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Marriott Recycles Computers and Electronics, Nearly 400,000 Pounds of Hardware

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) ranked among the top 10 today on Computerworld magazine's first- ever "Top 12 Green IT Companies" list. Marriott, the only hospitality company named, was recognized for IT energy conservation, IT recycling and reduction of carbon emissions.

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) ranked among the top 10 today on Computerworld magazine's first- ever "Top 12 Green IT Companies" list. Marriott, the only hospitality company named, was recognized for IT energy conservation, IT recycling and reduction of carbon emissions.

Marriott's IT environmental achievements include: — Establishing ENERGY STAR compliance standards for all IT assets — Eliminating 25.6 tons of CO2 output annually by replacing (NUMBER) printers — Reducing IT energy consumption by: — utilizing server virtualization, resulting in the elimination of 300 servers; — replacing 5,000 desktop PCs with thin client computers, reducing energy consumption by 50 percent per device; and — archiving data, resulting in 65 percent reduction in power usage.

"We are implementing innovative ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle; as well as ensuring we implement technology in the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly ways," said Carl Wilson, executive vice president and chief information officer, Marriott International.

Working with Secure the Call, a not-for-profit organization, Marriott's IT department actively recycles cell phones and PDAs, which are then repurposed for 911/emergency-only use by the community. Marriott is also an active member of Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool (EPEAT) which is developing a system to help purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on their environmental attributes.

Marriott's commitment to the environment spans more than 20 years. Focus areas include: water and energy conservation, clean air initiatives, reduce- reuse-recycle waste management, clean-up campaigns, and wildlife preservation. Marriott leads the industry with more than 250 ENERGY STAR hotels and received the Sustained Excellence Award for excellence in energy management by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more information, visit www.marriott.com/environment.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) is a leading lodging company with about 3,000 lodging properties in the United States and 67 other countries and territories. Marriott International operates and franchises hotels under the Marriott, JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Residence Inn, Courtyard, TownePlace Suites, Fairfield Inn, SpringHill Suites and Bulgari brand names; develops and operates vacation ownership resorts under the Marriott Vacation Club, Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club, The Ritz-Carlton Club and Grand Residences by Marriott brands; operates Marriott Executive Apartments; provides furnished corporate housing through its Marriott ExecuStay division; and operates conference centers. The company is headquartered in Bethesda, Md., and had approximately 151,000 employees at 2007 year-end. It is ranked as the lodging industry's most admired company and one of the best companies to work for by FORTUNE(R), and has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2007 Sustained Excellence Award and Partner of the Year since 2004. In fiscal year 2007, Marriott International reported sales from continuing operations of $13 billion. For more information or reservations, please visit our web site at www.marriott.com.

SOURCE Marriott International, Inc.

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