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The Greening of the Hospitality Industry – Walkwire and Carbonfund
lead the pack in fighting Global Warming
Effective immediately: Walkwire, with the help of Carbonfund.org, will offset the carbon footprint
of every new Automated Business Center, Lobby PC and Boarding Pass PC it deploys.

San Francisco, CA – March 13, 2007 – For the last several years hotels and providers throughout the Hospitality Industry have been implementing “Green” measures in an effort to create a more environmentally-sensitive business model.  These measures include everything from giving guests the option of not having their towels and linens washed everyday to establishing recycling programs.  Walkwire, a leading provider of Automated Lobby PCs, Business Centers and Boarding Pass PCs has taken this commitment one step further by working with Carbonfund.org to not only offset their own energy consumption but also that of every new PC that the company deploys in its client’s hotel properties.  

“We’re in the business of providing critical guest amenities,” said Gregor Gomory, Director of Sales and Green Business Initiatives at Walkwire,”and recent studies show that the vast majority of hotel guests want to know that hotels are operating in an environmentally-conscious way.  Today’s travelers want to stay connected and they truly appreciate hotels with a commitment to going green.  Why not make it that much easier for our client hotels by offsetting the carbon footprint of our products?”  

This green trend is spreading to every facet of the industry and hotel guests are taking notice.  “The call for Green Hospitality measures have simply exploded this spring” states Michael Stewart, Partnership Coordinator for the non-profit Carbonfund.org Foundation in San Francisco, “from offsetting their plane flights to their hotel stay, and now through Walkwire, their associated hotel business center activities, the green traveler has arrived in your town and is expecting to make a difference, not a dent. We are excited to be working with Walkwire to create their green powered Business Centers and Lobby PCs throughout their entire network of associated hotel partners. “ 

Working with Carbonfund.org to offset their emissions and fight global warming is just one of several initiatives that Walkwire has undertaken by going Green.  “We have always used recycled paper and soy-based inks…remember we’re in San Francisco,” jokes Gomory, “but we also base our product choices on recyclibility and use computers and peripherals that are recyclable, energy efficient and extremely well made.”  A typical PC and monitor use 1200 kilowatts of energy annually and this amounts to 0.8 tons of Carbon Dioxide a year.  It’s easy to see how these numbers can add up.  “We wanted to take our commitment one step further and offset the energy consumption for all of the new PCs and printers that we deploy,” continues Gomory, “and the bottom line is that working towards a Greener future is good for our company, good for the hotels that we work with and good for the planet.”

About Walkwire LLC

Walkwire is a leading provider of automated Business Centers, Lobby PCs and Boarding Pass PCs to the Hospitality Industry.  Their fully managed turnkey solutions provide hotels with a valuable and necessary guest amenity increasing occupancy, guest satisfaction and repeat business.   Walkwire offers a full suite of products designed to ensure that the unique requirements of each property and brand are met in the most cost-effective and efficient way possible.  From the simplest Lobby PC to the most complex, custom-designed Business Center, Walkwire provides the tools necessary to keep guests online…all the time.  Walkwire’s product line includes 24/7 support, system refresh technology, and a three-tier customer service plan at no cost so hotels can earn revenue while increasing return business.  In addition to their revenue-share based models Walkwire also offers a free-to-guest model at low monthly fees. Effective immediately: all of Walkwire’s newly deployed products will have their carbon footprint offset through our relationship with Carbonfund.org.

About Carbonfund.org

Carbonfund.org is the country’s leading carbon reduction and offset organization. Carbonfund.org educates the public about the dangers of climate change and makes it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org is reducing the threat of climate change by promoting cost-effective carbon reductions and supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally that reduce and offset carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund.org is a leading partner of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s – Green Power Network and works with over 150 corporate and non-profit partners including Dell Computers, Lancôme Cosmetics, Ovation Travel Group, Working Assets and the National Wildlife Federation. Learn more at www.carbonfund.org.

For more information visit our website at www.walkwire.com or call our sales department at 415-558-8845.

Contact:

Gregor Gomory
Director of Sales and Green Business Initiatives
Walkwire LLC
415-839-8358
gregor@walkwire.com
www.walkwire.com

Michael Stewart
Partnership Coordinator
Carbonfund.org
415-571-8372
mstewart@carbonfund.org

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