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Marriott International Celebrates Progress on Diversity and Inclusion; Support for Youth Employment

Sustainability Report photo 2.pngCompany’s 2015 Sustainability Report Captures Milestones, Spotlights “Bridges from School to Work” 

Bethesda, Md., October 1, 2015—This month Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) celebrates more than 25 years of its global diversity and inclusion program, along with the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the U.S. The company’s recently released 2015 Sustainability Report highlights its support for diversity and inclusion commitments such as these, as well as its recent achievements and initiatives supporting the environment, local communities and youth employment.

Marriott spotlights a nonprofit partner that shares its founders’ name - the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. Celebrating its 25th year, the Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work program was designed by Marriott’s human resources associates and experts in the field of disabilities to transform the lives of young adults through the power of a job.  More than 20,000 youth have benefitted from the program’s services with more than 80 percent of participants securing local, competitive jobs in nine U.S. cities. The Foundation is committed to serving 1,500 Bridges young adults annually by 2018; this represents a 50 percent growth rate in just three years.

Maurice Dupree and Richard MarriottThe personal stories of those who have benefitted from the program, such as that of this year’s Annual Youth Achievement Award recipient, Maurice Dupree, inspire investments that make a difference. His story and thousands of others include the common themes of personal growth, potential realized and a path to a brighter future - discovered through hard work, resiliency and perseverance.

Jumping Youth“Youth unemployment is a significant issue globally, and young adults with disabilities are that much more challenged to secure a job with employers like us,” said Mari Snyder, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Marriott International. “The Bridges team amazes me with their ability to work in a customized way to match the skills and potential of young adults with employers who can offer competitive opportunities in banking, retail, entertainment, food service, and hospitality, as well as in the government and nonprofit sectors.”   

In addition to featuring Marriott’s work with the Bridges program, the 2015 Sustainability Report highlights the company’s ongoing support for diversity and inclusion. Key highlights include:

  • Marriott has achieved a 300 percent increase in women’s representation in top leadership positions.
  • Across the company, nine women lead divisions worth more than $100 million in revenue. 
  • Women comprise over 30 percent of the company’s board of directors’ positions.
  • The company is on track to reach a goal of 1,000 minority- and women-owned hotels by 2020, with 699 properties currently qualifying.
  • The company continues to increase purchases with diverse suppliers for a total of more than $4.5 billion spent since 2003 and a goal of $568 million for 2015.

Marriott remains focused on its commitments to improve communities, protect the environment and provide opportunity.  The company’s recently released 2015 Sustainability Report also highlights additional efforts and achievements including the company’s 22 percent decrease in water intensity in 2014 compared to a 2007 baseline.  To learn more please visit

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,300 properties in 81 countries and territories. Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 19 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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"The Grow House" At The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Executive Chef George FistrovichA Container Growing System Yielding One Acre of Produce

Naples, Fla., October 1, 2015 – There’s an extension to the work space for the culinary team at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; introducing the resort’s new onsite Grow House. The first of its kind in a resort setting, The Grow House is a repurposed shipping container with the capacity to grow one acre of produce. 

Utilizing a hydroponic vertical growing system, The Grow House consumes 90 percent less water than a traditional farm or garden of equal size. Additionally, every aspect of the growing process is controlled – from temperature to water PH and lighting – allowing for a 100 percent pesticide free product. Unlike traditional gardens, the fully controlled environment makes it possible to grow climate sensitive crops year-round such as lettuces which thrive in cool soils or mushrooms which require consistent humidity.

“The addition of the Grow House complements our relationship with local farms and further supports our goal to provide guests with the finest and freshest ingredients,” said George Fistrovich executive chef for The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples.   

Crops currently growing in The Grow House include Bibb and romaine lettuce, cilantro, arugula, spinach, cabbage and assorted micro-greens. These highly flavorful greens may be enjoyed throughout the resort’s restaurants including the Italian-inspired Terrazza.

