Students Reduce Carbon Footprint on Campus and Save School District $826,248

Atlantic City School District Reduces Carbon Footprint on Campus and Saves $826,248

Rockville, Md., April 23, 2018 – National Park Trust (NPT), a nonprofit dedicated to preserving parks and creating park stewards for tomorrow, celebrates Earth Day by recognizing Richmond Avenue Elementary School in Atlantic City for implementing an initiative that drastically reduced their carbon footprint on campus, and helped to save the school district $826,248.

Partnering with Caesars Foundation and its CodeGreen initiative, NPT uses the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest to teach elementary school children how to identify, measure, and reduce their impact on the environment. Each year, students take nine different action items included in NPT’s contest toolkit to reduce their carbon footprint.

Richmond Avenue School has participated in the program for the last three years, significantly reducing the school’s utility bill. As a result, 21,055 pounds of greenhouse gases were prevented from being released into the air and 11,089 pounds of trash were kept from entering landfills. The significant reduction to the school’s utility bill gained the attention of the Atlantic City School District and was one of the factors that led to the school district’s adoption of a district-wide energy savings initiative, which has resulted in an energy cost savings of $826,248 during the last two years.

“As a school community, the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest has allowed the Richmond Avenue School family, students, teachers, and staff to become more aware and conscious of the impact individuals have on the environment,” said Principal Shelley Williams of Richmond Avenue School. It is through the small acts of many, that we can make a BIG difference in saving energy, cost, and the Earth.”

Since 2014, Caesars Foundation has supported the design and roll out of NPT’s innovative Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest in nine schools across the country. According to Grace Lee, NPT’s Executive Director, “Caesars Foundation saw the value in providing these tools to teachers and students — the future stewards of our environment.”

“The results of this year’s challenge have proven that when innovation and inspiration collide we can make a positive change that is sure to impact our environment and communities for generations to come,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility at Caesars Entertainment and Board Chair of Caesars Foundation. “We’re thankful for the students and teachers at Richmond Avenue School who have made such a commitment to saving our environment.”

Students and teachers from Richmond Avenue School celebrated their success with a fully-funded field trip to a local park, thanks to Caesars Foundation, along with team members from the three Caesars Entertainment properties; Bally’s, Caesars and Harrah’s Resort.



NPT’s mission is preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 35 years since NPT was established, the non-profit organization has completed more than 60 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects in 30 states, 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 48 National Park Service projects. In 2009, NPT launched its nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs which currently supports more than 200 Title I schools across the country. Since 2011, NPT has organized Kids to Parks Day, an annual national celebration of America’s parks hosted on the third Saturday in May. For more details about NPT, visit



Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by a portion of operating income from resorts owned or operated by Caesars Entertainment. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more, as well as not for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation’s objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work. To learn more, visit


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