Greening Tribal Casinos
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The meeting rooms and conference centers are a great place to begin and implement sustainable practices. Making your conference center "green" opens doors to clientele who are either looking for or who are required to have a green meeting space for their conference or workshop.
Conferences and meetings offer a a number of of greening opportunities, particularly in the areas of reduced water and energy use, and waste management. Opportunities for making smart purchasing choices that can reduce the amount of toxins both workers and patrons are exposed abound. For example, switching to reusable drink glasses or purchasing bar napkins with post-consumer recycled paper content are small changes that can make a big difference. EPA’s green meeting checklist and green meeting guide are great starting places.
Choosing less hazardous cleaning products that have positive environmental attributes, and taking steps to reduce exposure can minimize harmful impacts to custodial workers and building occupants, improves indoor air quality, and reduces water and ambient air pollution while also ensuring the effectiveness of cleaning in removing biological and other contaminants from the building’s interior.
Tribal casinos are starting a number of exciting programs to recycle and compost their waste materials. EPA’s WasteWise Program developed a resource page specifically for entertainment venues/facilities. Composting food scraps or donating leftover food can be a great way to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. Multiple case studies can be found on the casino composting page.
The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburg is one of world’s first green conference centers. To learn more about their program, please visit their website Built Green Working Green Everyday.
In order to change your method of operation on a long-term basis to a more environmentally friendly one, you may want to create a plan that includes all aspects of greening your operations and which is easy to understand and implement. This can be done through the creation of an Environmental Management System . If you are building a new facility or remodeling an existing building, there are significant opportunities to construct in a manner that reduces the environmental impact of the building and can save money in the long run.