Friday, April 01, 2011

Octavius Convention Center Receives LEED Silver Certification

Caesars Entertainment Corporation logoThe expansion of the Octavius Convention Center at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino by the Caesars Entertainment Corporation has just been awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and was also verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. According to Eric Dominguez, Corporate Director, Energy & Environmental Services for Caesars Entertainment, "The attainment of LEED Silver Certification for the Octavius Convention Center is a large achievement for Caesars Entertainment and its conservation and sustainability efforts. By using less energy and water, the convention center will effectively save environmental resources and decrease our greenhouse gas emission, contributing to a healthier environment for our employees and the community." The 110,000 square feet of available space, as well as the 52,000-square-foot ballrooms, both of which were completed by Design and Construction Group , was given the prestigious green building certification as a result of its sustainable building and operations practices to conserve energy and water. The Octavius Convention Center earned a total of 35 points for its green design and construction features like energy efficient lighting and water smart fixtures. "Caesars Entertainment's LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership," said President, CEO and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Rick Fedrizzi. The urgency of USGBC's mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Octavius Convention Center expansion project serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish." Dominguez stated that the Octavius Convention Center will be the first of many LEED certified buildings at Caesars' properties in the United States. Caesars Entertainment leads the meetings and conventions industry in sustainability via its green meetings certification program and employee-driven practices. Employees at the company can become certified by attending a two-day course on green meeting planning strategies and initiatives and by completing a comprehensive sustainability exam on which they must score a 100% to obtain certification. There are 12 employees in Atlantic City and over 100 in Nevada who have received the certification and are working with companies to plan events with minimal environmental impact and waste. Source: PR Newswire - Octavius Convention Center Awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council

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