Earth Hour is this Saturday! We hope that as many people as possible will show their “green” spirit by turning off lights on Saturday night, taking part in the I Will If You Will campaign, and challenging others to join as well.
To provide some last-minute inspiration for those who are looking for some fun challenges, I talked with The Venetian|Palazzo’s assistant director of sustainability, Rishi Tirupari, to see what our own team members are doing. Check it out!
Katarina: Rishi, it seems like The Venetian|Palazzo’s team members have some terrific ideas for the I Will If You Will campaign – tell me about it?
The Venetian|Palazzo Assistant Director of Sustainability, Rishi Tirupari.
Rishi: They definitely have! Here are just a couple of examples – Sebastien Silvestri, our head of food and beverage for The Venetian|Palazzo, has promised that he will make lunch for his team if 400 of his team members take part in Earth Hour. The director of public area department, Rick Walter, has promised that he and his managers will clean our casino and pick up trash if 80 percent of his team members join Earth Hour. Additionally, Ashlyn LaPorte and the Sands Expo management team will take alternate transportation to work if 80 of Sands Expo team members use alternate transportation at least once before Earth Day.
Katarina: Those are great challenges, and so different from each other.
Rishi: Yes, that’s been the best part. I love seeing how this campaign has inspired our team in such different ways, and how we can help others. Kristen Dimond, head of hotel operations and her executive team for The Venetian|Palazzo will volunteer for eight hours with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family in need, if 500 team members bring old cell phones, plastic bottles and cans to recycle at work on March 19. Did you ever think that turning off your lights could help build someone’s home?
Katarina: That’s great! Which challenge do you think has been the most creative?
Rishi: That’s hard to say, but here’s one. John Caparella, the president of The Venetian|Palazzo and Sands Expo, and Pete Boyd, the senior vice president of operations at The Venetian|Palazzo have said that if 1,000 team members participate in Earth Hour, they will pedal bike-powered blenders to create smoothies for all of them! I think everyone is excited about that!
I hope this has given you some new ideas about how we can expand Earth Hour and help others. Earth Hour is on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. local time.