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Marriott Named Energy Star Partner of the Year

Marriott International, Inc. has been
named by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an ENERGY STAR
Partner of the Year for implementing programs that save more than 80
million KWH of electric energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas
emissions by 64,000 tons annually. Marriott’s accomplishments will be
recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on March 15. Today, 90 percent of Marriott hotels have undergone energy efficiency
improvements, such as lighting replacements that conserve energy usage by
more than 30 percent, electronic thermostats, new brand signs with LED
technology, laundry ozone systems, and central plant upgrades and
recommissioning. These efforts have helped the company earn the ENERGY
STAR rating for 27 of its top- performing hotels, making Marriott the
hospitality industry’s leader in energy management.

Marriott, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2001, has embarked on an ambitious,
companywide mission to improve the environment and control costs in
partnership with its hotel owners and franchisees. As part of the program,
all hotels receive the company’s Energy Conservation Program Resource
Guide, and all hotel engineers and general managers have completed the
company’s Energy Conservation Program training.

“For Marriott, protecting the environment through sound energy management
is a major priority,” said Pat Maher, senior vice president of
engineering. “As an ENERGY STAR partner, we value superior energy
performance in our organization—it’s good for our bottom line and good
for the environment. We have found that participating in ENERGY STAR just
makes good business sense.”

The Partner of the Year Award is given to a variety of organizations to
recognize their efforts to use energy efficiently in facility operations
and to integrate energy efficiency into overall organizational strategy.
The award winners are selected from thousands of organizations that
participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“As an ENERGY STAR partner, Marriott has distinguished itself by demanding
superior energy performance in their business and seeing real results,”
said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships
Division. “Through ENERGY STAR, these Partners of the Year are leading a
nationwide effort to protect our environment through improved energy