The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi to Stage Earth Hour on March 28




Gurgaon, India, March 19, 2015– It’s lights out for The Westin Gurgaon.


The hotel will join millions around the world in turning off lights for Earth Hour 2015 to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.


Earth Hour 2015 takes place on March 28 at 8:30p.m. local time. Created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour is the largest movement for the planet in human history, spanning 7,000 cities, 162 countries and territories, with a digital reach of 200 million.


This year’s global tagline is “Use #YourPower to Change Climate Change”, strengthening its focus on the globe’s most stubborn environmental challenge. With that in mind, The Westin Gurgaon will activate a range of energy-saving measures during Earth Hour.  The Westin Gurgaon will turn off several building lights, switch off The Westin Place lights and make use to candles, the restaurant lights will be on dimmer at minimum level, switch off all the water bodies to save energy, guest corridors lights will be reduced and switch off unwanted lights in the  back kitchens.


Last year, Earth Hour embarked on the most exciting stage of its evolution to be at the forefront of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing for the planet – launching Earth Hour Blue. In addition,iconic buildings and landmarks from Asia Pacific to Europe and Africa to the Americas switched off.  People across the world from all walks of life turned off their lights and came together in celebration and contemplation of the one thing we all have in common – our planet.


“It’s a privilege for us to support such a powerful movement with such a simple gesture,” said Sanjay Sharma, Area General Manager, India.  “Earth Hour also reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round:  The small steps each of us takes can make a big difference together.”


Starwood’s pioneering Global Citizenship philosophy reflects the same dedication to sustainability among its 180,000 associates worldwide.In 2014, close to 600 hotels participated in Earth Hour in various ways.


This year will mark Starwood’s seventhannual participation in Earth Hour, making it one of the largest worldwide companies to make a pronounced global statement with a voluntary hour of darkness.  Earth Hour is just one of the many ways Starwood acts in support of its 30/20 by 20 goals, which is the company’s commitment to reduce energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020 across its entireportfolio.


The Westin Gurgaon is located at Number 1, MG Road, Gurgaon, 91.124.497.7777.  Online:

About Earth Hour 
Earth Hour is WWF’s global environmental movement. As one of the first open-sourced climate change campaigns, Earth Hour has grown from a symbolic event in one city into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. In 2014, Earth Hour engaged individuals, businesses, organizations in over 7,000 cities and 162 countries and territories during the hour and beyond. In 2014, Earth Hour aims to harness the power of its millions of supporters worldwide to change climate change.

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and Element®. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015.  For more information, please visit .