Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino Resort Gives Back by Going Green

Ongoing efforts give back to the community and earth-friendly initiatives

Harrah's Ak-Chin employees giving back by cleaning up the community on Earth Day.
Harrah's Ak-Chin employees giving back by cleaning up the community on Earth Day.
  • Harrah's Ak-Chin employees giving back by cleaning up the community on Earth Day.
    Harrah's Ak-Chin employees giving back by cleaning up the community on Earth Day.
    Harrah's Ak-Chin employees giving back by cleaning up the community on Earth Day.
    Harrah's Ak-Chin employees giving back by cleaning up the community on Earth Day.
(Maricopa, Ariz.) – In its ongoing effort to give back to the community, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort’s HERO employee volunteers broke its property record for the amount of time and money donated in 2011 through sponsored employee community involvement initiatives. The resort and its employees continue to donate their time and attention via participation in events throughout the year that benefit local non-profits and various earth-friendly initiatives.

“Not only does this program bring together our employees, but it’s an amazing way for us to reach out to the community and give back to the local residents and programs that are most in need,” said HR Director of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Beth Amoroso. “With earth-friendly initiatives having been at the forefront in recent years, it’s truly become a focus of our organization and for our employees on an individual level.”

Case in point is Harrah’s Ak-Chin employee Candice Van Etten who converted her 1985 Volkswagen Golf Diesel to run on vegetable oil. “After having converted to vegetable oil it saves on fuel cost and air quality, in addition to emissions being much lower from having an exhaust that is a plant-based fuel,” said Van Etten. After the one-month project of converting the vehicle Van Etten now gets approximately 150 miles per gallon and saves $2,900 annually on fuel costs.

As an organization, Harrah’s Ak-Chin surpassed their 2010 total of 4,676 hours by volunteering 9,945 hours in 2011 and are well on their way to surpassing that in 2012. The property also provided monetary and in-kind donations amounting to more than $20,000 from involvement in events such as Earth Day, Keep Arizona Beautiful Luncheon, Clean the World campaign, F.O.R. Maricopa and Ak-Chin Social Services’ food drives, Recycle Association of Maricopa events, and many more.

On-property CodeGreen initiatives included:
• The installation of new thermostat technology in the 152-room hotel tower, which automatically resets the thermostat to a set temperature to conserve energy once guests leave the room;
• The implementation of property electronics recycling which totaled 70,000 lbs in 2011;
• An increase in standard recycle streams to 15 different items, thus increasing by 239% since 2009;
• The recycling of food cans by kitchen staff, which saved 2,800 lbs in just under a few months; and
• The implementation of front-of-house recycling for guests, with four bins on the casino floor and two large wall displays to show various Harrah’s AK-Chin recycle facts and energy tips.

Upcoming initiatives for Harrah’s Ak-Chin employees in 2012 include Maricopa Relay for Life on May 19, the Big Green Bus Tour July 13-14 and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 7.

For more information on Harrah’s Ak-Chin and their HERO Program visit www.harrahsakchin.com or call (480) 802-5000.

About Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort: 
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.

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