A look at ways this World Series of Poker and Caesars Interactive Entertainment are going green

Climate change is for real, global temperatures are on the rise, sea levels are on the rise, the glaciers are shrinking, communities are being displaced due to extreme weather, and the list goes on. No matter how big or small, there is a part we can all play in tackling climate change. All efforts towards a sustainable future should be applauded and it’s great to see companies within the gaming sector contributing their bit and making environmental issues a priority.

Live poker events generate a lot of waste contributing to a high carbon footprint. Poker operators are now aware that they need to work on lowering their carbon footprint during such events.  Both the Caesars Interactive Entertainment and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) have green initiatives and here’s look at what they are up to.

Caesars has created a Code Green Initiative back in 2008 that underlines all of their environmental endeavors across the organization. The Code is defined in four main sections that include reducing wastewater, energy usage and collaborating with organizations to advance industry-wide and overall corporate climate leadership.

Official spokesmen have stated that Caesars has also reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by 23% since 2011. Furthermore, water consumption has dropped by 11% since 2008 and 58,000 tons of waste was diverted from landfills in 2017 alone.

The good old pet bottles of water will be replaced with water jugs in the tournament rooms. “Since we’ve had our relationship with One Drop we have always put out 5 gallon water jugs in the tournament rooms where players can bring their own refillable bottle and utilize those jugs,” says a Ceaser official.

In addition, the venue has also taken on sorting and recycling their waste. Though it may not be visible on the floors, it’s done back of the house. So when trash is disposed, it all gets dumped and separated back end.

The One Drop foundation has been providing safe water and sanitation to communities who need it the most since 2007 and has worked with the WSOP since 2012 to raise nearly $10 million for One Drop charities.

Change always has to start somewhere and these nascent steps are certainly commendable for the live gaming sector. Would be interesting to see if the WSOP packages could include a provision to offset carbon emissions, wouldn’t your buy-in strike both greens at once?!