Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year and marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. The first Earth Day saw 20 million Americans rallying for a healthy, sustainable environment across the country. The result of the inaugural year was the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.
Today, over a billion people across the world participate by planting trees, cleaning up their communities, connecting with elected officials, and more on behalf of the environment, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Since Earth Day’s inaugural year, the Earth Day Network has been able to execute successful campaigns on a variety of issues ranging from drinking water, wildlife endangerment, climate change and much more.
Earth Day Network launched a new campaign, A Billion Acts of Green®, in 2010 with the goal of registering one billion green actions in advance of the Rio+20 sustainable development conference in 2012. With the goal attained by Earth Day 2012, the campaign is seeking to achieve the next billion. These green acts can be anything from riding a bike instead of driving to volunteering at a community clean-up. For additional information, visit www.earthday.org/takeaction.
The Marriott International brand is working hard to reduce the carbon footprint of its hotels worldwide. In fact, Marriott was the first hotel chain to calculate its carbon footprint and launch a plan to improve efficiency, conserve water and support ventures that reduce deforestation. In addition, the brand continues to develop LEED-certified hotels, collaborate with suppliers to source price-neutral products that conserve energy, inspire associates and guests to participate in sustainable initiatives and support conservation globally.