Dartmouth's Big Green Bus Comes to Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort as a Vehicle for Inspiration

Interactive, alternative fuel-powered bus travels across the country

The Big Green Bus at the Grand Canyon.
The Big Green Bus at the Grand Canyon.
  • The Big Green Bus at the Grand Canyon.
    The Big Green Bus at the Grand Canyon.
    The Big Green Bus at the Grand Canyon.
    The Big Green Bus at the Grand Canyon.
(Maricopa, Ariz.) -Thirteen Dartmouth College students will stop at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort on Saturday, July 14 for an important mission: To bring enthusiasm for community involvement through environmental action and to show off their alternative-fuel powered Big Green Bus. Maricopa is the 16th stop on their 85–day, nationwide campaign.

Supporting the Big Green Bus is another example of the Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s, parent company of Harrah’s, ongoing commitment to integrate environmental sustainability through grassroots energy, innovation and passion of its 70,000 employees. Through its employee volunteer-based program, HERO, Caesars strives to play an important role in the communities it is privileged to operate within, and is committed to making them better, more vibrant places to live and work.

The student-run Big Green Bus will cover 12,000 miles across 30 states, spending the summer engaging in dialogue, spreading innovation and inspiring community action - all on a waste vegetable oil (WVO)-powered coach bus.

Members of the Dartmouth team will be available from 7:30 -  9:30 p.m. to give tours of the bus and talk about the importance of sustainability and environmental awareness. The Clean City Coalition will also be there to support efforts to reduce the country’s oil dependency.

By becoming a vehicle for inspiration, the Big Green Bus aims to create a future that sustains people, the environment and the economy. Complete with solar panel run appliances, a recycling and compost station and an engine converted to run on waste vegetable oil, the Bus exemplifies innovative ways to live sustainably. As a fun and interactive vehicle and living space, the Big Green Bus is designed for learning about energy use and facilitating discussion about local and national environmental issues.

“Harrah’s Ak-Chin has a long history of implementing environmental awareness initiatives on property.  Through our recycling program and Code Green efforts, we are continually reminding our guests and staff about the importance of sustainability,” said Robert Livingston, general manager of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort.  “We are proud to have the Big Green Bus visit us in Maricopa.”

For more information about the Big Green Bus campaign, please visit www.thebiggreenbus.org.
For more information on Harrah’s Ak-Chin visit www.harrahsakchin.com or call (480) 802-5000.

Opened in Maricopa, Arizona in December 1994, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort was Arizona’s first Indian casino to have a management partner. In addition to the state-of-the-art 152-room hotel tower, which opened in July 2011, Harrah’s also boasts the only Bingo hall in the entire Caesars organization, continuing the proud heritage of William F. Harrah, who opened his first Bingo hall in Reno in 1937.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin was named a 2010 Most Admired Company by Arizona Business Magazine and BestCompaniesAZ, and Phoenix Business Journal has named the property one of the “Best Places to Work in the Valley” in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  Harrah’s Ak-Chin was recently awarded the 2011 Volunteer Service Award from the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.

Harrah’s Ak-Chin also ranked highest in gaming customer satisfaction among casinos in southern Arizona by J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Indian Gaming Casino Satisfaction Study.

For more information, please visit www.harrahsakchin.com.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation's resorts are committed to environmental sustainability – investing at a corporate level more than $62 million on conservation projects that have reduced energy usage by more than 170 million kilowatt hours (kWh) and carbon emissions by 110,000 metric tons each year. One such investment is the use of solar and steam co-generation facilities at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Showboat Atlantic City that capture waste heat and steam to create onsite energy, thereby decreasing demand for purchased electricity.

Caesars nearly 70,000 employees drive its sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, through innovative environmentally responsible practices; implementing more than 110 large impact conservation projects resorts to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at a corporate level. More than 200 of the company's employees have completed its Green Meetings & Events Certification training program, the only program of its kind in the industry. During the past eight years, CodeGreen programs have resulted in annual savings of 200 million gallons of water and 640,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil among other waste recycling efforts.

Caesars Entertainment's leadership in environmental stewardship and energy efficiency has earned the company more than 40 environmental awards and multiple Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honors. Caesars has achieved "industry firsts" in transparency of impacts such as GRI protocol reporting and establishing aggressive carbon reduction goals around environmental and social metrics. For further information on Caesars’ CodeGreen efforts and its sustainability report visit www.caesars.com/CodeGreen.  
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