- January 26, 2009 – Call for Applications: Standards Committee to Develop Sustainable Gaming Standard in Green Casinos
- April 2, 2009 – Standards Committee Selected to Develop Sustainable Gaming Standard for Slot Machines
- April 6, 2009 – Call for Sustainable Gaming Standards Committee Applications - Open Seats in User Category
- April 27, 2009 – Sustainable Gaming Standards Committee Officers Selected
- August 27, 2009 - International Game Technology Representative Appointed to Sustainable Gaming Standard Committee, Additional Openings
- August 27, 2009 - Sustainable Gaming Standard Committee Reaches Milestone
- October 27, 2009 - Sustainable Gaming Standard Commitee Launches Newsletter
- October 27, 2009 - Sustainable Gaming Standard Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 1
- February 8, 2010 - Kah-Nee-Ta Representative Appointed to Sustainable Gaming Standard Committee
- February 10, 2010 - Sustainable Gaming Standard Committee Begins Third Review
- February 11, 2010 - Sustainable Gaming Standard Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 2
- April 12, 2010 - Sustainable Gaming Standard Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 3
- December 1, 2010 - Call for Reviewers
- March 21, 2011 - Call for Public Comment
- September 15, 2011 - Sustainable Gaming Standard approved as an American National Standard by the American National Standards Institute
Sustainable Gaming Standard Newsletter Vol. 1 Issue 4
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Message From Leonardo Academy and the Sustainable Gaming Standard Committee
As the gaming industry has long been considered as one of the most unsustainable, a group of committed persons have come together to try and reverse that perception. Since the beginning of 2009, Leonardo Academy has led the group in developing a Sustainable Standard for Slot Machines. Ultimately, the "Gaming Standard Committee" would like to address all aspects of the industry through the development of supporting documents. Once the standard is released, anticipated to be in the latter half of 2010, innovative companies will be able to take advantage of this framework, which will include a reporting template and various other resources to help steer more sustainable operations.
Leonardo Academy, a non-profit organization that works to advance sustainability, is providing facilitation and process support for the standard development initiative, under the rules of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The current Committee consists of a skilled, diverse membership representing product designers and manufacturers; energy providers; architects; environmental consultants; certifiers; academia and research; environmental NGOs; industry trade associations; and governmental entities. For more information, visit: http://www.leonardoacademy.org/programs/standards/gaming/development.html
Industry First Movers
With over 50 casinos, hotels and seven golf courses, Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is one of the best known gaming corporations in the world. From its headquarters in Nevada, Harrah's executives have pledged to reduce the corporation's environmental footprint, particularly in the areas of energy, climate change, water and waste. Employee-driven CodeGreen Teams implement energy reduction activities, solid waste and recycling programs through good procurement practices, sustainable supply chain efforts, renewable energy supply programs, carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and build strong relationships with the EPA, carbon offset supplier Native Energy, and key non-profit groups. Employees are further incentivized to reduce their energy use at home by way of mini-grants awarded by the company. They are also one of the only gaming companies in the world to have produced a sustainability report.
Sustainable principles have been integrated into an overall management approach branded as "Code Green". Code Green achievements include:
· A conversion from traditional incandescent bulbs to energy efficient lighting such as cold cathode, LED and compact fluorescent bulbs at Harrah's Resort, Caesars, Showboat, and Bally's in Atlantic City.
· Installed automatic controls for ventilation units and thermostats in over 10.4 million square feet of air-conditioned space and 6,800 guest rooms in Atlantic City. The result was a reduction of 24.4 million kilowatt hours of energy usage.
· Supported a new Atlantic City Express Service (ACES) which provides a direct rail link from Manhattan and Newark to Atlantic City. The alternative transportation option is estimated to reduce passenger car miles by over 3 million miles per year.
· Supported local agriculture by supplying over 50,000 gallons of food and oil products to a local pig farm in Las Vegas annually.
· Subsidized public transportation costs for employees, which affects 1,400 employees each month.
· Fundraised enough to preserve a habitat for a New Jersey non-profit. As part of Earth Day celebrations, the Harrah's Resort's Waterfront Tower turned into a marquee which encouraged guests to text to have the company contribute to The Wetlands Institute.
· Implemented a standardized process for transferring used oil from kitchens into a motor ready fuel at the Horseshoe Hammond.
· Harrah's Louisiana Downs composts wood shaving-based waste bedding and manure from the stables, equivalent to 374 tons of waste, for mushroom production.
