Marriott News Center

06/29/2011

Environmental Initiatives

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The company formed an Executive Green Council in 2007 to catalyze sustainability beyond water and energy conservation and collaborated with Conservation International, a global environmental NGO based in Northern Virginia, to set the following goals:     

Marriott’s Spirit to Preserve® Goals

• Further reduce energy and water consumption by 25 percent per available room by 2017;
• Expand our green hotel development ten-fold in five years;
• Green our multi-billion dollar supply chain;
• Educate and inspire associates and guests to support the environment;
• Address environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives including rainforest protection and water conservation. 

In our hotels…from Maryland to Mumbai

The company is on track to achieve its 25 percent energy and water reduction goal.  Marriott has reduced its energy consumption by 11 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by 10.7 percent, and water consumption by 8.2 percent per available room in the last two years. 

Marriott has nearly 85 hotels across all brands that are LEED®-certified or registered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Inn and Conference Center by Marriott at the University of Maryland in College Park was the first hotel and conference center to receive LEED certification in the U.S. LEED certification stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. LEED-certified buildings reduce waste sent to landfills; conserve energy and water; are healthier and safer for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Marriott was the first in the hospitality industry to launch a green hotel prototype that has been pre-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as part of its LEED Volume Program, meaning that any developer that chooses to follow these plans will earn basic LEED certification, or possibly higher, upon USGBC final approval.  The company is also the first in the hospitality industry to have three brands approved to receive the LEED Volume Program pre-certification.  In 2010, Marriott was approved for the Courtyard brand and so far this year, the company has been approved for the TownePlace Suites and Residence Inn brands. Both the Fairfield Inn and SpringHill Suites brands will be submitted for approval for the Volume Program by the end of 2011 helping us to reach the goal of all five select service brands having a pre-certified LEED prototype.  This prototype saves Marriott’s hotel owners an average of $100,000 in development costs, six months in design time, and up to 25 percent energy and water savings.

Marriott is also engaging our top suppliers to provide more sustainable products for our guests, from key cards, carpeting and Eco-Smart™ pillows made from recycled materials to towels that save 6-million gallons of water from manufacturer to guestroom. This reduces our direct environmental impact and offers our guests and associates a more eco-sensitive experience. 

Our most recent initiative addresses the depletion of seafood stocks and endangered fish species from the Chesapeake Bay to the world’s fresh waters and oceans.  FutureFish is a sustainable seafood initiative developed by Marriott’s corporate culinary team that complements our executive chefs’ locally-grown and organic menu offerings.  

At our Global Headquarters in Bethesda, Md.

Marriott Headquarters After a three-year effort to become more sustainable and environmentally-friendly, Marriott’s 30-year-old global headquarters building in Bethesda secured LEED Existing Building Gold status in 2010. Practices implemented at headquarters include increasing the recycling rate to 74 percent and diverting all waste from a landfill to a waste-to-energy plant; switching from evening to daytime office cleaning; and providing car-sharing for employees through a partnership with Connect by Hertz. Additionally, the company’s efforts to preserve the Amazon Rainforest earned LEED credits for both innovation and off-site protection of open space. Marriott associates volunteer in numerous environmental clean-up projects throughout the region. 

Around the world…from the Amazon Rainforest to Asia’s Water Tower

Marriott has created a portfolio of innovative conservation initiatives to help address some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. 

Marriott pledged $2 million in corporate funding to help protect 1.4 million acres of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. Rainforest protection is critical for containing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.    Meeting planners can arrange to have a contribution made to the rainforest, in the name of their company, as part of Marriott’s “green meetings” offering.  To make a donation or learn more information, visit www.marriott.com/SaveTheRainforest.

In China, Marriott is helping to safeguard fresh water. The company is investing $500,000 over two years to support a vital water conservation program that helps protect the largest source of fresh water on the planet. The Asia water tower feeds the Yellow, Yangtze and Ganges Rivers. 

Marriott believes its commitment to social responsibility contributes to its growth and development, as well as the company’s culture. Marriott has been ranked one of Newsweek's "The Greenest Big Companies," and has been recognized for its environmental leadership in the hotel industry by several groups, including Ceres, an alliance of investors and environmentalists; the non-profit organization ClimateCounts.org; and Travel + Leisure magazine.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has honored Marriott with its Sustained Excellence Award for three consecutive years, and has awarded its ENERGY STAR® label to approximately 320 Marriott hotels.

For more information about Marriott’s commitment to the environment, visit www.marriott.com/environment or call Felicia McLemore at 301-380-2702. 

With more than 3,600 hotels in cities of all sizes, along beautiful shorelines, and in biodiverse and culturally significant sites around the world, Marriott International, Inc. sees sustainability as a critical responsibility.