Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center
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9751 Washingtonian Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Capital Region
301-590-0044
www.gaithersburgmarriott.com
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Located on a picturesque lake setting, the Gaithersburg Marriott understands the need to protect our
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: The team consists of Director of Engineering, Chief Engineer and staff members that meet quarterly to review results and on-line once a month to maintain current initiatives.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Marriott International has aggressive goals that can be seen at www.marriott.com. These goals are met by implementing standard practices that are handed down to each hotel to implement along with local practices. Marriott has set goals such as: reducing energy and water consumption by 25% per available room by 2017; expand our green hotel development ten-fold in five years; green our multi-billion dollar supply chain; educate and inspire associates and guests to support the environment; address environmental challenges through innovative conservation initiatives including rain-forest protection and water conservation.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: The Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center strives to purchase eco-friendly products and services. Marriott International partners with Avendra that has established a purchasing program that always seeks eco-friendly products and services that meet our goals.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletUse an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
bulletUse water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletUse high-efficiency hand-dryers
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse a last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA-RCRA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
Recycling
We have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletmetering
bulletrain gauges
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse of directional, i.e. downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air conditioning HVAC system
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave geothermal heating and cooling
bulletHave installed programmable thermostats for each room
bulletUse ceiling fans
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain house cleaners on the process for optional linen service
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linens service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletInclude information on Green Events / Weddings / Meetings / Conferences in our marketing materials
bulletTrain all staff event planners on green event techniques
bulletActivities we undertake to make our events green are:All Sales, Catering and Banquet Managers are certified in Marriott's Green Meetings. 100% recycled notepads. Pens made from recycled materials. Eco-friendly water service. Sensors and water conserving faucets in all public areas.
Measurable Results
We've gone to many low-flow water fixtures and have reduced our water consumption by 10%, or more than 1.2 million gallons a year.