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Sheraton to go dark for Earth Hour

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THE Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort will join millions around the world in turning off lights for Earth Hour 2013 to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.

Earth Hour 2013 takes place on March 23 at 8:30 p.m. local time. Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities and 152 countries, with a digital reach of 200 million.

This year’s theme is “Uniting People to Protect the Planet.” With that in mind, Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort will activate a range of energy-saving measures during Earth Hour, including turning off the Sheraton logo signage on the roof top.

Also to be turned off are the lanterns located in the main entrance of the hotel, the swimming pool lagoon lights, and the back offices. In addition, candlelight will be used at The Point.

Hotel guests will be encouraged to participate by turning off their lights in their rooms. Letters will be sent out to the guests informing them about Earth Hour observances along with the PDP displays in the lobby area.

Last year, Earth Hour broke records to cement itself as the largest voluntary action for the environment. Iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off. People across the world from all walks of life also turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing everyone has in common – our planet.


“It’s a privilege for us to support such a powerful movement with such a simple gesture,” said Sheraton General Manager Vincent (Ben) Cruz. “Earth Hour also reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round: The small steps each of us takes can make a big difference together.”

He added that Starwood’s Global Citizenship philosophy reflects the same dedication to sustainability among its 171,000 associates worldwide. In 2012, more than 650 hotels participated in Earth Hour in various ways.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,134 properties in nearly 100 countries and 171,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.

This year will mark Starwood’s fifth annual participation in Earth Hour, making it one of the largest worldwide companies to make a pronounced global statement with a voluntary hour of darkness. Earth Hour is just one of the many ways Starwood acts in support of its 30/20 by 20 goals, which is the company’s commitment to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020 across its entire portfolio.

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