Casinos going green to save energy, money

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The newly rebuilt Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel near Traverse City has the standard blackjack tables, slots and loosen-your-belt buffet.

But it has a couple of touches that run counter to casinos' over-the-top materialism.

During daytime, half the casino's lighting comes from skylights. Drinks are served only in glasses -- no cans or bottles. Outside, the roof of Bourbons 72 restaurant sports day lilies, ferns and leafy hostas.

Turtle Creek bills itself a "green" casino, designed to make the lightest possible environmental footprint without sacrificing profits. Its owners, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, are among a growing number of casino builders and operators interested in sustainability.

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