Sustainability

Wyndham Worldwide Supports Earth Hour

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 29, 2012) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies and industry leader in sustainability practices, proudly supports the Earth Hour global initiative – a global movement uniting businesses, organizations and individuals in taking action to raise awareness to the issues of climate change.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown into a global movement with millions of supporters in over 128 countries since its start in Australia in 2007. During Earth Hour, individuals, businesses, and governments around the world turn out their lights to demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable action. Earth Hour 2012 will take place Saturday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m. local time.

“As a global company recently recognized as one of the greenest companies by Newsweek magazine, Wyndham Worldwide is proud to support Earth Hour around the world,” says Faith Taylor, senior vice president of sustainability for Wyndham Worldwide. “With more than 50 brands in nearly 100 countries, we are committed to finding new ways to reduce energy consumption and successfully implement energy efficient strategies across the Company with a goal to reduce emissions by 12% by 2016, and 20% by 2020.”

For more information on how to participate in Earth Hour or Wyndham’s sustainability efforts, please visit our Wyndham Green website or EarthHour.org.

 

 

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses 7,205 hotels with approximately 613,100 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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Michael Valentino
Director, Communications
Wyndham Worldwide
Office: (973) 753.8372
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Wyndham Worldwide Once Again Achieves Energy Reduction Across 10 Million Square Feet

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (May 13, 2014) – Using unique, industry-leading ideas, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, again demonstrated its continued leadership and innovation in sustainability best practices, achieving a total 12 percent reduction of its North American locations that are part of the program since first starting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge.

The Better Buildings Challenge is a national initiative launched by President Obama in 2011 with the goal of making American commercial, multifamily and industrial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient in ten years. This program aligns with the Company’s goals to reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2016 and by 20 percent by 2020.  As of 2013, Wyndham Worldwide has reduced its global footprint in over 40 countries of its owned, managed and leased assets by 12.7 percent based on carbon per square footage.

“This latest milestone of meaningfully reducing our carbon footprint is the result of our commitment to exploring and adopting innovative environmental practices, as it reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources, and ultimately supports both near- and long-term profitability,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “We believe it is our people, our culture and our strategies that have enabled us to get where we are today. The dedicated efforts of employees at every level of the Company embody our culture of responsible sustainable practices and reflect the strong values that guide our company.”

Wyndham Worldwide reduced its energy through:

• energy efficiency upgrades, including retrofitting LED lighting throughout parking structures at two of its committed properties;
• providing energy education and training courses for all levels of associates across committed properties;
• expanding the WVO Green Certification Program, one of the first certification programs for the timeshare industry. The program tracks 26 requirements in categories such as energy use, water use, waste reduction, indoor air quality and education;
• achieving LEED Certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance for the Company’s Carmel, Ind., Vacation Plaza corporate offices by reducing energy consumption by 29 percent, reducing domestic water consumption by more than 15 percent through water-efficient faucets and fixtures, and reducing outside water consumption by 50 percent with water-efficient irrigation and plant selections.

“By committing to cut energy use by 20 percent, Better Buildings Challenge partners are demonstrating how businesses and organizations are reducing our nation’s energy bill, creating American jobs, and protecting the environment,” said Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy.  “With commitments representing more than 3 billion square feet of floor space, these partners are leading the way to a cleaner energy economy.”

Focusing on investing in its people, culture, and increasing value to shareholders, over the past eight years, Wyndham Worldwide has grown into the market leader in each of its business segments, and into the single best performing stock on the NYSE since the economic downturn in 2008. Today, the Company is consistently named among the industry’s best places to work, earning continued recognition as a global leader in such areas as sustainability, diversity, workplace experience and human rights. Most recently, Wyndham Worldwide was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the first time, and was recognized as a 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook.

About the Better Buildings Challenge

In 2013, Better Buildings Challenge partners successfully reduced the energy use of their buildings and industrial facilities by more than 2.5 percent. These energy savings are the equivalent of about $100 million a year. Through participation, partners have saved 36 trillion Btus and $300 million since the Better Buildings Challenge began. Program partners continue to demonstrate progress in achieving 20 percent energy savings in ten years, with annual energy savings of 2.5 percent or $300 million.

There are more than 190 organizations participating from local governments, school districts and universities, to commercial real estate, healthcare and manufacturing companies. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, partners have created and shared more than 110 solutions including showcase projects and implementation models to help the marketplace move more quickly to adopt energy efficiency measures. In addition, the Challenge includes a network of financial and utility allies to assist partners in overcoming financial and data access barriers across the marketplace.

For a detailed progress report on the Better Buildings Challenge and to find out more about the Challenge participants and their energy efficiency projects, visit: www.energy.gov/betterbuildingschallenge.

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands.  The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,500 franchised hotels and 646,900 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Contact:
Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
stacy.dixson@wyn.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Scores High On Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

One of the world’s largest hospitality companies ranks top in the industry, and among overall top 10 percent in annual S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (October 4, 2011) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, ranks number one in the hospitality industry and among the top 10 percent in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index. The Index highlights the constituent companies within the S&P 500 Index which have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance regarding climate change information disclosure practices.

With a carbon disclosure score of 83, this was the first appearance for Wyndham Worldwide on the annual index by the CDP, which represents 551 institutional investors with $71 trillion in assets. CDP commended Wyndham Worldwide for its approach to the disclosure of climate change information.

“With operations in over 100,000 locations in nearly 100 countries, reducing our carbon footprint is not only the right thing for the environment, but the right thing for our business,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “Measurements like the CDP Index provide us with actionable data to keep our operations efficient, as well as validation that our commitment, investment, and strategies are on the right trajectory.”

With a wide and growing range of businesses, Wyndham Worldwide includes Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company based on number of properties; Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the world’s largest member-based vacation exchange network and marketer of serviced vacation rentals; and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world’s largest vacation ownership business.

The Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index, compiled by PwC on behalf of CDP provides an evaluation tool for institutional investors and other stakeholders. In 2011, it comprises 55 companies from the S&P 500 Index based on analysis of the responses to CDP’s questionnaire which focused on greenhouse gas emissions, emissions reduction targets and risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Companies are scored on their climate change disclosure and high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company.

“Companies that make the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index have demonstrated good internal data management practices for understanding greenhouse gas emissions,” says Paul Simpson, chief executive officer, Carbon Disclosure Project. “They have shown a strong awareness of the business issues related to climate change including climate-related risks and opportunities. Those organizations that give clear consideration to measuring and reporting on climate change issues will be best placed to capitalize on the opportunities from managing them.”

Wyndham Worldwide has invested in exploring and adopting innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program, which focuses on sustainability across the global company. During the past five years, Wyndham Worldwide has placed the program among its top five strategic priorities across the company, successfully implementing energy efficient strategies with a goal to reduce emissions by 12% by 2016, and 20% by 2020. In June, the company released its first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report, reflecting the strategies, efforts, and results across the company’s diverse businesses.

“Accurate carbon measurement is a challenge for the hospitality industry, making the CDP results particularly valuable in helping set a standard for a widely diverse range of facilities, properties, and business models around the world,” says Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability and innovation at Wyndham Worldwide. “As we are the only global hospitality company with corporate offices, hotels, resorts, rentals, and timeshare properties, we have focused our most recent efforts developing a custom eco-software tool to evaluate our efforts across our portfolio.”

The CDP results are especially timely for Wyndham Worldwide, as the company prepares for its annual Global Green Day on October 19. Through celebrations, educational activities, and programs, the 2011 Wyndham Worldwide Global Green Day is designed to reinforce the company’s carbon footprint reduction goals to over 26,000 associates at locations around the world.

“While we maintain a sustainability focus every day, our Global Green Day event is a special opportunity for our company to celebrate the progress we have made, and remind us of our next goal we are working toward,” says Holmes. “We always remind ourselves that sustainability is a journey, rather than a particular destination, and so as soon as we reach a goal, we immediately set our sights even higher.”

The S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index can be found at www.cdproject.net. For more information on sustainability programs at Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com.

 

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality services and products across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Worldwide encompasses approximately 7,380 franchised hotels and vacation ownership resorts with approximately 633,700 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.8 million members, access to approximately 97,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of vacation ownership resorts serving nearly 815,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 26,000 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

About CDP

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent not-for-profit organization holding the largest database of primary corporate climate change and water information in the world. Some 3,000 organizations across the world’s largest economies now measure and disclose their greenhouse gas emissions and assessment of climate change risk and opportunity through CDP, in order that they can set reduction targets and make performance improvements. This data is gathered on behalf of 551 institutional investors, holding US$71 trillion in assets. For more information, visit www.cdproject.net.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Michael Valentino
Director, Communications
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-8372
michael.valentino@wyn.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Ranked Amongst World’s Green Companies by Newsweek

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (October 20, 2011) – Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, has been ranked among the top 100 greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, and number one among hotels and restaurants.

Newsweek ranked Wyndham Worldwide number 73 on its U.S. list based on a number of criteria including the actual environmental footprint and management, which includes policies, programs, initiatives and disclosures. The report, published on October 17, also factored in Wyndham Worldwide’s reporting practices such as the Global Reporting Initiative and Carbon Disclosure Project, both of which were released by the company in 2011.

“Wyndham Worldwide has a unique opportunity to leverage our scale and adopt practices that will have a significant and lasting environmental impact around the globe,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Wyndham Worldwide chairman and chief executive officer. “We are proud to be recognized as a leader in reducing the collective global footprint and will continue to commit to conserving our natural resources and preserving our habitats.”

Wyndham Worldwide, which has more than 58 brands in nearly 100 countries, includes Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company based on number of properties; Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the world’s largest member-based vacation exchange network and marketer of serviced vacation rentals; and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world’s largest vacation ownership business. The company explores and adopts innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program, which focuses on sustainability by implementing environmentally-responsible practices across the globe.

“From releasing the Global Reporting Initiative and being recognized as an S&P Carbon Disclosure Index leader, to now being honored by Newsweek, this has been a milestone year for the Wyndham Green program,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide vice president of sustainability and innovation. “By continually evaluating and introducing sustainable practices across the globe, we have been able to make tremendous progress in a short period of time.”

This recognition is timely as Wyndham Worldwide celebrated its third annual Global Green Day celebration earlier this week. During the event, the Company and its 26,000 associates participated in educational activities and were provided access to eco-friendly products and vendor booths.

“Every associate has a voice and a role in Wyndham Green and through their innovative spirit, Wyndham Green continues to be a viable, profitable and successful program that makes a difference every day,” says Taylor.

For more information on sustainability programs at Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com.

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality services and products across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Worldwide encompasses approximately 7,380 franchised hotels and vacation ownership resorts with approximately 633,700 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.8 million members, access to approximately 97,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of vacation ownership resorts serving nearly 815,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 26,000 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Michael Valentino
Director, Communications
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-8372
michael.valentino@wyn.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Ranks 31 in Newsweek Magazine’s Greenest Companies Survey

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (June 16, 2014) – Once again Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was recognized for its sustainability best practices, and was ranked among the greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek Magazine, one of the foremost corporate environmental rankings. 

Ranked among the top 50 greenest companies in the U.S., Wyndham Worldwide was evaluated on a number of criteria including its environmental footprint and management, environmental policies, programs and initiatives. 

“Our inclusion in the rankings is a great reflection of our commitment to our core values, and is the result of tremendous collaboration and innovation by our associates, franchisees, suppliers, business and community partners,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are proud to be recognized for our work in sustainability, but more importantly, we are excited that we continue to see the impact our sustainability and corporate social responsibility efforts have in our operating performance and the value created for our shareholders.” 

