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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

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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

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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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Marriott Turns Up the Volume on Green Building

Courtyard Kansas CityCourtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff celebrates LEED® self-certification on Earth Day.

Kansas City, MO – April 22, 2014Marriott International, Inc. (NASDQ:MAR) announced today the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff is the company’s first hotel in Missouri to earn LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design™) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council® (USGBC®) prototype pre-certification program.

Courtyard Kansas City and LEED signThe only LEED Certified Marriott property in Missouri, the Courtyard Kansas City at Briarcliff was constructed on top of a mine, land previously undevelopable, and 10 percent of building materials used contain recycled content. Like all Marriott LEED Certified hotels, this hotel features a number of elements that focus on energy conservation, water efficiency and recycling.  Some of those elements include:

  • White roofing material that reflects heat to save energy.
  • Kohler low volume, plumbing fixtures.
  • Philips low energy consuming LED lighting and controls
  • A salt water pool, reducing the number of chemicals used in treating the pool.
  • An electric car charging station, and preferred parking for low-emission cars and carpoolers.
  • 20 foot floor to ceiling glass wall of windows in the ballroom for day lighting and optimal view.

“Sustainable development is a priority for Marriott. LEED certification earned by our properties demonstrates our commitment to the environment while simultaneously appealing to our environmentally conscious customers,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability & supplier diversity.  “The LEED prototype pre-certification program allows our owners and franchisees to achieve LEED status throughout the development process, so that it is fully certified upon building completion.”

Marriott is the only hotel company to earn prototype pre-certification approval from the USGBC. Pre-certification streamlines the process for hotel developers and owners, saving both time and money. Owners of these hotels save about $100,000 in upfront costs and six months of design time.  Additionally, owners can expect to save 25 percent in energy and water consumption and should recover their additional investment in five to six years—possibly sooner depending on federal and local government incentives. 

“Marriott has always been on the forefront of sustainability, in both project development and corporate social responsibility,” said Karim Khalifa, senior vice president, architecture and construction. “We are thrilled to be a leader yet again as the first hotel company to offer properties the opportunity to individually manage the LEED certification process.”

Marriott’s entire select-service and extended-stay portfolio -- Courtyard, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites – is LEED Volume certified. Across the Marriott portfolio, 130 hotels are LEED- Certified or registered by the USGBC. 

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MindClick Global and Marriott International Announce Expansion of Partnership Amidst Major Industry Momentum Indicators at BDNY

Marriott to Target the Operating Supplies & Equipment Market with Widespread Adoption of the MindClick Global Sustainability Index.

New York, Nov. 11, 2013 – From the 2013 Boutique Design New York (BDNY) Conference, MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, and Marriott International have announced the next phase in their partnership to green the Hospitality Industry supply chain.

“We are excited to announce a 50 percent increase in supplier participation of the MindClick Global Sustainability Index program in just two months, which places us on target to achieve Marriott’s goal of spending 75 percent of our furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) dollars by yearend 2013,” said Dave Lippert, vice president, Architecture  & Construction Procurement, Marriott International. “With the support of MindClick’s Sustainability Index, our intention is to integrate sustainability into procurement with ease, and to work with all of our suppliers to improve our collective environmental impact.”

The development follows the recent launch of the Rest Better™ sustainability program, a MindClick and Marriott initiative to educate travelers about guest wellbeing and the benefits of positive social and environmental impacts of sustainable FF&E hotel purchasing practices with the help of MindClick’s Sustainability Index.

“As the flagship partner in the MindClick Global Sustainability Index program, Marriott, along with MindClick Global, have worked together for several months with our suppliers and have made great progress on greening our supply chain,” said Mari L. Snyder, vice president, Social Responsibility, Marriott International. “Based on the results we have seen in the FF&E market, we will now focus on the OS&E supply chain, which represents a significant portion of the purchasing power of our industry.”

As a result of initiatives such as Rest Better™, MindClick Global and Marriott are witnessing the initial direct benefits of communication across the supply chain. The MindClick Index validates the sustainability performance of suppliers while also driving improvements within all supplier efforts. Based on research findings from the Rest Better™ campaign and the 2012 MindClick Expedia Consumer Sustainability Engagement report, effective guest education highlighting not only environmental benefits of sustainable purchasing but health and wellbeing benefits as well, is leading to increases in the revenue drivers of guest satisfaction, intent to return and brand loyalty.

