Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Helps Clean the World

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has partnered with Orlando-based social enterprise Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soaps, shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels to help fight the global spread of preventable diseases.

The soaps collected by Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will be shipped to Clean the World for recycling and distribution to communities and countries in greatest need through the efforts of Clean the World Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.


Clean the World is the largest global recycler of hotel amenities. In just three years of operation the charitable and philanthropic Clean the World Foundation has distributed more than 11 million bars of soap to children and families in the United States, Haiti and more than 55 countries worldwide.

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino has a total of 500 rooms and is projected to provide nearly 45,000 bars of soap and bottled amenities – more than three tons – to Clean the World annually, which is enough to provide hygiene supplies and comfort for thousands of children and families worldwide each year. AAA Four Diamond rated Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is the largest hotel in Delaware and one of only five hotels in the State to participate in the Clean the World initiative.

Each day 9,000 children around the world die from diseases such as acute respiratory illness and diarrheal diseases that can be prevented by washing with bar soap. Clean the World has a mission to put soap in the hands of people who need it most to improve hygiene and sanitation conditions.

“We are proud to continue to be aggressive in implementing programs that ensure energy and recycling sustainability practices throughout our property,” said Ed Sutor, president and CEO of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “These measures have allowed us to reduce waste in landfills and conserve energy, which ultimately reduces our overall impact on the environment. Allowing our unused soaps to be
distributed by Clean the World to those who would not otherwise have access to them is a win for all of us and the right thing to do.”


Dover Downs Hotel & Casino unveiled in October 2011 its newest phase of their sustainability program, providing for the sorting of recyclable and non-recyclable materials (of approximately 192 tons annually). The program is reducing the company’s impact on the landfill by more than 50%. The company also recently completed the first step of the Green Concierge Certification Program, developed by Hospitality Green, New York, which provides a third–party audit for performance-based improvements. All of these efforts are coupled with an energy saving program that began in 2006 when they partnered with Seiberlich Trane to create and implement a companywide energy savings plan.

Clean the World has partnered with 1,500 hotel properties in North America to provide soaps and bottled amenities to people in need. While doing so, the organization has also fulfilled a valuable environmental mission by diverting an estimated 1.5 million lbs. (750 tons) of hotel waste from polluting landfills in the United States and Canada.

“Our hotel partners are the driving forces behind our global hygiene revolution,” says Shawn Seipler, CEO at Clean the World. “By making a commitment to sustainable, socially responsible programs in the hospitality industry, partners such as Dover Downs Hotel & Casino are using the leftover resources of soaps and bottled amenities to help save lives. Together, we are turning trash into treasure every single day.”

Clean the World Foundation has a mission to provide soap where needed to help improve hygiene and sanitation conditions, to lessen the impact of disease, and to promote better hygiene and living conditions worldwide. 

About Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. Gaming operations consist of approximately 2,500 slots and a full complement of table games including poker. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is Delaware’s largest with 500 luxurious rooms/suites and amenities including a full-service spa/salon, concert hall and 41,500 sq. ft. of multi-use event space. Live, world-class harness racing is featured November through April, and horse racing is simulcast year-round. Professional football parlay betting is accepted during the season. Additional property amenities include multiple restaurants from fine dining to casual fare, bars/lounges and retail shops. For more information, please visit www.doverdowns.com. 


About Clean the World Foundation, Inc.
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. The Foundation executes its mission of saving millions of lives around the globe by leading a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products to children and families suffering from high death rates due to the
top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Thank You, Volunteers! 40,000+ Bars in Just 4 Weeks

Our incredible volunteers continue to amaze us with the amount of soap they pre-process for the production line. From mid-July through the first two weeks of August, 535 volunteers worked at our Orlando recycling facility.

