The Caesars Foundation provided the funds as part of Caesars Entertainment Corporation’s overarching commitment to conservation, sustainable business practices and responsible stewardship of the environment.
The grant will help remodel and transform an existing ranch home into the Whit Hall Interpretive Center. The new facility is at River Fork Ranch near Genoa, NV, located in one of the state’s most ecologically important and biologically diverse areas.
The Whit Hall Interpretive Center is set to open in summer 2011 and will serve as the hub for all of the Conservancy’s educational and outreach activities in the Carson Valley. Visitors will be able to enjoy several trails as well as the interpretive center. Elementary and high school students will have access to the facility for hands-on learning projects and will be engaged in a variety of volunteer service opportunities.
“We are delighted with this donation from the Caesars Foundation,” said Kathryn Landreth, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. “Their investment in the Whit Hall Interpretive Center demonstrates Caesars’ commitment to being a sustainability leader in Nevada.”
Once complete, the Whit Hall Interpretive Center will showcase alternative energy (such as solar panels and passive geothermal) and sustainable building and development techniques. The project is expected to garner Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the US Green Building Council.
“By working with The Nature Conservancy to complete the Whit Hall Interpretive Center, we hope to inspire new connections with nature among people of all ages and encourage meaningful lifestyle changes to preserve the communities in which we live,” said Thom Reilly, executive director of Caesars Foundation.
About The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. From Red Rock Canyon to Independence Lake, the Nevada Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and its partners have been protecting Nevada's Last Great Places since 1967. Among the Conservancy’s smaller chapters, the Nevada Chapter was its first to safeguard one million acres. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
About Caesars Foundation. The Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by a percentage of operating income from Caesars Entertainment Corporation's resorts. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $10,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions. The Foundation's objective is to strengthen organizations and programs in the communities where our employees and their families live and work.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.