“By helping both FF&E and OS&E suppliers improve sustainability performance, the MindClick Global Sustainability Index is fast becoming the solution to greening the global supply chain for the hospitality industry,” said JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick Global. “From a consumer standpoint, the current millennial generation of travelers cares greatly about sustainability. Our Sustainability Index facilitates the flow of information from the suppliers to the brands and from the brands to the consumer to meet the demand for sustainability.”

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with nearly 3,900 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

MindClick Global, the leader in supply chain sustainability performance measurement, provides Fortune 1000 clients with a trusted B2B marketplace for sustainable sourcing. MindClick’s Sustainability Performance Index platform is used by brands to green their global supply chain and to source products to meet their environmental, social responsibility and business initiatives. Global suppliers use MindClick’s platform to meet customer-reporting requirements, improve sustainability performance and to promote their environmentally sound products and services. MindClick is headquartered in Bend, Oregon with teams in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle. Learn more at .



Courtyard San Diego Rancho Bernardo Launches the MindClick Global Rest Better Sustainability Program

Renovated Flagship Location to Showcase Eco-friendly Initiatives to Enhance Overall Guest Experience

San Diego - October 23, 2013 – Courtyard by Marriott and MindClick Global, a leader in supply chain sustainability performance and sourcing solutions, today announced the launch of the Rest BetterTM sustainability program, a MindClick initiative to educate travelers on the environmental impact of implementing green hotel purchasing practices.

“As a Marriott International brand, Courtyard places a high precedent on sustainability," said Mari Snyder, vice president Social Responsibility & Community Engagement. “Partnering with MindClick Global to launch the Rest BetterTM program at our renovated hotel in Rancho Bernardo goes hand-in-hand with Marriott’s ‘Spirit to Preserve’philosophy and demonstrates the ways we are taking better care of our guests and the environment through our purchasing choices.”

Rest Better™ :  Understanding the Consumer Connection

Rest BetterTM combines online and onsite marketing and social media messaging to inform guests of the health, community and environmental benefits of furniture and equipment used in the Courtyard Rancho Bernardo’s recent renovation.

Powered by MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index, the Rest BetterTM program also highlights the general sustainability initiatives being implemented across the hotel industry to meet the increasing consumer demand for sustainable business practices.

“A truly green hotel industry begins at the supply chain with the sourcing of products that deliver a better guest experience and make a positive contribution to both the environment and the community,” said JoAnna Abrams, CEO of MindClick Global. “Through our supplier Sustainability Index and a deep understanding of consumer engagement with eco-friendly practices, MindClick Global can help guests of the Marriott and other future hotel brands enjoy the benefits to their wellbeing and the environment.”

MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index rates supply chain sustainability based on established global standards, including those published by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), National Standards Foundation International (NSF) and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design (LEED) among others.

Courtyard San Diego Rancho Bernardo: Creating a Sustainable Guest Experience
The recently renovated Courtyard San Diego Rancho Bernardo in San Diego, California features suppliers carefully selected by the Courtyard by Marriott brand and verified through MindClick Global’s Sustainability Index.

Early indicators show the initiatives and program are increasing guest satisfaction—results which could have a ripple effect of what it means for the hospitality industry’s continued efforts to green their supply chain. 

“Consumers are increasingly health conscious and environmentally aware, and industry research proves they prefer to support companies, products and services that share those values,” said Dave Lippert, vice president, Architecture & Construction Procurement for Marriott International. “In fact, according to a 2012 study of 5,000 Expedia consumers, 93 percent of travelers surveyed would choose a hotel based upon its use of sustainable design and furnishings over a comparable property emphasizing operational sustainability, such as energy savings and water reduction.”

“We know today’s guests expect healthier alternatives and demonstrated social and environmental responsibility,” said Craig Amos, executive vice president of Capital Investments at Apple REIT Seven, the hotel’s owner. “The MindClick Sustainability Index, supported by the Rest BetterTM program, helps us to efficiently source sustainable products and communicate our accomplishments with our customers.”   

Examples of products and furnishings highlighted in the Rest BetterTM program include wall coverings, guest room carpet and conference room tables made from recycled materials, as well as furniture manufactured using sustainably harvested wood and toxin-free materials at production facilities within 100 miles of the hotel.

