Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, has received a second silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s headquarters building at 22 Sylvan Way in Parsippany, N.J. The certification makes Wyndham Worldwide the first and only company in New Jersey to have LEED designations for both Corporate Interiors and Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance.
LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. It uses a point system to determine the environmental merits of a building, with four levels of certification, depending on how many points the project has earned: certified, silver, gold or platinum. Wyndham Worldwide received its first Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, and its second designation last week for Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance.
A framework for delivering operational benefits throughout the life of the building, the rating system encourages owners and operators of existing buildings to implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings. It also allows them to address the major aspects of ongoing building operations and maintenance.
“At Wyndham Worldwide, we’re consistently developing eco-friendly initiatives across our businesses, and when we received our first LEED Silver Certification in 2010 after the completion of our headquarters building, we were extremely honored,” said Frank Campana, senior vice president, corporate real estate and facilities, Wyndham Worldwide. “But we knew we wouldn’t stop there. We are committed to exploring and implementing innovative environmental practices, not only for our hospitality portfolio, but also for our corporate offices, as this effort reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources and supports profitability. Being green is literally ‘built in’ to Wyndham Worldwide and a critical piece of our companywide strategy; our headquarters building is the ultimate symbol of that.”
Receiving 56 points out of 100, Wyndham Worldwide achieved Silver Certification through:
• Reducing its energy by 8.6 percent from 2010, resulting in a decrease of 1,294 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e);
• developing an exterior building site maintenance program that requires the use of natural fertilizers, that all landscape waste to be diverted from landfills and the limited use of gas-powered tools;
• reducing water consumption by nearly 29 percent through water-efficient faucets and fixtures;
• using environmentally-preferred products and practices for cleaning, with 85 percent of the cleaning product purchases considered sustainable;
• instituting a sustainable purchasing policy that encourages the purchase of ongoing items such as lamps, electronic goods and furniture, to be environmentally friendly, conserve natural resources, minimize waste and reduce toxicity.
To help further reduce its carbon footprint at its headquarters in New Jersey, the Company provides premier parking spots for employees who carpool and drive hybrid vehicles, offers mass transit options, including a free shuttle to/from the local train station and a variety of on-site services, such as a car wash/detailing, credit union, shoe shine service, dry cleaning, general store for basic items, Starbucks and cafeteria.
“Our work in sustainability is a tremendous collaboration across all key stakeholders, who work together to reduce our carbon footprint by developing ideas with incredible potential, transforming them into tangible results and driving leadership in the industry,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide.
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 over 7,410 franchised hotels and over 635,100 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 106,000 vacation properties in 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 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.
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