Marriott International 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 costs.
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
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
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 has been committed to the environment for 20 years and is
substantially reducing greenhouse gases and improving the environment.
Programs making a difference include:
— The “Re-Lamp” campaign, which replaced 450,000 light bulbs with
fluorescent lighting in 2006 and saved 65 percent on overall lighting
costs and energy usage in guest rooms.
— The Linen Reuse Program, a global effort to encourage guests to reuse
linens and towels during their hotel stay saved an average of 11 to 17
percent on hot water and sewer costs involved in laundering operations
at each hotel.
— Marriott’s smoke-free policy in all U.S. and Canadian hotels announced
last year improves indoor air quality and will result in a 30 percent
reduction in energy-use for air treatment systems.
— Marriott’s “Ozone Activated Laundry” and “Formula One Systems” can
save up to 25 percent in energy used in laundry systems.
— Replacement of 4,500 outdoor signs with LED and fiber optic
technology, yielding a 40 percent reduction in outdoor advertising
energy use in its first year.
— Installation of 400,000 new shower heads which reduce hot water usage
by 10 percent each year. Over 60 percent of Marriott hotels worldwide
use water-saving toilets.
— Procurement of Energy Star compliant technology including desktops,
laptops, printers and scanners. Marriott’s Technology Asset Disposal
Program has also collected thousands of old computers and cell phones
for either re-use or safe disposal.
— Marriott appointed three Regional Directors of Energy, and three
architects certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership
in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) to help oversee a variety of
programs including Marriott’s first LEED-certified hotel, The Inn and
Conference Center by Marriott at the University of Maryland University
College in Adelphi, Md.
— Designation of an executive-level Green Council led by Arne Sorenson,
executive vice president, CFO and president—Continental European
Lodging, Marriott International; Ed Fuller, president and managing
director, Marriott International Lodging—International; and
Kathleen Matthews, executive vice president, global communications and
public affairs, Marriott International.
— Each hotel throughout the Marriott system has a designated Energy and
Environmental Ambassador who helps the property maintain standards and
finds new ways to improve the environment.
— Launched Marriott Environmentally Conscious Hospitality Operations
(ECHO) in 1994—an award-winning program that focuses on water and
energy conservation, clean air, “reduce-reuse-recycle” waste management, wildlife preservation and neighborhood cleanups.
Marriott International is also a sponsor of Green Hotelier magazine and
a founding member of the Tourism Partnership, a UK-based global industry
group promoting responsible and environmentally conscious tourism.
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.