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Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing Particiates In Earth Hour 2015

Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing Particiates In Earth Hour 2015

Nanjing, 28 March 2015– Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing, participated in Earth Hour, an activity launched by the World Wildlife Found (WWF) in 2007 for the first time. 

The hotel organized and encouraged colleagues and guests to generate electricity by riding bicycles. The generated electricity will be stored and used to light the hotel’s back office area. Meanwhile, a hot air balloon was raised at the hotel’s main entrance to light the hotel’s main gate and the outside garden.  

At 5:30pm on 28 March 2015, Saturday, the hotel displayed six bicycles in a corner of the lobby. Colleagues and guests rode the bicycles to generate electricity. Within a few minutes, the electricity was used to turn on the lights. The guests were all amazed.  

The highlight of Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing’s Earth Hour was the hot air balloon raising at 8:30pm. Stamped with the Earth Hour logo, the balloon was raised slowly, lighting the main roads and the hotel garden. 

“Shangri-La Hotel and Resorts always supports and participates in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. As the first Earth Hour activity of Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing, we would like to spread this spirit to all of our guests and colleagues,” said Mr. Thomas Zhang, the hotel’s Resident Manager, “Ensuring our environmental friendliness is the priority of the CSR project. To protect our motherland – the Earth, everyone is responsible for reducing carbon emissions.  We also would like to encourage business partners to join us and take action immediately on a daily basis.” 

Meanwhile, from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing turned off the lights in most back-of-house areas and dimmed the lights in the hotel lobby, public areas and restaurants to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the environment and mitigating climate change. This information was flashed on electric screen for all the guests.  

Initiated Earth Hour in 2007 to call on each person, committee, business and government to inspire people to protect the Earth and promote environmental friendliness. Since it was launched in Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has become a global event celebrated annually on the last Saturday of March.  

Earth Hour calls on every individual family and organization to participate in its cause by turning off the lights (except the necessary traffic lights) and other appliances consuming electricity for an hour. It is not only to save power, but to curb climate change. 

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remain 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 Shang-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. 

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PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Qiu
              Director of Communications
              Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing
              Tel: (86 25) 8311 7116
              E-mail: michelle.qiu@shangri-la.com