he program sponsor, Harrah’s Entertainment, has purchased carbon offsets to counteract the estimated 161 metric tons of carbon dioxide produced at the hall, which is equivalent to a US household’s total emissions over 15 years. Additionally, individuals attending the trade event can mitigate their own carbon footprints by purchasing carbon offsets on the G2E Web site. G2E 2008 is scheduled to take place November 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
"G2E’s new carbon offset program is a reflection of the industry’s ongoing commitment to implementing cutting-edge sustainable business practices in our casinos across the country," said Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., president and CEO of the American Gaming Association. "The gaming industry continues to be a leader in the broader business community in a number of areas, including environmental stewardship."
Carbon offsets are an increasingly utilized, easily accessible and economical approach to addressing pollution and climate change. Carbon offset purchases fund reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by supporting projects such as wind farms, solar plants and other energy efficiency initiatives. By funding these projects, consumers and businesses can balance out or offset negative impacts on the environment.
Native Energy, a carbon management and renewable energy marketing company that will administer the G2E program, has published additional information about carbon offsets and how they work on its Web site (http://www.nativeenergy.com/G2E).