Marriott Joins the Worldwide Sustainability Movement ’Team Earth’
Bethesda, MD.- Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) is participating in Team Earth, a worldwide sustainability movement that unites businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals to address five critical environmental issues: climate change, water, health, waste and food. The initiative urges individual actions and presents easy solutions to ensure a more sustainable world.
“We are proud to join Team Earth, because we believe that protecting the environment is part of our mission to provide people around the world with the rewards of travel, not just today, but in the years to come,” said Bill Marriott, Chairman and CEO of Marriott International.
Team Earth is represented by three non-profit organizations: Conservation International, Rocky Mountain Institute and Prince’s Rainforest Project. Founding companies include Dell, Harrah’s, SC Johnson, Starbucks, and Wrigley, and PepsiCo China, ePals and Marriott International are also participating.
“We feel strongly that a stable climate, fresh water resources, a sustainable food supply and a healthy environment are vital for our survival and we must therefore share the responsibility of taking specific actions toward the earth’s protection,” said Chairman and CEO of Conservation International Peter Seligmann.
Team Earth is committed to recruiting individuals to save the world’s forests, a vital element in preventing climate change, by signing up for the Prince’s Rainforest Project campaign at the Team Earth beta site, www.teamearth.com. The Prince’s Rainforest Project, established by The Prince of Wales, calls for emergency action and funding in order to achieve a fast and significant reduction in tropical deforestation by helping rainforest nations to focus instead on alternative, more environmentally friendly (low carbon) economic development activities. By signing up, Team Earth members add their voice to the many calling for urgent action to fight climate change by saving forests.
The official Team Earth web site will launch in November 2009 and will include social networking functionalities, educational content, environmental impact measuring tools and more.
In 2008, Marriott announced its environmental strategy to help protect the environment and address climate change. The plan calls for the company’s $2 million commitment to help protect 1.4 million acres of Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Guests can also make donations. To learn more, visit www.marriott.com/savetherainforest and www.marriott.com/spirittopreserve.
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