RestBetter and CourtyardAdditional information about the products used in the Courtyard San Diego Rancho Bernardo renovation can be found on the Rest BetterTM website: Marriott-JLF

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a leading lodging company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 3,800 properties in 72 countries and territories and reported revenues of nearly $12 billion in fiscal year 2012.  The company operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts under 18 brands. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at, and for the latest company news, visit

About Apple REIT Seven, Inc.
Apple REIT Seven, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the ownership of hotels that generate attractive returns for its shareholders. Apple REIT Seven’s hotels operate under the Courtyard® by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn® by Marriott®, Fairfield Inn & Suites® by Marriott®, Residence Inn® by Marriott®, SpringHill Suites® by Marriott®, TownePlace Suites® by Marriott®, Marriott® Hotels & Resorts, Homewood Suites by Hilton®, Hilton Garden Inn® and Hampton Inn® brands. The Apple REIT Seven portfolio consists of 51 hotels, containing a total of 6,426 guestrooms in 18 states.

About MindClick Global
MindClick Global, the leader in supply chain sustainability performance measurement, provides Fortune 1000 clients with a trusted B2B marketplace for sustainable sourcing. MindClick’s Sustainability Performance Index platform is used by brands to green their global supply chain and to source products to meet their environmental, social responsibility and business initiatives. Global suppliers use MindClick’s platform to meet customer-reporting requirements, improve sustainability performance and to promote their environmentally sound products and services.  MindClick is headquartered in Bend, Oregon with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. Learn more at 

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Marriott Bed Linens Redux

London - Marriott Bed Linen Tote BagMarriott Partners with Lily and Lionel and Sleepingbags Social Enterprise to Create One-Of-A-Kind Designer Tote Bag From Recycled Marriott Hotel Bed Linen

London – Marriott International has launched a limited edition tote bag with an exclusive print by British luxury accessories brand, Lily and Lionel.  The print is featured on a SleepingBags tote bag made in England from 100% recycled bed linen provided by U.K. Marriott hotels.  This first of its kind bag is available to purchase for £20 at with Marriott donating at least £10 from the sale of every bag to The Prince’s Trust.

Marriott is the first major hotel company to partner with pioneering British social enterprise, SleepingBags, to transform retired hotel bed linen into items that can be put back into hotels as guestroom amenities.  Marriott hotels across the U.K. have introduced hairdryer bags, newspaper bags and laundry bags made from retired bed linen into their guestrooms, helping provide a richer guest experience. The exclusively designed tote printed as a limited edition of 1,000 bags is a collaborative project that aims to highlight Sleeping Bags’ goal of reducing landfill and transforming people’s relationship to waste.

Lily and Lionel, famed for their iconic printed luxury scarf designs, has created a captivating, dream like scene of birds in flight using a palette of pastel colours that sit beautifully on the charcoal grey of the linen bag.   The evocative design helps to communicate the campaign’s message of sleeping that little bit more soundly by offering support to this environmental cause. 

Barbara Powell, Senior Director of Social Responsibility for Marriott International says: “Marriott has a deep-rooted commitment to sustainability and is delighted to launch the Lily and Lionel bag. Not only does the bag look good but it’s also a great example of how we are working with our suppliers to create sustainable products and reduce our environmental footprint.”

Andy Marks, Founder & CEO of SleepingBags says: “If laid end-to-end, bed linen condemned by the world’s leading hotel chains in one year would go around the world more than twice.  Reimagining Marriott’s wonderfully soft bed linen to create this tote bag is an enchanting way of making people re-think what waste is.  The bag looks great, feels great and has a story to tell.”

Alice Stone, Creative Director at Lily and Lionel says:  “Lily and Lionel is truly grateful to have been asked to take part in this inspiring project. We are passionate supporters of environmental causes and love the concept of this project.  A huge part of producing our scarves is sourcing the best fabrics, and the feel of the SleepingBags tote is lovely; we’ve added our own touch with an ethereal design that is very fitting for the story that this bag has to tell.”

The Lily and Lionel tote bag is available to buy from today at Marriott is committed to supporting The Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps change young people’s lives.

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About SleepingBags Social Enterprise
SleepingBags creates products made from end-of-life bed linens sourced from luxury hotels. We reimagine these wonderful fabrics by applying strong design and brand values to create Moments of Wonder™ - unique experiences full of stories and wonder that become an integral part of the luxury travel experience. SleepingBags’ range includes tote bags, sleep wear and soft furnishings.

