PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, received New Jersey's 2015 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA), in the Healthy and Sustainable Businesses category for its innovative and sustainable practices at its headquarters location in Parsippany, NJ. This is the first time the Company has received the award.
"At Wyndham Worldwide, we believe we have a responsibility to operate sustainably, and this commitment starts right at our corporate campus in New Jersey," said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide. "We consider everything when it comes to doing what's right for our people, our planet and the places we operate, but also what is good for our bottom line. The workplace experience we provide associates, and the sustainable and energy efficient practices we have in place not only minimize our carbon footprint, but also keep our operating costs low, and help us attract and retain the best people to run our business."
The GEEA program recognizes outstanding environmental performance, program and projects throughout the state. The award honor individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youths and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. Since its establishment in 2000, 130 GEEA winners have been recognized for their accomplishments.
"When it comes to energy efficiency, we are constantly challenging the status quo and ensuring we always research and analyze any new products, programs or operational systems available. No win is too small," said Frank Campana, senior vice president, corporate real estate and facilities. "As we like to say, being green is literally 'built in' to Wyndham Worldwide and a critical piece of our company-wide strategy. This latest success is rooted in our team approach, and is accomplished through hard work, collaboration and passion."
The Wyndham Worldwide headquarters buildings have received the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) designations for Corporate Interiors and Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance. Throughout the entire design and construction of the campus buildings, Wyndham Worldwide incorporated specific strategies and features that resulted in significant energy savings.
Additional sustainability initiatives include:
- Participating in the local Demand Response program which involves reducing electrical demand during high use periods, therefore lowering the stress on the energy grid.
- Installing complimentary vehicle charging stations to promote the use of electric vehicles among associates.
- Transitioning existing fluorescent lamp light fixtures to LED lamps and installing motion sensors to control more than 250 light fixtures. This will result in an annual energy reduction of 243,704 KWh.
- Conducting a waste stream audit to identify any and all opportunities for increased waste diversion. Results showed that the buildings exceed industry averages with a combined diversion rate of 61 percent.
- Establishing a community garden to grow organic produce that was donated to local food banks. Community garden?
A recognized leader in sustainability, the Wyndham Worldwide campus was recently named one of New Jersey's most energy efficient office buildings. Wyndham Worldwide earned 99 out of 100 for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR rating for its corporate headquarters offices, and is the state's highest ranked building in 2015*. In addition, its 22 Sylvan location earned 98 out of 100, a distinction it shares with just one other office building in the state. This achievement also places its corporate offices among the top three percent of the most efficient buildings in the nation. Also, the Company was recognized for its outstanding achievements in implementing programs that provide and promote commuting alternatives for its associates, such as its shuttle bus to and from the Morris Plains train station and its New Jersey Transit bus stop at its corporate office location, thus reducing traffic congestions and improving air quality.
*Rating as identified and certified as of November 16, 2015 according to www.energystar.gov.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality services and products 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 7,760 franchised hotels and approximately 672,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professional manager of vacation rentals, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 110,000 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 210 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 900,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs over 34,000 associates globally.
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