The Buzz Around Europe's Green Efforts

September 17, 2012

I recently returned from a cruise through Europe. As always, I had a tough time separating work and leisure.  I can’t come into a port or a city without resisting the impulse to stop by some of our hotels and visit some competitors. What struck me on this trip is how we can learn a lot from what Europe is doing to be more sustainable or green. 

One stop on the trip was the Zurich Marriott in Switzerland. When I arrived, the general manager took me to the rooftop, but not for the view—although there was a great view up there.  The GM introduced me to the ‘Sweet Sustainability’ program.  The rooftop garden is home to around 860,000 bees, so this tour wasn’t for the faint of heart.  When they told me the number of bees, I asked if anyone had counted them.  I was just kidding but I really wondered how they knew and I'm not sure they do know.

Bee farmers-Zurich

I learned that the 540 kilograms of honey produced by the bees each year are given to our guests, used in the hotel’s own recipes and sold in other Zurich shops.  One dish features a honey-mustard sauce for the trout carpaccio and for another, our rooftop honey is mixed with lemon to marinate a sweet corn-fed poulard.  As you can tell, our team has been very creative in finding ways to use and distribute our homemade honey.

HoneyIt seems that our hotels are bee happy these days because our Nobility of Nature program in China focuses on beekeeping, too.  There we use and sell honey produced in mountain villages in Szechuan Province at our Chinese hotels.  We’ve found that beekeeping is a great alternative to high-impact industries -- like logging -- that damage the environment.

Our European green efforts run the gamut.  The London Heathrow Marriott Hotel just won a Green Tourism Gold Award for their on-site greenhouse where they grow herbs and spices like basil and tomatoes and capture rainwater to water the plants. Our London engineers also had the terrific idea of constructing a small windmill to power the Marriott sign.  I hope the wind keeps blowing especially at night when the sign is on.  This is a first in our industry.  The sign is our signature Marriott red and now you know it has some green in it, too. 

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

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Marriot is a hotel that has a great service and by writing the article,I can say that they really work hard to produce a nice product like honey


The thing I like about this blog is that it keeps me updated on what the Marriott Hotel is doing to make things for sustainable. It really caught my eye to know and learn that some of the Marriott Hotels are starting greenhouses and bee hives to save money and help the economy. Its good to know that some people are making a move on becoming more green to insure the safety of our world. It is also good to know that it is helping out others and helping other businesses thrive.

I am very proud to be part of the Marriott Team!!!
Team work is the name of the game for my job, which
I sincerely love.

Marriott just keeps getting better and better. I've been with the company for 26 years and when I started we didnt' even recyle paper. Because of Mr. Marriott and how much he cares we have become wonderfully green and conscious of our impact on the environment and ways to exist symbiotically with it. Not only do we recyle just about everything we can in the office, but Marriott has institued ways to make it easy (recycle bins in each office)so many people participate. I am so proud that we as a company recycle the huge amount of items that we do, and that the building had incorporated "green" paths, even more LED lighting, which is definitely the way of the future. I commend Mr. Marriot on his forward thinking- from the small step of recylcing paper to the the giant step of the work they are doing in the Amazon.