About Lily and Lionel
Lily was an expert dressmaker; Lionel supplied apparel to some of London’s most exclusive boutiques. Together they passed down an inherent knowledge of textiles to their granddaughter Alice Stone, Lily and Lionel’s Creative Director.  Sourcing the best textiles from around the world was just the beginning. Now Lily and Lionel is renowned for iconic prints that have been seen on fans like Elle Macpherson, Edie Campbell and Thandie Newton.  As it approaches its fifth year, Lily and Lionel is present in over 150 locations around the world, including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Liberty.

About The Prince’s Trust
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. It supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Prince’s Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped more than 700,000 young people since 1976 and supports 100 more each day. Further information about The Prince’s Trust is available at or on 0800 842 842.

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Succeed Through Service Challenge Announces 2013 Winners

Ritz Carlton LogoInspiring submissions awarded US $1,000 to 10 partner schools.

Chevy Chase, Md. – Engage. Inspire. Contribute. These three principles continue to guide the Succeed Through Service global youth engagement program created by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as part of its Community Footprints social responsibility commitment.

All 80 hotels, as well as The Ritz-Carlton residences and destination clubs, are engaged in Succeed Through Service and partner with local schools and youth organizations, many of which work closely with children facing economic, social or personal challenges. The program focuses on helping young people to flourish through life-skills training, career exploration, and community service- learning projects to introduce them to civic responsibility. Over the past four years The Ritz-Carlton has supported over 12,000 young students around the world. 

“Our Succeed Through Service Student Challenge provides an outstanding platform to mobilize our students worldwide to help address issues in their own community.” says Hervé Humler, president and chief operations officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC. “As the name suggests, Succeed Through Service is all about helping young people thrive and inspiring them do their best.”

The annual community projects bring together the students at partner schools with Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen to create student-led service-learning projects supporting hunger relief, child well-being and environmental responsibility. Upon completion, the students are invited to enter the Student Challenge, share their Community Footprints project and the impact it made on their community. This year, to recognize the most inspiring projects, ten student groups, five from the Americas and five from Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East regions, were selected to receive a US $1,000 grant to support their education.

In Wolfsburg, Germany, the students at Heinrich-Nordhoff Comprehensive School worked with the Ladies and Gentlemen at their partner hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, to clean and help protect the ecosystem at a local vivarium. One student reflected on her class’s work by saying, “I now understand why we have to take care of our earth and each other. The project has changed a lot for me and my thinking.” The school is using the award to update the school library by purchasing new books, facilitate educational trips and provide funds to their partner school in Tanzania.

The students at Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity worked with their Succeed Through Service partner, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park to develop a mentoring and tutoring program at the South Jamaica Queens Public Library. The aim was to create a safe, helpful environment where young students from the area could come after school for homework help. One of the Queen’s Satellite students shared, “My experience working at the library has been great because I was able to help elementary and kindergarten students…These kids have a future and it feels good to be doing my part.” The school will use the funds to cover the transportation costs for their students to visit prospective City and State University of New York colleges as well as assist with offsetting their college application fees.

Along with the additional eight winners of the Succeed Through Service Student Challenge, these inspiring community projects are a global showcase of youthful achievement.

Full list of winning schools/organizations:
Al Noor International School (The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain)
Beijing Hospitality Institute (The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing & The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing Financial Street)
Heinrich Nordhoff School (The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg)
Kenmore Middle School (The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City)
KIPP Academy (The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans)
Kissimmee Middle School (The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes)
Queens Satellite School (The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park)
Rashid bin Al Nazar School (Al Bustan Palace, A Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Oman)
Roosevelt High School (The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles)
Yi Fu Vocational and Polytechnic School (The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai)

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 80 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. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) 

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Marriott Partners with Energy Leaders to Lower Carbon Footprint in Europe

Grosvenor HouseThree New Initiatives Will Help Reduce Energy Consumption Across Europe Hotels.

London – Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) has launched a number of strategic energy saving initiatives in Europe to reduce carbon dioxide or C02 emissions versus annual targets by an additional 7 percent over the next three years.  Forged in response to the company’s global goal of reducing energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020, the initiatives will build on Marriott’s decades-long commitment to preserving and protecting the environment.

