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Coast casinos will dim lights as part of Earth Hour

ASSOCIATED PRESS/2009 
 An Indonesian family sits near candles as lights are turned off during a candlelight vigil marking Earth Hour in 2009. Harrah's Gulf Coast and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi will join the observance Saturday by dimming lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m.
ASSOCIATED PRESS/2009 An Indonesian family sits near candles as lights are turned off during a candlelight vigil marking Earth Hour in 2009. Harrah's Gulf Coast and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi will join the observance Saturday by dimming lights from 8:30-9:30 p.m. AP

The lighting along U.S. 90 in Biloxi will dim Saturday when local casinos join businesses worldwide in observing Earth Hour.

This will be the 10th consecutive year Harrah's Gulf Coast joins Caesars Entertainment resorts and casinos in North America in raising awareness of climate change and protecting the environment.

Non-essential interior lighting and the exterior marquees and lights will be turned off at Harrah's on U.S. 90 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

To the west, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino will participate in Earth Hour at the same time. Exterior lighting, marquees and front features at the Beau, Gold Strike Tunica and MGM Resorts International's major Las Vegas resorts will be turned off for the hour.

Sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour has grown to involve hundreds of millions of people across 7,000 cities and 154 countries. Lights also will dim at the Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Castle and the Acropolis of Athens and other world-famous landmarks.

The local casinos participate in energy savings and sustainability throughout the year. MGM Resorts has saved more than 194 million kilowatt hours of energy in the past six years at its resorts, the equivalent to 23,000 homes annually. The CodeGreen program at Caesars engages nearly 70,000 employees in environmental programs to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at all resorts and casinos.

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