Marriott International, Inc has developed a carbon-offset program to help guests at its more-than 3,000 hotels worldwide offset the carbon footprints associated with their hotel stays.
Marriott has developed the carbon-offsetting program through its Spirit to Preserve, the company’s five-point environmental strategy, and is making carbon offsetting available in all of its hotels. The initiative allows guests to offset the carbon footprint of their hotel stay for as little as $10, or $1 per day, per room for up to 10 days.
The funds raised from the program go to help protect the Juma rainforest reserve in the State of Amazonas, Brazil.
Through an agreement with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation, Marriott and its hotels’ guests are protecting 1.4 million acres of pristine rainforest in The Juma Sustainable Development Reserve. Without this intervention, up to 62 per cent of the Juma rainforest would be destroyed by 2050 due to illegal deforestation, resulting in 4 million tons of carbon emissions in the first 10 years alone, according to Marriott.
TUV SUD, an independent accredited environmental auditing firm, has validated the project, awarding it “gold status” under its climate, community and biodiversity standards.
In addition to protecting the Juma rainforest, Marriott’s Spirit to Preserve program also includes environmental initiatives focused on:
Water, waste & energy reduction;
Developing greener solutions throughout the supply chain;
Building green hotels & upgrading current hotels to meet stricter environmental standards; and
Educating and engaging employees and guests to support the environment through their everyday actions
For specific information about the Spirit to Preserve program, visit www.marriott.com/marriott.mi?page=environmentalInitiatives.
Marriott International has more than 3,200 lodging properties in 66 countries and territories. It operates and franchises hotels under the following brand names: Marriott; JW Marriott; The Ritz-Carlton; Renaissance; Residence Inn; Courtyard; TownePlace Suites; Fairfield Inn; SpringHill Suites; and Bulgari.
The company also develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. Marriott International is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.