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Marriott Vacation Club Orlando Call Center Hosts "Green Fair" and Thanksgiving Food Drive
Orlando, Fla. - November 21, 2008 - The Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) Orlando Call Center, located at 8403 South Park Circle, hosted an office-wide "Green Fair" and food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida yesterday. More than 16 local businesses and non-profit organizations participated by showcasing products and information to help educate Associates and demonstrate ways to properly recycle and reduce energy consumption. Over the course of the day, more than 650 MVCI Associates learned how to do their part and make a difference - both at the office and at home.
In support of the event, associates wore green T-shirts and received free, re-usable and eco-friendly "MVCI Green Initiative" branded mugs and re-usable grocery bags to encourage conservation. In keeping with Marriott's Spirit to Serve commitment to meeting hunger needs, associates donated more than 300 pounds of canned-food items in under one hour - which is equivalent to 200 meals - to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida just in time for Thanksgiving.
Throughout the event, Associates were exposed to and educated on a wide variety of eco-friendly products including organic fruits, vegetables and soaps from the farmer's market; ENERGY STAR appliances; compact florescent light bulbs and programmable thermostats. Associates also had the opportunity to tour Home Depot's "green" building products trailer, view a Toyota Prius Hybrid car presented by the Orlando Utilities Commission and a Ford Focus hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle brought by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Furthermore, Associates learned about the "Share a Ride" vanpool and carpool options offered by The Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) in an effort to cut back on commute costs and carbon dioxide emissions.
"Marriott Vacation Club International takes pride in cultivating a company culture that cares for our Associates and our environment. By making strategic yet relatively small changes to our habits in the workplace and at home, our collective efforts can make a huge impact on preserving our environment, not just here in Orlando but across our entire division," said Ed Kinney, vice president of corporate affairs & brand awareness for Marriott Vacation Club International.
This office-wide initiative comes on the heels of the Salt Lake City Marriott Customer Service Center "Green Fair" which was held in September and the "MVCI Green Initiative" launch that took place at Marriott Vacation Club International's corporate headquarters earlier this year.
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