(Flagstaff, Ariz. – August 27, 2014) – Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise) announced that Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort has earned the Three Green Globes™ environment rating from the Green Building Initiative for its energy efficient building, sustainable operational practices and stunning architecture.
“Navajo Gaming pursued the Green Globes designation because we are a leader in this arena and we provide a distinctively Navajo experience for our guests and employees,” stated Derrick Watchman, CEO of Navajo Gaming. “Sustainably of our building, appropriate stewardship of our land, and effective use of energy throughout Twin Arrows are important to Navajo Gaming leadership culturally and professionally, and we thank our dedicated team members that ensured we earned this designation.”
The Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) Green Globes program provides green building guidance for commercial building owners and certification that includes a rigorous online assessment followed by onsite evaluations. A three Green Globes rating is earned when a company demonstrates leadership in applying best practices regarding energy, water and environmental efficiency.
“We express appreciation to the Friedmutter Group, HACI Mechanical, Shephard-Wesnitzer, Inc, Hunt Construction Group, Sicon, LLC and our other construction and development partners that collaborated with our team to achieve this significant recognition,” added Watchman.
Twin Arrows achieved perfect scores on the Green Globes™ rating scale for its integrated design process (team-approach), integration of environmental purchasing, a commissioning plan and emergency response plan, and for its strategies to avoid emissions, ozone-depleting substances, effluents, pesticides, and hazardous materials.
Sustainable materials were also used during construction and energy-saving, high-efficiency equipment has been incorporated throughout the property.
To learn more about Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort or to book a room in its recently expanded resort, visit www.twinarrows.com
About Green Globes:
The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is the exclusive licensee of Green Globes. A recent report by the U.S. General Services Administration shows that Green Globes aligns with more of the federal sustainability requirements than any other green building rating system for new construction.
GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE (GBI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for residential and commercial construction. GBI is the exclusive U.S. licensee of Green Globes®, an advanced green building guidance and assessment program that offers an effective, practical and affordable way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings. www.thegbi.org
About Navajo Gaming:
Navajo Gaming (The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise) is a Navajo Nation wholly-owned business entity created by the Navajo Nation in September 2006. NNGE is authorized by the Navajo Nation to develop and operate Navajo casinos in accordance with federal and Navajo Nation laws, as well as the negotiated Navajo Nation-applicable state compacts (New Mexico and Arizona).
Navajo Gaming opened its first Navajo Casino on Nov. 19, 2008 – Fire Rock Navajo Casino in Church Rock Chapter, near Gallup, N.M. The second Navajo Casino opened Oct. 13, 2010 – Flowing Water Navajo Casino in Tsé Daak’áán Chapter, near Shiprock, N.M. The third Navajo Casino opened Jan. 16, 2012 – Northern Edge Navajo Casino – in Upper Fruitland Chapter, near Farmington, N.M. The fourth Navajo Casino – Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort – is located in Leupp Chapter, near Flagstaff, Ariz. Currently, Navajo Gaming has 1,400 employees.
Navajo Gaming’s vision includes creating additional job opportunities for Navajos, to continue returning revenue to the Navajo Nation and continue building the Navajo Gaming and Hospitality brand.