Seeking to become the World's second Casino to achieve LEED Gold Certification
We are excited to share our environmental plans for The Resort at Suffolk Downs. Embracing the site's natural ecology and providing a dramatic arrival and visitor experience, the improvements will benefit the sustainability and quality of living in and around our community. Click here to view the executive summary of the environmental (DEIR) filing. Click here to read the release.
As part of our plans to build the greenest, most sustainable Casino development in the world, some of the highlights include:
- Anaerobic Digestion - Massachusetts-based Harvest Power will be an “anchor tenant” for a new, off-site anaerobic digester facility. This facility will recover approximately 3,100 tons of food waste from the Resort annually, and will use it to produce nearly 850,000 kWh of net energy.
- A Central Utility Plant will include two combined heat and power units. These units will provide utility services for the entire Resort, including approximately five percent of the Resort's electricity, 100 percent of its domestic hot water and 30 percent of its heating needs.
- Solar - The Project design includes one of the largest PV arrays (approximately 2.7 MW) in the northeast United States. This building-mounted array will produce approximately 10% of the Resort's electricity
- LED lighting - The Project will install these fixtures in both indoor and outdoor applications throughout the Resort to reduce overall energy consumption and thermal load.
- Heat Recovery Ventilation - Heat recovery will be used to pre-treat incoming air by capturing latent heat in outgoing exhaust air. This “recycling” of heat energy that would otherwise be wasted allows for much greater system efficiency by reducing the amount of energy needed to heat or cool incoming air.
- Occupancy-based controls - These controls will allow the Resort to optimize system performance to reduce energy consumption, and will be included throughout the property, including in hotel guest-room, support offices and large function rooms. Advanced lighting controls in conjunction with architectural daylighting strategies will take advantage of natural light to reduce the need for artificial lighting. These controls will have the ability to automatically decrease artificial lighting when natural light is detected in the space.
- Rainwater harvesting - Water falling onto Project rooftops will be collected into three tanks with a combined capacity of 270,000 gallons, reducing potable water demand by up to 4.5 million gallons annually
- Low-flow or waterless plumbing fixtures and other water conservation measures will reduce water use by approximately 30%, resulting in an annual water use reduction of approximately 4.0 million gallons.
- Plantings of native, drought-tolerant vegetation will reduce irrigation demand. A high-efficiency irrigation system will target a 50% reduction in potable water use when compared to a mid-summer baseline.
- Open space - will increase by approximately 16 acres with a diversity of spaces ranging from active pedestrian plazas to passive ecological parks, offering a variety of amenities for public use.
- Impervious area will be reduced by approximately 14 acres.
- A network of pedestrian walkways will connect neighborhoods and visitors to the Resort, promoting circulation and access. The Project includes on-street bicycle pathways to and through the Project site as well as valet bicycle parking, two Hubway stations (when the City expands the Hubway network into East Boston), showers for employees, covered bicycle storage and short-term bicycle parking.
- Rooftop Garden - The roof of Casino Area II will feature a 5,600-square-foot greenhouse with a hydroponic planting system that will produce fresh vegetables and fruits year-round for restaurants in the facility, thereby reducing demand for delivery trucks. A significant percent of the produce used by the facility is anticipated to be grown on site.
We are excited to share landscape plans for The Resort at Suffolk Downs. Embracing the site's natural ecology and providing a dramatic arrival and visitor experience, the improvements will benefit the sustainability and quality of living in and around our community.
“Our approach to the proposed landscape design embraces the history of the project site, its former natural features, its unique location connecting the waterfronts of Boston, Revere and Chelsea, and its transformation over the last 100 years into an active racing and entertainment venue. In fostering a regenerative approach to the site and landscape design, the Resort connects nature, people and place.”