Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia, 24 March 2014 - Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu will observe Earth Hour on 29 March 2014 with a variety of planned activities throughout the day.
Advocating the motto reduce, reuse and recycle (3R), resort staff will begin Earth Hour bright and early with a collaborative beach clean up on Mamutik island with volunteers from Sabah Parks, Raleigh International, Borneo Divers and a handful of resort guests. On the same morning, the resort will introduce its official mascot Jaga, the clownfish to drive awareness towards marine conservation.
A week prior, resort staff pitched in to make 1,441 tea candles from recycled cooking oil that were individually filled into used mini jam jars. These candles will be lit during Earth Hour to illuminate the resort's seven restaurant and bars.
Additionally, guests will also be encouraged to conserve water and energy by opting not to change their bed sheets or towels for the day. Between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., the resort will switch off all non-essential lights in most back-of-the-house areas and dim the lights in public areas, restaurants and the hotel exterior. Guests will be encouraged to participate by turning off the lights in their guestrooms.
"Energy conservation, environmental protection and the reduction of waste emissions are fundamental elements of our corporate social responsibility. We are committed to making a big difference, embracing the world to live more sustainably," said Craig Powell, general manager of Shangri-La's Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company's initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees. Under the umbrella of sustainability, Shangri-La's social responsibility programme consists of the two elements of "embrace" and "sanctuary". Embrace focuses on Shangri-La’s Caring People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities. In sanctuary, the programme concentrates on Shangri-La's Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity. For more information, please access the CSR section on www.shangri-la.com