Those hard-working helpers contributed 1,323 volunteer hours, and prepared more than 40,000 bars of soap for the grinder. Thanks to the following organizations:
YWAM volunteers visited Clean the World on July 30.
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Cathedral Church of St. Luke
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Catholic Heart Work camp
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Destination MCO
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Disney Boardwalk
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Downtown Disney
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Full Sail University
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Global Tower Partners
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Goodwill Industries
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Grand Floridian Resort
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Hands on Orlando
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Impact one Foundation
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INVEST Financial
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JCC Summer Camp
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McGladrey Interns
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National Society of Black Engineers
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Starwood Vacation Ownership
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The Greatest Investment Girls' Empowerment Summer Camp
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University of Central Florida
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YWAM
On our distribution side, World Vision took delivery of 20 pallets of pressed soap bars and 20 pallets of hygiene product  - a total of 40,000 pounds. Helping Hands for Relief and Development also received 20 pallets of soap. Those 108,000 bars are destined for Pakistan.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Volunteer Opportunities: Soap for Hope Week and Upcoming Events

There are plenty of opportunities for you to help Clean the World save lives with soap. We need volunteers to help us surface-clean 50,000 bars of soap this month. The soap will benefit 5,000 families and communities in need. 

Dates: Monday, Aug. 20 - Thursday, Aug. 23 
Hours: 9: 30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. daily 
Where: 400 A Pittman St., Orlando, FL 
RSVP to: Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@cleantheworld.org or call 407-574-8353 

Volunteers Needed for Special Events 

What would a special event be without volunteers?

These folks help us set up exhibits at conferences. They put the "fun" in fundraising, soap drives, and other events. We depend on our special event volunteers to help make each event a success by promoting the mission of Clean the World. Shifts, age restrictions and volunteer needs are unique to each event. However, the events are always fun, a great way to be involved in our community!

To volunteer for any of these events, please e-mail Rosanna: rkingston@cleantheworld.org. 

August 20- 25: Poster Walk Week. Volunteers are needed to distribute poster throughout the city and outlying areas to businesses, churches and organizations. By distributing these materials for Clean the World, you help us stretch our limited marketing budget. These posters are to promote “soaked," an extreme water ski event taking place on beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Some of the nation’s top water skiers will compete for cash prizes. "soaked" chose Clean the World as the event's official charity. 

August 23 - Annual Service Week at Lake Brantley High School: Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors about the organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

September 6 - Rollins College Changemaker Campus Event: Thursday, September 6, from noon to 2 p.m. Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors to the booth about our organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. 

September 7 and 8 - "soaked:" An extreme water ski event on beautiful Lake Eola in downtown Orlando. Some of the nation’s top water skiers will compete for cash prizes, and Clean the World is the official charity of the event. For every event ticket sold using the promo code CLEAN, Soaked Orlando will donate $2 to Clean the World.

Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors about the organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. Volunteers will be responsible for selling raffle tickets. 

Please help us break the Guinness World Record by collecting more than 10,001 new bars of soap. If you come to the event, be sure to bring 20 new, wrapped bars of soap and drop them off at our Clean the World tent. That way YOU can be a part of the world record! 

September 20 - Vistana Resort First annual Health & Wellness Week:  The event will take place on September 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers working at the Clean the World booth will assist with greeting and educating visitors to the booth about our organization’s mission, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Las Vegas Sands Celebrates Sustainability Achievements

Properties owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been forerunners in the movement to recycle soap. Now the company has published its inaugural Environmental Report, which is the first environmental study in the gaming industry to be formally verified by the Global Reporting Initiative, a leading non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability.

During the launch event at The Venetian Las Vegas, the company highlighted its significant investments in state-of-the-art green technologies, including solar panels, nano-filtration systems and advanced building management systems. The report offers further details on the company's green building designs, environmentally responsible operations, green meetings, and extensive community outreach and engagement.

"Our Environmental Report shows that when guests stay at our resorts, they'll enjoy not only a comfortable and relaxing hotel experience but also the satisfaction of staying with a conscientious hospitality company," said Michael A. Leven, the company's president and chief operating officer. "Our Sands ECO360° strategy has now placed us at the forefront of green hotel operations -- from air quality and energy efficiency to helping disabled and underprivileged people."

Read the full press release by clicking here.