LAS VEGAS—The U.S. Green Building Council's(USGBC) has awarded its Leadership in Energy and EnvironmentalDesign Silver status to The LINQ, CaesarsEntertainment's Vegas outdoor dining, entertainment and shoppingpromenade. Ceasar's Baltimore Casino complex was also certifiedLEED Gold.

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Both of these certifications are part of Caesars' commitment topursuing LEED certification for all new construction ondevelopments primarily owned and operated by Caesars and itsaffiliates. Caesars aspires to achieve LEED Gold and is committedto LEED Silver for all new projects.
LEED certification supports the company's overall strategicpriority to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% persquare foot by 2025. In 2013, Caesars exceeded its shortterm goal of 10% with a reduction of 12.7% on an absolutebasis.
"As soon as we start the planning process for our new developments,we are considering ways to make our buildings part of a sustainablefuture," said Greg Miller, Caesars Entertainmentexecutive vice president of domestic development. "By consideringbuilding elements' energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality,and materials, we are creating healthy, vibrant places for ourguests to relax and play, and for our employees to work."
Caesars Entertainment has chosen LEED certification because of itsrigorous approach to measurable environmentally sound buildingdesign, construction, operations and maintenance. Caesars'commitment to sustainable operations is further demonstrated byCodeGreen, a company-wide, multi-yearsustainability strategy. CodeGreen is an employee-driven programthat reduces overall resource usage and takes aggressive andproactive measures to preserve the environment for futuregenerations.
As the first LEED Gold project for Caesars Entertainment, HorseshoeBaltimore's sustainable features exceed Baltimore's city standardsrequiring new buildings to be certified LEED Silver or itsequivalent, further demonstrating the company's commitment tosustainable construction. The casino is also one of only fourcasinos in the United States to be LEED certified.

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The LINQ, Caesars Entertainment's outdoor dining,entertainment and shopping promenade at the heart of theLas Vegas Strip, achieved LEED Silver.

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-- The LINQ has energy cost savings of morethan 21% over the LEED
baseline building performance.
-- By utilizing drought-tolerant native andadaptive plantings and high
efficiency drip irrigation systems andsensors, The LINQ will reduce
more than 51% of potable waterconsumption.
-- Due to its location at the center of TheStrip, The LINQ was also
recognized for its intense developmentdensity, optimized parking
capacity and available publictransportation. The LINQ also offers
preferred parking spots forlow-emitting vehicles.
-- The LINQ team created a guidebook forcurrent and future tenants to
understand Caesars Entertainment'scommitment to sustainability and how
the core and shell of The LINQ and theWheel Building were designed and
constructed to conserve resources andprovide an energy efficient,
healthy environment for tenants. Theguide also provides resources for
tenants to pursue LEED CommercialInteriors.

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In addition to new construction projects, Caesars Entertainment isalso pursuing LEED certifications for all of its existing buildingsin Nevada.

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David Phillips

David Phillips is a Chicago-based freelance writer and consultant with more than 20 years experience in business and community news. He also has extensive reporting experience in the food manufacturing industry for national trade publications.