ORLANDO, FL (November 14, 2014) — Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), recently received a LODGING Sustainability Award for “Lodging Brand of the Year” at the LODGING Green and Sustainability Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 29, 2014.
The LODGING Sustainability Awards “recognize the contribution of individuals, groups and corporate entities who exemplify the meaning of sustainability in the hospitality industry. The winners stand as role models whose work embodies the industry’s efforts to be strong advocates for corporate social responsibility in doing what’s best for both the environment and for the business while also appealing to the ecologically friendly traveler.”
“It is an honor to be recognized for our commitment and focused work in sustainability, and our overall corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “Our work is a tremendous collaboration across all key stakeholders — shareholders, associates, customers, home owner associations, franchisees, suppliers and community partners — who not only develop ideas with incredible potential, but also transform them into tangible results and drive leadership in the industry.”
As part of the Wyndham Green sustainability program, Wyndham Vacation Ownership supports innovative sustainability practices at corporate facilities and more than 190 vacation ownership resorts throughout the world. Sustainable operations at resorts include:
• Green housekeeping chemicals
• In-room green detergents
• In-room Arbor Day coffee benefitting the Rain Forest Rescue Coffee Program
• Green paper collateral
• Energy-saving lighting
• Water-saving devices
• Uniforms made of recycled water bottles
• In-room, biodegradable amenities
“In line with Wyndham Worldwide’s global commitment to corporate social responsibility and the environment, we strive to build a culture where sustainability is always top of mind,” said Geoff Richards, chief operations officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership. “In particular, our passionate associates help contribute to ongoing efforts each and every day by participating in year-round activities such as planting trees, saving energy and educating our owners. We are also proud to use environmentally-friendly products throughout our resorts and corporate offices, including Arbor Day Specialty Coffee which has preserved more than 77 million square feet of rainforest.”
To improve energy efficiency, water conservation, waste minimization and other sustainable practices, WVO created one of the first certification programs in the timeshare industry. The WVO Green Certification Program tracks approximately 26 requirements in categories such as energy use, water use, waste reduction, indoor air quality and education, resulting in approximately $2.4 million in annual energy cost savings.
In 2013, 65 percent of WVO resorts achieved crystal, 5 percent received silver, 18 percent bronze, and 12 percent achieved basic certification. More than 150 WVO resorts are currently green certified. The 2013 carbon emissions for all resorts have dropped over 16 percent and water consumption is down 12 percent since WVO’s aggregate baseline year in 2010.
Additional program highlights include:
• More than 80 percent of WVO associates participating in a Sustainability 101 course
• Partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency on children’s educational materials, which emphasize fighting global warming for the WVO Green Kids program
• Recognition by The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge as a leader in the hospitality industry
About Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide’s (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world’s largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its five primary consumer brands, CLUB WYNDHAM, WorldMark by Wyndham, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, Shell Vacations Club and Margaritaville Vacation Club®. As of December 31, 2013, we have developed or acquired more than 190 vacation ownership resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent more than 23,000 individual vacation ownership units and more than 900,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supported by more than 16,000 associates globally.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,490 franchised hotels and over 645,400 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
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