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Green Hotels

Both in and beyond our hotels, Marriott seeks to take responsibility for the environmental impact of our business operations. We focus our efforts on five key elements of corporate environmental responsibility: reducing consumption, greening our supply chain, building greener hotels, engaging our guests and associates, and innovative conservation initiatives.

In Our Hotels
Several strategies and practices have been adopted at Marriott properties as well as its headquarters building to demonstrate Marriott’s commitment to positive environmental impact. Primary initiatives focus on:

  • Our commitment to reduce the consumption of water, waste, and energy in our hotels and at our corporate headquarters
  • Partnering with our vendors to introduce price neutral products that conserve resources and increase waste diversion and are composed of more environmentally-friendly materials, including shower heads that only use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, light bulbs that use 80% less energy, and key cards made of recycled materials
  • Expanding our portfolio of green hotels by establishing LEED certification for existing properties—the first one being the Marriott Inn & Conference Center University of Maryland (the first LEED-certified hotel in North America)—and expanding green prototypes for new hotels.
  • Engaging guests and associates by inviting them to support the environment through everyday actions with green meetings, proceed donations, individual donations, and volunteerism.

Video: Marriott International Headquarters Green Tour  | View all LEED-certified Marriott hotels | Book a green meeting | Video: Offset Your Stay

Beyond Our Hotels
Marriott contributes to sustaining the environment beyond our hotels by supporting innovative initiatives including rainforest conservation protection and water conservation.

Through a $2 million commitment, Marriot is helping to preserve the endangered Brazilian rainforest in the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve
Juma Reserve | Video

In 2010, we launched the Nobility of Nature program  to safeguard fresh water in the mountains of China’ Sichuan Province, and improve water quality for the rural communities of Pingwu County.
Nobility of Nature | Video  | Marriott on the Move  | News

The beauty of many of our properties' surroundings cannot be taken for granted in a resource-challenged world. We are focused on integrating greater environmental sustainability throughout our business, including architecture and construction, engineering and procurement.


We recognize the compelling need to run our hotels efficiently, and in 2009 we achieved our goal in the Americas of reducing energy consumption by 5% per available room (on a year-over-year basis after weather normalization).