DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Boston Celebrate Earth Hour and its Commitment to Living Sustainably
BOSTON, Mass. - The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston - Cambridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston - Downtown and DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside have banded together in conjunction with Hilton Worldwide Team Members and franchisee employees around the world to protect the planet by participating in the celebration of Earth Hour 2015 through a partnership with Citysprouts:
- All three properties are asking guests and social media fans to take the #DTPledge and turn off their lights during Earth Hour.
- Guests staying on property can show their support by writing their names on a leaf to add to each property's Pledge Tree to be displayed in their lobby.
- For every pledge made either on property via a Pledge Tree or through each hotel's social media channels using the hashtag #DTPledge, $2.00 will be donated by the hotels to benefit Roxbury city school gardens via our partner Citysprouts (up to a $700 value).
- On Thursday, April 23, the hotel teams will further their commitment to living sustainably by planting blueberry bushes at the David Ellis School and a tree at the Orchard Gardens Pilot School for this and future generations to enjoy.
Earth Hour will take place from 8:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. local time on Saturday, March 28, 2015. These three DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Boston will be joining hundreds of Hilton Worldwide's more than 4,300 global properties that will once again connect with guests in demonstration of their commitment to living sustainably.
"This year, we wanted to plan an Earth Hour event that would reach beyond the walls of our property and really encourage our guests and neighbors to join us in support of this global effort," said Danny Dwyer, Senior Events Services & Catering Manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston - Downtown. "Rallying our sister properties and partnering with Citysprouts will allow us to not only reach more people, but also extend our sustainability commitment beyond Earth Hour."
Participation in Earth Hour is part of Hilton Worldwide's commitment to Living Sustainably, one of the four pillars of the company's responsibility and sustainability strategy, Travel with Purpose. In 2014, Hilton Worldwide achieved ISO 50001 certification in 2014 for energy management for its global portfolio through a major upgrade to LightStay, its proprietary measurement platform, which complements other global system-wide ISO certifications of ISO 9001 and 14001.
The original idea for Earth Hour was conceived by WWF in 2007 during a meeting held at Hilton Sydney, and Hilton Worldwide has a long history of supporting the event.
It's a way for individuals and businesses to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on addressing climate change. When this worldwide effort began in Sydney, Australia more than two million people turned off their lights for an hour and reduced the city's energy consumption by more than 10 percent. It became a global movement in 2008 with more than 50 million people participating, and today has become the largest grassroots environmental movement in the world with more than 7,000 cities and towns in 162 countries and territories and hundreds of millions of people participating across seven continents. In 2014 alone hundreds of millions of people participated. This year's theme focuses on climate change, one of the biggest environmental challenges our planet faces today.
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Citysprouts is a school and community program that integrates academic, health and environmental education in the public schools and in the neighborhood. Working closely with school administrators, teachers and families, CitySprouts creates school gardens and provides essential support to schools as they extend existing curricula to these outdoor classrooms. CitySprouts' school and community partnerships ensure that CitySprouts gardens are accessible to children during school, after school and in the summer.
Since 2000 CitySprouts has partnered with the Cambridge Public Schools to create a thriving, district-wide school garden program serving over 4,000 urban children, half of whom are low-income. As of 2010, the CitySprouts program has operated at all 12 (K-8th grade) schools in Cambridge, and is now working with four Boston Public Schools with plans to include two more this fall. Visit www.citysprouts.org for more information.
About Travel with Purpose
Travel with Purpose is Hilton Worldwide's commitment to provide shared value to its business and communities around the world. As the driving strategy for Hilton Worldwide's corporate responsibility efforts, Travel with Purpose focuses on creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening local communities where Team Members live, work and travel; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of the use of natural resources. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility and www.hiltonworldwide.com/sustainability for more information.
About the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Boston
The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston - Cambridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston - Downtown and DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside are members of the Hilton Worldwide Boston Regional Sales Center, your one-stop shop for groups, events, meetings and travel professionals visiting this historic city. With locations on the river or by the harbor, at the airport or in downtown, we have an ideal hotel for every guest. Visit www.hiltonfamilyboston.com for more information.
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston - Cambridge
A premier full-service, all-suite hotel located along the Charles River, overlooking the Boston and Cambridge city skylines. With 308 suites, guests will feel at home with a living room with queen-size sofa sleeper, small fridge, microwave and coffee maker in addition to a separate bedroom and private bathroom. Guests may also take advantage of complimentary shuttle service to popular destinations in Boston and Harvard Square.
DoubleTree by Hilton Boston - Downtown
Set in the heart of downtown Boston's Theatre District, this hotel offers 267 well-appointed guest rooms, including 11 one-bedroom suites, and boasts a full-service Starbucks on the Lower Lobby Level. The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston - Downtown is owned and was developed by Corcoran Jennison Hospitality, LLC. CJH owns and developed the DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside, and the Hampton Inn and Suites Boston Crosstown Center, also in Boston. CJH also owns and manages Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club in Brewster, MA on Cape Cod.
DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
This convenient hotel is owned and was developed by Corcoran Jennison Hospitality, LLC. It is just minutes from downtown Boston and overlooks the scenic Boston Harbor and inviting HarborWalk. With complimentary shuttle service to the airport and its sister property in downtown Boston, the DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside offers 197 guest rooms, including two 2-room suites and 33 Deluxe Concierge guest rooms with enhanced amenities.
About DoubleTree by Hilton
With a fast-growing, global collection of more than 400 upscale hotels in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents, every little thing we do at DoubleTree by Hilton inspires us to create a rewarding experience for our hotel guests, our Team Members and the communities we proudly serve. Our hospitality begins with a warm chocolate chip cookie welcome upon arrival and continues with the award-winning Hilton HHonors guest loyalty program, an array of fine services and amenities and our longstanding CARE Culture tradition that empowers Team Members to provide the special comforts and acts of kindness that make the traveler feel human again.
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