October 04, 2016 // Franchising.com // Parsippany, NJ – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) commemorated five years of sustainability leadership with a milestone tree planting ceremony through its partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest environmental nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. In an outdoor ceremony including Wyndham Worldwide executives and partners from the Arbor Day Foundation, the company celebrated the fulfillment of its goal to plant one million trees and reinforced the commitment to reducing its environmental footprint by 25 percent by the year 2025.
“At Wyndham Worldwide, we work every day to minimize the environmental impact of doing business,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide. “Our success in planting one million trees was driven by the Wyndham Vacation Ownership team of associates and owners led by Sam Buckingham, vice president, resort renovation & design.”
Wyndham Worldwides’s partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation is part of theWyndham Green sustainability program and embodies the company’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, preserving natural resources, and developing innovative solutions to manage climate change. Additionally, as a global hospitality leader, Wyndham Worldwide has been named for the fourth consecutive year to the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Index for operating in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way. Equally impressive, Wyndham Worldwide is the only hospitality company in North America to be named to this year’s list.
“We applaud and congratulate Wyndham Vacation Ownership for their one million tree milestone,” said Matt Harris, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive. “Because of their stewardship, communities and forests across the nation are now able to enjoy the myriad of benefits that trees supply. It is our hope that Wyndham will serve as inspiration to others in helping in our mission to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.”
Since 2009, Wyndham has implemented several innovative sustainability programs in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, across more than 200 Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) resorts and corporate offices. These initiatives have greatly contributed to the achievement of planting one million trees:
Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) is one of the largest global hospitality companies, providing travelers with access to a collection of trusted hospitality brands in hotels, vacation ownership, and unique accommodations including vacation exchange, holiday parks, and managed home rentals. With a collective inventory of more than 120,000 places to stay across 100 countries on six continents, Wyndham Worldwide and its 38,000 associates welcomes people to experience travel the way they want. This is enhanced by Wyndham Rewards®, the Company’s re-imagined guest loyalty program across its businesses, which is making it simpler for members to earn more rewards and redeem their points faster. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org.
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