Wyndham Supports Earth Hour March 26

Wyndham Worldwide, one of the world’s largest hospitality companies and industry leader in sustainability practices, is proudly supporting the Earth Hour global initiative, promoting ways the hospitality industry can reduce energy consumption today.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown into a global movement with millions of supporters in over 128 countries since its start in Australia in 2007. During Earth Hour, individuals, businesses, and governments around the world turn out their lights to demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable action. Earth Hour 2011 will take place Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. local times.

“As an industry leader committed to sustainable practices, Wyndham Worldwide continues to integrate energy conservation into our daily operations around the world,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “While turning off all our lights can be a challenge for a busy hotel or resort with hundreds of guests, we believe the hospitality industry can and should be a leader in developing innovative solutions to reduce our impact on the environment.”

Wyndham Worldwide has invested in exploring and adopting innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program, which focuses on sustainability across the global company.

“Through Wyndham Green, we aim to develop best practices that make sense for both the environment and the bottom line,” says Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability for Wyndham Worldwide. “For example, energy efficient lighting is now a best practice at Wyndham Worldwide. Our brands and business units are increasingly selecting more energy efficient options, and as a result we have seen a continued reduction in our energy costs.”

Wyndham Worldwide also continues to balance energy conservation without sacrificing the guest experience, such as integrating into their property designs the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs, which require a fraction of the energy needed for traditional lighting.

“CFL and LED lights have continued to develop in quality, versatility, and color rendition, making them an increasingly attractive option to reduce energy use while enhancing the aesthetic environment for our guests,” says George Scammell, vice president of design, Wyndham Worldwide.

Wyndham Worldwide is recognizing Earth Hour across its diverse family of companies and properties around the globe. With over 160 resort properties, Wyndham Vacation Ownership plans to turn off all non-essential lighting and invite their guests to participate in various activities planned at resort locations, including candlelight dinners.
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