By William D'Urso
LAS VEGAS SUN
More than half a dozen resorts will knock out their lights for an hour Saturday night in support of an effort to raise awareness for the environment and energy conservation.
Casinos such as the Flamingo, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Rio and Bally's will participate in the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the fifth year in a row by turning out all of their non-essential lighting and marquees.
The worldwide event included nearly 7,000 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories last year, according to the organization's website.
Caesars Entertainment will be acting on similar measures at many of their 50 properties, including at locations in Atlantic City, New Orleans and Ohio.
The company has spent $70 million on energy-efficient initiatives through its CodeGreen project and has seen saving $30 million annually.
"We truly believe in being good environmental partners," said Christina Karas, a Caesars spokeswoman. "We really look at different ways to reduce water consumption and reduce energy consumption."
The casinos also have a program that collects unused hotel room amenities like soap and shampoo and distributes them to developing countries.