|Through Marriott's Executive Green Council and its collaboration with Conservation International, the company is working toward a greener, healthier planet. We are focused on these key areas:
- Energy and Water Conservation Marriott and its guests have reduced water usage by more than 15 percent over the last five years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented Marriott with its Sustained Excellence Award.
- Reducing our Carbon Footprint Many hotels have reduced greenhouse gases by replacing existing heating, ventilation and cooling equipment with more efficient systems. Marriott's smoke-free policy in North America is the most comprehensive in the industry.
- Waste Reduction More than 96 percent of hotels recycle, and Marriott headquarters has become waste neutral.
- Wildlife Preservation Our hotels seek ways to minimize their impact on native habitats, and tailor activities to protect and preserve wildlife and their natural surroundings.
- Greener Buildings We are proud that The Inn & Conference Center at the University of Maryland, outside of Washington, D.C., is LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. We are developing "green" building guidelines for our hotels by year-end 2009.
For a more in-depth summary, visit www.Marriott.com/socialresponsibility.
For more specific information about Marriott's commitment to the environmnet, visit www.Marriott.com/environment.