News for the Hospitality Executive
As the first hotel company to proactively join the prestigious U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders Program, Marriott has set a five-year goal to reduce greenhouse gases by six percent per guest room by 2010 and launched Marriott's Retro-Commissioning (MRC) initiative last year to maximize energy in all U.S. hotels. As a result, Marriott reduced greenhouse gases in 2006 by two percent in each guest room.
Today, the company has been awarded more ENERGY STAR labels than any other hotel company and has been recognized as the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Excellence in Energy Management for the past two years.
Additional environmentally friendly company initiatives:
* Group "Re-Lamp" campaign, which replaced 450,000 light bulbs with"Being green is good business," said Pat Maher, senior vice president, program management and engineering, Marriott International, Inc. "It is important for the environment and saves our hotels money."
Marriott's next initiative focuses on improving recycling efforts. Marriott is piloting a program to further monitor and evaluate current waste management and recycling practices. While many of Marriott's 2,800 hotels around the world adhere to the company's recycling guidelines for trash, cardboard, newspaper and glass, the goal of this new program is to streamline efforts and identify the most environmentally friendly, yet cost-efficient methods. Implementation will begin in hotels by early 2008.
Marriott's commitment to the environment is longstanding. With the introduction of ECHO, Environmentally Conscious Hospitality Operations, more than a decade ago, Marriott focused on water and energy conservation, clean air, recycling, wildlife preservation and neighborhood cleanups. Marriott works in partnership with hotel owners and franchisees to implement sustainable environmental practices, which reflect the environmental interests and concerns of our guests, associates, business partners and communities.
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:||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Names Marriott Interanational as the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year / March 2006|
|10 Green Ways You Can Blacken You Bottomline /June 2002|
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