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From Antarctica to the International Space Station, WWF's Earth Hour brought the world closer together on Saturday by mobilising millions to highlight the need for climate action. In a year of record participation, individuals, businesses, city skylines and landmarks in 172 countries and territories switched off their lights to participate in the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.
Here’s a round up of what some hotels got up to.
Over 4000 Hilton hotel properties and head offices around the world united by participating in the celebration of Earth Hour 2015 through a number of innovative projects including:
“Managing natural resources and energy use are key to Hilton Worldwide’s overall long-term business strategy,” said Maxime Verstraete, vice president of sustainability, Hilton Worldwide. “Celebrating Earth Hour around the world is one of the ways hotel teams work with guests to demonstrate how we conserve waste, water and energy every day,”
The Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton hotels supported Earth Hour by switching off non-essential lighting throughout the properties. The Ritz-Carlton hotels, clubs and residences also created memorable experiences for their guests and members during Earth Hour, as they invited them to actively participate in this global conservation effort.
“We are committed to working towards a more sustainable future, by preserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment,” commented Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “Earth Hour is an outstanding forum for us to exercise this commitment and help raise awareness for the importance of environmental responsibility around the globe.”
London Marriott Heathrow got their glow sticks out for their annual 'Glow Show' to celebrate the event with glow-in-the-dark circus acts entertaining guests in the hotel lobby.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
From Brussels and Atlantic City to Sydney and Santiago, Earth Hour drew support from Starwood hotels in all corners of the world. In more than 90,000 hotel rooms, guests staying in participating Starwood properties were encouraged to turn off the lights.
“Together, our 180,000 associates worldwide, along with our guests, have the opportunity to collectively make a positive difference on the environment,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. “Our participation in Earth Hour symbolizes our commitment to reduce our environmental impact and reinforces our dedication to design-led sustainable construction and operational excellence that also enhances the guest experience.”
Starwood hotels took several other measures, including turning off exterior signage lighting; dimming or turning off non-essential interior lighting; using candlelight in appropriate public areas such as restaurants and bars; and informing guests about the hotel’s observation of Earth Hour through in-room voicemail messages and guest room television messages. Additionally, hundreds of Starwood hotels around the world coordinated supplementary awareness events such as walk-a-thons, public candlelight unplugged concerts, and guest receptions featuring signature glow-in-the-dark cocktails.
Wyndham Worldwide participated in the Earth Hour global initiative by turning its lights down and encouraging energy conservation. This is the fifth year that Wyndham Worldwide has joined in Earth Hour to raise awareness of global energy efforts.
The Company recognised Earth Hour at its corporate headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., by switching off its lights during the hour and encouraging associates to turn off lights, monitors and other electronics before leaving the building. Additionally, Wyndham Worldwide encourages its global portfolio of brands to participate by turning off or dimming non-essential lighting, with some properties also planning creative offerings for guests such as candlelight dinners.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts' new hand-poured and eco friendly Lobby Scent Candles were lit throughout 40 properties to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday. The candles, which are clean burning using soy-wax, are being officially launched in the summer.
"Fairmont is deeply committed to environmental stewardship and reducing the impact operations have on our local communities," said Jane Mackie, vice president, Fairmont Brand. "Having just reached our carbon reduction goal as part of the WWF Climate Savers program, and being the first hospitality company to do so, Fairmont is celebrating in a way that is truly unique to our brand."
Over 100 Radisson Blu properties around the world took part in Earth Hour this year. All eleven Radisson Blu and Park Inn by Radisson hotels in the United Arab Emirates participated in an event organised by the Dubai Government. The LED lighting of their Think Planet stand was powered exclusively by a bicycle. The team invited by-passers to cycle and challenged them to guess the amount of kilometers needed to keep the stand lit throughout the event.
In Turkey, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Cesme, had the luminous idea to organise a Flash Mob with employees wearing glowing accessories. Whilst the Radisson Blu Arlandia in Stockholm organised an Instagram competition where the best photo taken in the bar during Earth Hour and posted on Instagram with #earthhour #bluarlandia won an overnight stay in one of their airport hotels.