Hilton Sydney Observes Earth Hour 2012 in Support of Energy Conservation

This information originated in Australian English.

March 11, 2012

SYDNEY - Hilton Sydney plans to mark Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as people and organisations around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change. Hilton Sydney and many of the more than 3,800 hotels that are part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands are expected to take part in the event that will mobilize more than one billion people worldwide. 

Furthermore Hilton Sydney has also made an Earth Hour pledge to go beyond the hour and offset the carbon emissions from every occupied guest room for the night of March 31. While Hilton Sydney already offsets carbon emissions from all meetings and events held at the hotel, this will be a first for guest rooms.

This significant pledge signals the beginning of a new monthly commitment to offset carbon emissions from Hilton Sydney guest rooms one night per month for the remainder of the year. Michael Bourne, general manager, Hilton Sydney, said, "Supported by the ongoing commitment of management and all team members, Hilton Sydney is an environmental champion in the industry.

"In 2011, we reduced electricity usage by 7 per cent, gas by 3.5 per cent, water by 3.5 per cent and recycled 84 per cent of all waste. Carbon offsetting from meetings and events resulted in a 6.6 per cent offset of total energy use, equating to 1,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Our commitment to offset carbon emissions from our rooms one day a month for the rest of the year only highlights our promise to go beyond the hour for Earth Hour 2012.

"We are proud to once again be supporting a fantastic global initiative that encourages each and every one of us to be mindful of our environmental footprint."

The hotel's signature event will be 'Earth Hour Unplugged'; a free, acoustic gig at iconic live music-hub, Marble Bar with Melbourne's coolest rock and roll sextet, The Hello Morning. Heading to Sydney especially to play the one-night only acoustic set during Earth Hour, 8.30pm - 9.30pm, the candlelit gig is set to be unmissable and a spotlight Sydney event for Earth Hour 2012.

Those lucky enough to secure their spot in the bar for 'Earth Hour Unplugged' will be asked to make their own Earth Hour pledge via the Marble Bar Facebook page on the night, with The Hello Morning picking their favourites from the crowd and making their own pledges on the night too.

Around the hotel, Hilton Sydney will turn off the external logo and signage and lighting in guest areas throughout the hotel, including the executive lounge, will be switched off and/or dimmed to a minimum during Earth Hour. All guests will be encouraged to participate on the night within their own rooms and joining in with special events in the hotel.

A stunning candle-lit dinner will be held in Luke Mangan's glass brasserie, delightfully complimented by specifically selected sustainable wine options, courtesy of Group Sommelier, Kim Bickley.

An abundance of candlelight will create a mesmerising atmosphere in the lobby and Caffe Cino, complimented by a series of acoustic musical performances from local emerging Sydney artists throughout the evening, including the hotel's very own employee, Nicole Duschene who will entertain guests with her smooth, soulful voice.

Duchesne, coordinator, Hilton Meetings is from a musical background with both her father and brother performing on a regular basis. She said, "Earth Hour is a superb initiative and I am so proud to be involved. It is a great opportunity to give something back to Hilton Sydney and also to the environment, whilst being a fantastic platform to showcase my talent. I'm excited to be able to work with a close guitarist friend of mine to bring a little bit of neo-soul and jazz to the Hilton Sydney lobby on the March 31."

In 2012, Hilton Sydney will be one of the first hotels in Sydney to compost all of its organic waste on site and will continue an LED bulb replacement program in public areas and event space within the hotel, saving 80 per cent equivalent energy.

Contact:
Lorna O'Neill
Hilton Sydney
+61 (0)2 9266 2051
lorna.o'neill@hilton.com

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Aspire to Hilton Sydney...centrally located in Sydney CBD close to shopping and entertainment, Hilton Sydney offers 577 luxury accommodation rooms and suites plus four dedicated levels of conference and events space catering up to 3000 delegates. The hotel also features Luke Mangan's renowned restaurant glass brasserie, the stylish and award-winning Zeta Bar, iconic Marble Bar and LivingWell Premier Health Club and Day Spa.

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