In recent years, Marriott has implemented a number of leading edge initiatives at its European properties including smart metering, the installation of high quality data systems to benchmark and set hotel energy and water goals, renewable energy projects, retrofit of LED lighting in more than 70 properties, and the installation of combined heat and power (CHP) and voltage optimisation units in more than 30 properties.  The new initiatives will build on these recent successes, helping to further reduce energy consumption across the company’s portfolio of properties in Europe and meet Marriott’s global aims. 

Marriott-SiemensIn partnership with Siemens, Marriott is implementing an energy optimisation programme in Europe.  Through the programme, which is launching in a first phase of 20 hotels, Marriott and Siemens will audit energy usage and optimise building management systems to monitor energy consumption.  Additionally, hotel associates will be able to track energy use in real-time via Green Building Monitors, enabling them to actively contribute to energy saving and develop a greater awareness of their contribution to sustainability.  Following a trial at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Marriott Hotel, the programme is expected to cut C02 emissions by 10 to 15 per property and initiative.  

A second initiative being trialled by Marriott is a cutting-edge programme by KiWi Power designed to make smart, temporary reductions in energy consumption during times of peak demand on the National Grid.  The demand response solution will enable hotels to temporarily reduce their non-essential services, such as cooling and air handling, during times when the electricity grid is highly congested.  Most importantly, this can be achieved without impacting guest comfort levels. 

The programme, which is being trialled in 4 Marriott hotels in London, has the potential to generate new risk-free revenue streams, provide hotel managers with greater insight into energy usage and actively contribute to Marriott’s sustainability goals.  Marriott is the first international hotel group to adopt KiWi Power’s demand response programme in the U.K.

The third initiative will expand Marriott’s combined heat and power and voltage optimisation programme in Europe to include an additional 20 properties.  The estimated annual C02 reduction will be equivalent to taking 6,000 family cars off the road each year.

“These initiatives represent a strategic and determined effort to reduce our energy consumption across Europe,” said Reiner Sachau, Chief Operations Officer for Marriott International in Europe.  “Many of these programmes are cutting edge and we are delighted to be championing them together with our industry-leading partners.”
To share European sustainability news with its associates, Marriott has launched an online news centre,  The site will keep hotel associates abreast of Marriott in Europe’s sustainability goals and community engagement initiatives, as well as provide a platform for sharing accomplishments and best practices. 

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Marriott’s Sustainable Hotel Development Boosts Economies and Creates Jobs

2013 Sustainability Report Update CoverHalf of Company’s Future Hotel Growth to Come from Emerging Economies

As Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR) grows beyond its current global footprint of more than 3,800 hotels in over 70 countries, the company is focusing on development which will provide sustainable economic activity and local employment.   In coming years, more than half of Marriott’s new hotels will be located in emerging markets where tourism is a major driver of new jobs and economic development.  In its just-released 2013 Sustainability Report Update, which updates the company’s 2011-2012 Sustainability Report, Marriott noted substantial progress in job creation in underserved and emerging markets.

Two major sustainable development projects include Marriott’s first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa—and the largest in Rwanda.  The hotel, which is expected to open in 2014, represents the start of Marriott’s aggressive growth plans in Sub-Saharan Africa where the company plans to help fuel the Rwandan travel industry and train young women through a partnership with Rwandan-based Akilah Institute for Women. 

Kigali Marriott HotelIn addition, the Marriott Hotel Port-au-Prince in Haiti is expected to open in early 2015, making it the first four-star branded hotel in Haiti. The hotel is expected to help boost the local economy by supporting local vendors, supporting hospitality training and generating more than 200 new hospitality jobs.

“Sustainable hotel development generates opportunity for Marriott in exciting new markets and supports economic development in emerging economies by boosting local tourism, creating new jobs, and supporting local businesses,” said Arne Sorenson, Marriott International’s president and chief executive officer.  “While we invite our guests to ‘See the World’ through our portfolio of hotels around the globe, we want them to know how Marriott is working toward a more inclusive and sustainable future.”

Akilah Graduates with The First Lady of Rwanda, Madame Jeannette KagameMari Snyder, vice president of social responsibility for Marriott, noted that the company recently collaborated with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to research the economic and community benefit of hotels.  “Our initial study of the JW Marriott Lima Hotel in Peru, which employs 350 associates and features 300 guestrooms and 10 meeting rooms, shows that the hotel contributes more than $10 million annually to the Peruvian economy through expenditures on salaries, supplies and services. That was a higher value than anticipated, given prior GIZ research of the tourism and hospitality industries.  Hotels are a dynamic factor in the development equation.”

