U.S. State Department, World Environment Center, Marriott International, and Marriott Suppliers Achieve Significant Environmental and Economic Savings in Costa Rica Project

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U.S. State Department, World Environment Center, Marriott International, and Marriott Suppliers Achieve Significant Environmental and Economic Savings in Costa Rica Project

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 1:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Capacity Building

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Washington, DC - September 21, 2011 - The World Environment Center (WEC) today announced the successful completion of a U.S. Department of State funded project entitled Cleaner Production Private Sector Partnerships.  WEC collaborated with six Marriott suppliers in Costa Rica to improve environmental performance and energy efficiency while driving cost reduction through the adoption of Cleaner Production and Energy Efficiency practices and technologies.

This two-year project, part of the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR)'s Private Sector Environmental Performance Program, was established to assist small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Costa Rica in becoming more effective environmental stewards and more competitive businesses. As a result of implementing WEC’s Greening the Supply Chain initiative, participating SMEs collectively saved 1.5 million gallons of drinking water, 5,801 kWh of electricity, 1,461 liters of fuel, and 525 tons of solid waste (now being used to produce new sub-products). Over the duration of the project, the six suppliers invested nearly US$200,000 in more energy-efficient equipment and 1) realized more than US$75,000 in immediate operational cost savings, and, 2) have forecasted an accumulated annual savings of nearly US$300,000 from implementing the action plans.

 In addition, the suppliers hired new employees for environmental management positions and created work teams to help drive Cleaner Production programs within the participating companies.

 “This program achieved important results for Marriott´s participating suppliers, and provides opportunity for further replication in Costa Rica and beyond,” said Ernesto Samayoa, Director of Operations for WEC Latin America. “This implementation should serve as an example for suppliers and SMEs that want to become more environmentally sustainable and more competitive enterprises.”

 “This project is part of Marriott’s goal to realize greater sustainability within our supply chain. Our suppliers, the World Environment Center and our hotels collaborated to produce great environmental and financial results that benefit all,” said Mari L. Snyder, vice president, corporate social responsibility, Marriott International, Inc.

About the World Environment Center
The World Environment Center, headquartered in Washington, D.C. with offices and operations in many emerging and developed markets, is unique in its direct application of sustainable development strategies and practices to the business operations of global companies. WEC creates sustainable business solutions through individual projects in emerging markets; convenes leadership roundtables to shape strategic thinking across a range of sustainability topics; and honors industry excellence through its annual awarding of the Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development. WEC conducts no advocacy activities. For more information, please visit www.wec.org. 
About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with more than 3,600 lodging properties in 71 countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, EDITION, Autograph Collection, Renaissance, AC Hotels by Marriott, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; licenses and manages whole-ownership residential brands, including The Ritz-Carlton Residences, JW Marriott Residences and Marriott Residences; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and had approximately 129,000 employees at 2010 year-end. It is ranked by FORTUNE as the lodging industry’s most admired company and one of the best companies to work for. In fiscal year 2010, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of nearly $12 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. For more information about our sustainability efforts visit www.marriott.com/environment.


Ernesto Samayoa
World Environment Center
Felicia Farrar McLemore
Marriott International
CATEGORY: Environment