This month we introduce you to Brad Waldron, Corporate Manager of Environmental Affairs at Caesars Entertainment Corp., one of the members who helps make our network so unique.
Why did you join NAEM?
Over the last decade, when I was a member of the consulting world, I attended a few NAEM events for professional development reasons and was very impressed with the quality of the programs and the friendliness of the attendees. In my mind, NAEM has established itself as the organization where people with similar responsibilities can meet and share ideas. It seemed only logical to join and put myself in a position to learn from my peers.
What are you currently working on?
That’s a pretty long list, so I will try to hit the high points. At the moment I am focusing on a detailed review of all of our properties from a compliance perspective to ensure that we are not just meeting our regulatory requirements, but doing so in a practical and consistent manner. Caesars has identified environmental performance as one of its core commitments, so just being compliant isn’t enough. Beyond the compliance efforts, I have been tasked with improving our sustainability programs by expanding our efforts, developing more advanced metrics and streamlining tracking mechanisms. Plus, I have the small task of unifying and managing our global greenhouse gas and carbon programs.
What do you like about your job?
I love my job. Having such a broad range of responsibilities and obligations is overwhelming and a huge challenge, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Working for Caesars is fantastic. The people are wonderful, devoted, and everyone is interested in helping to do the right thing. I spent about 14 years working in heavy industries like steel, petroleum refining and foundries. Not that those industries weren't great to me, but it's a nice change to go to work for an organization where people choose to go to spend their leisure time. Apparently I prefer sculptures and fountains to furnaces and distillation columns.
Has your environmental program received any awards or recognition? If so, what?
Corporate Level Awards
- Virgin Holidays "Partner in Sustainability Award" (2010): Caesars was selected as one of three companies worldwide
- Organizational Excellence Award from U.S. Green Building Council Nevada (USGBC) (2010)
- EPA Climate Leaders Goal Setter Award (2010)
- Corporate Environmental Steward Award from Sierra Club Toiyabe Chapter (2010)
Resort Level Awards
- WasteWise New Partner Gold Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Bally's & Paris Las Vegas (2010)
- LEED Silver Certification from USGBC: Convention Center expansion at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas (2010)
- "Heroes of the Planet" award from the St. Louis Business Journal: Harrah's St. Louis Casino (2010)
- Green Business of the Year from the Bullhead City, Arizona, and Laughlin, Nevada Chambers of Commerce: Harrah's Laughlin Casino (2010-2011)
- Energy Showcase Award from San Diego Gas & Electric: Harrah's Rincon Casino, San Diego (2011)
- Travelocity "Green Hotel" Certification for seven of Caesars' Las Vegas resorts (2010)
- Audubon Sanctuary Certification in Environmental Planning: Atlantic City Country Club (2011)
- What is your biggest challenge in your current role?
The biggest challenge has to be maintaining a balance with regard to everything that's happening right now. We have so many different sustainability and compliance initiatives in motion that it is difficult to keep things headed in the right direction. With more than 50 global properties to support, there is really no safety net or second chance; there just isn't time. You have to get it right the first time.
What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?
I get asked this all the time, and each time I give a similar answer: Don't limit yourself by saying no when opportunity comes knocking. Take on more than you feel you can handle and dedicate yourself to getting it done. You will learn things you wouldn't have otherwise, and you will grow personally and professionally. Take chances and exceed expectations.
What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?
I am most impressed by the ability of the world to be totally consuming. It doesn't matter if it is the silence of the desert outside Las Vegas, the violent rocky coast of Maine where I grew up, or the dense forests of Vermont where I went to college, if you make the effort and pay attention you can feel it engulf you. It is at the moment that it is most evident that we belong to world, and not the other way around.
What do you like to do during your free time?
I'm an active person and I love to be outside. Every morning before work I go to the gym and on the weekends I find a way to do something outside. That could be hiking, exploring new places, or just going for a bike ride in the neighborhood. I'm happiest when I'm in motion with fresh air in my lungs.