Tribal Pollution Prevention

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Green Casino Resort, Cut Energy Costs

by Myla Kelly, Peaks to Prairies Program Coordinator

Image (left): The tribe implemented a biofuel program to repurpose used cooking oil for fueling community vehicles. Three cars from the 43-vehicle fleet have been converted so far, with more conversions expected.

Josh Simmons, Chumash environmental director, speaks about the tribe's motivations to implement energy and resource saving strategies, as well as the impact on the facility's bottom line. Read the full article at

View a slideshow of the green features of the Chumash Casino


Register for an upcoming webinar, or view videos, supporting documents, and other information about this series for casino managers interested in greening their facilities and operations.

  • Jan 22 - Energy Efficiency Part 1 : Casino Lighting - Changing lightbulbs can be harder than you think.
    Presenters: Capt Harold Ellebracht, Facilities Mgr, Snoqualmie Casino and Bruno Zagar, Environmental Specialist, Fond du Lac Tribe
  • Feb 26 - Energy Efficiency Part 2 : The rest of the picture - Beyond lighting: how are casinos saving big money
  • April 23 - Solid Waste and Food Recovery - How casinos are minimizing food and other solid waste.
  • May 28 - Ventilation and Smoke Reduced/Free Facilities - Improving casino indoor air quality
  • June 25 - Amenities (golf courses, pool, spa facilities etc) - Greening opportunities in golf course design and maintenance, pool facilities, and other amenities
  • Jul 23 - Products and Green Building - How can you incorporate green building concepts and greener products into your casino operations?

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  • Indigenous Water Summit - May 22-24, in Eagle Butte, SD
  • Climate Change Adaptation for States, Tribes and Local Governments Webinar Series - June 3-12, online
  • The Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center Summer Conference - June 4-6, in Hollywood, FL
  • Developing Tribal Energy Resources & Economics Conference - June 10-12, in Albuquerque, NM
  • Pesticide Inspector Residential Training - June 10-14, in Polson, MT
  • Tribal Lands and Environment Forum - August 19-22, on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico

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