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Case Study

In 2008, the Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino, located on the Warm Springs Reservation in Warm Springs, Oregon, began to look at its environmental footprint, sustainability efforts, power usage and all around environmental standpoint. The facility started with many goals and ideas, but decided to first focus on a few key issues. One of those key issues was amenities in the guest rooms. After weighing many options, the facility began using new products packaged in paper containers. That one change contributes to 92% less waste being sent to the landfill. In high season, that means the difference between 5,000+ bottles down to 400 paper containers heading to the landfill. The products are also made without parabens, phthalates, petrol-derived ingredients, mineral oil, urea, Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) or propylene. For more information, please see Going Green: Kah-Nee-Ta Embarks on Environmental Goals

Environmentally preferable commodities are "products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose." This comparison applies to raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, reuse, operation, maintenance, and disposal. There are many opportunities to purchase greener products at a casino from guest amenities to vehicles to paper products. EPA has many resources to help guide you with finding and purchasing greener products.

Below is information on EPA partnerships and specific areas where your green purchasing efforts can give you a return on your investment.

The Comprehensive Procurement Guideline (CPG) program is part of EPA’s continuing effort to promote the use of materials recovered from the waste stream. Buying recycled-content products ensures that the materials collected in recycling programs will be used again in the manufacture of new products. A key component of the CPG program is EPA’s list of designated products and the accompanying recycled-content recommendations.

For more information and a full list of products, please visit EPA’s CPG website.

SmartWay Program: In 2004, EPA launched SmartWaySM, an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel efficient transportation options. In its simplest form, the SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions. However, the impact of the brand is much greater, as the SmartWay brand signifies a partnership among government, business, and consumers to protect our environment, reduce fuel consumption, and improve our air quality for future generations.

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