In May, Marriott International signed an agreement with the Brazilian State of Amazonas to commit $2 million to an environmental management plan administered by the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation. The project will support employment, education, and healthcare for the 500 residents of the Juma Sustainable Reserve. (The foundation is seeking certification of the conservation project by an accredited environmental auditing firm.)
Now, meeting planners have a chance to contribute to the foundation as well, by booking programs at Marriott brands. The bookings must occur before the end of the year, for meetings taking place through December 31, 2011. For qualified meetings, participating hotels will make a cash donation, in the name of the group, equal to 5 percent of the total cost of the group’s guest rooms.
Visit www.marriott.com/environment for more details on Marriott’ Amazonas rain forest partnership as well as its five-point “green” strategy.