32 posts categorized "Environment"

Family Summer Camp in New Hampshire

August 25, 2014
(I'm currently on vacation at the lake. Enjoy this blog from last year.) Donna and I cherish the time we spend with our grandchildren and great-grandchildren We’ve been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when...

Why You Should Hire a Vet

May 22, 2014
Monday marks an important day in our nation’s history. It’s Memorial Day. While many of us will be grilling up some burgers and enjoying the warm weather with our family and friends, this day honors the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country— laying down their...

The Ritz-Carlton Kicks-Off Right

February 4, 2014
The recent Super Bowl game had me thinking about the importance of kick-offs. In football, kick-offs help set the tone for each team’s possession. They can either give a team great advantage or put a team behind before they even start a play. Before the grand opening day of every...

The Natural Gas Revolution Begins in Newark

May 20, 2013
Ready for my first ride in the Courtyard's green van Marriott has a companywide program called “Spirit to Preserve.” It’s a global effort to protect the planet. It’s up to each hotel to make it happen. I was visiting the Courtyard Newark Liberty International Airport Hotel around Earth Day and...

Eco-Tourism Makes Environmental Ambassadors of Us All

March 18, 2013
Jean-Michel Cousteau and I enjoyed the green environment of St. Thomas I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but I’m not sure “eco-tourist” has ever been one of them, until now. I just returned from an early spring break in St. Thomas with my wife, Donna, where...

LEED-ing the Way

November 5, 2012
I’ve studied travelers and hotel guests all of my life. When people choose a hotel, these are the deciding factors: price, location, and cleanliness. Now, according to a survey in Conde Nast Traveler, 87% of participants say it’s important to be environmentally friendly. One way we can go 'green' is...

Cleaning up the Red Sea One Dive at a Time

April 22, 2012
IN CELEBRATION OF EARTH DAY The Sharm El Sheikh Marriott Red Sea Resort sent me a video of their recent community service project. The hotel associates cleaned up the beach, but didn’t stop at the water’s edge. They strapped on scuba tanks, dove into the sea and hunted for buried...

Congratulating the Fairfield Inn & Suites Small Business Challenge Winner: ecycler

March 8, 2011
A few months ago, I mentioned a great contest our Fairfield Inn & Suites brand was doing called “The Small Business Challenge.” The owners of ten small businesses stayed for free at our Fairfield Inn & Suites hotels as they traveled around the country, trying to grow their businesses and...

Freshness Is the Key Ingredient at AMP 150

February 24, 2011
One of my favorite things to do is to eat and one of my very favorite meals is a big, juicy hamburger – I like them pink, and rare if I can get them that way. And it’s very hard for me to pass up a good dessert, especially rice...

Mapping Marriott's Global Footprint

November 23, 2010
When I’m on vacation, I love to walk along the beach and look back to see the footprints I’ve left in the sand. I know that companies can’t literally leave footprints, but all companies leave evidence of their activities. Marriott recently released its 2008-2009 Sustainability Report. It is a record...