26 March 2010

In honor of Earth Hour Marriott turns out the lights at 500 hotels

Tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. local time, Marriott-branded hotels and resorts worldwide will turn off the lights for one hour in support of Earth Hour. The global movement, uniting people and businesses all over the world, is an effort to show unity in the fight against climate change.

Marriott will also use the event to kick off the company's month-long dedication to environmental awareness.

"We're encouraging our hotels and business units worldwide to dim or turn off their non-essential lighting in support of this event," said Mari Snyder, vice president, social responsibility and community engagement, Marriott International, Inc. "Our goal is to have 500 hotels, resorts and business units participate this year. It's just one part of our ongoing Spirit To Preserve environmental strategy and lead-in to our companywide initiative in April."

During the month of April, Environmental Awareness Month, Marriott hopes to raise awareness about the effects of climate change and will encourage employees and guests to do their part to help protect the environment.

Marriott’s Environmental Awareness Month activities will include:
  • Eighty Marriott employees in Korea will team up with the Green Rangers, an association for Korean school children, on Korea's Arbor Day, April 5, to plant trees in Pocheon-kun, in Gyeonggi-do and donate krw 2,375,000 ($2,050) to support green forest activities in the local community.
  • The Renaissance Shanghai Pudong will partner with Roots & Shoots– to sell small plants and generate money to plant more trees in China.
  • In Hong Kong, employees will take part in the "Tree Planting Challenge 2010" organized by Friends of the Earth Main Dam of Shing Mun Reservoir to promote the message of "Save Tree, Conserve Nature." Volunteers are required to dig pits, plant trees and seedlings and complete 13 km on a hiking trail within a few hours.
  • The Doha Marriott will clean up the local beach and plant indigenous plants around the hotel.
  • The employees of Marriott hotels in Dubai have invited students from three local schools to help plant 100 trees and educate them on the importance of reducing their carbon footprint.
  • The Sharm El Sheik Marriott Resort in Egypt is hosting an event entitled "Preservation of the Red Sea Environment" to raise employee and guest awareness about the deterioration of the Red Sea and its corals.
  • In Paris, France, employees are teaming up with the Surfrider Foundation for their annual clean-up of the river Seine.
  • London hotels are partnering once again with Thames 21 to clean up the shores of the river Thames in front of the London Marriott County Hall.
  • The employees of Torrance Marriott South Bay adopted a section of the Madrona Marsh and each month, a group visits to prune, weed and plant indigenous plants. In April, employees are inviting volunteers, friends and family to join them.
  • Employees in New Jersey are joining their local business partners to plant gardens outside of school entrances, landscape and remove trash from community parks, and paint lines for outdoor games on blank school parking lots in the cities of Newark, Plainfield, Union City, and Jersey City.
Building on more than 20 years of energy conservation experience, Marriott is committed to protecting the environment. The company's Spirit To Preserve environmental strategy calls for: Greening its $10 billion supply chain; further reducing fuel consumption by 25 percent per available room; creating green construction standards for hotel developers to achieve LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council; educating and inspiring employees and guests to support the environment; and helping protect the rainforest.

Marriott's Earth Hour photos from past years are available at www.flickr.com/photos/marriott/sets/72157616782470585. For more information, visit www.marriott.com/environment and follow the MarriottGreen on Twitter at www.twitter.com/marriottgreen.

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