Wyndham Worldwide’s sustainable practices are created and developed by the Company’s Wyndham Green program, which is in its eighth year, and is one of the top five strategic priorities at the Company.  The program, which is focused on education and innovation, works to deliver “triple bottom line” results for the people, planet and profits, while driving leadership in the industry, encouraging engagement among key stakeholders, and providing the mechanism to turn innovative ideas into achievable results. 

“We believe it is our people, our culture and our strategies that have enabled us to get where we are today. The dedicated efforts of associates at every level of the Company embody our culture of responsible sustainable practices and reflect the strong values that guide our company,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “This focus enabled us to reduce our operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 11 percent per square foot and reduce our carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot from the 2010 baseline.” 

Believing that it can “do well” for business, while “doing good” for the people and the community, Wyndham Worldwide has maintained a focused investment in its Corporate Social Responsibility programs since its introduction on the NYSE in 2006. Its teams have collaborated to integrate the strategic areas of sustainability, diversity, human rights and ethics, and community support directly into how it operates. Most recently, Wyndham Worldwide was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the first time, and was recognized as a 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook. 

Using the G4 GRI Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the Newsweek rankings are the result of a rigorous review by a leading sustainability ranking organization and an advisory board that includes sustainability experts. Wyndham Worldwide will release its 2012 Sustainability Report following the G4 guidelines later this month. 

For more information on Wyndham Worldwide’s environmental and sustainability programs, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands.  The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,500 franchised hotels and 646,900 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally.

For more information, please visitwww.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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Contact:
Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
stacy.dixson@wyn.com

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Seeing Green: Wyndham Worldwide Measures Investment in Sustainability Programs with Release of GRI Report

Since its launch five years ago, the Wyndham Green sustainability program has driven innovative solutions and collaborative best practices across the global hospitality company.

Parsippany, NJ (July 18, 2011) –

Since first establishing its sustainability program in 2006, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, is measuring positive trends in reducing its environmental impact around the globe. The results are reflected in two new sustainability reports released by the company this month.

With a wide and growing range of businesses, Wyndham Worldwide includes Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company based on number of properties; Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the world’s largest member-based vacation exchange network and marketer of serviced vacation rentals; and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world’s largest vacation ownership business.

“As the global market continues to grow and integrate, the hospitality industry has an increasing ability and responsibility to shape sustainability innovation on the world stage,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “By continually evaluating and improving how we operate and increasing knowledge among millions of people we interact with on a daily basis, Wyndham Worldwide is excited to be a leader in reducing the hospitality industry’s collective environmental impact.”

Wyndham Worldwide has invested in exploring and adopting innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program, which focuses on sustainability across the global company. During the past five years, Wyndham Worldwide has placed the program among its top five strategic priorities across the company, successfully implementing energy efficient strategies with a goal to reduce emissions by 12% by 2016, and 20% by 2020. In June, the company released its first including its first Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) reports, reflecting the strategies, efforts, and results across the company’s diverse businesses.

“The direction Wyndham Worldwide has taken on sustainability has made tremendous progress, and continues to be a strategic focus that will make a lasting impact around the world,” says the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada, and member of the Wyndham Worldwide Board of Directors. In 2006, Mr. Mulroney was named the “Greenest Prime Minister in Canadian History,” and has been recognized for positive environmental impact. Mr. Mulroney has participated and provided input into the Company’s Wyndham Green sustainability program.

“Accurately tracking and measuring our results is almost as important as deciding what to do in the first place,” says Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability and innovation at Wyndham Worldwide. “What makes meaningful measurement a challenge for our company is our uniqueness in the industry. Wyndham Worldwide is the only global hospitality company with corporate offices, hotels, resorts, rentals, and timeshare properties in its portfolio. So, we have focused a lot of our recent efforts developing a custom eco-software tool to accurately evaluate our efforts against a wide range of businesses around the world.”

With input from associates around the world, the company has implemented numerous energy and emission reduction strategies, including:

  • Working with hotel franchise owners, Wyndham Hotel Group has implemented green standards such as energy efficient lighting and re-linen programs in over 7,190 franchised hotels.
  • One of the oldest vacation rental brands in the Wyndham Exchange & Rental portfolio, Landal GreenParks, has implemented a 100-item green savings checklist, energy management systems, and waste-generated renewable energy systems, and they preserve the biodiversity of over 250,000 acres at its over 70 holiday parks and almost 11,000 bungalows, villas and apartments throughout Europe.
  • Wyndham Vacation Ownership was recently recognized by American Resort Development Association (ARDA) for the development of its green certification program implemented at its over 160 resorts. Among the first of its kind, the program was honored as one of the best sustainability programs in the timeshare industry.
  • Over 350 Wyndham Worldwide locations have received state, national and global green certifications.
  • This past year, Wyndham Worldwide received (LEED) Silver interior certification from the United States Green Building Council for its 250,000 square foot corporate headquarters located in Parsippany, New Jersey.   Since its opening, the facility has reduced water, energy and waste usage by 10 to 30 percent. The Company also recently received the “Green Pioneer” award from Con Edison Solutions for purchasing 100 percent of the building's electricity from wind generation.

“As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, we understand our important role and the impact we can have on the industry,” says Holmes. “With over 58 brands in nearly 100 countries, we leverage the versatility of our unique portfolio of hotels, vacation exchange, vacation rentals, and vacation ownership to drive sustainable, profitable growth, while recognizing that each step we take is part of a larger journey, where we continually set our goals higher for our people, our company, and our planet.”

To view the reports, or for more information on sustainability programs at Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com.

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers a wide range of hospitality products and services for leisure and business travelers through its premier global portfolio of world-renowned brands.  The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,190 franchised hotels and 609,600 hotel rooms worldwide.  Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest serviced vacation rentals business, with approximately 97,000 vacation properties located in nearly 100 countries. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving more than 800,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

CONTACT:

Michael Valentino
Director, Communications
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-8372
michael.valentino@wyn.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Global Green Council Educates Children About Sustainability

 

WyndhamGreen's Sustainability Effort Benefits Consumers and the Lives of Future Generations

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey (April 22, 2010) –

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, with its commitment to global sustainability proudly announces “WyndhamGreen Kids,” a program designed to teach children ages three to fourteen about our environment, our community, and our world. Children from all around the world will be able to learn how to take care of our planet using our six core strategies: Energy conservation, Water conservation, Recycling/re-using, Education, Community Involvement, and Innovation.

Wyndham Worldwide is celebrating Earth Day by educating kids about sustainability locally at its headquarters in Parsippany, NJ as well as nationally through the WyndhamGreen Kids website where children can find workbook activities and hands-on activities arranged by their local environmental organizations.

“We are proud to be one of the first hospitality companies to launch a dedicated sustainability program for children,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide vice president, sustainability and innovation. “This program is just one pillar of Wyndham’s overall commitment to sustainability. As a global company, we are committed to conserving resources, preserving natural habitats and preventing pollution in order to meet the needs of our customers and the lives of future generations.”

WyndhamGreen by Wyndham Worldwide, the company’s recently launched sustainability program, is seizing the opportunity to manage energy consumption as a part of the Company’s overall green strategy across its businesses and brands, which together encompass nearly 70,000 properties in 100 countries. Due to its numerous brands, properties and distribution points, WyndhamGreen is expected to have a large impact on the Company’s overall carbon footprint.

The recently released WyndhamGreen Global Best Practices document showcases the company's initiatives in energy and water conservation, recycling, education, community programs and innovation. Kicking off the company’s commitment is Wyndham Worldwide's Silver LEED certified 250,000-square-foot headquarters, located in Parsippany, New Jersey. The building is expected to reduce water, energy and waste by 10 to 30 percent. The Company also recently received the “Green Pioneer” award from ConEdison Solutions for purchasing 100 percent of the building's electricity from wind generation.

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with more than 7,000 hotels and 11 brands, is implementing the EarthSmart linen reuse program to save resources and operational costs. The company's Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge®, Days Inn® and Ramada® brands currently participate.

The Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand developed uniforms spun from recycled plastic bottles. Each uniform requires 66 percent less energy and 90 percent less water to produce than a standard uniform. The upscale hotel chain's Wyndham ClearAir(sm) initiative features allergy-friendly rooms designed at improving air quality. The Wyndham chain also incorporates ecologically-friendly initiatives including use of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting; low-flow water practices; EarthSmart guest linen reuse program; Starbucks® organic coffees in its restaurants; guestroom key cards made from recycled material; biodegradable guest laundry bags; and numerous recycling efforts.

Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals, saved 1.3 million kilowatts annually at its Parsippany headquarters and Indianapolis call center by replacing lighting fixtures and bulbs and installing motion sensors to control lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. Last year, RCI was the first in the vacation exchange industry to begin printing all of its resort directories and Endless Vacation magazines for members on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper. RCI also converted vacation confirmations and notifications to members from direct mail to e-mail, saving more than 5 million pieces of paper and an estimated 435 trees.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world's largest vacation ownership business, provides low- and no-phosphate laundry and dish detergent in its resorts, an initiative that has reduced pollutants by 90,000 pounds since its inception in 2008.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership's Asia Pacific division developed a sustainable destination resort on the Australian island Tasmania that practices conservation of biodiversity and restoration of the natural habitat. The resort utilizes a state-of-the art wastewater treatment plant, and its villas were designed to resemble sea shells to fit into the environment.

Globally Wyndham Worldwide received recognition in Two Tomorrows Top 10 Sustainable rankings. In Europe, Wyndham’s Exchange & Rental Holiday Cottages Group was awarded the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Silver Award, which is the United Kingdom’s recognition for green tourism. While in the United States, Wyndham was named to Newsweek’s Green Ranking as one of the top 100 greenest companies in America and was just recently announced as a finalist in the USGBC’s fourth annual “Building a Greener New Jersey” award, which will be announced on May 20, 2010. Wyndham Worldwide is one of three finalists in the Corporate Commitment category.

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses approximately 7,110 franchised hotels and approximately 597,700 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.8 million members, access to over 65,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 155 vacation ownership resorts serving over 820,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 25,000 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company's web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

 

 

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Kevin Pchola
Director, External Corporate Communications
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-8228
Kevin.pchola@wyndhamworldwide.com

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In The Top 100 Greenest Companies

Ranked among the top 100 greenest companies in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine, and number one among hotels and restaurants (2011, 2012).

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Wyndham Worldwide Receives Second LEED Certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Company is first and only in New Jersey to receive both Corporate Interiors and Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance designations; affirms commitment to setting the standard for sustainability best practices

Parsippany, N.J. (July 29, 2013) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, has received a second silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s headquarters building at 22 Sylvan Way in Parsippany, N.J. The certification makes Wyndham Worldwide the first and only company in New Jersey to have LEED designations for both Corporate Interiors and Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance.

LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings. It uses a point system to determine the environmental merits of a building, with four levels of certification, depending on how many points the project has earned: certified, silver, gold or platinum. Wyndham Worldwide received its first Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, and its second designation last week for Existing Building – Operations and Maintenance.

A framework for delivering operational benefits throughout the life of the building, the rating system encourages owners and operators of existing buildings to implement sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impacts of their buildings. It also allows them to address the major aspects of ongoing building operations and maintenance.

