Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minn., has implemented a long-term sustainability program with the goal of reducing its overall carbon footprint. Working closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Shooting Star’s “green” program will have long-term benefits that include a considerably large reduction in operating costs, reduced waste, increased energy efficiency, and an improved quality of life for its customers and employees.
To reduce waste and promote recycling and reuse, Shooting Star has
implemented an extensive recycling program that salvages cardboard from
shipping, food boxes and drink cartons, glass such as used light bulbs, and
metal such as used batteries. The casino has also begun providing metal eating
utensils rather than disposable utensils to reduce waste at its dining facilities,
and has also replaced Styrofoam containers with compostable or biodegradable
containers. Most recently, Shooting Star implemented a new housekeeping-recycling
program that was developed in partnership with Clean the World Foundation,
Inc., in which all discarded soap, shampoo/conditioner and lotion products are
collected, sorted, processed for recycling, and delivered to domestic homeless
shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates.
Shooting Star’s green program also includes the reduction of
energy and water consumption. To improve energy efficiency, the casino has
installed more than 20,000 energy-saving, compact fluorescent light bulbs and
lamps inside and out. To reduce water consumption, its commercial plumbing
products, such as faucets and toilets, have been replaced with water-saving,
low-flow fixtures. Shooting Star is now even using “green” chemicals and
plant-based, biodegradable cleaning products, which are significantly more
environmentally responsible and less toxic than typical household cleaning
chemicals and products.
"We take pride in our sustainability efforts and the
significant effort that has gone into becoming environmentally conscious at
every level of our business," said William Marsh, marketing director at
Shooting Star has also partnered with Clean World to ensure it
continues to investigate and implement green and alternative energy sources and
products that maximize efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint for future
generations. Initiatives that will soon be executed include installing variable
frequency motors to reduce the consumption of electricity, a new food scrap
recovery policy to increase the quantity of food scraps donated, reused, and/or
composted, a paper recycling program, and a new biomass heating system that
will utilize woodchips, which have less of an effect on the environment than
fossil fuel chips.
Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center, owned and operated by the White Earth
Nation and is one of the top entertainment and gaming destinations in Minnesota.
Shooting Star Casino goes all in on green sustainability program
January 10, 2013