Marriott on the Move



We Are All Guests

Posted: April 20, 2008 09:23:40 PM

CICarbonCalculator On this planet, we're all visitors, or guests. I prefer guests because that's what the people who visit our hotels are. I think we get it at Marriott. Green is certainly the new business imperative. Scientists have argued pretty convincingly how climate change is caused by the release of man-made greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and it's fueled by the burning of fossil fuels. Every one of us produces carbon in our daily lives. But fortunately, there's a lot we can do to minimize our carbon footprint and that's what we've been doing at Marriott. As you know, I'm not very good with the computer, but someone took me to the Conservation International website where you can calculate your carbon footprint and then find ways to reduce it. It asks you questions to determine the emissions from your home, the kind of car you drive and how frequently and how far you travel. You can do either simple or detailed calculations and quickly get your personal carbon footprint. The number you end up with equals the amount of carbon in tons you're responsible for every year.

It's really a very sobering experience and motivated me to change out the halogen light bulbs in my house and replace them with compact fluorescent bulbs that will save me energy. I'm looking for other ways to reduce my carbon footprint as well.

As a company with over 3,000 hotels in almost 70 countries, Marriott has been conserving energy and water for 20 years. Now we've completed a comprehensive carbon footprint calculation as a company and outlined an aggressive plan to reduce it. It includes things like reducing our fuel and water consumption by 25 percent per room over the next 10 years, more aggressively recycling and building more "green" energy-efficient hotels.

We're also challenging the company's top 40 vendors to supply price-neutral greener products. So now we're rolling out 47 million recycled BIC pens and three quarters of a million gallons of environmentally-friendly paint to our hotels - all at no additional cost. That's something I really get excited about.

Imagine what a difference it will make to our environment if our hotels keep on working to reduce their carbon emissions. And on top of that, if we can encourage our 300,000 associates at our managed and franchised hotels worldwide to reduce their energy consumption at work and at home, it will make such a great impact on our environment.

So I'm asking you, the readers of my blog, to calculate your carbon footprint as well. All you have to do is click here to go to the Conservation International website and use their carbon calculator. When you do, send me a comment to let me know what you've learned and how you plan to reduce your own carbon footprint.

I'm Bill Marriott and thanks for helping me keep Marriott on the move.

We Are All Guests


Posted By: Feras Werr (04/22/2008 at 08:17 AM)

Mr. Marriott, I have to say your environmental steps that you are exercising on company and hotel levels are excellent. I did my calculations. My readings were high at 4.4; however the experience was just fantastic. The whole process gave me very deep insight as to how hard my family and I have to work in order to cut down on carbon emissions. The less we have of Carbon and greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, the safer we are to maintain a future for our globe. If every single member of our global community doesn't exercise the required awareness; if our global community doesn't combine in teamwork to really work hard on this issue, and according to the scientists calculations we can bid farewell to our planet by as soon as 2100. Believe me Mr. Marriott the more I read and studied while I was preparing for my article that I mentioned in my last comment about your business venture in the Amazon Forest, the more I was scared and noted how much we are truly on the verge of colliding with catastrophe. As mentioned on a couple of scientifical features on the Yahoo website during the course of last year; ice free polar caps during summer by as early as 2040; ice free mountains on equatorial regions by as early as 2020; very frequent coastal flooding due to an expected rise in sea levels from polar cap ice melting and due to climax by 2080.

Posted By: Michelle DeRepentigny (04/22/2008 at 08:54 PM)

i was actually looking for a competitor on twitter and found your twitter account, which led to your blog. I just had to say your post was especially appropriate with today being Earth Day and I'm amzed at your social media presence. Congratulations and I look forward to reading more and will reconsider my hotel choices because of it.

Posted By: Drew (04/23/2008 at 04:39 AM)

Mr. Marriott, I understand people switching light bulbs to the fluorescent bulbs but what do you do when the bulb burns out? In California, you can not just throw a fluorescent bulb in the trash can because the bulb contains mercury.

Posted By: nancy r. (05/08/2008 at 07:50 AM)

I applaud your efforts to Go Green as much as possible. Would you please also consider implementing newspaper recycling in your hotels? We an avid residential recycler and monthly business traveler, I am very concerned about all of the daily newspapers lieing in the hallways of the hotels I stay in and where they end up. Please consider implementing a newspaper recycling program before another Earth Day comes and goes.

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I'm Bill Marriott, Chairman & CEO of Marriott International.

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