GURGAON, March, 2016 –The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa goes dark to shine the light on climate change with Earth Hour 2016.The hotel will join millions around the world in turning off lights for one hour on March 19 at 8:30 p.m. local time to illuminate a powerful message about environmental awareness and action.

Earth Hour8The theme of the 2016 Earth Hour celebration focuses on climate change following a successful United Nation’s COP21 conference in Paris. The annual global environmental awareness event was created and instituted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in 2007 to emphasize the threat of global warming and the need to reduce carbon emissions.

The Westin Sohna is participating by turning off several resort lights, switching off The Westin Place lights and simply make use of candles instead, and all unwanted lights in the back kitchens and heart of the house areas will be turned off.

The Westin Sohna will also be organizing an array of fun and interactive sessions around the event.

The resort’s Chief Engineer, along with the HR team, will be visiting a local village school to speak to the students in helping raise more awareness surrounding Earth Hour. The hotel will also engage associates with a poster- making competition made from recycled material, using minimal energy resources.

Furthermore, the resort is also placing a customized feedback board at The Westin Place to take suggestions from guests on how the resort can collectively help with conservation, as well as organize a fun Lantern making competition for the little guests!

“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 reflects a philosophy we try to practice year-round that we all must do our part and together we can make a big difference. Climate change affects everyone and it also has an impact on thecontinued success of our business.”

Last year,nearly 600 Starwood properties around the world participated. In addition to conserving energy, many properties hosted events and activities that engaged associates and guests. Some projects and programming includedthemed menus designed to highlight local and organic foods and Earth Hour inspired cocktails; special performances, tailored concerts, and displays of traditional entertainment; and distinctive campaigns devised to support individual community initiatives and conservation efforts.

About Earth Hour 
Earth Hour is a global environmental initiative in partnership with WWF. Individuals, businesses, governments and communities are invited to turn out their lights for one hour on Saturday March 19, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.(local time)to show their support for environmentally sustainable action. Earth Hour began in one city in 2007 and has grown to hundreds of millions of people around the world.

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