Just before the kick-off of the 2008 WSOP $10K main event, Harrah’s Operating Company, a subsidiary of Harrah’s Entertainment, announced a partnership with NativeEnergy at the World Series of Poker. In an effort to make the WSOP a climate-friendly poker tournament, Harrah’s purchased carbon offsets to lessen the global warming impact of energy used at and waste produced by the Rio during the nearly seven weeks of tournament action.
Harrah’s is offering players at the WSOP main event the opportunity to offset carbon emissions from their air and ground travel to and from Las Vegas and from their hotel stays. For $18, each person can take approximately 3,000 pounds of carbon out of the atmosphere, and every player and spectator is being asked to consider fighting global climate change.
Harrah’s Entertainment Chairman, CEO, and President Gary Loveman said, “Harrah’s continues to look for innovative ways to conserve energy and demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability. Our collaboration with NativeEnergy allows us to reduce the environmental impact of the world’s largest poker event. We’d like to challenge WSOP players and guests to join us and also purchase carbon credits to make this a more eco-friendly event.”
Carbon is a byproduct of burning the fossil fuels that power most of our transportation and generate electricity. That carbon is then emitted into the environment, which harms the earth’s atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
Carbon offsets support the efforts of NativeEnergy’s farmer-owned distributed wind program. The company, based in Vermont, helps finance renewable energy projects like wind turbines, solar arrays, and farm bioga-powered generators. Not only do these facilities reduce global warming, but they offer economic opportunities for communities in need. Farmers are able to reduce their energy use and subsequent costs, and the pressure on the larger electricity grid is thereby reduced as well.
Carbon offsets can be purchased at the NativeEnergy booth at the WSOP or through the company’s website at NativeEnergy.com. Prices will be based on average travel distance and hotel stay during each person’s individual travel.
President and CEO of NativeEnergy, Tom Boucher, added, “Harrahs continues to be a leader in environmentally sustainable programs. The collaboration with NativeEnergy allows Harrahs to provide their guests the opportunity to participate in effective solutions to the climate crisis that can be implemented today. Environmentally conscious companies like Harrahs and their guests are reducing and offsetting their own emissions, directly supporting specific new projects and helping at-risk communities develop sustainable economies in harmony with core cultural values.”