More information on their actions and integrated strategies can be found at: http://www.harrahs.com/harrahs-corporate/codegreen-index.html
|Committee Highlights |
Scot Hundley is the Chief Operating Officer of Luma Vue, Inc. in Rogers Arkansas. Luma Vue, Inc. specializes in LED lighting technology including backlit signs and panels used in gaming machines. Scot has worked closely with the company's research and development teams to develop increased efficiency of LED lighting for a variety of machine manufacturers.
Scot is also a landscape architect and has over 10 years experience in water conservation.
Rey Montalvo is the President and CEO of Consolidated Energy Design, Inc. (CED). Rey has over 38 years of experience in the HVAC Mechanical, Building Automation and Energy Conservation business. CED has installed over 6,000 systems (many for utility partners) and has developed many Comprehensive Energy Studies and Master Energy Plans along with implementation.
Rey is on the Board of Directors of the NJ Chapter of the USGBC and Chair of the Central Jersey Branch.
Keith Nichols is the Director/Project Manager for ICI Design in Minneapolis Minnesota. Keith has a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota and has been involved with designs for the gaming industry since 1997.
ICI Design specializes in complex design and planning needs for the hotel, resort and gaming industries. The company has worked on casinos throughout the United States and internationally.
Kim Farnham has recently joined the committee. As an Environmental Protection Specialist in U.S. EPA Region 10, she brings a wide knowledge of environmental policies and procedures to the table. She has developed the EPA Region 10 Tribal Green Building Program and continues to provide education and outreach with regards to building structures that use environmentally sound processes and to encourage resource-efficiency throughout a building's life-cycle. We look forward to working with Ms. Farnham and shaping a standard that will be embraced by tribal nations and outside corporations alike.
|The Green Side to Gaming|
Casinos have often been compared to as cities within themselves. With so many employees needed to run a successful operation, there are bound to be numerous impacts to the social structure inside the gaming halls and outside- within the communities they operate in. The Gaming Standard Committee felt that this component of sustainability shouldn't be ignored. One question that kept arising in our discussions was: "Just how far along the value chain do we look?" Mentally deconstructing the slot machine allows one to begin to imagine all of the people involved in the manufacturing process. Some components come from as far away as China. They are then sent via air and water to manufacturing facilities at different locations across the U.S. before they are then again sent to their purchaser's destination.
Due to the complexity of the value chain, the committee decided to design a credit focused on 'Workplace Environment' for the manufacturer and the supplier. Points can be obtained for the proposed by showing evidence of employee benefits programs, eco-constructed workspace, compliance of health and safety legislation, low rates of injury and absenteeism and conformity to labor standards.
When considering the effects to communities where casinos operate, a credit for 'Community Impact Assessments' is proposed. The purpose of designing this credit is to give consideration to the local community when establishing an electronic gaming machine manufacturing plant in a community, as well as ongoing operations of the plant. Points can be obtained by showing evidence of a community impact assessment, support to community initiatives, contributing to the local economy and efforts to create open lines of communication with the community in order to resolve complaints.
The issues mentioned are meant to give the reader an idea of what is yet to come. The committee is still actively working on finalizing the document which is anticipated for release later this year. Therefore, readers should keep in mind that this is an ongoing process and what is expressed here is not concrete until the final version is released to the public.
|Standards Committee Members |
The following people have provided their time and energy to this process and Leonardo Academy commends them for their efforts:
Chair: Eric Hansel, EGM Green
Vice Chair: Jonny BearCub Stiffarm, Native Energy
Secretary: Nancy Mancilla-Georgescu, ISOS Group
Vice-Secretary: Steve Durham, Pennsylvania State University
Ralph Babcock, Ho-Chunk Casino
Russell Chudd, International Game Technology
Jeff Dean, Kah-Nee-Ta High Desert Resort and Casino
Kim Farnham, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Scot Hundley, Luma Vue Inc.
Rey Montalvo, Consolidated Energy Design Inc.
Keith Nichols, ICI Design
Patricia Tessier, Procure Sustainably
|Participation Makes a Difference|
By making a contribution to support Leonardo Academy's environmental and sustainability work or by participating in the standard development process, you are doing your part to help support a healthy environment and ensuring the wellbeing of future generations.
For more information please contact:
John Rodgers, Sustainability Standards Development
PO Box 5425, Madison, WI 53705
Tel: (608)310-3144 Fax: (608)255-7202
|About Leonardo Academy|
Leonardo Academy is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to advancing sustainability and environmental stewardship. We approach sustainability as the creative merging of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic prosperity. Leonardo Academy works with organizations, corporations, families and individuals to evaluate their current impacts and to develop effective, measurable strategies to enhance sustainability. We strive to make sustainability practical for everyone by utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to strategy development, implementation and education.