Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel has been awarded “Green Hotel” in Qatar Sustainability Awards 2108. The award, which serves as a recognition of the hotel’s continued commitment and effort in working towards a sustainable future and responsible tourism that benefits its guests, employees and the community at large, was presented by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation on 28 October 2018.
Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel has an integrated global environmental strategy in line with Marriott International’s Sustainability and Social Impact Platform, Serve 360, Doing Good in Every Direction. The hotel’s sustainability goals support business growth and reach beyond the doors of the hotel to preserve and protect the planet's natural resources. By creating an environmental policy, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel has pledged to minimize its operational impact and to fulfil this mission with continuous improvement in monthly water and electricity consumption, and solid waste production.
The hotel has different means of disposing the different types of waste which are segregated and collected. The cartons, scrap paper and metals are collected by a garbage collector company in a regular basis and the collected items are shipped abroad for recycling. General waste including food waste and glass bottles are disposed in a trash compactor and collected daily by a service provider, Qatar Maintenance and Services Co. (QMS), to be transported and disposed to the government sanitary landfill. Additionally, two separate skips are used for wooden waste (pallets, gardening waste and wooden construction waste) and for concrete construction waste. These are also hauled by QMS to be transported and disposed at the same government landfill. Toxic wastes like batteries are collected separately and delivered to a third party waste collector. Energy-saving lighting system has been installed in the rooms and centralized lighting control panels are implemented in the hotel. The hotel has established information to all guests and associates to encourage them on how to implement water conservation by providing small card notes in their rooms.
The Green Key Committee with the representatives from each department trained and appointed within the hotel to conduct activities and oversee, regulate and disseminate information related to environment conservation and sustainability. The Green Key Committee meetings are held monthly in order to spread awareness and encourage participation across the hotel ranks.
“From design to the guest experience, sustainability is embedded into our business strategy.,” said Rick Enders, the general manager at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel. “Our company continues to develop and implement innovations as part of Serve 360 global sustainability strategy as well as Qatar Sustainability project led by Qatar Green Building Council. We will continue collaborating with our associates, hotel owners, suppliers, business partners and guests to actively reduce the environmental impact.”
Marriott International's environmental vision is to be the global hospitality leader that demonstrates how responsible management of hotels can be a positive force for the environment and create economic opportunities around the world, and by example, inspire personal action in the communities. Building on nearly three-decade commitment to environmental conservation, Marriott International is focused on integrating greater environmental sustainability throughout its business, including architecture and construction, engineering and procurement.
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