Wynn/Encore is a proud hospitality partner of Clean the World. Since joining the Clean the World program in early 2011, the two Las Vegas resort hotels have combined to provide nearly 20,000 lbs. of hotel soaps and more than 12,703 lbs. of bottled amenities to help children and families in need around the world.
Brian Gullbrants, senior vice president and general manager of Wynn and Encore, shared his opinions of the productive amenities recycling partnership with Clean the World and what it means to his staff at both properties.
Q&A with Brian Gullbrants – Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wynn and Encore
Is Clean the World something that is promoted among the staff and guests? We have highly promoted our partnership with our staff. We have posted information within the employee back-of-house areas and newsletter announcing our exciting partnership with Clean the World and therefore, our staff members understand the various steps we are taking to make a difference in saving lives and the planet, domestically and internationally.
How important is soap and bottled amenities recycling to your organization? We always want to do the “right” thing, and Clean the World provides us with an easy platform to give back in such a fundamental and seamless way.
What are the primary goals for Wynn / Encore with this Clean the World partnership? Our primary goals are to help as many children and families in need that we can, while reducing our waste at the same time. Our support of this program will not only keep underprivileged children around the world clean, but it will also save their lives. This is the best possible reason we could imagine and are happy to engage in this impactful program.
Wynn/Encore has been off to a terrific start in the first few months since implementing the Clean the World program. To what do you attribute this immediate success, and can you keep the momentum going? At Wynn/Encore our success is completely due to the HUGE hearts of our employees. And they will definitely keep this going. I actually don’t think we could stop them even if we tried – they love what we are doing as a team. Our properties have always made an effort to recycle, but we don’t really get to see the final results of those efforts. With this Clean the World initiative, the payoff is very tangible and dramatic. Thousands of lives can be saved each month with this one small, simple step. Ultimately, this overall concept raises awareness about the fact that small things can truly make a very big difference.
With the opening of the Las Vegas recycling operations center, Wynn/Encore will be able to more effectively take part in the full experience of Clean the World. How will the opening of this facility boost your sustainability and social responsibility initiatives at Wynn/Encore? We are very excited that the Las Vegas facility will soon be operational, which will allow Clean the World to continue to expand within a market that fully engages its mission. We truly support the organization and are pleased to see continued growth and resources come out of Las Vegas.