by Michael J. Shapiro | March 25, 2015
Global water intensity decreased by 5.3 percent year-over-year in 2014 at Marriott-managed hotels worldwide, the hotel company revealed this weekend, referring to the measurement by which companies can gauge their water-conservation efforts. That figure is 16.3 percent lower than Marriott's baseline measurement in 2007, as the company nears the 2020 goal of reducing intensity by 20 percent. "We are extremely pleased with our 2014 water-intensity results," said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity, Marriott International. "Water conservation is an area of sustainability where hotels, associates and guests can directly aid the environment by reducing their water usage, whether it is through the fitting of low-flow showers and toilets in guest bathrooms, irrigation systems installed on properties or guests choosing to not have towels changed every day." According to the lodging company, more than 80 percent of the participating hotels in North America's Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense H2Otel Challenge are in the Marriott portfolio. Water conversation is a major facet of Marriott's sustainability goals.