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.
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.