“At Wyndham Worldwide, we’re consistently developing eco-friendly initiatives across our businesses, and when we received our first LEED Silver Certification in 2010 after the completion of our headquarters building, we were extremely honored,” said Frank Campana, senior vice president, corporate real estate and facilities, Wyndham Worldwide. “But we knew we wouldn’t stop there. We are committed to exploring and implementing innovative environmental practices, not only for our hospitality portfolio, but also for our corporate offices, as this effort reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources and supports profitability. Being green is literally ‘built in’ to Wyndham Worldwide and a critical piece of our companywide strategy; our headquarters building is the ultimate symbol of that.”

Receiving 56 points out of 100, Wyndham Worldwide achieved Silver Certification through:

• Reducing its energy by 8.6 percent from 2010, resulting in a decrease of 1,294 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e);

• developing an exterior building site maintenance program that requires the use of natural fertilizers, that all landscape waste to be diverted from landfills and the limited use of gas-powered tools;

• reducing water consumption by nearly 29 percent through water-efficient faucets and fixtures;

• using environmentally-preferred products and practices for cleaning, with 85 percent of the cleaning product purchases considered sustainable;

• instituting a sustainable purchasing policy that encourages the purchase of ongoing items such as lamps, electronic goods and furniture, to be environmentally friendly, conserve natural resources, minimize waste and reduce toxicity.

To help further reduce its carbon footprint at its headquarters in New Jersey, the Company provides premier parking spots for employees who carpool and drive hybrid vehicles, offers mass transit options, including a free shuttle to/from the local train station and a variety of on-site services, such as a car wash/detailing, credit union, shoe shine service, dry cleaning, general store for basic items, Starbucks and cafeteria.

“Our work in sustainability is a tremendous collaboration across all key stakeholders, who work together to reduce our carbon footprint by developing ideas with incredible potential, transforming them into tangible results and driving leadership in the industry,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide.

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with over 7,410 franchised hotels and over 635,100 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Contact: 
Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
stacy.dixson@wyn.com

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Wyndham Hotels Honored for Green Innovations Including Eco-Friendly Uniforms

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 30, 2009) –

Unique “green” programs introduced by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, including ecologically–friendly uniforms made with recycled plastics, have been recognized by Lodging Hospitality magazine with a Chain Leadership Award, which honors the best in innovation, creativity and business–building in the U.S. hotel industry.

The award, announced in the magazine's current issue, singled out Wyndham Hotels and Resorts as the leader in the category of Environmental Action. Lodging Hospitality editors annually solicit reader nominations, then select the “best of the best programs and strategies employed in the previous year.”

Wyndham President Jeff Wagoner thanked Lodging Hospitality for the award saying, “We are honored to be recognized for programs that demonstrate leadership in the hospitality industry, add value to our properties and underscore operational excellence.”

Fabric for the eco–friendly Wyndham hotel staff uniforms is manufactured using polyester fibers spun from post–consumer products, including recycled plastic beverage bottles, which are woven into very soft fabrics. By using recycled materials, the hotel chain helps to keep plastics out of landfills. Moreover, the uniforms, which do not require professional laundering, minimize the use of chemicals during cleaning and provide a cost savings to hotel operators.

“These trendy garments can be modified and mixed and matched for a more personal, fashionable suit that is cost–effective and extremely comfortable,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide vice president of sustainability and innovation. “Sustainability has morphed from a 'nice have to a must have,' and we are committed to finding opportunities that drive innovation and deliver value to our guests and franchisees.”

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is the first national upscale lodging chain to implement the eco–friendly uniform initiative. Cincinnati–based Cintas Corporation was contracted to design and manufacture the uniforms and continue to introduce new eco–friendly fabrics for the Wyndham apparel program.

In addition to its ecologically–friendly uniforms, the Wyndham chain's green initiatives include installation of energy–efficient compact fluorescent lighting; low–flow water practices; an Earth Smart guest linen reuse program; and numerous recycling efforts.

In another major innovation, the chain launched the Wyndham ClearAirsm initiative last year, becoming the first national upscale lodging chain to feature allergy–friendly rooms. Following a system designed by New York–based PURE Solutions NA, Wyndham ClearAir rooms are designed to improve air quality following a multistep cleaning process to remove up to 98 percent of allergens. For a list of Wyndham locations that offer this amenity, see www.wyndham.com/ClearAir. For more information on sustainability initiatives at Wyndham Worldwide, visit www.wyndham-green.com.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate. For additional information or to make a reservation, go to www.wyndham.com.

 

 

CONTACT:

Evy Apostolatos
Director, Media Relations
Wyndham Hotel Group
1 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 753–6590
evy.apostolatos@wyndhamworldwide.com

 

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Wyndham Worldwide Names Vice President of Sustainability and Innovation

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (September 16, 2008) –

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, has appointed Faith Taylor as vice president, Sustainability and Innovation.

Based in Parsippany, N.J., Taylor is responsible for leading the strategic vision and direction of Wyndham Worldwide's environmental policy and programs while overseeing all key conservation and preservation initiatives across the businesses including Wyndham Hotel Group, Group RCI and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

Taylor also oversees the Wyndham Worldwide Green Council as well as the rollout of Blue Harmony, a turn-key spa and fitness program that incorporates a green strategy to promote environmental awareness. Additionally, she will manage the WyndhamGreen Web site that will launch this month and be part of the Company's “Global Green Day and Green Fair” event on October 2.

Most recently, Taylor was vice president of Innovation and Product Development for the Wyndham Hotel Group where she worked with the architectural firm of Michael Graves & Associates to lead the development of their brand repositioning that included new interior designs, in-room products and hotel prototype initiatives. Faith recently led the development and launch of Blue Harmony, negotiated the development of the Company's partnership with ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and co-developed one of the first-to-market green uniform programs with Cintas.

Taylor is the vice chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Environmental and Engineering Committee in Washington, D.C., and frequently speaks on innovation and sustainability around the country. She was named one of the top African-American executives in the lodging industry by Black Meetings and Tourism magazine in 2008 and is featured in Hospitality Technology's October 2008 issue as a leader in innovation.

Previously, Taylor held marketing and branding positions for Ramada®, Avon and Time Warner Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., and her master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia.

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses nearly 7,000 franchised hotels and approximately 581,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its nearly 3.7 million members access to more than 67,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts serving over 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs more than 33,000 employees globally.

CONTACT:

Alyson R. Johnson
Director, Media Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
(973) 753.6759
Alyson.Johnson@wyndhamworldwide.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Releases 2011 Sustainability Report, Achieves Five Percent Carbon Footprint Reduction

Second annual Sustainability Report highlights continued carbon reduction measured by custom state-of-the-art eco-software program tracking energy efficiency across the Company’s owned and managed properties

Parsippany, N.J. (September 17, 2012) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, today announced a five percent reduction in its carbon footprint over 2010 based on carbon emission per square foot, as it releases its second annual Sustainability Report. As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, with leading brands in hotel lodging, vacation ownership, vacation rentals and vacation exchange, Wyndham Worldwide was named among the top 100 greenest companies in the United States by Newsweek – number one among hospitality and restaurant companies.

“We view sustainability as part of our culture, and a fundamental part of how we responsibly do business in communities around the world,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are proud of our continued success in this area, which is the result of incredible collaboration and innovation by our associates together with our franchisees, suppliers, and business and community partners. Their dedication and combined efforts continue to produce tremendous results, and add great value to our business and the experience we provide.”

Working towards a goal of reducing emissions by 12 percent by 2016, and driving change in how the Company operates around the world, the Wyndham Green Toolbox, a state-of-the-art eco-software program was developed and implemented in 2010. The program allows the Wyndham Worldwide portfolio of businesses to unify their sustainability tracking and measuring; providing users with resources and tools to reduce energy use, and advance the Company’s global sustainability efforts.

“Prior to the implementation of the Toolbox, the data collection process was fragmented, inefficient and very difficult to implement across our diverse portfolio of facilities,” says Faith Taylor, senior vice president sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “Since the implementation of the Wyndham Green Toolbox, the unified data collection gives individual users and properties a clear picture of their energy usage, and allows our Company to more effectively analyze our collective progress. This implementation also raised important awareness of energy efficiency and resulted in an overall reduction of the Company’s carbon footprint.”

The carbon footprint reduction is featured in the Wyndham Worldwide 2011 Sustainability Report, which provides an overview of the Company’s sustainability initiatives as well as its corporate social responsibility programs. The report is accessible on the Company’s website, and aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative, a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.

Additionally, the report’s Statement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions have been moderately assured by Deloitte & Touche LLP to conform with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard published by the World Business council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute.

Following are highlights of specific initiatives and accomplishments.

• Co-led the development of a standard method for calculating carbon emissions for hotels and resorts in the industry, and co-launched the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative in partnership with more than 20 other hotel chains, the International Tourism Partnership, and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

• Joined the Energy Efficiency program of the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program championed by President Obama.

• Continued to lead the development of one of the first in the industry green certification timeshare program recognized by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), as well as development of the first rental exchange industry eco-resort award for affiliates in North America, Europe and Australia.

• Continued to grow its green supply chain in 2011, with 16 percent of the Company’s total $1.5 billion spend made with suppliers who meet the Wyndham Green Supplier criteria.

• Supported the Arbor Day Foundation and its Rain Forest Rescue® Project, dedicated to saving and protecting more than 30 million square feet of rain forests, with the project’s responsible shade-grown coffee being served in approximately 130 Wyndham Vacation Ownership resorts.

“We are incredibly proud of all of our sustainability efforts, for they have helped create, grow and support our vision,” says Taylor. “We view sustainability as a journey, and not something that you simply attain. Each achievement is another step in that journey.”

For additional details on these highlights and to read the full report, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/wyndham-green.

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,170 hotels with approximately 608,300 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com

Contact:

Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
stacy.dixson@wyn.com

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Days Inn Brand Debuts Innovative Resources, Refreshed Marketing Campaign

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (February 13, 2009) –

The Days Inn® brand made it clear to hotel owners attending the chain's worldwide conference here today that it continues to be 'The Best Value Under the Sun' by providing them with resources that will help enhance the guest experience and encourage travelers to stay at Days Inn properties.

The chain unveiled two innovative, online tools that will make it easier for franchisees to train staff and adhere to brand standards, and it debuted a refreshed marketing campaign designed to evoke an emotional response from travelers.

Hotel owners will be able to use a virtual hotel training module to coach front desk, housekeeping and maintenance staff on how they can serve as welcoming hosts for all guests. The module will first teach employees how to deliver a warm and friendly experience and then assess employee interactions with a virtual guest.

Days Inn President Ken Greene said, “We must ensure that every employee is trained, confident and prepared to serve as a brand ambassador. How well employees respond to various interactions will determine how well they deliver on the Days Inn 'Sure as the Sun' promise, the brand's service pledge. These cutting–edge resources will help prepare them.”

This year, the brand will also introduce an interactive online site on which property owners can learn about the latest brand standards as well as link to preferred vendors. As an example, franchisees can visit a virtual front desk to learn about front desk wardrobe standards or visit a virtual hotel room to learn about in–room amenity standards.

Aly El–Bassuni, Days Inn vice president of operations, said, “The fundamentals of this business are great service and a good product and we've provided owners with the tools to deliver on both of these.”

The brand recently underwent a multi–year system update which included the introduction of the signature DayBreak® Breakfast program, SolTerre® bed and bath amenities and free high–speed Internet service.

Now, the brand is telling guests that they can expect not only a quality product but also a sunny experience when they stay at a Days Inn hotel through its marketing campaign themed 'Here Comes the Day.'

