MotorCity Casino Hotel Cares About You and the Environment
MotorCity Casino Hotel is committed to environmental responsibility and ecological sustainability. These practices are being integrated into their core business strategy, as they continue their efforts to be good environmental stewards.
The hotel utilizes various “green” practices and technology implementation to ensure energy efficiency:
- Hotel guests have the ability to choose if they would prefer to have bath towels washed daily, or to hang them up to dry for additional usage.
- Hotel HVAC in the guestrooms utilizes technology that automatically defaults the room temperature to the ambient temperature of the surrounding environment, when the room is unoccupied. The room will not return to the set thermostat temperature until the motion sensor senses that the guest has returned.
- Hotel guests have the ability to check-in using the self service kiosk, and they can do a paperless check-out through the television. They can also option to have their bills sent electronically via email, versus creating a paper folio.
- The HVAC system has the capability to set a maximum and minimum temperature for each guestroom, which the guest cannot override.
- The hotel tower has literally changed the landscape of the Detroit skyline. Contrary to appearances, this building is lit with LED lighting, NOT neon lights. Utilization of LED technology allows the casino to use four times less energy than would be used with typical neon light applications.
- The hotel team has created online e-brochures for clients that communicate the properties’ various assets electronically; therefore, limiting the need to send printed hard copies.
- The catering team offers a “green menu” for meetings and events. This option allows guests to select items that foster ecological responsibility including eco plates, flatware and carry-out packaging.
The following list includes some of the green practices currently being utilized throughout various areas of the casino campus:
- 3,150 incandescent light bulbs on the first and second floors of the casino were converted to energy-efficient LED bulbs, saving over 135,000 Watts of energy. An additional 261 lighting fixtures in the parking areas were also converted to the new bulbs, for a total of 53,000 Watts of energy savings. The new bulbs don’t contain any mercury, allowing for much cleaner disposal and reduced environmental impact.
- All trash is hauled to an incinerator, where 70 to 80% of it is converted to either steam or electricity.
- All cooking oils and discharge grease are utilized for Bio-fuels.
- An extensive line of non-toxic cleaning & chemical products are used throughout the campus. These products are biodegradable, free of hazardous ingredients and are safe for people, animals and the environment when used properly.
- Roll hand towels, bath tissue and facial tissue that are used in all of the casino restrooms are certified by Green Seal Inc. in Washington DC. The “Green Seal” means the products meet the Green Seal environmental standards for paper towels and tissues, including:
- The paper is 100% recycled
- The paper is not de-inked using solvents containing chlorine, or any other chemicals harmful to the environment
- The paper is not bleached using chlorine, or any of its derivatives
- The towels do not contain any added pigments, inks, dyes or fragrances
- The cores in the roll towels are made from100% recycled materials
- The packaging does not contain inks, dyes, pigments, stabilizers or any other harmful additives
- The property purchases recycled products whenever possible.
- Nearly 80% of casino departments are scanning, storing and distributing documents and files electronically without printing them.
Additional initiatives currently underway to improve energy efficiency:
- The casino uses state of the art chilled water units that replaced less efficient air cooled units.
- The annual savings of converting to the chilled water units is approximately 43 BTUs per year.
- These new units exchange 100% of the interior air through a heat exchange process approximately every 8 minutes; significantly improving air quality.