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by Matt Alderton | September 15, 2014
Last year, hotelier Wyndham Worldwide reduced water usage at its hotels by 16 percent per square foot and its carbon emissions by 13 percent per square foot, based on a 2010 baseline, it announced last week.

The achievements were reported in Wyndham's "2013 Sustainability Responsibility Report," which is the company's fourth annual sustainability report.

"Our progress has earned us industry distinctions that recognize the value we aim to create for our shareholders, our partners, and the environment," Wyndham Worldwide Chairman and CEO Stephen P. Holmes said in a statement. "Recognizing the emerging global challenges, our sustainability focus remains on reducing our carbon footprint and water usage as well as supporting innovation and collaboration among our associates and stakeholders to drive change in the communities where we operate, and throughout the travel and tourism industry."

Along with reducing its carbon footprint and water usage, Wyndham Worldwide partners with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees: Wyndham Vacation Ownership, the vacation timeshare division of Wyndham Worldwide, launched the Wyndham Million Trees Project, an initiative to raise $1 million to help plant one million trees in U.S. national forests. To date, more than 450,000 trees have been planted in forest lands lost to fires, rehabilitating ecosystems rich with wildlife.

"Our 2013 report demonstrates our passion to perform with purpose," said Faith Taylor, senior vice president, sustainability and innovation, Wyndham Worldwide. "We are extremely proud to showcase our accomplishments and collaborative efforts that have enabled us to adapt to the changing demands across the world."