TEMECULA, Calif. (October 30, 2018) – Pechanga Resort Casino, the largest resort/casino on the West Coast since the property’s recent $300 million expansion, has hired its first-ever sustainability manager to enhance and implement environmental initiatives.
With the increasing awareness of and conversations around the world’s environmental state, Brian Pullen’s position was added at a time when “going green” means more than just simply recycling plastics and conserving water. Pullen will play an integral role in leading Pechanga’s efforts to reduce its ecological footprint and says his first project will be to implement consistent food recycling programs.
“It’s so easy to be wasteful and therefore it’s our responsibility to know every little thing we do has some kind of impact on the environment. With a property of this magnitude, it’s so important to have active environmental programs in place,” Pullen said. “My goal is to implement more green initiatives and enhance the ones already in place to better the environment, while also minimizing costs.”
Previously, Pullen led the sustainability efforts for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, where he created green infrastructure standards and achieved awards for the design and construction of two LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified buildings that feature energy efficient fixtures, on-site solar energy, parking for low-emitting vehicles, water conserving fittings, etc. Pullen was also a key liaison for various environmental student organizations to help develop innovative and sustainable projects. Under his leadership, the institution received various awards and accolades for its commitment to sustainable initiatives.
Pullen earned his master’s degree in global sustainability from the University of South Florida and his bachelor’s degree in organizational communications and business from Boise State University. He also served as a board director for a local non-profit, helping to enhance at-risk young people’s quality of lives through fitness training and community gardening.