Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies hosting nearly 200 million guests each year, held a "Global Green Day," an event to officially kick off WyndhamGreen, the Company's environmental and sustainability program, and launch the WyndhamGreen Web site.
Wyndham Worldwide is seizing the opportunity to manage energy consumption as a part of the Company's overall green strategy across its businesses and brands, which together encompass nearly 70,000 properties in 100 countries. Due to its numerous brands, properties and distribution points, the WyndhamGreen program is expected to have a large impact on the Company's overall carbon footprint.
"As one of the world's largest hospitality companies across six continents, Wyndham Worldwide initiated WyndhamGreen because it fits our global commitment to corporate social responsibility and the environment. WyndhamGreen is not just a program, but a way of living and working that is based on our vision and values," stated Stephen P. Holmes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Wyndham Worldwide. "Wyndham Worldwide has a unique opportunity to leverage our scale and adopt practices that will have a significant and lasting environmental impact. While each individual act may seem small and insignificant, our collective actions are truly meaningful given our global footprint. We are committed to conserving our natural resources, preserving our habitats and preventing pollution."
"Global Green Day" events took place in more than 35 Wyndham Worldwide offices around the globe including U.S. locations in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla.; Indianapolis, IN; Springfield, Miss.; Las Vegas, NV; Parsippany, N.J.; Aberdeen, S.D.; Johnson City, Tenn.; and Redmond, Wash. International locations include: Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The event included educational components on the WyndhamGreen program, access to eco-friendly products and vendor booths, and the launch of the Company's Green Web site, http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/wyndham-green.
From the hotel standard linen reuse program to sustainable uniforms and cleaning products, Wyndham is looking at virtually every corner of its operations to evaluate where changes can be made that will lessen environmental impact.
Over the next year, Wyndham Worldwide will be implementing "best practices" throughout their portfolio with many new and existing properties pursuing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certifications, enhancing recycling and water reduction programs, and the addition of sustainable Blue HarmonyTMSpa and Fitness Centers, allergy-sensitive CleanAir rooms and meeting spaces at Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties.
Wyndham is furthering its green efforts with selected suppliers and vendors. The hospitality company's alliances now include ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and the first-to-market green uniform program with Cintas.
Wyndham Worldwide's "Global Green Day" was attended by over 14,145 associates across the globe. Wyndham Worldwide's green initiatives are led by Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability and innovation, and a Green Council with members from across the Company's global businesses and locations.
About Wyndham Worldwide
As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses nearly 7,000 franchised hotels and approximately 581,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its nearly 3.7 million members access to more than 67,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts serving over 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs more than 33,000 employees globally.