The results of Marriott’s 2013 Sustainability Report Update are reported to shareholders, customers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), Marriott’s Board of Directors and associates.  This allows Marriott to inform critical stakeholders about the company’s priorities and actions, and create opportunities to address substantive issues through partnerships and collaboration. 

In the report, Marriott captures results from 2012 in the areas of environmental, economic and social responsibility performance.  Highlights include:

• A nearly 12 percent reduction in water consumption per cubic meter per occupied room; a 16.5 percent energy reduction per square meter of conditioned space and a more than 13 percent reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions[1].
• Growth in the total number of LEED Certified, Registered, and Volume Program hotels in Marriott’s portfolio to 115, an increase of nearly 20 hotels in 2012. 
• Becoming an official hotel partner of Clean the World®, a nonprofit that collects, recycles and distributes partially used soaps and other hygiene amenities globally to communities in need. Marriott is the number one hotel chain in the Clean the World portfolio, having collected more than 75,000 pounds of soap and 50,000 pounds of amenities.
• Celebrating the four-year anniversary of the company’s $2 million commitment to the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve in Amazonas, Brazil to protect 1.4 million acres of rainforest and local residents.
• Helping to protect a major source of fresh water in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province through the company’s Nobility of Nature program in partnership with Conservation International. The initiative avoids deforestation, erosion and promotes sustainable jobs through beekeeping and honey production.
• Contributing more than $23 million in cash and in-kind donations to organizations worldwide while associates raised an additional $4.3 million for their communities during company-sponsored events and volunteered nearly 460,000 hours valued at $10.2 million[2].

Diversity & Inclusion and Youth Employment
• Implementing a foundational cross-cultural workshop and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a leadership tool designed to promote diversity awareness by measuring an individual’s or group’s fundamental orientation to cultural differences.
• Promoting women’s empowerment through training programs for leaders.  Women represented 42 percent of participants in our Leadership Excellence Program, 18 percent of participants in the General Managers One Week Program, 33 percent of participants in the Executive Development Program, and 46 percent in the newly launched Professional Leadership Program.
• Supporting youth hospitality career development through programs such as Youth Career Initiative (YCI), and Marriott’s World of Opportunity Europe initiative that works with charitable partners that received €300,000 (approximately $400,000) cash, €100,000 (approximately $130,000) in-kind, and nearly 4,000 hours of volunteerism for sponsoring more than 250 young people across Europe.

Human Rights
• Completing the “Human Rights and the Protection of Children” training of nearly 200,000 Marriott associates worldwide. 
• Helping to secure grants totaling $550,000 from The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. The funds help survivors of human trafficking lead self-sustaining lives through skills learned in the hotel-based YCI hospitality training program. In 2012, YCI’s first graduating class in Mexico City included 11 survivors of trafficking from local shelters.

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[1] Compared to baseline 2007.  Marriott’s goal is to further reduce energy and water consumption 20 percent by 2020. 

[2] Based on Independent Sector’s estimated value of volunteer time for 2012: $22.14 per hour.  Independent Sector is a leading forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs in America and around the world.

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Marriott CEO Gives “Green Thumbs Up” to New Residence Inn Arlington Ballston

Residence Inn Ballston - Marriott CEO Gives Green Thumbs Up”
Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International, pictured center with from left to right – front row:  Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola; Libby Garvey, Arlington County Board Member; Jim Donohoe, III - CEO, The Donohoe Companies; J. Walter Tejada, Arlington County Board Chairman and Bob Donohoe, Jr. - vice president, Donohoe Development.  from left to right – back row:  Tom Galle - president, Donohoe Hospitality; Chris Bruch - president and COO, The Donohoe Companies; Steve Twohig, executive vice chairman, The Donohoe Companies; Michael Golembe - general manager, Residence Inn Arlington Ballston and Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Member. 

Mr. Sorenson welcomed the hotel to the Marriott family and noted that the Residence Inn Arlington Ballston joins more than 100 Marriott properties around the world that are LEED® or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified for the U.S. Green Building Council.  The Residence Inn Arlington Ballston is designed to LEED Gold standards and will help contribute to a healthier environment by reducing waste and conserving energy and water. 

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