Darkness at Harrah’s Gulf Coast Sheds Light on Climate Change During Earth Hour

On March 28, 2015 between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time, Harrah’s Gulf Coast and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will participate in Earth Hour to bring awareness to one of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns – climate change. This is the ninth consecutive year that Harrah’s Gulf Coast will encourage guests and employees to turn off all non-essential interior lighting, while the lit exterior and marquees are shut off for the hour. Sponsored by the World Wild Life Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people across 7,000 cities and 154 countries in a collective statement of concern about climate change.

"Earth Hour is just one of many ways that we participate in activities that improve the lives of our employees, guests and community," said Jonathan Jones, General Manager of Harrah’s Gulf Coast. “We are proud to be an example along the Mississippi Gulf Coast for environmental sustainability and we work to further our efforts by encouraging employees and guests to keep the spirit of Earth Hour alive year round by making a habit of turning off unnecessary lights and personal equipment when it is not in use- both at work, or at home.”

Earth Hour is one of the company’s many initiatives comprising its larger sustainability strategy, CodeGreen, and serves as a visual representation of their commitment to sustainable practices and environmental stewardship. Every year, Caesars Entertainment and its nearly 70,000 employees engage in environmental programs and sustainable business practices that provide tangible low-carbon solutions to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at all resorts and casinos.

As part of its participation in CodeGreen, Harrah’s Gulf Coast most recently collaborated with The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to repurpose the building materials from the old infrastructure that existed on what is now known as The Great Lawn. The materials have been used to create additional offshore fishing reefs at Katrina Key.

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