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 90 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. For more information or reservations, visit the company web site at, and for the latest company updates, visit  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Photo:  George Fistrovich, Executive Chef


Marriott International Announces Energy Conservation Results on Earth Day

Company reduces global energy intensity by 9.4* percent over 2007 baseline

TowelApril 22, 2015, Bethesda, Md., As part of its global sustainability strategy to address climate change, Marriott International (NASDAQ:MAR) announced the company’s global energy intensity decreased cumulatively by 2* percent over 2013, 9.4* percent compared to a 2007 baseline.

Across the majority of the company’s four global regions, energy results continued to decline. In The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe, and the Middle East and Africa energy intensity for managed hotels decreased over 2013 by 2.4* percent, 1.1* percent, 2.5* percent and 2.2* percent respectively. 

“Our global decrease in energy intensity demonstrates the commitment Marriott International has made to attain its sustainability goals,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. “As Marriott’s global footprint expands, we continue to look for new ways to conserve energy at our more than 4,100 properties.”

In March, Marriott announced water conservation results, sharing that global water intensity in its worldwide managed hotels decreased in 2014 by 2.4* percent over 2013, and 22.9* percent compared to 2007.

Since 2013, Marriott International has used Green Hotels Global to track the environmental footprint of each managed and franchise hotel in the company’s portfolio. The data in Green Hotels Global allows the company to identify and drive programs to support the reduction of energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste.

Increasingly, travelers are seeking brands with comprehensive sustainability and social responsibility programs. By the end of 2014, more than 1600 Marriott properties had earned a TripAdvisor GreenLeader™ badge, the largest number of hotels in the program, providing eco-conscious customers a vast array of choices that fit their conservation interests.  Marriott also has nearly 50 Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™ (LEED®) certified hotels, and over 400 electric vehicle charging stations at 170 hotels.

The company has been celebrating Environmental Awareness Month (EAM) at headquarters and in its hotels. To kick off EAM, hotels participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, a global event encouraging communities across the global to switch off non-essential lighting, and bring attention to sustainability issues. In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, ten Marriott Hotels together saved approximately 7000KW in just one hour. In Europe, hotels involved guests in the company’s Spirit to Preserve. Encouraging the re-use of room towels, guests were invited to create towel origami, and share their designs on social media. For every post, a tree was donated to WeForest.

For more on Marriott’s Sustainability Goals and to view the 2014 Sustainability Report, visit

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading global lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100 properties in 79 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Guests Make A Difference At The Ritz-Carlton For Earth Hour 2015

Earth HourHotels and Resorts around the Globe Offer Authentic Experiences that Impact Conservation

Chevy Chase, Md., March 26, 2015 – On Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m. local time,The Ritz-Carlton hotels, resorts, clubs and residences around the world will proudly support Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lighting throughout the properties. Founded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour is the single largest, symbolic mass-participation event in the world, inspiring a global community of millions of people across 162 countries and territories to switch off lights. As an annual event, Earth Hour brings attention to sustainability issues on our planet and how each of us, whether as individuals or organizations, can make an impact. The Ritz-Carlton hotels, clubs and residences around the world will create unique, memorable experiences for their guests and members during Earth Hour, inviting them to actively participate in this global conservation effort to create a greener and more sustainable environment.  

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre will engage the future generation in the importance of environmental conservation with the Ritz Kids activity, “Stories by Candlelight.”
  • Guests at newly opened The Ritz-Carlton, Bali will be invited to participate in “meditation under the stars,” where fresh breezes and dimmed illumination from traditional lighting will evolve into a peaceful moment.
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas, guests may attend a moonlight beach BBQ and bonfire, complete with a stargazing activity with Naturalists from the Ambassadors of the Environment.
  • At The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, the pathways to the hotel and residences will be lit by luminaries carved from ice.
  • The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul will invite guests to view a traditional Turkish Shadow Play performance in the lobby.

We invite you to follow @RitzCarltonCSR on Twitter to experience the Earth Hour activities at our hotels, clubs and residences as they take place around the world.

“We are committed to working towards a more sustainable future, by preserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment,” comments Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.  “Earth Hour is an outstanding forum for us to exercise this commitment and help raise awareness for the importance of environmental responsibility around the globe.”

