Hardly anyone would associate casinos with conservation of any kind. They have well-deserved reputations as temples of excess, including the amount of energy and resources they devour. Some boast laser beams visible from outer space, others feature massive nonstop fountains, and most plug in enough neon lights to turn the darkest night into day.
But developers competing for the chance open Massachusetts’ first casinos say they understand the wisdom of being kinder to Mother Earth. Instead of giant mechanical flamingos or 300-foot-tall illuminated towers, they are pitching plans for composting programs, solar installations and new systems for harvesting the rain.
This newfound environmental awareness is not necessarily being prompted by worries about glaciers melting and sea levels rising. The state’s licensing process gives preference to casino proposals that reduce water and energy use, fueling an unconventional competition among developers to out-green each other. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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