Our sustainability strategy supports business growth and reaches beyond the doors of our hotels to preserve and protect our planet’s natural resources. Marriott’s environmental goals are to:
• Further reduce energy and water consumption 20% by 2020 (Energy 20 percent per kWh/conditioned m2; Water 20 percent per occupied room (POR). Baseline: 2007);
• Empower our hotel development partners to build green hotels;
• Green our multi-billion dollar supply chain;
• Educate and inspire associates and guests to conserve and preserve;
Address environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives including rainforest protection and water conservation.
We recognize our responsibility to reduce consumption of water, waste and energy in our hotels and corporate offices and are focused on integrating greater environmental sustainability throughout our business. We were the first major hotel chain to calculate our carbon footprint and launch a plan to improve energy efficiency, conserve water and support projects that reduce deforestation.
We use Energy and Environmental Action (EEAP) plans, our best-practice auditing tool, to help our properties achieve energy and water reduction goals.
Database and monitoring systems help us track consumption and monitor progress against goals.
Working in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), Marriott is empowering our hotel development partners to build green hotels.
Marriott has more than 110 LEED-certified buildings, with more in the development pipeline.
In 2011, we developed the first LEED Volume Program (LVP) to provide a streamlined path to certification for the hospitality industry through a green hotel prototype.
The LEED Volume Program that Marriott offers can save our owners 25 percent in energy and water consumption for the life of their buildings and should recover their initial investment in two-to-six years.
We have teamed-up with our vendors to provide price-neutral products that conserve energy, reduce and divert waste and are comprised of more sustainable materials. Low-energy light bulbs, showerheads that use less water, “room-ready” towels, recycled key cards and pens, and biodegradable laundry bags are just some of the products that help our hotels meet our sustainability goals.
Marriott is a founding member of the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium (HSPC), which measures the sustainability of suppliers and their products through an industry-wide index.
We provide guidance to our hotels to encourage sustainability in our kitchens through actions such as purchasing organic and responsibly sourced food, planting herb gardens, sourcing seafood caught in a sustainable manner and recycling cooking oil.
Our efforts are most successful when we create awareness among associates and guests and inspire them to partner with us on sustainability initiatives. We invite our guests and associates to support the environment through everyday actions at home, at work and while traveling.
Each April, our associates around the world take part in Environmental Awareness month, communicating their environmental commitment, raising awareness and volunteering in local clean-up projects.
Our brand-specific linen and towel re-use policies give guests the opportunity to join in our water and energy conservation efforts.
Our event managers are required to complete a certification in “green meetings” and more than 1,000 associates are currently certified.
To help mitigate the direct and indirect environmental impacts of our hotels, we are investing in a portfolio of innovative conservation initiatives that are part of our “Spirit to Preserve” environmental strategy.
Marriott has contributed more than $2 million to the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation (FAS) and raised nearly $300,000 through our partners, guests and associates to protect 1.4 million acres of rainforest in Brazil.
A collaboration between Marriott and Conservation International, Nobility of Nature protects the headwaters of Asia’s Water Tower and assists rural Chinese communities with building sustainable businesses that put less stress on the environment.