Participating in Earth Hour aligns with the company’s social and environmental responsibility program and its guiding principles to engage, contribute and inspire.  Environmental responsibility is a key pillar of Community Footprints, implemented by each hotel’s Ritz-Carlton Environmental Action Conservation Team (REACT), with a global strategy including water and energy conservation programs, recycling initiatives, sourcing environmentally preferred products, and increasing organic and locally sourced dining and spa options.  For more information about the global impact of Community Footprints, please visit

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Marriott Honors Cintas Corporation with 2014 Supplier Sustainability Award

Cintas man uniformAward recognizes Cintas for its commitment to sustainability in hospitality.

Cintas-Corporation-logoChicago – October 28, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc.  (NASDAQ: MAR) has honored Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) with its 2014 Supplier Sustainability Award. The annual award recognizes the Marriott supplier that has made a significant impact on its guests and properties through innovative ideas that help Marriott meet its environmental goals.

“We’ve established aggressive sustainability goals, so we need suppliers who can partner with us to achieve those targets,” said Denise Naguib, vice president of sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. “From helping us reduce water and energy consumption to diverting landfill waste with innovative apparel programs, Cintas has been a true partner in assisting us with reducing our environmental footprint.”

Cintas woman uniformMarriott implemented garments from Cintas, including its Regeneration Suiting line, that are constructed of recycled polyester, made from post-consumer plastic bottles. In 2013, Marriot outfitted employees in 96,000 eco-friendly garments, allowing Marriott to divert nearly 2.5 million bottles from landfills around the world.

In addition to its recycled apparel programs, Cintas also offers a Coil Cleaning service that allows hoteliers to lower energy bills, extend the life of air conditioning units and improve indoor air quality. Certified as a “Green Process” by the Green Clean Institute, the packaged terminal air conditioner (PTAC) cleaning service enables Marriott to increase air flow by up to 28 percent and reduce up to 17 percent of the in-room energy consumption.

“We are continuously looking for opportunities to work with partners like Marriott to help meet their sustainability goals while also identifying ways to lower the environmental footprint of our operations,” said Pamela Brailsford, senior director of supplier diversity and sustainability, Cintas. “We are extremely grateful to be recognized by Marriott as a leader in sustainability and look forward to continuing our alliance to reduce environmental impact while enhancing guest experience.”

For more information about Cintas’ green initiatives, please visit For more information about Marriott’s sustainability programs, please visit

About Cintas Corporation
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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World’s Favorite Travel Company Helping to “Clean the World”

Marriott-Donates-SoapMarriott has donated 1.5 million bars and counting.

Bethesda, Md., September 17, 2014- Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR) announced that hotels across the company’s portfolio have collectively donated more than 1.5 million bars of soap to Clean the World®, a non-profit organization that recycles and distributes hotel hygiene amenities to communities in need.

Marriott is Clean the World’s largest hospitality partner, with more than 60,000 rooms participating in the recycling program. Since partnering with the organization in 2009, Marriott has donated more than 271,000 pounds of soap and more than 175,000 pounds of amenities through Clean the World.

Committed to responsible sourcing and sustainable business practices, Clean the World is among a number of Marriott’s community partners. In its 2014 Sustainability Report, Marriott shared the company had helped divert 2.3 million bottles from landfills by purchasing employees uniforms made from recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic bottles from supplier Cintas. Also in the report, Marriott reported a 10 percent reduction in water and energy usage since 2007, halfway to its 2020 goal of an overall 20 percent reduction.

For more information about Marriott’s sustainability and social responsibility initiatives or to download the 10 issue reports individually or as a full sustainability report with GRI Index, visit      

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Marriott International Conservation Measures on Track to Meet 2020 Goals

Sustainability-Report-CoverSustainability Report shows more than 10 Percent Reductions in Water and Energy Usage from 2007

Bethesda, Md. - August 14, 2014 – Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today released its 2014 Sustainability Report – available this year as 10 separate and concise issue reports – sharing the company’s progress against a 2007 baseline, including a nearly 13 percent decrease in water intensity, 11 percent decrease in energy intensity, and a 12 percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions intensity.  One of Marriott’s key environmental goals is to achieve a 20 percent reduction in energy and water intensity by 2020[1].

