at their work sites.

"We are very pleased to continue our partnership with National Park Trust through the support of the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest," said Gwen Migita, Vice President Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. "The contest offers an engaging way to educate and empower elementary school students and our employees to reduce energy and waste consumption, which is a core focus of our corporate citizenship efforts."

Each week the schools will take on a new challenge related to reducing their carbon footprint. Parents and caregivers will likely benefit from this contest as well, in the form of lower utility costs since the students will have the opportunity to earn extra contest points if they transfer their energy and waste saving practices to their homes. Who will participate and win this contest? Stay tuned for more details this fall and the results in early 2015. And thank you to the Caesars Foundation for our continued partnership to cultivate environmental stewards!

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