Hardly anyone would associate casinos with conservation of any kind. They have well-deserved reputations as temples of excess, including the amount of energy and resources they devour. Some boast laser beams visible from outer space, others feature massive nonstop fountains, and most plug in enough neon lights to turn the darkest night into day.
But developers competing for the chance to open Massachusetts’ first casinos say they understand the wisdom of being kinder to Mother Earth. Instead of giant mechanical flamingos or 300-foot-tall illuminated towers, they are pitching plans for composting programs, solar installations, and rain-harvesting systems.