Per a press release dated April 19, 2019, The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds Casinos announced that several important green initiatives have been implemented at all four casinos, their restaurants, hotel, and Pokagon Band government offices.          

Matt Wesaw, Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, recently outlined the Tribe’s commitment to conservation and recycling efforts. “The Skebgyak Zhetthken—‘Do it Green’ in the Potawatomi language—campaign signifies a commitment to our Mother Earth,” Wesaw said. “As of March 1, we eliminated Styrofoam and single-use plastics like straws, cups and cutlery in our Pokagon offices. April 1, we eliminated plastic water bottles, individual coffee creamers and disposable k-cups. Plastic straws and coffee stirrers have been replaced with a biodegradable 100% vegetable fiber product, and all employees are encouraged to carry a reusable cup and mug.”

Other green initiatives include:

  • Citizens and staff have access to two community gardens and can take part in a government-wide composting program that in 2018 diverted nearly 700 pounds of food waste from landfills and turned it into rich compost soil;
  • Partially depleted toilet paper rolls and lightly damaged linens are donated to the Center for the Homeless in South Bend;
  • All mattresses once they leave the hotel are recycled. To date, 179 king and 142 queen mattresses have been recycled;
  • The Go-Green Program (guests staying more than one night are encouraged to reuse towels and bed linen);
  • Kitchen waste is recycled; including cardboard, aluminum, clear glass bottles, raw bone, and residual fats from grease traps; and
  • Excess food is donated to Meals for Michiana, a program that partners with local food suppliers to gather edible food that would otherwise go to waste and distribute it to local food banks, pantries and emergency food programs.

Beginning May 1, all straws at all four of Four Winds properties will be replaced with biodegradable straws and by early summer, all cups in the four locations will be converted to biodegradable product. In the employee dining room, all cups will be replaced with reusable cups.

“All of these initiatives underscore just how important it is to us that we protect and honor this planet,” Wesaw said. “We are well aware of how precious this land is and our responsibility to it. We also know the ways in which our businesses can affect it and in all that we do, we are committed to being good stewards of this gift.”

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