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Hilton Niseko Village Observes Earth Hour 2012 in Support of Energy Conservation
March 13, 2012
NISEKO, Japan - Hilton Niseko Village plans to mark Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as people and organizations around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change. [Property name] and many of the more than 3,800 hotels that are part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands are expected to take part in the event that will mobilize more than one billion people worldwide.
"We are pleased to join in this global effort that galvanizes organizations and individuals around the world to symbolically switch off their lights in support of energy conservation, "said Darryl Marsden, the General Manager of Hilton Niseko Village. "We encourage our guests and neighbors to join in on the movement," he added. Earth Hour will be celebrated at Hilton Niseko Village through a variety of activities including:
- Create a snow hut and conduct "Candle light ceremony" inside.
- Keep the buffet board cold with Niseko's natural snow.
- Create "Earth Hour" signage made with snow
- Team members to go get natural spring water in Niseko town, and serve earth hour special
drinks with the fresh spring water.
- Live Japanese drum performance at The FLAME as unplugged music.
- Non-essential lights off from 8.30pm - 10.00pm
- Walkways and common areas lit with tea lights
- Candlelit Spa Treatment in Wakka Spa
- Candlelit dinner at all dining outlets
- Encourage guests to turn off the light and air-conditioner when they leave room.
- No elevator day for team members
Organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began in 2007 as a way for individuals to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gases and addressing climate change. The event has turned into a movement. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going "Beyond the Hour" to commit to lasting action for the planet.
Hilton Worldwide is the first major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and recently earned ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications for quality and environmental management - one of the largest volume certifications awarded for commercial buildings. As part of that standard, Hilton Worldwide-branded properties commit to continuous improvements to their overall sustainability results each year. Across the portfolio, Hilton Worldwide has a made a five-year commitment, from 2009 to 2014, to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent, CO2 emissions by 20 percent, waste output by 20 percent and water consumption by 10 percent.
In 2010 alone, Hilton Worldwide saved more than $74 million in utility costs through a 6.6 percent reduction of energy use; 7.8 percent reduction of carbon output; 19 percent reduction of waste output; and 3.8 percent reduction of water use. Hilton Worldwide's global giving is currently focused on creating vibrant and sustainable communities wherever we operate. For more information, visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility.
Hilton Niseko Village
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