“Our sustainability strategy is critical to the growth and success of our communities, our company, and our efforts to help protect our planet’s natural resources,” said Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International.

The Green Hotels Global tool used by Marriott International worldwide helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts and transparency, and was made a brand standard in 2013.  The tool tracks the environmental footprint of each hotel in the company’s portfolio, including water and energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, recycling and over 100 property-level environmental practices. 

“We’re pleased that our sustainability performance is continuing to improve globally. In the U.S. nearly 50 percent of our portfolio recently earned TripAdvisor GreenLeader™ status thanks to our work and the use of tools like Green Hotels Global,” said Denise Naguib, vice president of sustainability and supplier diversity. “Our supply chain focus, which ties to our sustainability and commitment to diversity and inclusion, has also progressed with our achievement of 75 percent spend with sustainable suppliers through MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index for furniture, fixtures and equipment and $468 million in spend with diverse suppliers.”

The report also highlights Marriott’s decades-long commitment to developing a skilled workforce. Globally Marriott is supporting youth employment initiatives such as its “World of Opportunity” charitable giving and workplace skills training program in 24 European countries, The Ritz-Carlton’s “Succeed Through Service” program in 26 countries; the Akilah Institute for Women in Rwanda, where Marriott has hired 40 young graduates; and the International Tourism Partnership Youth Career Initiative (YCI) program in 10 countries.

“Creating a sustainable future means creating more jobs and stronger communities, a greater ‘world of opportunity’,” said Mari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility.  “Our partnerships allow us to be a catalyst to address rising youth unemployment and help provide skills to prepare young people for the workplace.  One of the company’s signature partners is the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that the Marriott family started with a model designed by Marriott associates to help urban youth with disabilities secure competitive jobs while helping employers source a talent pool of youth they may not have considered.  Twenty-five years later, the Bridges program alone has served 20,000 youth. ” 
[1] 20 percent reduction from the company’s 2007 energy intensity baseline of 401.2 kWh per square meter of conditioned space and a water intensity baseline of 0.86 cubic meter per occupied room.

Marriott’s reporting approach this year was to present the issues that matter most to its stakeholders in concise, simplified reports that can be accessed, read and shared online or via social media, especially by its “next generation” associates and customers.  The issue reports include: Workforce Development; Environmental Performance; Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Advocacy; Global Diversity and Inclusion; Health, Safety and Wellbeing; Responsible Sourcing; Business Model and Sustainability Strategy; Business Ethics and Human Rights; Community Engagement and Natural Capital. 

Highlights from the issue reports include:

Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Advocacy - Marriott has been actively engaging with the White House to promote the power of tourism, including advocating for the 2015 reauthorization of Brand USA, a national marketing campaign targeted at overseas tourists, which resulted in 1.1 million new visitors entering the USA in 2013.  The company’s government affairs team also encouraged legislators to pass the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, designed to enhance the Visa Waiver program and rapidly process visitor visa applications at US consular offices.  Marriott continues to advocate for measures that will provide stability to immigrants who work in its hotels.

Business Ethics and Human Rights - Marriott has a long history of supporting the fight against human trafficking, and created a training program for associates to identify and report possible trafficking behavior.  In 2013, Marriott joined Sabre Holdings in partnering with the United Nations ‘Your Actions Count- Be a Responsible Traveler’ campaign. The campaign, started by the UNWTO, UNODC and UNESCO, aims to educate tourists around the globe to be alert and aware of possible trafficking- human, flora and fauna, cultural artifacts, illicit drugs or counterfeit goods.

Cintas-Eco-UniformsResponsible Sourcing- Always searching for environmentally-conscious business solutions, Marriott partnered with Cintas to purchase associate uniforms made from recycled polyester from post-consumer plastic bottles. Nine brands in the Marriott portfolio have incorporated Regeneration Suiting as their uniform of choice. As a result of choosing these eco-uniforms in 2013, Marriott helped divert 2.3 million bottles from landfills.

