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Marriott Vacation Club Resorts Think Green

Marriott Vacation Club’s commitment to “thinking green” dates back to its inception in 1984 with the first Marriott Vacation Club resorts on Hilton Head Island where eco-conservation is second nature. Today, as the industry’s recognized worldwide leader and standard for quality, Marriott Vacation Club is more focused than ever on demonstrating how responsible development and resort management can be a positive force for the environment. Marriott Vacation Club’s Green Initiative includes…

• Environmental committees at each of our resorts and our corporate locations worldwide.
• Brand standards that reflect green practices and reduce environmental footprints at our resorts and corporate offices.
• Switching to low-flow showerheads and toilets.
• Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs. (In the first year of this simple change, one of our resorts saved over $200,000 in electricity costs.)
• A robust recycling program for our resorts, guests and corporate offices.
• We use pre-washed, room-ready towels in all of our 11,000+ villas.
• We use key cards made of 50 percent recycled material, saving approximately 4 tons of plastic from being dumped in landfills on an annual basis.
• Our over 800,000 guest arrival pieces are printed annually on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper.
• Our resorts have switched to pens made of recycled material for the over 1.5 million pens are purchased annually.
• We maintain “green” practices in development whenever possible.

Marriott Vacation Club continues to actively seek out and evaluate ways to implement additional products and programs into it’s over 50 resorts worldwide.

Furthermore, the brand recently announced a partnership with Audubon International to further the “greening” of its resorts in North America and the Caribbean region through the Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program. With 28 resorts currently enrolled, the brand expects to have all 43 resorts in the North America and Caribbean region participating in the program by next year. To achieve a “Green Leaf” rating, resorts must meet requirements for water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation and energy efficiency.

If you would like to nominate a business that goes above and beyond to Think Green, email cyndee@c2-com.com. If selected, that business could be featured in our e-newsletter and on this blog.

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