Californian tribal casino resort wins environmental award

The Chumash Casino Resort received the US Green Building Council's 2020 Leadership Award.
The Chumash Casino Resort received the US Green Building Council's 2020 Leadership Award.

The Chumash Casino Resort has been commended for its innovative waste disposal strategy.

US.- The Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, is one of ten properties to win the US Green Building Council’s 2020 Leadership Award.

The award is presented to groups in the public or private sectors who have shown a commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance.

The Chumash Casino Resort was named as a recipient for its innovative waste disposal strategy. It was previously awarded the TRUE Silver Zero Waste certification from GBCI in 2019.

According to the president and CEO of the US Green Building Council and Green Business Certification, Mahesh Ramanujam, the gaming establishment reduced its total waste stream from 7.2 to 3.2 million pounds per year.

Ramanujam also highlighted that the casino resort was able to increase its recycling from 6 per cent to 90 per cent, establish a food donation programme for the elderly and develop a public education programme.

Chumash Tribal Chairman, Kenneth Kahn, said “We’re proud to be mentioned among such innovative groups and individuals who share our commitment to protecting the environment.”

Other gaming companies in the US committing to corporate responsibility include Caesars, which put aside $67m for its strategy, which involves assisting local communities and promoting responsible gaming, diversity and sustainability.