Friday, March 21, 2008

Marriott Golf Courses to be Certified Audubon Sanctuaries

Marriott Golf is going to the birds, and we're not just talking about golf birdies.

The company is launching new standards for 34 of the golf courses it manages in North America and the Caribbean to become Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries by the end of next year. Travel green and golf green!

Certification means golf facilities must protect the environment. That includes enhancing precious natural areas and wildlife habitats, water and energy conservation, and more.

The golf program is the latest link (okay, I couldn't resist the pun) in a systemwide environmental commitment by Marriott International.

Marriott Golf courses include such famed golf destinations such as Doral Golf Resort & Spa, in Miami, Florida; Royal St. Kitts Golf Club in the British West Indies; and Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert, California.

In fact, Doral, host of the 2008 WGC-CA Championship, March 20-23, becomes the first-ever Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in North America to host a World Golf Championships event.

In the last decade, Marriott has replaced 450,000 light bulbs with fluorescent lighting, introduced linen reuse programs, and installed 400,000 low-flow showerheads and toilets at its hotels worldwide.

And, at its headquarters in Maryland and a division headquarters in Orlando, Marriott replaced more than 2.5 million pieces of Styrofoam and plastic utensils with fully biodegradable versions those made of potato, sugar cane and cornstarch.

Such green actions have earned Marriott an EPA Sustained Excellence award and placed the ENERGY STAR® label on more than 200 of its hotels, the most of any hotel company.