Organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began in 2007 as a way for individuals to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gases and addressing climate change. Credit: Hampton Hotels.

MATAMORAS, Pa. - The Hampton Inn - Matamoras/Milford marked Earth Hour 2013 from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 23, 2013 as people and organizations around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change. The Hampton Inn - Matamoras/Milford is one of the many of the over 1,900 Hampton properties and 3,900 hotels of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands that took take part in the event that mobilized more than one billion people worldwide.


"We are committed to energy conservation and were happy to join the thousands of businesses and households worldwide to turn off our lights in support of this global effort," said Vanessa Rey, general manager, Hampton Inn - Matamoras/Milford.

At the hotel, Earth Hour was celebrated through a variety of activities, including a candlelit welcome reception for guests and community members. 

Organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began in 2007 as a way for individuals to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gases and addressing climate change.  More than 2.2 million people took part in the first Earth Hour in Sydney, Australia and it has since turned into a movement with more than 7,000 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories and hundreds of millions of participants across seven continents.  It continues to demonstrate the new era as members go "Beyond the Hour" to commit to lasting action for the planet.

Hilton Worldwide is the first major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and recently earned ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications for quality and environmental management -- one of the largest volume certifications awarded for commercial buildings. As part of that standard, Hilton Worldwide-branded properties, like Hampton hotels, commit to continuous improvements to their overall sustainability results each year. Across the portfolio, Hilton Worldwide has a made a five-year commitment, from 2009 to 2014, to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent, CO2 emissions by 20 percent, waste output by 20 percent and water consumption by 10 percent. In 2012, Hilton Worldwide achieved its waste goal two years of ahead of schedule and reduced its waste output by 23.3 percent.

Additionally, Hilton Worldwide saved more than $174 million in cumulative savings from energy efficiency projects reporting through LightStay. The company is on track to meet to meet its goals and has reduced its energy use by 9.7 percent; carbon output by 10.9 percent; and water use by 7.5 percent.

Hilton Worldwide's efforts to continuously improve its economic and sustainability performance align with the company's commitment to Travel with Purpose to create shared value for its business and communities around the world. Launched in 2011, Travel with Purpose is built on four areas of focus -- creating opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential; strengthening communities where we operate; celebrating cultures and the power of travel; and living sustainably through the measurement, analysis and improvement of our use of natural resources.  Hampton Hotels supports Travel with Purpose through its community relations program, Hands-On Hamptonality, which aims to inspire acts of service, large and small, to help build stronger and more connected communities through the spirit of hospitality.  To date, Hampton Team Members from around the world have contributed more than 10,750 volunteer hours to their local communities.

For more information about Hampton Inn - Matamoras/Milford and its Earth Hour activities, please call 570-491-5280, and to learn about Hampton Hotels, visitwww.hampton.comhttp://news.hampton.com or www.hamptonoffers.com.

Contacts: Gabrielle Gudd
Hampton Inn Matamoras, Pa.
973 383 1017
ggudd@njheralc.com

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