“We've evolved our campaign to focus on the emotional benefit of staying with Days Inn,” said Heny Gabay, Days Inn vice president of marketing. “Days Inn value means more than just a fresh and free breakfast that fills up our guests. It means a warm feeling that fills up their hearts.”

 

The integrated campaign, to be featured on T.V., radio, print and online media channels, features images of the softness of the morning and guests looking forward to a new day with confidence. It also includes a new song, “Here Comes the Sunshine,' composed, written and sung by Jess Penner.

Days Inns Worldwide, a member of the Wyndham Hotel Group family of lodging brands, is a chain of economy hotels featuring complimentary high–speed Internet access, SolTerre® bath amenities and weekday newspapers. Select properties offer complimentary DayBreak® continental breakfast and restaurants, meeting rooms, banquet facilities, copy and fax services, swimming pools and fitness centers.

Reservations and information are available by calling (800) 329–7466 or by visiting www.daysinn.com. Days Inn hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Days Inns Worldwide, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN).

 

 

CONTACT:

Christine Da Silva
Director, Media Relations
Wyndham Hotel Group
1 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ 07054
+1 (973) 753-6590
Christine.DaSilva@WyndhamWorldwide.com

 

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Wyndham Green Partners With Plastic FREE Ocean to Raise Awareness About Pollutants in Our Waters

Wyndham's Commitment to Sustainability Sponsors Tom Jones and Paddle 2010

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (May 20, 2010) –

Wyndham Green by Wyndham Worldwide is proud to announce the sponsorship of The Wyndham Green Paddle 2010 featuring ultra-endurance athlete Tom Jones and his quest to raise public awareness about the great risks to the environment and the world's oceans from improper and excessive use of plastic. From May 16th to August 12th, Tom Jones will attempt to create a new world record by paddling from Key West, Florida to New York City on a standup paddleboard.

Wyndham Green is Wyndham's sustainability program that focuses on social responsibility and the environment as a part of the company's overall green strategy. Wyndham Green has partnered with Tom Jones and Plastic Free Ocean a subsidiary of the Tom Jones Foundation, a federally registered 501(c)3 nonprofit incorporated in California, USA,  in order to raise funds and public awareness about the harm plastic has on our environment and the resources needed to rid our oceans of these pollutants.

Plastic in the oceans is entirely caused by human action and human inaction.  It has as much potential to do harm as the worst climate change scenario and is having greater immediate effects, yet it so far receives comparatively no attention, and very little private or government action or funding.

Some of the harmful effects of plastic in our oceans affect birds and marine species:

  • About 44 percent of all seabirds die due to eating floating  plastic
  • Reproductive systems of over 250 marine species are affected by consuming plastics, including bags and bottles

These harmful effects can be mitigated if consumers reduce the use of, reuse and properly recycle plastics.

Wyndham Worldwide and its business units including Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Wyndham Hotel Group are excited to host Tom Jones and representatives from Plastic Free Ocean Organization as they paddle their way up the East Coast. Wyndham properties will provide hospitality and comfort required to recharge the crew for their 1,500 mile oceanic journey. To view the route and landfall events that will occur throughout the trip, visit www.plasticfreeocean.org.

Wyndham Green's support of Paddle 2010 is just one activity encompassed in the company's global commitment to corporate social responsibility and the environment. “Wyndham Green is not just a program but a way of living and working based on the vision and values of Wyndham Worldwide,” stated Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability for Wyndham Worldwide. “We understand that our business activities impact the earth and people's lives. In an effort to decrease our carbon footprint, we are committed to conserving our natural resources, preserving our habitats and preventing pollution.   The foundation of Wyndham Green is education, which grounds us in the realities of what is happening in our environment and inspires us to act on what we know what we can do today.”

To help support awareness and research programs to reduce plastic in the environment, and to find ways to clean up the great existing threat of plastic breaking down in the world's oceans, please visit www.plasticfreeocean.org.

To find out more about Wyndham Green, please visit www.wyndhamgreen.com. Or follow Wyndham Green on Twitter (@B1withWyndham) and Facebook (B1 with Wyndham).

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses approximately 7,090 franchised hotels and approximately 593,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.8 million members, access to over 65,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 155 vacation ownership resorts serving over 820,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 25,000 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company's web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

CONTACT:

Kevin Pchola
Director, External Corporate Communications
Wyndham Worldwide
973.753.8228
Kevin.pchola@wyndhamworldwide.com

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RCI Announces Sheraton Vistana Resort of Orlando as its Platinum Green Award Winner

RCI Wins 10 ARDA Awards Including ACE Excellence in Customer Service

Las Vegas (April 5, 2012) –

RCI celebrated multiple achievements at the ARDA 2012 Awards Gala Dinner, where the global leader in vacation exchange took home 10 awards. Among these many recognitions was the coveted ACE Excellence in Customer Service award, which was presented to RCI for its customer service delivery in the online vacation planning space.

RCI took its “Count On Me!” customer service culture to the next level in 2011 by leveraging social media monitoring of the timeshare and vacation exchange industries on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs and other online media. RCI’s social media customer service team, working out of a dedicated command center at the company’s headquarters, actively educates consumers about the many benefits of timeshare and RCI membership, responds to questions or concerns about timeshare ownership and exchange, thanks consumers for their positive mentions and even wishes them well on their upcoming vacations.

This innovative and proactive approach to online customer service has been met with applause from consumers who are often surprised and delighted by the company’s outreach. It is also supported by developers who strongly believe in the efforts to enhance the reputation of the industry.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded the ACE Excellence in Customer Service Award,” said Geoff Ballotti, CEO, RCI. “Our most vital assets at RCI are our customers. Listening to, engaging, and servicing our customers online allows us to improve our relationship with them and improve the image of timeshare through the overwhelming voice of those who sincerely believe that owning a timeshare is a better way to vacation. Online and social engagement is becoming an ever-so-critical component of legendary customer service delivery and we’re honored that ARDA has chosen to recognize us for it.”

RCI was also recognized with the following awards:
     • Human Resources Individual Contributor: Stephanie Bramel
     • Human Resources Team: RCI Indianapolis Human Resources Team
     • Logo Design: Your World Your Way Sweepstakes
     • Special Event: 2012 Global Top Guide Summit
     • Integrated Marketing or Public Relations Campaign: Because Your Vacation Means the World to Us
     • Video Production: RCI TV
     • Web Site: Share Your Vacation by RCI
     • Social Media Program or Campaign: RCI Social Media Program
     • Interactive Internet Advertising Campaign: Platinum Acquisition Monthly

“On behalf of everyone at RCI, we’re delighted to win 10 awards from ARDA today,” continued Ballotti. “RCI decided many years ago that exceptional customer service combined with industry leading marketing and technology would be what differentiate us and make us the vacation exchange leader we’ve become. Being recognized with the ACE Excellence in Customer Service award along with these nine other awards further reinforces for us that what matters most are our members and affiliates who rely on us to help them grow their businesses.”

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

Media Contacts:
Steve Alessandrini
(973) 753-8278
Steven.Alessandrini@rci.com

Catherine Reynolds
(973) 753-4662
Catherine.Reynolds@rci.com

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Wyndham Hotels Introduce "Green" Uniforms Spun From Plastic

 

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (September 18, 2008) –

As part of its evolving “green” strategy, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts today announced the launch of a new ecologically–friendly uniform line for hotel staff using recycled polyester fibers spun from plastic beverage bottles.

Select Wyndham® hotels will introduce the new uniforms beginning this fall by job category. Front desk and other customer–facing employees are required to begin wearing the new uniforms by the end of 2009 and housekeeping and other back–of–house staff by 2010. All new properties are required to provide the new uniforms upon opening.

Wyndham Hotels Introduce “Green” Uniforms Spun From PlasticThe textiles are produced from post–consumer products, including recycled plastic beverage bottles, which are processed into flakes, then filaments that are spun into yarn and ultimately woven into very soft fabrics. Recycling polymers keeps more plastics out of landfills.

The uniforms, which do not require professional laundering, minimize the use of chemicals during cleaning and provide a cost savings to hotel operators.

Cincinnati–based Cintas Corporation will design and manufacture the uniforms and continue to introduce new eco–friendly fabrics for the Wyndham apparel program.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is the first national upscale lodging chain to mandate the Cintas eco–friendly uniforms systemwide.

“As part of our quest to find new and innovative green practices, we challenged Cintas to design a program that reflected our three Wyndham brand–defining pillars of innovation, personalization and flexibility,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide vice president of sustainability and innovation. “Cintas answered the call by selecting trendy, eco–conscious garments that are machine washable, easily modified and mixed–and–matched for a more personal look.”

The end result is a “fashionable suit that is cost–effective and extremely comfortable,” added Taylor.

The program offers two collections: Trend, an urban line with solid and pinstripe styles emphasizing dark and light blue colors with red accents; and Fresh Air, geared at resort locations, featuring nature–inspired earth tones with a core color palette of brown, coral, yellow and celery hues.

Hotels may select among several design options within each job category to create a customized uniform program based on location, climate and décor.

“We tested the uniforms at several Wyndham hotels and found staff appreciated the comfort of the garments but also the retail–inspired, upscale contemporary look,” said Peter Strebel, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts president. “Introducing a sustainable uniform is not only consistent with our vision to be more mindful of the environment, but also educates employees on the importance of being green–minded at all levels of the organization.”

The new Wyndham uniforms will be displayed at the 2008 International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show to be held in New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Nov. 8–11, at the Cintas Corporation trade show booth.

In addition to its “green” uniforms, the Wyndham chain incorporates several ecologically–friendly initiatives including use of energy–efficient compact fluorescent lighting; low–flow water practices; an “Earth Smart” guest linen reuse program; and numerous recycling efforts. The chain recently announced its Wyndham ClearAir(sm) initiative to offer allergy–friendly guest accommodations designed to remove up to 98 percent of allergens. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is the first national upscale lodging chain to mandate allergy–friendly rooms systemwide.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts,a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico and the Caribbean. All hotels are either franchised or managed by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts or an affiliate. Additional information is available at www.wyndham.com.

 

 

CONTACT:

Evy Apostolatos
Director, Media Relations 
Wyndham Hotel Group
1 Sylvan Way
Parsippany NJ 07054
(973) 753-6590
evy.apostolatos@wyndhamworldwide.com

 

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Wyndham Vacation Ownership Going Greener

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Going Greener

Company Demonstrates Continued Commitment to WyndhamGreen Initiative

ORLANDO, Fla. (October 15, 2009) –

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world's largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE: WYN), continues to spearhead efforts to incorporate environmental best practices at its more than 150 vacation ownership resort properties.  Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO) is an important partner in Wyndham Worldwide's expansive WyndhamGreen initiative, which is dedicated to developing and implementing environmental best practices across the company's entire portfolio of travel products and services.  WVO is focused on pursuing the core WyndhamGreen initiatives of promoting education, engaging the community as well as implementing water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, innovation and energy conservation methods through a variety of new programs and initiatives.

"By the end of this year all of our properties will have completed a comprehensive Greening Certification Audit Program, which is our internal program designed to foster more environmentally sustainable practices," said Gary Byrd, executive vice president and chief customer officer, Wyndham Vacation Ownership.  "We're also committed to partnering with other companies in our community, including Progress Energy, to ensure we're unified in our approach to promoting sustainability."

Recently, Wyndham Cypress Palms and Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. were awarded an $83,000 rebate check from Progress Energy for incorporating more energy efficient lighting throughout the properties.  Both resort properties converted all incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent bulbs, which made them eligible for Progress Energy's Save the Watts program.

Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort was also recently honored with a designation into the Florida Green Lodging Program, the first Wyndham Vacation Ownership property to earn this distinction, which signifies the property's environmental leadership in the Florida hospitality industry.  A voluntary program instituted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to encourage conservation and environmentally-friendly practices among the state's resort properties requires a thorough property assessment with evaluation in six areas of sustainable operations, including communication/education, waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and transportation.

About Wyndham Vacation Ownership

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a member of Wyndham Worldwide's (NYSE: WYN) family of companies, is the world's largest vacation ownership business, as measured by the number of vacation ownership resorts, individual vacation ownership units and owners of vacation ownership interests.  Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its three primary consumer brands, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, WorldMark by Wyndham, and Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific.   As of January 1, 2009, Wyndham Vacation Ownership had developed or acquired approximately 150 vacation ownership resorts throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and the South Pacific that represent approximately 20,000 individual vacation ownership units and more than 830,000 owners of vacation ownership interests. Wyndham Vacation Ownership is headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and is supported by approximately 13,800 employees globally. 

About WyndhamGreen

WyndhamGreen by Wyndham Worldwide is the company's dedicated sustainability program, which is focused on managing energy consumption as a part of the organization's overall green strategy across its businesses and brands, which together encompass nearly 70,000 properties in 100 countries.

 

 

Media Contact:

Liz Hutchison – Director, Corporate Communications
Wyndham Vacation Ownership
Office: (407) 626-4594
Cell: (407) 462-6085
E-mail: Liz.Hutchison@wyndhamvo.com

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2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook

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Wyndham Worldwide Achieves 8 Percent Energy Reduction across 10 Million Square Feet

Company recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for innovative sustainability best practices

Parsippany, N.J. (June 25, 2013) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, again demonstrated its ongoing leadership in global sustainability best practices, achieving an 8 percent reduction in energy use in the first full year of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge.

The government program, launched in 2011 by President Obama, calls on commercial businesses and industrial facilities to reduce their energy intensity by 20 percent by 2020. This program aligns with the Company’s goals to reduce carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2017 and by 20 percent by 2020. Additionally as of 2012, Wyndham Worldwide has reduced its global footprint in over 40 countries of its owned, managed and leased assets by 11.7 percent based on carbon per square footage.

“We are continuously developing eco-friendly efforts across our hospitality portfolio, and this latest achievement of meaningfully reducing our energy use further demonstrates our commitment to advancing environmental sustainability best practices, which is a pillar of our strategic priorities,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “Through our Wyndham Green program, we are committed to exploring and adopting innovative environmental practices, as it reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources, and ultimately supports both near- and long-term profitability.”

Wyndham Worldwide reduced its energy through:

• the Wyndham Green Toolbox, a proprietary state-of-the-art eco-software program that tracks and measures environmental impact;

• an environmental certification program for the Company’s participating 190 timeshare properties, a first for the hospitality industry;

• and the implementation of sustainability best practices across the 10 million square feet of Wyndham Worldwide-controlled assets participating in the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge.

“Our work in sustainability is a tremendous collaboration across all key stakeholders – shareholders, employees, customers, franchisees, suppliers and community partners - who not only develop ideas with incredible potential, but also transform them into tangible results and drive leadership in the industry,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide.

Following are highlights of the Company’s featured projects in the Better Buildings Challenge:

Wyndham Vacation Ownership: One of the industry’s first certification programs

To improve energy efficiency and implement sustainable practices, Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the Company’s timeshare business unit, created the WVO Green Certification Program, one of the first for the industry. The certification tracks 27 requirements in categories such as energy use, water use, waste reduction, indoor air quality, and education.

Adopted company-wide, the program requires a minimum basic certification for all Wyndham timeshare properties. Mandatory requirements are low or no-cost operational measures, or measures which have a payback of less than two years. Many of the “advanced” certification items are more capital intensive, and can be earned at the Silver, Gold and Crystal levels. In 2012, 63 percent of WVO resorts (133 properties) earned the prestigious "Basic", "Silver", “Gold” or “Crystal” achievement levels. In 2013, WVO anticipates 160 properties will be certified.

Wyndham Hotel Group: A Green Franchisee Advisory Board member leading the charge in Ukiah, California

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company, continues to demonstrate a lasting commitment to sustainability through the Wyndham Hotel Group Green Council, which is led by Wyndham Green. The group establishes meaningful guidelines for franchisees, across all of its brands, to reference as they implement green practices.

Guided by those core measures, the Super 8® Ukiah, a proven leader among its peers, demonstrates excellence in the adoption of sustainable systems by:

• Installing an electric vehicle charging station, the first for hotel guests in Ukiah/Mendocino County.

• Updating their rooms and building insulation systems with eco-friendly materials.

• Using green cleaning supplies.

• Switching to ENERGY STAR appliances and using CFLs for all interior lighting.

• Changing all building exterior lights to high-efficiency bulbs.

As a result of the energy efficiency measures implemented, the ENERGY STAR score for the property was raised from a 56 in 2006 to an 85 in 2011, and the property received the ENERGY STAR Label in 2012. The esteemed ranking is awarded to buildings that score 75 or above, indicating they are in the top 25 percent of buildings across the nation. In addition, the property is pursuing both LEED® Certification and Green Key Certification, prominent rating systems that recognize green buildings.

Additionally, the Super 8 Ukiah is a member of the Green Franchisee Advisory Board, which is comprised of Wyndham Hotel Group hotel owners who share best practices, industry innovations, and provide counsel to their peers on the implementation and execution of green initiatives.

For more information on Wyndham Worldwide’s showcase initiatives, please visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge website.

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,380 franchised hotels and over 631,800 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Contact: 
Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
stacy.dixson@wyn.com

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KNIGHTS INN BRAND ANNOUNCES COST-EFFECTIVE, FRANCHISEE-FRIENDLY INITIATIVES

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 17, 2007) – The Knight Inn® brand has developed a number of cost-savings initiatives including general manager training at new locations and a more economical property management system, owners and general managers learned today at their conference here.

Instead of traveling to the Wyndham Hotel Group corporate office in Parsippany, N.J., to take part in orientation, new Knights Inn owners and general managers will be trained at their hotels, saving them money on training fees and travel expenses, said Rajiv Bhatia, Knights Inn senior vice president.

Property owners will also be able to purchase a modified version of the SoftHotel property management system called KnightLite at a cost nearly $4,000 less than the full version but featuring all basic functionality.

Conference attendees were introduced to a new short-form, reader-friendly version of the Knights Inn franchise agreement that addresses terms and franchisee/franchisor responsibilities. A new standards checklist brings the attention of new franchisees to operations areas that should have the greatest impact on their businesses.

"We are committed to making our Knights Inn brand value proposition compelling for current property owners and prospective franchisees," Bhatia said.  "This effort involves offering access to cost-effective and efficient resources."

 

 

Knights Inn hotels are located in the United States and Canada.  For reservations and information, call (800) 843-5644 or visit www.knightsinn.com.  All Knights Inn hotels are independently owned and operated under franchise agreements with Knights Franchise Systems, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN.)

 

CONTACT:

Christine Da Silva
Senior Manager, Trade Media Relations
Wyndham Hotel Group
1 Sylvan Way
Parsippany, NJ  07054
(973) 753-6590
Christine.DaSilva@wyndhamworldwide.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Ranked Among Top Green Companies by Newsweek

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (October 13, 2009) –

Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), one the world's largest hospitality companies, has been ranked among the top 100 greenest companies in America by Newsweek magazine, which also ranked the company in the top 10 of its Media, Travel and Entertainment category.

The Newsweek Green Rankings, the magazine's first such report, is based on the environmental footprint, policies and practices of America's 500 largest publicly traded companies as measured by revenue, market capitalization and number of employees.

Newsweek ranked Wyndham Worldwide number 81 on its list based on a number of criteria including greenhouse gas emissions, toxic waste emissions, use of other natural resources, management of environmental issues and policies, regulatory compliance and policies concerning climate change.

The report, published Sept. 28, also factored the results of Newsweek's reputational survey of chief executive officers, corporate social responsibility officers, the news media, academicians and members of key environmental groups.

“We are honored to be recognized by Newsweek as a national leader in sustainability,” said Stephen P. Holmes, Wyndham Worldwide chairman and chief executive officer. “We are committed to conserving our natural resources, preserving our habitats and preventing pollution. With more than 70,000 locations in 100 countries, we can make a tremendous impact in our communities around the globe.”

WyndhamGreen by Wyndham Worldwide, the company's sustainability program, aims to manage energy consumption as a part of the company's overall green strategy across its businesses and brands.  Due to the Company's numerous brands, properties and distribution points, WyndhamGreen is expected to have a large impact on the Company's overall carbon footprint.

The recently released WyndhamGreen Global Best Practices document showcases the company's initiatives in energy and water conservation, recycling, education, community programs and innovation. It notes that Wyndham Worldwide's new 250,000-square-foot headquarters, located in Parsippany, New Jersey, is on target to achieve Silver LEED certification for its interior.  The building is expected to reduce water, energy and waste by 10 to 30 percent. The Company also recently received the “Green Pioneer” award from ConEdison Solutions for purchasing 100 percent of the building's electricity from wind generation.

Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with more than 7,000 hotels and 11 brands, is implementing the EarthSmart linen reuse program to save resources and operational costs.  The company's Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge®, Days Inn® and Ramada® brands currently participate.

The Wyndham® Hotels and Resorts brand developed uniforms spun from recycled plastic bottles.  Each uniform requires 66 percent less energy and 90 percent less water to produce than a standard uniform. The upscale hotel chain's Wyndham ClearAirsm initiative features allergy-friendly rooms designed at improving air quality.

Group RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the European leader in vacation rentals, saved 1.3 million kilowatts annually at its Parsippany headquarters and Indianapolis call center by replacing lighting fixtures and bulbs and installing motion sensors to control lighting and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units. Last year, RCI was the first in the vacation exchange industry to begin printing all of its resort directories and Endless Vacation magazines for members on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) paper. RCI also converted vacation confirmations and notifications to members from direct mail to e-mail, saving more than 5 million pieces of paper and an estimated 435 trees.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the world's largest vacation ownership business, provides low- and no-phosphate laundry and dish detergent in its resorts, an initiative that has reduced pollutants by 90,000 pounds since its inception in 2008.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership's Asia Pacific division developed a sustainable destination resort on the Australian island Tasmania that practices conservation of biodiversity and restoration of the natural habitat.  The resort utilizes a state-of-the art wastewater treatment plant, and its villas were designed to resemble sea shells to fit into the environment.

“We have made tremendous progress in a short period of time,” said Faith Taylor, Wyndham Worldwide vice president of sustainability and innovation. “Although we still have much to accomplish as we evolve our strategy, we are proud of our associates and partnerships that have helped us make this world a better place.”

Additional information is available at www.Wyndham-Green.com.

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business–to–business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world–renowned brands.

Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,000 franchised hotels and approximately 590,200 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its 3.8 million members access to more than 73,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 150 vacation ownership resorts serving over 830,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 25,500 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company's web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

Contact:

Alyson R. Johnson
Director, Communications
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
973.753.6759
alyson.johnson@wyndhamworldwide.com

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Wyndham Worldwide "Flips the Switch" for Earth Hour with Five Ways the Hospitality Industry Can Reduce Energy Use

Parsippany, NJ (March 21, 2011) –

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies and industry leader in sustainability practices, is proudly supporting the Earth Hour global initiative, promoting five ways the hospitality industry can reduce energy consumption today.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour has grown into a global movement with millions of supporters in over 128 countries since its start in Australia in 2007. During Earth Hour, individuals, businesses, and governments around the world turn out their lights to demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable action. Earth Hour 2011 will take place Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m. local times.

