Friday, December 18th, 2015

For the third consecutive year, Morris County has been represented in the winner’s category for environmental excellence in the state Department of Protection’s annual environmental contest that highlight’s green accomplishments across New Jersey.

Parsippany based Wyndham Worldwide was named the winner in the Sustainable Businesses Category at the 2015 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony held this week at the State Museum in Trenton.

(l/r) Commissioner Martin, Jeff Esquillo and Bill Paterson of Wyndham Worldwide, and NJEIT Exec Director David Zimmer

(l/r) Commissioner Martin, Jeff Esquillo and Bill Paterson of Wyndham
Worldwide, and NJEIT Exec Director David Zimmer

Wyndham officials joined a host of environmental groups, students, education leaders, businesses, government agencies, and community activists from across the state that were honored by the Christie Administration for their commitment to protecting and enhancing New Jersey’s environment.

“This year’s honorees are to be commended for their leadership,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. “Through their innovations and dedication to environmental protection, these recipients are setting strong examples and high standards for everyone in New Jersey to follow.”

GEEA“At Wyndham Worldwide, we believe we have a responsibility to operate sustainably, and this commitment starts right at our corporate campus in New Jersey,” said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, corporate social responsibility, Wyndham Worldwide.

“The workplace experience we provide associates, and the sustainable and energy efficient practices we have in place not only minimize our carbon footprint, but also keep our operating costs low, and help us attract and retain the best people to run our business,” she added.

Bill Paterson, senior facilities operation manager, and Jeff Esquillo, sustainability specialist for Wyndham Worldwide accepted the Award from Commissioner Martin and David Zimmer, Executive Director of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust.

“The people and businesses in Morris County value environmental consciousness, and understand the benefits of protecting our precious natural lands and clean water supply, and the benefits of bringing that consciousness to the workplace,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “The freeholder board congratulates Wyndham Worldwide for its accomplishment.’’

Morris County government won a 2014 Governor’s Award in the land conservation category for the Morris County Flood Mitigation Program, and the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee won in 2013 in the water conservation category for its watershed protection and restoration efforts.

Since 2006, Wyndham Worldwide has invested in exploring and adopting innovative sustainability practices through its Wyndham Green program. The program focuses on sustainability across the company, as well as at its corporate campus on Sylvan Way in Parsippany.

In 14 Sylvan, the reception areas are among the spaces that feature furniture made from recycled materials (Photo: Tom Nielsen).

In 14 Sylvan, the reception areas are among the spaces that feature furniture made from recycled materials (Photo: Tom Nielsen).

The Town Square Café at 22 Sylvan Way was also re-certified as a four-star green restaurant by the Green Restaurant. Wyndham Worldwide also partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to help save the rainforest by only serving sustainably grown coffee in all break rooms at the campus sites.

The company also established the Giving Garden at 22 Sylvan Way, which grows organic produce and donates it to local food banks.

The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) Program recognizes outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. The awards honor individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youths and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.

Since its establishment in 2000, 130 GEEA winners have been recognized for their accomplishments.

To learn more about Wyndham Worldwide’s other green awards and practices, visit: http://www.wyndhamworldwide.com/category/green-awards

To view all 2015 GEEA winners, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/eeawards/pastwin2015.html