Why Preserve the Rainforest?
Climate change — caused by carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions — threatens species, biodiversity and life on Earth as we know it. According to Conservation International and other environmental experts, the destruction of tropical forests contributes 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and fuels climate change. But conserving forests — the lungs of the Earth — is one of the most important things we can do to improve the climate.
Marriott has taken steps to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through Spirit To Preserve, its five-point environmental strategy. To help offset its remaining carbon footprint, Marriott has committed $2 million to help protect the Juma rainforest reserve in the State of Amazonas, Brazil.
Marriott’s Carbon Footprint
To calculate Marriott's carbon footprint of 3 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually — or .031 metric tons (69.5 pounds) per available room — the company measured its electricity and gas consumption in guest rooms and public spaces at nearly 1,000 managed hotels worldwide, as well as at its headquarters building and regional offices. The calculation followed the World Resources Institute's Greenhouse Gas Protocol and has been independently certified by ICF International, a leader in climate change consulting services.