As part of their CodeGreen initiative, to identify, monitor, measure, assess, manage and reduce material impacts on the environment, Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation sponsored our newest youth education program, the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest.
For 10 weeks, elementary school students from five different schools across the country participated in the contest. The students and teachers used the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Toolkit to take simple actions each week to reduce their energy and waste consumption. Using the Buddy Bison Report Card, they recorded their results and calculated the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) that was prevented from being released into the air, and the amount of waste that was reduced by their actions. Some students extended their lessons and created their own bonus activities including first-place winner Nate Mack Elementary in Las Vegas. The students created their own store, Recycle Mart, repurposing materials into games, accessories, and gadgets (See photo left).
TerraPass, a sustainable services company that provides resources for companies and individuals to take responsibility for their climate impact, assisted NPT in the preparation of the toolkit materials and in analyzing the data using EPA standards, the GHG protocol, and additional metrics to determine the contest winners.
A total of 249 students in 9 classrooms reduced their GHG emissions by 10,328 lbs and prevented 7,782 lbs of waste from entering our landfills.
Gwen Migita, Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment Corporation stated, "we are very pleased to learn how effective the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest has been in its inaugural year. Working with National Park Trust and our CodeGreen teams, elementary school students have learned lifelong lessons on how they as individuals -- and as a school community -- can make a significant impact on our environment by taking simple daily actions to reduce their energy and waste consumption, a priority in our corporate citizenship efforts."
• 2nd Place: Chalmette Elementary School (LA) – Lauren Frazier's and Hanna Sherlock's 4th graders;
• 3rd Place (tied): Roosevelt Elementary (IA) – Chris Boldt's 5th graders Richmond Avenue School (NJ) – Yolanda Smith's 3rd graders;
• 4th Place: Briarcliff Elementary School (MO) – Erin Nash's and Bob Dever's 3rd graders; and
• Honorable Mention: Chalmette Elementary School (LA) – Crystal Budde's 4th graders.
Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you Caesars for sponsoring this innovative program!