Greening the Casino and Hotel Industry

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turtle-creek-casino-hotel.jpgConcerned about the air quality while gambling in a smoky casino? Well, one of many green building techniques used in some of today’s casinos is an air purifying system to get rid of most of the smoke on the gambling floor. Even the slot machines are green by using half the amount of electricity than conventional ones! (photo: AP Photo/John L. Russell)

The Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel in Michigan is one such resort that has incorporated numerous green features, even going so far as to follow the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Owned by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the intent of building green was to help protect Mother Earth (and maintain profitability of course). Tax incentives and lower utility bills also played a role in going green.

Green features of Turtle Creek and even some Las Vegas Resorts include: energy efficiencies; natural daylighting; green roofs to help insulate buildings and filter storm-water contaminants; recycled materials used inside and out; renewable energy; native landscaping; and water conservation measures.

Source: Associated Press

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Building, Green Travel

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