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Marriott Vacation Club International Launches Corporate Green Initiative
ORLANDO, Fla. - March 7, 2008 - Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI), the vacation ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), recently announced a corporate office-wide effort designed to reduce both its environmental footprint and energy costs.
The week-long launch of the "MVCI Green Initiative" began on February 25 at the Westwood Corporate Center in Orlando, Florida, home to Marriott Vacation Club International's corporate offices. Throughout the course of the week, more than 900 associates received new products and had the opportunity to view a model workspace which incorporated a robust recycling program and demonstrated ways to properly recycle and reduce energy consumption in conference rooms, break rooms and work spaces.
"Marriott Vacation Club International, has a long history rooted in serving every community we have a presence in. Our Spirit to Serve philosophy also carries over to the environment. By making strategic yet relatively small changes to our work space habits and practices, our collective efforts can make a huge impact on preserving our environment, and we are committed to that not just at a corporate level, but throughout our entire division," said Lani Kane-Hanan, executive committee sponsor and senior vice-president, Innovation, Planning, Supply, Maximization for Marriott Vacation Club International.
Marriott Vacation Club International has spent the last year researching and determining specific steps the corporate headquarters could take in support of the recent launch of Marriott International's headquarters-wide green campaign. The MVCI effort, lead by senior executives and associates has served as a catalyst for moving the program forward and has helped spread the comprehensive recycling component throughout the entire Westwood Corporate Center, which includes 22 tenants and 1,500 employees (900 of which are MVCI associates), managed by Manulife Financial.
Manulife Financial is utilizing the services of Orlando Waste Paper Co. and Container Rental Co., to provide and service specific recycling containers which will be dedicated to paper, plastic and aluminum (co-mingled recycling), and solid waste. The waste vendor has been servicing Central Florida since 1969 and has offered a comprehensive "co-mingled" recycling solution to its customers for several years.
All MVCI Associates traded in plastic utensils and Styrofoam cups and plates for their own "Green Initiative" branded thermal travel mug and tumbler. Additionally, plastic utensils have been replaced in all break rooms with SpudWare(tm), a durable set of utensils made from potatoes and 100% biodegradable within an average of 100 days.
Estimated Styrofoam and Plastic Waste Sent to Landfill Each Year from MVCI Corporate Headquarters
Styrofoam Plates 47,000
Plastic Forks 28,000
Plastic Knives 16,000
Plastic Spoons 36,000
Styrofoam Cups 127,000
Total Sent to Landfill 254,000
The impact on the environment will have an immediate effect eliminating nearly 254,000 pieces of Styrofoam and plastic waste from landfills.
The MVCI Green Initiative will begin roll-out to other corporate office locations and Marriott Vacation Club resorts within the next year and plans are underway for the roll-out of additional phases.
About Marriott Vacation Club International
As the interval ownership division of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), Marriott Vacation Club International is a premier provider of vacation and leisure experiences for approximately 370,000 owners. Since entering the timeshare industry in 1984, Marriott has earned its position as the recognized innovator and leader in vacation and fractional ownership products worldwide. Since that time, the company has segmented the industry to offer distinct vacation and real estate offerings, each based on the unique needs and desires of customers. The brands are: Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, Grand Residences by Marriott and The Ritz-Carlton Club, as well as select whole ownership developments. For information, please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com or www.ritzcarltonclub.com.
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