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Monarch Casino Black Hawk lightens carbon footprint with innovative environmental initiatives

Casino doubles down on helping the environment with changes from the parking garage to the gaming floor

Guests of Monarch Casino Black Hawk can enjoy their gaming visit even more knowing that changes in the casino’s operations are leading to lighter environmental impact. Some of the changes are noticeable to everyone, while others are happening behind the scenes.

Monarch Casino Black Hawk has switched to straws-on-request throughout its bars and buffet, instead of automatically including them with drinks. Monarch typically goes through 36,500 drink straws and stirrers per week or about 182,500 straws per month. Eventually, all plastic straws and stirrers will be replaced with paper and wood versions.

Guests may also notice the environmentally-friendly electric chargers available in the new, state-of-the-art parking garage. The Monarch garage features charging stations for electric vehicles: 5 Tesla charging stations and 2 universal charging stations that work with everything from Nissan to BMW.

Behind the scenes, Monarch’s environmental commitment includes offering team members real plates and silverware during their meal times to cut down on waste from paper plates, plastic cutlery, and disposable cups. In Monarch’s administrative offices, all shredded paper and cardboard is recycled.

“Not only is reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more environmentally friendly the right thing to do, it’s also good business,” says Craig Pleva, Monarch Casino’s general manager. “Our guests and team members have commented about how much they like the changes they’re seeing.”

Monarch is also building a new 23-story hotel and spa with new restaurants and meeting rooms, which will incorporate many environmentally friendly features like high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, hot water heaters, and plumbing fixtures, LED lighting systems and occupancy sensors that turn lights off when no one is in the room. The new hotel is scheduled to be complete in mid-2019. 

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About Monarch Casino Resort Spa

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. acquired the Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The first phase of the property’s expansion occurred in November 2020, including the opening of the first 8 floors of a brand new 23-story hotel tower, featuring 200 hotel rooms. The expansion now pushes Monarch’s casino space over 60,000 square feet, featuring over 900 slot machines, table games (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), a 350 seat buffet-style restaurant, a 24-hour restaurant, grab and go coffee stand, 5,000 square feet of conference space and a parking structure with approximately 1,350 parking spaces. Once completed, the Monarch Casino Resort Spa expansion will include a 23-story hotel tower with 516 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, five total restaurants, additional bars and associated support facilities.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit

Monarch Casino Resort Spa
488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422