For more information about Marriott’s sustainability and social responsibility initiatives or to download the 10 issue reports individually or as a full sustainability report with GRI Index, visit                   

Sustainability reports based on the GRI framework are used to determine the sustainability issues most pertinent to the organization; benchmark organizational performance with respect to laws, norms, codes, performance standards and voluntary initiatives; demonstrate organizational commitment to sustainable development; and compare organizational performance over time. The Sustainability Reporting G3 Guidelines are the foundation of the framework. For more information on the GRI, visit

Marriott International, Inc. is a global leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,000 properties, and more than 690,000 rooms in 78 countries and territories.  Marriott International reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in fiscal year 2013.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands.  Marriott has been consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business ethics.  The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which together surpass 45 million members.  For more information or reservations, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit

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Betting on Green

Las Vegas Marriott LEED CertifiedLas Vegas Marriott achieves Gold LEED® Certification.

Las Vegas, Nevada- June 6, 2014 - The Las Vegas Marriott has earned LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™)  Gold certification, adding to Marriott International’s (NASDAQ: MAR) growing number of hotels participating in the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC) LEED certification program. 

The LEED green building certification program is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings.  In addition to earning certification, the number of points earned by a property upon evaluation will determine the rank of Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.  Across the Marriott portfolio, 130 hotels are LEED- certified or registered by USGBC.

“We are excited to add another hotel to Marriott International’s growing list of LEED certified properties,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability & supplier diversity. “LEED certification demonstrates our commitment to sustainable development and operations, emphasizing the importance of responsible growth.”

Conveniently located near the Las Vegas Convention Center, the 278 room Las Vegas Marriott underwent a recent guestroom and meeting space renovation to target large groups who wish to hold their meetings in an eco-friendly venue. The new 600 square foot flexible meeting space can be converted to fit an event’s needs and is outfitted with energy saving fluorescent lighting.

Some of the green attributes that helped the all-suite Las Vegas Marriott achieve Gold status include:

  • Water saving shower heads in all guest rooms
  • Water conserving 1.6 gallons per flush toilets in all guest rooms
  • Kitchen cooking oil recycling program
  • Purified water stations in foyer areas

“Offering our guests superior service while being environmentally-conscious is at the core of Marriott’s commitment to sustainability,” said Keith Gamberg, general manager, Las Vegas Marriott. “We are proud that our recent renovations and changes to hotel functionality have earned us LEED Gold certification from USGBC. The Las Vegas Marriott looks forward to welcoming guests and meeting groups who share our high environmental standards.”

Marriott International is committed to responsible global business operations inside and beyond its hotels. For more information about our sustainability efforts visit

With over 500 hotels and resorts in nearly 50 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom Lobby, Future of Meetings and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. All Marriott hotels participate in the award winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. For more information, visit http://www.MarriottHotels.comto join the ongoing Marriott conversation, like us on Facebook ( follow us on Twitter (, @Marriott).

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SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver Named City’s First Gold LEED® Certified Hotel

SpringHill-Suites-DenverOffering Special Green Urban Garden Getaway Package

Denver, Colo.,  May 28, 2014 – The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is thrilled to announce that it has been certified LEED® Gold for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

Owned by the Metropolitan State University of Denver and managed by Sage Hospitality, the $45 million SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown is metro Denver’s first LEED® Gold hotel and the second in the SpringHill Suites by Marriott brand portfolio.

The public-private partnership between MSU Denver and Sage Hospitality created a vibrant hotel that opened in 2012, as well as the state-of-the-art Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center (HLC), the first of its kind in the Rocky Mountain region and one of only 11 in the United States.  The partnership created a dynamic environment for education and on-the-job training for students, who work along-side well-seasoned hoteliers from Sage Hospitality.

"Sage Hospitality is dedicated to operating eco-friendly hotels, so we are extremely proud to receive Denver’s first LEED® Gold certification," said Walter Isenberg, President & CEO of Sage Hospitality. "This property gives both business and leisure guests an amazing green lodging option in the heart of downtown Denver and we are using it as a model of sustainability for all future development projects.”