"As an industry leader committed to sustainable practices, Wyndham Worldwide continues to integrate energy conservation into our daily operations around the world,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO of Wyndham Worldwide. “While turning off all our lights can be a challenge for a busy hotel or resort with hundreds of guests, we believe the hospitality industry can and should be a leader in developing innovative solutions to reduce our impact on the environment.”

Wyndham Worldwide has invested in exploring and adopting innovative sustainable practices through its Wyndham Green program, which focuses on sustainability across the global company. Wyndham Green suggests the following five easy ways the hospitality industry can continue to make big reductions in energy use:

1. Incorporate energy efficient bulbs and lighting fixtures with automatic sensors. Energy efficient bulbs have greatly improved in performance and appearance, and can be a small expense that provides big savings.

2. Institute an ongoing maintenance plan for all appliances and equipment. Properties can often save up to 20% in energy use just by making sure equipment is running properly and efficiently.

3. Start an ENERGY STAR equipment replacement plan, so outdated equipment and appliances are replaced with the most energy efficient models.

4. Turn it off. Have standard procedures that turn off lights and equipment in areas not in use, such as restaurants after hours.

5. Seal it up. Make sure weather stripping and insulation is properly installed to ensure heating and cooling systems operate efficiently, and guests are most comfortable.

"Through Wyndham Green, we aim to develop best practices that make sense for both the environment and the bottom line," says Faith Taylor, vice president of sustainability for Wyndham Worldwide. “For example, energy efficient lighting is now a best practice at Wyndham Worldwide. Our brands and business units are increasingly selecting more energy efficient options, and as a result we have seen a continued reduction in our energy costs.”

Wyndham Worldwide also continues to balance energy conservation without sacrificing the guest experience, such as integrating into their property designs the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LED) bulbs, which require a fraction of the energy needed for traditional lighting.

“CFL and LED lights have continued to develop in quality, versatility, and color rendition, making them an increasingly attractive option to reduce energy use while enhancing the aesthetic environment for our guests,” says George Scammell, vice president of design, Wyndham Worldwide.

Wyndham Worldwide is recognizing Earth Hour across its diverse family of companies and properties around the globe. Wyndham Hotel Group has plans to turn off or dim non-essential lighting across many of its approximately 7,210 hotels located in 65 countries, with some also planning creative offerings for guests such as candlelight dinners. With over 160 resort properties, Wyndham Vacation Ownership aims to turn off all non-essential lighting and invite their guests to participate in various activities planned at resort locations.

Wyndham Exchange and Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide corporate headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, are also educating associates leading up to Earth Hour, encouraging each to spread the message and participate with their friends and families on March 26. Wyndham’s headquarters is silver LEED interior certified by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainability features and practices, and purchases 100% of its electrical energy from wind power.

For more information on how to participate in Earth Hour or Wyndham’s sustainability efforts, please visit www.WyndhamGreen.com or www.EarthHour.org.

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses approximately 7,210 franchised hotels and approximately 612,700 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.8 million members, access to approximately 97,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving nearly 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 26,000 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company's web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
 

Michael Valentino
Director, Communications
973-753-8372
michael.valentino@wyn.com

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Wyndham Worldwide 'Flips the Switch' and Participates in Annual Earth Hour Event

Global Hospitality Company Encourages Family of Brands and Business Units to Participate and Help Increase Awareness of Energy Conservation

PARSIPPANY, NJ -- (MARKETWIRE) -- 03/22/13 -- Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality providers and an industry leader in sustainable practices, is participating in the Earth Hour global initiative by turning their lights down and encouraging energy conservation.

Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour 2013 will take place Saturday, March 23, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.local time. During the hour, individuals, businesses, and governments around the world turn out their lights to demonstrate their commitment to environmentally sustainable action. Since its start in 2007, the annual event has grown into the single largest mass participation event in the world with more than 5 million supporters in over 150 countries.

"We believe the hospitality industry can and should be a leader in reducing our impact on the environment, and we are committed to finding new ways to reduce energy consumption and successfully implement energy efficient strategies across our global operations," said Faith Taylor, senior vice president of sustainability for Wyndham Worldwide. "This is the fourth year that Wyndham Worldwide will join Earth Hour across our more than 100,000 locations in nearly 100 countries, to raise awareness of global energy efforts."

Wyndham Worldwide sustainable practices are created and driven by the Company's Wyndham Green program, which in its seventh year, remains one of the top five strategic priorities at Wyndham Worldwide. The program, which is focused on education and innovation, is a way of living and working based on the Company's vision and core values, enhancing customers' lives by improving the environment, supporting global and local communities, and developing sustainable programs that deliver economic benefits.

"Through Wyndham Green, we aim to develop solutions that make sense for both the environment and the bottom line," said Taylor. "For example, energy efficient lighting is now a best practice at Wyndham Worldwide, with our diverse brands and business units increasingly selecting more energy efficient options, and as a result we have seen a continued reduction in our energy costs."

For more information on how to participate in Earth Hour or Wyndham's sustainability efforts, please visitwww.WyndhamGreen.com or www.EarthHour.org.

About Wyndham Worldwide 
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with over 7,340 franchised hotels and 627,400 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 103,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
stacy.dixson@wyn.com

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Wyndham Worldwide Honored for Dedication to Environmental Preservation

One of the World’s Largest Hospitality Companies Recognized as “Green Pioneer” by ConEdison Solutions

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey (April 27, 2009) –

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, was recently recognized as a “Green Pioneer” by ConEdison Solutions at a public event at Chelsea Piers.

Honored along with several other businesses, institutions and households in the New York City area, Wyndham Worldwide was recognized for its commitment to environmental preservation and for using electricity provided by Green Power.

WyndhamGreen by Wyndham Worldwide, the Company’s recently launched sustainability program, is seizing the opportunity to manage energy consumption as a part of the Company’s overall green strategy across its businesses and brands, which together encompass nearly 70,000 properties in 100 countries. Due to its numerous brands, properties and distribution points, WyndhamGreen is expected to have a large impact on the Company’s overall carbon footprint. 

About Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business–to–business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world–renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses more than 7,040 franchised hotels and approximately 592,900 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its nearly 3.7 million members access to more than 73,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 150 vacation ownership resorts serving over 830,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,000 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit the Company's web site at www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

CONTACT:

Adam Schwartz
Chief Communications Officer
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
(407) 626-4128
adam.schwartz@wyndhamvo.com

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RCI® Joins Forces With Green Key Global for Second Annual RCI Green Awards

Parsippany, N.J. (November 27, 2012) –

The industry-first sustainability award will now include a streamlined third-party assessment through RCI Green Key Global alliance

RCI®, the global leader in vacation exchange, today announced the opening of the application period for the second annual RCI Green Awards, which recognize affiliated resorts for their environmentally-friendly business practices. This year, RCI is working with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification, to assess and rate all resorts that participate in the awards program.

“We believe corporations can make a considerable impact by putting a concerted effort toward sustainable practices, and at RCI we take this responsibility very seriously. We have also heard from our members that sustainability and green travel is becoming increasingly important to them, which is why we created the first sustainability award in the industry for affiliated resorts,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI.
 
“Sustainable practices are being utilized daily at our affiliated resorts, and we believe it’s important for these resorts to be recognized for their significant commitment to the environment.”
  
The results of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program assessments completed by award applicants will be used to help determine the winners of the 2012 RCI Green Awards. All affiliates that choose to take advantage of this alliance with Green Key Global by participating in the awards will have access to the full suite of Green Key benefits.
    
Green Key certification has several benefits for affiliated resorts, including: personalized reports and recommendations on cost-saving measures; exclusive marketing collateral such as a branded plaque and the use of Green Key logos on resort collateral; and eco-recognition through other major brands such as Travelocity, Expedia and AAA.

The comprehensive Green Key Eco-Rating Program covers both operational areas and sustainable practices, which include energy conservation, indoor air quality, land use and much more. 
To apply for the RCI Green Awards, visit www.RCIaffiliates.com. For more information on RCI, visit www.RCI.com

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

About Green Key Global
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, administered by Green Key Global, is the first of its kind to rank, certify and inspect hotels and resorts in North America based on their commitment to sustainable “green” operations. The program was originally developed for the Hotel Association of Canada by a leading environmental engineering firm.  Designed specifically for hotel operations, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a comprehensive environmental self assessment that will allow each participating property to benefit on several fronts – cost savings, increased bookings from environmentally conscious consumers and meeting planners and responsible corporate citizenry.   In the United States Green Key is a joint partnership between the Hotel Association of Canada and LRA Worldwide, Inc.; for more information, visit www.GreenKeyGlobal.com.

 

Media Contacts:
Steve Alessandrini                                          
(973) 753-8278                                               
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Wyndham Worldwide Awarded Silver Class in Sustainability Yearbook 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (January 30, 2014) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, today announced that RobecoSAM, an investment asset management firm, has recognized the Company as a 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader in its annual Sustainability Yearbook. This is the first time the Company has been included in the Sustainability Yearbook and received the Silver Class rating.

The Sustainability Yearbook lists the world’s most sustainable companies in each industry. This year, in addition to being within the top 15 percent of their industry, companies needed to achieve a score within 30 percent of the best-performing company in their industry to be included. Wyndham Worldwide is the only company in the United States recognized with SAM’s Silver Class sustainability rating in the Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines. Companies receiving a score within a range of 1 percent to 5 percent of the Sector Leader receive the SAM Silver Class distinction.

“We are honored to be recognized by RobecoSAM as this is an incredible accomplishment and true honor,” said Mary Falvey, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “This latest recognition affirms our commitment to earning the trust of our key stakeholders every day through exceptional environmental practices. Our sustainability program continues to be successful because of the innovative collaboration among our associates, franchisees, suppliers, business and community partners who have helped create and grow our shared vision.”

Believing that you can do well by doing good, Wyndham Worldwide’s corporate social responsibility program integrates sustainability, diversity, philanthropy, human rights, and responsible corporate governance and business practices into its culture and how its businesses operate around the world since its introduction on the NYSE in 2006. 

The Company’s sustainability practices are created and driven by the Company’s Wyndham Green program, which works to deliver “triple bottom line” results for its people, the planet and profits.

“Wyndham Green aims to drive leadership in the industry, encourage engagement among the Company’s key stakeholders and provide the vehicles to turn innovative ideas into achievable results,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president of sustainability and innovation. “This focus enabled the Company to reduce its operationally controlled asset water usage globally by 5 percent per square foot, reduce its carbon emissions by nearly 12 percent per square foot in 2012, and increase its sustainable suppliers by 9 percent over 2011.”

In addition to the Sustainability Yearbook, Wyndham Worldwide was also named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for the first time in 2013, for which the RobecoSAM Group has responsibility for evaluation and admission. The S&P Dow Jones Indices are one of the most recognized sustainability performance rating tools, with the Sustainability Index identifying leaders in the areas of sustainable economic, environmental and social performance. Most recently, Wyndham Worldwide was recognized with the 2014 Global Sustainability Leadership Award for its outstanding corporate sustainability performance.  The Company was selected from more than 2,500 global entries. An Independent Jury shortlisted the entries and made the final selection. 

