This month, 3CE wants to call your attention to the efforts of a local resort that plans to reduce its carbon footprint to almost zero by 2021 as it relates to electricity, natural gas and diesel. Chumash Casino Resort is widely recognized for its Silver level TRUE Zero Waste Program classification and is determined to reach the Gold level by 2021. The resort recycled 1,260 pounds of disposable face masks in 2020 and overall, recycle at an annual rate of 92.8%. However, the Chumash Casino Resort’s goal to minimize its environmental impact does not stop at waste management.
“As the original stewards of the Santa Ynez Valley, our tribe understands the importance of minimizing our impact on the environment by any means necessary.” – Kenneth Kahn, Tribal Chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
In the first quarter of 2021, theChumash Casino Resortwill be enrolling in Central Coast Community Energy’s 3Cprime service offering. 3Cprime supports100% eligible renewable energy generated exclusively from solar and wind, assuring the casino’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint for electricity to zero.
By the third quarter of 2021, the Chumash CasinoResort plans on participating in a program to use renewable natural gas produced from decomposing organic material and injecting it into its distribution lines to reduce its carbon footprint for natural gas to zero. The resort is also planning toacquire an on–site above ground fuel tank for biodiesel.This fuel is made from organic material and burns 90% cleaner than fossil fuel. In addition, the resort supports all-electric carts and vehicles, andplans to fuel-switch to full-size electric trucks in 2022.
Another amazing effort that the Chumash CasinoResort has piloted is the Native American Sustainable Facilities Association. This associationallows the tribe to openly share information with other tribes about best practices and protocols in recycling, purchasing, and environmental sustainability. The Santa Ynez Chumasharenot only leaders in sustainability efforts, but they are also drivers of change who make it a mission tohelp other tribal properties succeed.
To learn about the Chumash Casino Resort’s Sustainability efforts, please visit its website here.