The 150-suite hotel and HLC earned a total of 62 LEED® points, including those for water efficiency, innovative design and sustainable site and materials selection. Unique green features include:

  • More than 90 percent of regularly occupied areas offer natural day lighting, reducing the need for artificial lighting
  • The use of only high efficiency plumbing fixtures and low VOC paints and flooring
  • Secure bicycle storage plus lockers and changing rooms to encourage employees and students to use alternative transportation
  • Both buildings offer full recycling in guestrooms, classrooms and offices
  • Nearly 20 percent of the building was constructed using recycled materials and 25 percent of total building materials were locally sourced
  • More than 78 percent of material waste from the construction was recycled
  • All compostable food from the hotel's banquet and catering department, as well as from the student classes, is composted
  • The Housekeeping and Food & Beverage departments in the hotel and HLC use only green, natural cleaning products, including vinegar

In celebration of its Gold LEED® certification, the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown has planted an Aspen tree and an on-site Chef’s Garden, where Executive Chef Daniel Hyman is growing vegetables and herbs to be used in food and beverage offerings through the hotel's banquet and catering department.  Worm casting will be used in the Chef's Garden to allow for organic fertilizing.  Coffee grounds are disposed of in the garden's soil to increase water retention and naturally repel insects. 

The hotel is also launching a special Green Urban Garden Getaway package, starting at $159 per night. It includes: 

  • Overnight accommodations in a spacious suite
  • $20 gift card to Denver’s Urban Roots, which serves gardeners who have limited space and unlimited desire by finding horticultural solutions for city dwellers who toil in small plots of land, vertical spaces, balconies and containers.
  • Complimentary Valet Parking for guests arriving in an Electric or Hybrid vehicle
  • A packet of wildflower seeds to plant
  • Two Denver microbrews

The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown and the HLC were developed by Mortenson Development and Mortenson Construction's Denver office was the design-builder.  Denver’s RNL was the design architect and architect of record for the hotel; JG Johnson Architects was the associate architect and hotel interiors architect.

MSU Denver’s 28,000-square-foot HLC is an educational facility that combines classrooms with interactive laboratories to provide an experiential curriculum for the university’s more than 600 Hospitality, Tourism and Events students.  State-of-the-art classrooms include a Sensory Analysis Laboratory for wine and food tastings and a Cellar Management Laboratory, which boasts a 3,100+ bottle wine storage cellar.

The hotel’s 150 spacious and stylish guest suites each feature a flexible workspace, a separate sleeping area, a microwave, mini-fridge, a seating area with pull-out sofa bed and a spa-like bathroom. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast served daily, a Market, a fitness center, complimentary area shuttle service and complimentary wireless Internet. The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown offers 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space and can accommodate groups of up to 250 people.

For more information on the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown, please call 303-705-7300 or visit

For more information on MSU Denver, please visit

About the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver
The SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver is an all-suite hotel designed to appeal to business and leisure travelers who seek stylish, fun and spacious yet functional accommodations at an affordable price. Located in the heart of Denver, the hotel features 150 spacious guest suites as well as 5,000 square feet of conference facilities. Managed by Denver’s Sage Hospitality, the hotel provides hands-on training opportunities for students in Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department. Amenities include complimentary hot daily breakfast, complimentary area shuttle service and free wireless high-speed Internet, a Market and a Fitness Center.

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Julie Dunn: 303-522-2659 or


Marriott Bans Sale of Shark Fin

Kathleen Matthews and Yao Ming - WTTC

During the World Travel & Tourism in China, Kathleen Matthews (pictured, left), Marriott International’s Executive Vice President of Global Communications & Public Affairs, applauded Yao Ming, former basketball star and humanitarian for his courageous stand to protect sharks. Download image

Effective July 1, 2014, Marriott will implement a complete ban on the sale of shark fin. In 2012, the company removed shark fin from its menus, offering high-end sustainable dining alternatives by its award-winning culinary team.  This resulted in an 80 percent reduction in consumption. 

Marriott is committed to a pathway to source more sustainable seafood for its restaurants worldwide.