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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Wyndham Worldwide Achieves Substantial Reduction in Carbon Footprint in 2012

Global hospitality company releases yearly Sustainability Report, showcasing continued best practices

Parsippany, N.J. (September 18, 2013) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, again demonstrated its leadership in sustainability best practices in 2012, achieving nearly a 12 percent reduction in carbon emissions per square foot of its operationally controlled assets versus its carbon footprint in 2011.

The Company, which is working toward a goal to reduce its carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2016 and by 20 percent by 2020, announced this latest accomplishment in its third annual Sustainability Report released today.

“Advancing sustainability best practices remains among our top priorities not only because it’s good for the environment, but because it’s also good for business,” said Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and chief executive officer, Wyndham Worldwide. “This latest milestone of meaningfully reducing our carbon footprint is the result of collaboration across our organization, including our associates, suppliers, customers and business partners, who together continue to develop ideas with incredible potential and transform them into tangible results.”

In addition to reducing its carbon footprint, Wyndham Worldwide is also working to decrease its water usage by 20 percent per square foot by 2020. The Company’s first-ever water usage data collection and measurement process for all owned, managed and leased facilities for years ending 2010, 2011 and 2012, is featured in the Wyndham Worldwide 2012 Sustainability Report. The usage per square foot reflects a 1.7 percent improvement over 2011, and a five percent improvement over the 2010 baseline.

The report, which provides an overview of the Company’s sustainability initiatives as well as its corporate social responsibility programs, is accessible on the Company’s website and aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative, a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world. Additionally, the report’s Statement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions has been reviewed by Deloitte & Touche LLP. This Statement was prepared in conformance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard published by the World Business council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute.

Highlights of Wyndham Worldwide’s 2012 report include:

• Co-led the development of a standard method for calculating carbon usage for hotels and resorts in the industry and launched the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative in partnership with more than 20 other hotel chains, the International Tourism Partnership and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

• Developed and executed a program that converted 46 percent of RCI North America’s direct mail circulation to email format from 2007-2012. RCI is part of the Wyndham Exchange & Rentals business unit. This reduced mailings by more than 8 million units and is estimated to equal a carbon reduction of more than 441,000 pounds.

• Continued to grow the Wyndham Vacation Ownership Green Certification Program, one of the first in the timeshare industry recognized by the American Resort Development Association. The program tracks 27 requirements in categories such as energy use, water use, waste reduction, indoor air quality and education. In 2012, 63 percent of WVO resorts (133 properties) earned the prestigious "Basic," "Silver," “Gold” or “Crystal” achievement levels. In 2013, WVO anticipates 160 properties will be certified.

• Supported the Arbor Day Foundation and its spring planting projects, focusing attention on forest lands lost to fires that burned so hot that seed source for future forests was lost. More than 170,000 longleaf pine, Jack pine, ponderosa pine, western larch, Douglas fir, Engelmann spruce and grand fir trees were planted.

• Continued its commitment to continually expand the Company’s green supply chain, as 25 percent of its total $1.2 billion spend in 2012 was with suppliers who met the Wyndham Green Supplier criteria. This is a 9 percent increase from 2011.

“As one of the largest hospitality companies with more than 100,000 locations in nearly 100 countries, we understand that as the global market continues to grow, it is our increasing responsibility as a corporate citizen to help shape sustainability innovation on the world stage,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “Adding the goal of reducing water usage across all owned, managed and leased facilities further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability as a fundamental part of how we responsibly do business in communities around the world.”

For additional details on these highlights and to read the full report, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/wyndham-green/latest-n....

About Wyndham Worldwide

One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with over 7,410 franchised hotels and over 635,100 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.

For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
973-753-7424
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Wyndham Worldwide Ranked Number One in Hotels and Restaurants in Newsweek Magazine’s Annual Greenest Companies Survey

Second annual Sustainability Report highlights continued carbon reduction measured by custom state-of-the-art eco-software program tracking energy efficiency across the Company’s owned and managed properties

Parsippany, N.J. (September 17, 2012) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, today announced a five percent reduction in its carbon footprint over 2010 based on carbon emission per square foot, as it releases its second annual Sustainability Report. As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, with leading brands in hotel lodging, vacation ownership, vacation rentals and vacation exchange, Wyndham Worldwide was named among the top 100 greenest companies in the United States by Newsweek – number one among hospitality and restaurant companies.

“We view sustainability as part of our culture, and a fundamental part of how we responsibly do business in communities around the world,” says Stephen P. Holmes, chairman and CEO, Wyndham Worldwide. “We are proud of our continued success in this area, which is the result of incredible collaboration and innovation by our associates together with our franchisees, suppliers, and business and community partners. Their dedication and combined efforts continue to produce tremendous results, and add great value to our business and the experience we provide.”

Working towards a goal of reducing emissions by 12 percent by 2016, and driving change in how the Company operates around the world, the Wyndham Green Toolbox, a state-of-the-art eco-software program was developed and implemented in 2010. The program allows the Wyndham Worldwide portfolio of businesses to unify their sustainability tracking and measuring; providing users with resources and tools to reduce energy use, and advance the Company’s global sustainability efforts.

“Prior to the implementation of the Toolbox, the data collection process was fragmented, inefficient and very difficult to implement across our diverse portfolio of facilities,” says Faith Taylor, senior vice president sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “Since the implementation of the Wyndham Green Toolbox, the unified data collection gives individual users and properties a clear picture of their energy usage, and allows our Company to more effectively analyze our collective progress. This implementation also raised important awareness of energy efficiency and resulted in an overall reduction of the Company’s carbon footprint.”

The carbon footprint reduction is featured in the Wyndham Worldwide 2011 Sustainability Report, which provides an overview of the Company’s sustainability initiatives as well as its corporate social responsibility programs. The report is accessible on the Company’s website, and aligns with the Global Reporting Initiative, a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework that is widely used around the world.

Additionally, the report’s Statement of Greenhouse Gas Emissions have been moderately assured by Deloitte & Touche LLP to conform with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard published by the World Business council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute.

Following are highlights of specific initiatives and accomplishments.

• Co-led the development of a standard method for calculating carbon emissions for hotels and resorts in the industry, and co-launched the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative in partnership with more than 20 other hotel chains, the International Tourism Partnership, and the World Travel & Tourism Council.

• Joined the Energy Efficiency program of the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program championed by President Obama.

• Continued to lead the development of one of the first in the industry green certification timeshare program recognized by the American Resort Development Association (ARDA), as well as development of the first rental exchange industry eco-resort award for affiliates in North America, Europe and Australia.

• Continued to grow its green supply chain in 2011, with 16 percent of the Company’s total $1.5 billion spend made with suppliers who meet the Wyndham Green Supplier criteria.

• Supported the Arbor Day Foundation and its Rain Forest Rescue® Project, dedicated to saving and protecting more than 30 million square feet of rain forests, with the project’s responsible shade-grown coffee being served in approximately 130 Wyndham Vacation Ownership resorts.

“We are incredibly proud of all of our sustainability efforts, for they have helped create, grow and support our vision,” says Taylor. “We view sustainability as a journey, and not something that you simply attain. Each achievement is another step in that journey.”

For additional details on these highlights and to read the full report, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com/corporate-responsibility/wyndham-green.

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business-to-business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world-renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses over 7,170 hotels with approximately 608,300 rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals offers leisure travelers, including its 3.7 million members, access to approximately 100,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 160 vacation ownership resorts serving over 813,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs approximately 27,800 employees globally.

For more information about Wyndham Worldwide, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com

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Stacy Dixson
Manager, Public Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
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Third Annual RCI Green Awards Recognize Top Sustainable Affiliated Resorts

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (March 31, 2014) – RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced the winners of its annual RCI® Green Awards, with Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. awarded the highest honor for the second year in a row. The third iteration of this competitive award program saw applications from many of RCI’s most environmentally-conscious affiliates, with the winners based on criteria set by third-party sustainability expert Green Key Global.

“Sustainable business practices are extremely important to all of us at RCI, our members and our affiliates, and we want to recognize our affiliates that make this a priority in their day-to-day hospitality practices,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Many of our affiliates have implemented substantial green initiatives that are having a positive impact on our earth, and we applaud their efforts. These awards recognize the top three RCI affiliated properties amongst a competitive group of applicants."

Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, the winner of the Platinum RCI Green Award for the second consecutive year, exemplifies best-in-class practices for sustainability. Green policies and procedures are entrenched in day-to-day activities on site, and are an important factor in management’s planning. Examples of this resort’s sustainable actions include: using a green roof and high-albedo materials on more than 75 percent of the roof area; using high-efficiency lighting technology on more than 75 percent of light fixtures; installing high-efficiency windows in the majority of the building; providing bus passes to employees to promote public transportation use; and implementing a linen and towel reuse program for guests.  

Peacock Suites in Anaheim, Calif. was awarded the Gold RCI Green Award this year. This property also demonstrates a range of green practices, including: participation in community and park clean ups, Earth Day and tree planting initiatives; providing employees with shuttle bus access, bike storage and parking for low-emission vehicles; utilizing renewable energy for some of the hotel’s energy needs; and rain sensors for irrigation to prevent over-watering.

Also based in Carlsbad, Calif., Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa again took home the Silver RCI Green Award. This resort’s commendable sustainability initiatives include: assignment of a Green Team to coordinate environmental initiatives; using energy-efficient lighting in 90 percent of general areas; in-room recycling programs; and implementing annual audits of energy and water consumption.

“These three resorts clearly understand the positive effect that the hospitality industry can make when it comes to sustainability,” continued Gurnik. “With millions of vacation ownership travelers in the U.S. alone, even small acts can add up to a major impact on our environment. And, with consumers increasingly looking for green travel services, it also makes good business sense to take these actions.”

RCI collaborated with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification, to assess and rate all resort applicants. The results of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program assessments determined the winners of this year’s RCI Green Awards.

As an additional benefit to applying for the RCI Green Awards, all applicants received Green Key certification, earning one through five keys to reflect the extent of their sustainability efforts. The comprehensive Green Key Eco-Rating Program covers both operational areas and sustainable practices, which include energy conservation, indoor air quality, land use and much more.

Green Key certification has several benefits for affiliated resorts, including: personalized reports and recommendations on cost-saving measures; exclusive marketing collateral such as a branded plaque and the use of Green Key logos on resort collateral; and eco-recognition through other major brands such as Travelocity, Expedia and AAA.

For more information and details on the RCI Green Awards, visit www.RCIaffiliates.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with nearly 4,500 affiliated resorts in more than 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI Weeks®, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®,is the world’s largest program of its kind with approximately 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents.RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center,rciaffiliates.comorThe RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. For more information, visit RCI.com or RCIAffiliates.com.

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Calling All Sustainable Resorts: RCI® Green Awards Now Accepting Submissions

Parsippany, N.J. (September 25, 2013) –

RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), announced today that it is now accepting applications for its third annual RCI Green Awards, which recognize affiliated resorts for their sustainable business practices. The winners of the RCI Green Awards are chosen in partnership with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification.

“All of us in the travel industry have a huge opportunity to make a positive impact on our planet by applying sustainable practices,” said Gordon Gurnik, president, RCI. “Going green is not a trend; it is a commitment to doing the right thing for the earth, and preserving it for future generations of travelers. So many of our affiliated resorts are doing wonderful things on the property level and these efforts are also valued by RCI members. We want to make sure their hard work is recognized with the RCI Green Awards.”

