"The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is committed to working towards a more sustainable future, by preserving natural resources and minimizing our impact on the environment," comments Sue Stephenson, vice president, Community Footprints for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "Earth Hour is an outstanding forum for us to exercise this commitment and help raise awareness for the importance of environmental responsibility around the globe."Participating in Earth Hour aligns with Community Footprints, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company's social and environmental responsibility program, and its guiding principles to engage, contribute and inspire. Environmental responsibility is a key pillar of the program, and the global strategy includes water and energy conservation and waste management initiatives, sourcing environmentally preferred products, and increasing organic and locally sourced dining and spa options. For more information the global impact of Community Footprints, please visit www.ritzcarlton.com. About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 82 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award which recognizes outstanding customer service. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the company website at www.ritzcarlton.com. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) About Community FootprintsEngage. Contribute. Inspire. These are the guiding principles of The Ritz-Carlton social and environmental responsibility program, Community Footprints. The Ritz-Carlton philosophy is that the global company should be aligned with the issues that are important to the communities where they operate, and strive to make a difference in three areas: Child Well-Being; Hunger and Poverty Relief; and Environmental Responsibility. Find out more at: www.communityfootprints.com and @RitzCarltonCSR on Twitter. SOURCE The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.