Wyndham Worldwide supports Earth Hour

April 17th, 2012 by TRT Blog

As we mentioned at the beginning of the month, this year marks the 42nd annual Earth Day celebration, and while millions around the world will celebrate in different ways—from committing to recycling to agreeing to compost for a year—millions have already participated in Earth Hour as a prelude. One hour where everyone agreed to stop using electricity and “switch off”.

Observed on March 31, hundreds of millions of people and organizations turned off their lights, recognizing the thought and care that should go into using our precious resources. As a sustainable refinishing company that works with universities, hotels and government agencies across the country, we were interested in learning which organizations participated in Earth Hour.

One of the most notable was Wyndham Worldwide—parent company to hotels such as Planet Hollywood and Ramada—which announced its participation in Earth Hour by saying it would participate and “demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable action.

As a hotel organization known for its leadership in sustainable practices and with our first-hand experience with Wyndham Worldwide’s commitment to sustainability, it comes as little surprise that its energy goals are so substantial. The hospitality company is on track to reduce overall emissions by 12 percent be 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

We are very happy to see such a large hotel organization be so open and forthcoming about its goal for sustainability. This type of transparency will only encourage other hotel organizations, large and small, to commit to sustainable practices, so we can all work together to help preserve our environment.

For more information on Wyndham Worldwide’s sustainable practices and initiatives, visit Wyndham Green.

For a touching overview of this year’s Earth Hour, watch the video below:

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What goes on when the lights go out: Earth Hour visualized

March 29th, 2011 by TRT Blog

We celebrated Earth Hour by going dark and hope you did as well. This month we’ll be taking a good look at the way various part of our country go green and will be speaking with those who make it happen. But for now we’re taking a look back at the unofficial Earth Day countdown kick-off known as Earth Hour. Here are some of our favorite images from around the world.

Earth Hour candles in Argentina

A firedancer during Earth Hour in Cancun

Dubai went dark during Earth Hour

The Eiffel Tower during Earth Hour

Earth Hour in the United Arab Emirates

The Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, United Kingdom

All images courtesy the Earth Hour Flickr page

Earth Hour was a total success with over 134 countries participating and an untold amount of business/city/state participation. We’re excited to take this momentum into the month of April and through Earth Day. Be sure to follow us @refinishtouch for updates and insights as we move through the month.

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Join The Refinishing Touch and millions of others for Earth Hour

March 25th, 2011 by TRT Blog

In 2007, citizens and businesses in Sydney, Australia turned their lights off for one hour in support of energy conservation and awareness as a small part in the fight for global climate change. Over the next three years, this simple act would become an event of worldwide fame and importance with over 128 countries and territories participating. Earth Hour, which has become a flagship event in the green movement, is a call to each and every one of us as global citizens to do our part by shutting off our lights for just 60 minutes as a show of support for this shared cause.

Taking place tomorrow, March 26th, at 8:30 pm local time, Earth Hour is expected to see a larger participation rate than ever before. Through the incredibly simple but effective act of going dark for a short while, we expect to see the message of change being embraced across the world. Globally recognized monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and even the Las Vegas Strip will be switching off non-essential lighting in a show of support. Of course, you can count on everyone here at The Refinishing Touch to participate as well!

Further to the message of Earth Hour, the program ‘Beyond the Hour’ has been developed to provide inspiration for others to commit to long term changes that not only better the environment, but our everyday lives. The message here is clear. The green movement isn’t just about the environment anymore, but the world we leave behind for generations to come. We’ve taken action to get involved on the Beyond the Hour site.  Check it out here: http://www.beyondthehour.org/#/Act/83820/

Will you be observing Earth Hour this weekend? Leave us a comment and let us know! We hope you join us this Saturday as we ‘go dark’ to support positive global change.

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