Many of RCI’s affiliated resorts have implemented significant sustainability practices on their vacation properties, and the RCI Green Award recognizes the top three resorts in each region with a Platinum, Gold and Silver award. With so many applicants, being named among the top three RCI affiliated resorts is a significant achievement.

To apply for consideration for this year’s RCI Green Awards, affiliates will simultaneously apply for the Green Key Eco-Rating program. Green Key’s certification rates resorts based on operational areas and sustainable practices including energy conservation, indoor air quality, land use and much more. The top rated resorts based on Green Key’s evaluations will receive the RCI Green Awards. All resorts that apply will also be eligible for Green Key certification.

Green Key certification has several benefits for affiliated resorts, including: personalized reports and recommendations on cost-saving measures; exclusive marketing collateral such as a branded plaque and the use of Green Key logos on resort collateral; and eco-recognition through other major brands such as Travelocity, Expedia and AAA.

The application deadline for the RCI Green Awards is Jan. 15, 2014. For more information, visit RCIAffiliates.com

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange with more than 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of vacation exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their vacation ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible vacation options to its approximately 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI’s luxury exchange program, The Registry Collection®, is the world’s largest program of its kind with more than 200 affiliated properties either accessible for exchange or under development on six continents. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media center, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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Visitors Go Green and Join RCI ‘Green Fingers’ Food Recycling Initiative

Gold Coast (February 12, 2013) –

RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), today announced that Gold Coast visitors can simultaneously help the environment and support local charities through a new creative green initiative introduced by RCI.

The RCI program, branded Green Fingers, encourages visiting guests to deposit unwanted, non-perishable food upon departure for donation to local charities. RCI has teamed up with Gold Coast’s Mariner Shores Resort and Nepean Country Club and Day Spa to pilot this food recycling program.

The two-pronged project aims at encouraging guests to have minimal impact on the local environment while directly benefiting charities such as The Salvation Army, Second Bite, St. Vincent de Paul and Foodbank Australia.

“Our research indicates that holiday makers, particularly those staying in self-contained resorts, have a tendency to overbuy food, which leads to wastage at the end of their break. Therefore, our pilot program is about working with existing industry partners highlighting our commitment to the environment and the greater community,” said Gary Fog, business development manager, RCI Pacific.

Green Fingers is complete with promotional posters, an information letter about the program placed in each resort’s compendium and a number of large ‘Green Fingers’ donation bins located at various collection points at the participating resorts.

“As leaders in the holiday exchange industry, RCI and its affiliate resort partners play a pivotal role in sustaining our environment. This program inspires our resort guests to have a positive impact on the environment while assisting charities,” Fog continued.

Brent Schafer, general manager for Mariner Shores, a participating resort, has been very happy with the response so far: “Many of our guests have enjoyed being able to donate and have praised us on this initiative. People are much more aware of their green footprint these days and they like to make an overall difference. We get all sorts of donations from packets of chips, biscuits and canned food, through to nappies and baby wipes - basically anything that is unopened and non-perishable is accepted.”

The RCI Green Fingers initiative encompasses the overall RCI Go Green program with plans to introduce the program globally. For more information regarding RCI Green Fingers or RCI Go Green program contact Gary Fog at 07 5588 8553 or gary.fog@rci.com.

About RCI
RCI is the worldwide leader in holiday exchange with over 4,000 affiliated resorts in approximately 100 countries. RCI pioneered the concept of holiday exchange in 1974, offering members increased flexibility and versatility with their holiday ownership experience. Today, through RCI® Weeks, the traditional week-for-week exchange system, and RCI Points®, the industry’s first global points-based exchange system, RCI provides flexible holiday options to its 3.7 million RCI subscribing members each year. RCI is part of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals and the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN). For additional information visit our media centre, rciaffiliates.com or The RCI Blog. RCI also can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

 

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Wyndham Worldwide Achieves Two More LEED Certifications from U.S. Green Building Council

PARSIPPANY, N.J. ( April 1, 2014) – Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, today announced that nearly half of its domestic real estate portfolio by square footage now holds certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

Most recently, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the Company’s vacation ownership business unit, received its first-ever gold certification for its headquarters building, Sea Harbor Office Center, in Orlando, Fla. The certification makes the building the largest LEED Commercial Interiors Gold level certified project in the state of Florida. And in December, RCI, a division of Wyndham Exchange & Rentals achieved LEED certification for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance for its Carmel, Ind., Vacation Plaza corporate offices.

"These two certifications mark another fantastic win for us in our ongoing dedication to sustainability and facility operational excellence,” said Frank Campana, senior vice president, Corporate Real Estate & Facilities, Wyndham Worldwide.  “It reflects our overall commitment to adopt innovative practices that improve and sustain positive environmental results over time, as well as enhance our associates’ work-life environment.”

Wyndham Worldwide also received a gold certification for its newest building on its corporate headquarters campus in Parsippany, N.J., in addition to its two previously received silver-level LEED designations, making it the first and only company in New Jersey to hold LEED Certifications in both Commercial Interiors and Existing Building Operations and Maintenance. As a result of the energy efficiency measures implemented, the ENERGY STAR score for the corporate headquarters property was increased from 90 to 97, indicating it’s in the top 3 percent of buildings across the nation. Most recently, the Company was named as the recipient of the 2013 Middle Atlantic Region Outstanding Building of the Year Award (TOBY) for best managed building from the Building Owners and Managers Association, and advances as a finalist in the International Awards. This award recognizes excellence in building management, operational efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact.

Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Orlando, Fla.
The Sea Harbor Office Center underwent an impressive build-to-suit renovation, including sustainable design and office furnishings, energy efficiency and superior employee comfort, and diversion of construction waste from local landfills.The company uses LED and fluorescent lighting, is located near local public transportation, offers a carpooling program and has shaded garage parking.

Receiving 66 points out of 100, WVO achieved Gold Certification through:

  • reducing its energy use for lighting by 32 percent and its energy use for HVAC by 31 percent;
  • reducing water consumption 41 percent through the use of low-flow toilets, faucets and fitness center showers;
  • controlling 88 percent of lighting through occupancy sensors;
  • installing a heat reflective ENERGY STAR-rated cool roof;
  • Using 97 percent new ENERGY STAR equipment and appliances;
  • maximizing daylight and access to views;
  • using low-emitting materials such as paints, sealants, adhesives, flooring, and engineered wood products; and
  • Implementing an ergonomics program focused on furniture options and associate coaching.

RCI, Wyndham Exchange & Rentals, Carmel, Ind.
Since 2004, the Facilities Management team has been committed to making Vacation Plaza a more environmentally-friendly workplace through energy and water efficient building improvements – no small feat for a 41-year-old facility that originally served as a warehouse.

The Vacation Plaza certification was achieved through:

  • reducing energy consumption by 29 percent;
  • reducing domestic water consumption by more than 15 percent through water-efficient faucets; and fixtures, and reducing outside water consumption by 50 percent with water-efficient irrigation and plant selections;
  • developing an exterior building site maintenance program that requires the use of natural fertilizers, landscape waste to be diverted from landfills and the limited use of gas-powered tools; and
  • instituting a sustainable purchasing policy that encourages the purchase of items such as lamps and other electronic goods and furniture which are environmentally friendly, conserve natural resources, minimize waste and reduce toxicity.

To further reduce its carbon footprint and energy usage, the office participates in a local electric utility service in which 100 percent of its electricity is generated by renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

Believing that you can do well by doing good, Wyndham Worldwide’s corporate social responsibility program integrates sustainability, diversity, philanthropy, human rights, and responsible corporate governance and business practices into its culture and how its businesses operate around the world since its introduction on the NYSE in 2006.

Recognized as an industry leader in sustainability, the Company was recognized as a 2014 Silver Class Sustainability Leader by RobecoSAM, named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked number one among hotels and restaurants by Newsweek magazine in its annual Greenest Companies in America survey two years in a row.

“We are proud of the ongoing recognition for our work in sustainability, which is the result of the collective commitment and efforts by so many individuals throughout our company who work together to reduce our carbon footprint and drive leadership in the industry,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. “Being green is literally ‘built in’ to Wyndham Worldwide and is a critical piece of our corporate social responsibility.”

About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world’s largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands.  The world’s largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world’s best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,490 franchised hotels and over 645,400 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world’s largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 107,000 vacation properties in over 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of over 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 907,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,800 associates globally. For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

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Wyndham Worldwide Hosts "Global Green Day" Names Vice President of Sustainability and Innovation

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (September 16, 2008) –

Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, is expanding its environmental efforts through a “Global Green Day” event and the appointment of Faith Taylor as vice president, Sustainability and Innovation.

“Global Green Day” will take place in Wyndham Worldwide offices around the globe including U.S. locations in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando, Fla.; Indianapolis; Springfield, Miss.; Las Vegas; Parsippany, N.J.; Aberdeen, S.D.; Johnson City, Tenn.; and Redmond, Wash. International locations include: Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The event will include educational components on the WyndhamGreen program, access to eco–friendly products and vendor booths, and the launch of the Company's green Web site.

Wyndham Worldwide is seizing the opportunity to manage energy consumption as a part of the Company's overall green strategy across its businesses and brands, which together encompass nearly 70,000 properties in 100 countries. Due to its numerous brands, properties and distribution points, the WyndhamGreen program is expected to have a large impact on the Company's overall carbon footprint.

Wyndham Worldwide has also appointed Faith Taylor as vice president, Sustainability and Innovation. Based in Parsippany, N.J., Taylor is responsible for leading the strategic vision and direction of Wyndham Worldwide's environmental policy and programs while overseeing all key conservation and preservation initiatives across the businesses including Wyndham Hotel Group, Group RCI and Wyndham Vacation Ownership.

Taylor also oversees the Wyndham Worldwide Green Council as well as the rollout of Blue Harmony, a turn–key spa and fitness program that incorporates a green strategy to promote environmental awareness. Additionally, she will manage the WyndhamGreen Web site that will launch on October 2, 2008, during Wyndham Worldwide's “Global Green Day and Green Fair” event.

Taylor brings extensive and unique experience to Wyndham Worldwide as a former executive for Wyndham Hotel Group. There she worked with the architectural firm of Michael Graves & Associates to lead the development of their brand repositioning that included new interior designs, in–room products and hotel prototype initiatives. Taylor recently led the development and launch of Blue Harmony, negotiated the development of the company's partnership with ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, and co–developed one of the first–to–market green uniform programs with Cintas.

Taylor is the vice chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association's Environmental and Engineering Committee in Washington, D.C., and frequently speaks on innovation and sustainability around the country. She was named one of the top African–American executives in the lodging industry by Black Meetings and Tourism magazine in 2008 and is featured in Hospitality Technology's October 2008 issue as a leader in innovation.

Previously, Taylor held marketing and branding positions for Ramada®, Avon and Time Warner Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., and her master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia.

About Wyndham Worldwide

As one of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide offers individual consumers and business–to–business customers a broad suite of hospitality products and services across various accommodation alternatives and price ranges through its premier portfolio of world–renowned brands. Wyndham Hotel Group encompasses nearly 7,000 franchised hotels and approximately 581,000 hotel rooms worldwide. Group RCI offers its nearly 3.7 million members access to more than 67,000 vacation properties located in approximately 100 countries. Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of approximately 145 vacation ownership resorts serving over 800,000 owners throughout North America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Wyndham Worldwide, headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., employs more than 33,000 employees globally.

CONTACT:

Alyson R. Johnson
Director, Media Relations
Wyndham Worldwide
(973) 753.6759
Alyson.Johnson@wyndhamworldwide.com

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