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The company marked five years of sustainability action with a milestone tree planting ceremony through its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation. In an outdoor ceremony with Wyndham Worldwide executives, and partners from the Arbor Day Foundation, the company celebrated the fulfillment of its goal to plant one million trees and reinforced the commitment to reducing its environmental footprint by 25 percent by the year 2025. It planted the one millionth tree on the Parsippany, NJ campus of Wyndham Worldwide.
Faith Taylor, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide said, “At Wyndham Worldwide, we work every day to minimise the environmental impact of doing business. Our success in planting one million trees was driven by the Wyndham Vacation Ownership team of associates and owners led by Sam Buckingham, vice president, resort renovation & design.”
Wyndham Worldwides’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation is part of the Wyndham Green sustainability programme and embodies the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, preserving natural resources, and developing innovative solutions to manage climate change. Additionally, as a global hospitality leader and member of ITP, Wyndham Worldwide has been named for the fourth consecutive year to the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Index for operating in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way. Wyndham Worldwide is the only hospitality company in North America to be named to this year’s list.
Matt Harris, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive said, “We applaud and congratulate Wyndham Vacation Ownership for their one million tree milestone. Because of their stewardship, communities and forests across the nation are now able to enjoy the myriad benefits that trees supply. It is our hope that Wyndham will serve as inspiration to others in helping in our mission to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.”
Since 2009, Wyndham has implemented several innovative sustainability programmes in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, across more than 200 Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) resorts and corporate offices. These initiatives have greatly contributed to the achievement of planting one million trees: