Editor's note: Efforts by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to green their casino located near Santa Barbara, Calif., has resulted in reduced water and energy consumption as well as a decrease in utility costs. Read more about how the tribe accomplished this in the GreenBiz article Green casino: How one tribe cut its energy costs by 18 percent, where Simmons speaks about key factors which support a successful implementation as well as which actions have had the most positive impact on the casino’s bottom line.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians decided to install energy-saving upgrades to the Chumash Casino in order to reduce our overall environmental footprint and lower our operating costs.
In 2004, we installed double-walled insulation, a reflective rooftop with a Firestone EPDM roof liner and a wastewater treatment plant that reclaims water for irrigation and toilets. All of our actions have had an excellent ROI.
Click through the pages to see a sampling of photos from our operation.
Photo of Chumash Casino Resort by Josh Simmons
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