SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

August 22, 2013 15:15 ET

London Heathrow Hotel Hosts an Ecological Summit and Paints the Town Green

Hospitality Leaders Gather at the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel to Share Best Practices for Sustainability

LONDON--(Marketwired - Aug 22, 2013) - While a good deal of play has come from the saying, "It's not easy being green," the London Heathrow Marriott Hotel witnessed just the opposite at the annual Green Champions meeting, which was held at the property in July 2013. During the conference, ideas were discussed, projects were explained and case studies were presented, all with an eye toward making "green" an attitude any hotel can easily assume.

And that starts with this Heathrow London hotel, which welcomed representatives from several London Marriott properties for the conference. This London hotel near Heathrow was a natural choice to play host. In addition to 14 meeting rooms and onsite exhibition space, the hotel boasts a variety of eco-friendly features and practices, from its commitment to recycle 100-percent and to use organic waste to fuel incinerators, to its rooftop garden which houses a greenhouse and windmill. The garden is not only functional -- it made a thematically perfect setting for the meeting's break, too.

When the conference was in session, attendees had the opportunity to listen to six key guest speakers expand on the latest and greatest ways to save energy. Meiko, for example, presented its energy-saving dishwasher, while Aqua Logic addressed water conservation, and Dyson introduced its state-of-the-art hand-drying system. New products like these complemented the presentation by Heathrow Sustainability Partnership, a group of companies affiliated with the airport and committed to making air travel cleaner. The group's overview highlighted Heathrow Airport's efforts to minimize its carbon footprint and engage with the local business community as it works to do so. Other companies that presented their green initiatives included, Gemma Lighting regarding effective car park lighting and Vito, who demonstrated their oil filter system for fat fryers.

Unique among airport hotels near Heathrow, the London Heathrow Marriott has already embraced an ecologically-sound operating policy that jibes with the message of the Green Champions conference. And this conference, which offered a peek into the future of green hospitality, also inspired hotels near Heathrow Airport and beyond to implement positive changes today.

"Sustainability and energy savings are subjects close to the heart of Marriott, and these meetings are a good way of sharing practical methods to save costs and the environment," said Jim Shields, Director of Engineering and Green Champion of the London Heathrow Marriott. "We want to make a difference."

About London Heathrow Marriott Hotel
Combining contemporary style with modern ideas, the London Heathrow Marriott caters to today's savvy, environmentally aware travellers. The hotel is located near Heathrow Airport and offers easy access into London via the Heathrow Express, ideal for business and holiday guests alike. Visitors are invited to relax in the four-star hotel's 393 guest rooms with plush mattresses and flat-screen televisions, confident of a good night's rest, thanks to the noise-free accommodations. Sleeping well prepares guests for the day's events, whether that's convening in the hotel's 800 square meters of meeting space, working out in the refurbished Leisure Club (featuring a gym, indoor pool, sauna, steam room and spa) or dining at one of the hotel's five restaurants/bars. Whatever activities occupy a guest's stay, knowing that the hotel is committed to green hospitality enhances everyone's visit. Recycling, repurposing and employing sustainable energy are all part of this Heathrow hotel's approach to hospitality, making it one modern hotel that is poised to lead the way into the future.

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