UK – Caesars wins environmental awardBy Lewis - 13 November 2014
Caesars Entertainment UK has won two prestigious Green Apple Environment Awards in celebration of the company’s environmental best practice, which were presented at the Houses of Parliament this week, on Monday the 10th November.
The first Award marks the success of the ‘Food For Thought’ initiative, which offsets the company’s carbon footprint by raising funds to plant trees in developing countrie s. It celebrates the planting of over 100,000 trees by the company since the initiative launched in 2011, thanks to the voluntary 99p surcharge donations made by restaurant customers.
The second Award acknowledges the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill in Nottingham for being the first restaurant in the UK to run a ‘Carbon Free Christmas’ initiative, where a tree was planted for every customer who attended a Christmas party at the restaurant. This initiative alone resulted in the planting of almost 2,000 trees.
Mike Rothwell, Managing Director of Caesars Entertainment UK (pictured left with Mark Hands (Venue Director, ALEA Nottingham casino) and Viv Ross (Compliance Manager, Caesars Entertainment UK), who collected the Award at the Houses of Parliament on behalf of the company said: “It’s a huge honour to receive two such prestigious awards and we are grateful to both our staff and our valued guests who have fully embraced this pioneering initiative. ‘Food for Thought’ is an exceptional programme with which we are very proud to be involved and to be making a difference.”
‘Food For Thought’ was set up and is run by The Green Earth Appeal. Funds are raised to both plant trees in some of the world’s poorest communities and to provide education and resources to create a sustainable lifestyle for disadvantaged people in the developing world.
Green Earth Appeals Founder, Marvin Baker says, “Caesars Entertainment UK is an incredibly worthy winner of both these highly acclaimed awards. Not only has their commitment been instrumental in the success of the Food for Thought initiative, but the results they have achieved to date have been nothing short of mind-blowing. The 100,000 fruit trees not only offsets their carbon footprint and food waste, but has also provided a source of food for generations to come, which is a remarkable achievement. We are grateful for their three year partnership and hope it continues for many years to come.”
The Green Apple Environment Awards were launched in 1994 by The Green Organisation – an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation that recognises, rewards and promotes, environmental best practice around the world. The Awards have become well established as one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally.
In addition to the reduction of carbon emission, Caesars Entertainment UK embraces a number of other green initiatives, with targets for energy conservation, renewable energy, water consumption and waste diversion/recycling. This passion for environmental sustainability runs from operations both behind the scenes and front of house, right through to employees who are encouraged to reduce energy use at home.