33 posts categorized "Environment"

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...

Enjoying a Smooth, Quiet Ride in the New Chevrolet Volt

November 3, 2010
I love cars. I collect a few – I’m a real aficionado. I used to go to car races when I was a kid and I’ve been to a lot of car shows. So I’ve really been a car enthusiast. We just finished test driving the brand new Chevrolet Volt,...

Marriott Guests Can Give Back with New Voluntourism Package

July 30, 2010
The people and businesses along the Gulf Coast and New Orleans have sure endured a lot over the past five years -- between Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and now the oil spill -- but I want to focus on the resilience of that wonderful community. Earlier this summer, some of...

Supporting Critical Water Conservation in China

May 28, 2010
For the past two weeks, I’ve been traveling throughout China visiting our hotels in the region. We’re just about ready to open a brand new Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pudong, a suburb of Shanghai. It is truly an amazing hotel – very tall and very beautiful. But we’re opening an even...

Marriott Celebrates Green Initiatives this Earth Day

April 22, 2010
Today is Earth Day and in honor of this day of environmental awareness, I want to share with you some of our “green” news. First, I am excited to tell you that earlier this month, our headquarters building in Bethesda, Maryland, was certified as LEED-Gold, which is the U.S. Green...

Discussing Climate Change in Copenhagen

December 15, 2009
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP-15, opened in Copenhagen on December 7th. Fifteen thousand delegates are expected to attend, including 110 heads of state and government from 192 countries. Their objective is to establish a binding global climate agreement, to include as many countries as possible,...

Two Courtyard Hotels Make Eco-History

September 22, 2009
They say you can't be in two places at once, but I learned today you can, thanks to technology! Today we celebrated two big milestones with one big event. First, the Courtyard Portland City Center in Oregon, which opened just a few months ago, officially received its LEED-Gold certification from...

Our Commitment to the Brazilian Rain Forest

August 26, 2009
Our company has joined the worldwide effort to save the Brazilian Amazon Rain Forest from the deforestation that contributes to climate change. It is something I have blogged about before. We have contributed money to build a middle school, a dormitory and a health clinic in the Juma Sustainable Development...

Dimming the Lights for Earth Hour

March 26, 2009
To kick off Environmental Awareness Month this April, we are participating in an event on Saturday created by the World Wildlife Fund called Earth Hour. At 8:30 p.m. local time on March 28th, many of our hotels and offices around the world will be turning off all their non-essential lights...

Green Your Hotel Stay for $1 a Day with Marriott

February 17, 2009
When my executive team started talking with me about carbon offsets, I said, "What's that?" I'm old enough to remember "carbon copies," which is how you made multiple copies before we had computers and printers. I've learned since that carbon offsets are a way to offset the greenhouse gases generated...