News for the Hospitality Executive
|WASHINGTON, March 22, 2007 - Marriott International, Inc.
(NYSE: MAR) is on track to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly
one-fifth over a ten year period from 2000 to 2010 -- approaching one million
tons of climate warming gases, or the equivalent of taking nearly 140,000
cars off the roads*. This industry leading effort is part of a comprehensive
global campaign to reduce Marriott's environmental footprint and save energy
In April, all 2,800 hotels in nearly 70 countries will also help Marriott celebrate Environmental Awareness Month, marking the company's biggest effort to promote eco-friendly practices on the road, at work, at home and in the community. The month-long drive enlists Marriott customers, associates and business partners in a variety of projects to save, recycle and reuse, including:
Clean Up the World -- In partnership with Clean Up the World, a global green volunteer organization, Marriott hotels will join forces on a variety of local clean-up projects including the River Thames in London, the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., San Francisco Bay in California and Taba Heights beach in Egypt. Other improvement projects include parks, beaches and wildlife preservation. For information on Clean Up the World, visit http://www.cleanuptheworld.org.
True Green -- Marriott will promote a new book by Clean Up the World's Co- founder, Kim McKay, and Director, Jenny Bonnin. It features 100 everyday ways to contribute to a healthier planet. On Earth Day, April 22, Marriott will offer its guests a free bookmark listing eco-friendly travel tips.
Global Tree Planting -- Associates will plant 3,000 trees at hotels around the world, including 80 trees at Marriott's headquarters in celebration of the company's 80th anniversary. Tree planting is a key way to offset carbon emissions -- one tree can remove approximately one ton of carbon dioxide over its lifetime.
Green Products Fair -- Marriott leverages partnerships with global suppliers to promote development and use of green products in the lodging industry. The company will sponsor a Green Fair for associates on April 20 at Marriott's headquarters with companies such as Ecolab, TruGreen Landscaping and Starbucks.
Recycling -- Marriott will launch a pilot program at 30 hotels to measure, standardize and expand recycling companywide. Currently, more than 96 percent of Marriott hotels around the world actively recycle. In 2006, Marriott headquarters recycled more than half of its solid waste.
Eco Awareness -- Throughout April, Marriott customers will have the opportunity to win the ultimate "Eco-cation" to Costa Rica. Customers will have a chance to enter a video to showcase how they are cleaning up the world and learn more about Marriott's environmental programs via a YouTube video. Information on Marriott's recognition of Environmental Awareness Month will also be available on Marriott.com and Bill Marriott's blog.
Marriott's Long-Standing Commitment to the Environment
Marriott has been committed to the environment for 20 years and is substantially reducing greenhouse gases and improving the environment. Programs making a difference include:
Marriott International has been recognized as the Sustained Excellence Award winner after receiving the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Excellence in Energy Management for the past two years. Additionally, Marriott was awarded more ENERGY STAR labels (160) than any other hotel company and has plans to certify eighty-five additional hotels by year-end.
For more "green" news and Marriott's ongoing commitment to conserve and preserve, visit the Environmental Stewardship page on marriott.com.
*Marriott calculation based on published EPA data.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 2,800 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories.
Marriott International, Inc.
|Also See:||Marriott Sets a Five-year Goal to Reduce Greenhouse Gases by Six Percent per Guest Room by 2010 / January 2007|
|U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Names Marriott Interanational as the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year / March 2006|
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