Speaking at the SBC Summit North America, Jan Jones Blackhurst underlined the importance of a collaborative approach from the industry. 

Speaking to Mollie Chapman she outlined her vision for sustainability includes a wide range of topics from the environment to fostering new talent.

“There’s so many things the industry can be doing collectively, to show that we understand that climate change has a real impact on our industry. Last year, due to floods and fires, at least three of our properties were shut down for over a year. So thinking that somehow we’re immune to what’s happening in our world is very short thinking,” Blackhurst observed.

She noted even simple changes like switching to LED bulbs and increasingly relying on solar can make a huge impact on both the planet and the bottom line.

Much like the environment, the workforce and leadership in the casino industry is about putting in time now to get results over the long term.

“I think education is the foundation for every advancement in the world, whether it is the highest order or whether it’s just in a local community,” she said. That is why Blackhurst works with UNLV’s International Gaming Institute to foster talent.

“I think this industry once you’re a part of it, it’s the most exciting industry, I think you can imagine. And there’s so many things that you can do and it’s ever-changing. And so finding how to take advantage of that, and then looking for mentors and resources, and continuing moving yourself forward on the journey is a wonderful thing.”Check out the full interview here.

Jan Jones Blackhurst: A collective approach to sustainability