Sustainable Morristown among worldwide grant recipients chosen by Hyatt

Sustainable Morristown, the nonprofit that advocates environmentally friendly approaches to growth, has been named one of 26 recipients worldwide to receive a Hyatt Community Grant.

A $5,000 check will be presented on Dec. 17, 2013, at Sustainable Morristown’s  Green Drinks event at the Hyatt Morristown, said Tom Blundell, general manager of the hotel.

Paul Miller, at work for Sustainable Morristown. The nonprofit has been named as a grant recipient by the Hyatt hotels. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Paul Miller, at work for Sustainable Morristown. The nonprofit has been named as a grant recipient by the Hyatt hotels. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“The Sustainable Morristown philosophy mirrors that of our own Hyatt Thrive program,” Tom said. “Hyatt Thrive is founded in the shared belief that, as a company and individuals, we are committed to doing our part to enable thriving communities – places where we are proud to work, our neighbors want to live, and our guests want to visit.”

The Hyatt has worked with Sustainable Morristown and its co-founder, Paul Miller, since 2010 to reduce the hotel’s environmental footprint, Tom said.

“I think that the success that Paul and the entire Sustainable Morristown team has accomplished in just three years has been tremendous and well worthy of this award,” he said.

The money will help the nonprofit establish a community advisory council to guide efforts to expand across Greater Morristown and help neighboring towns with sustainability plans, Paul Miller said.

“We’re proud of our relationship with the Hyatt, and thrilled that the Hyatt as an organization recognizes the value of community efforts and the work that nonprofits do,” Paul said.

On Dec. 14, Sustainable Morristown will  co-host a workshop to describe plans for “parklets” in town.

The organization also promotes farm-to-table dining and is coordinating Morristown’s application for re-certification by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit that recognizes municipalities that go the extra mile to incorporate green practices into planning and policies.

Sustainable Morristown is among 26 nonprofits sharing a total of $340,000 in grants this year from the Hyatt Hotels Foundation.

The community grants program was created in conjunction with the National Philanthropic Trust. Since the program’s start in 2008, nearly $1.7 million has been distributed to nonprofits in 103 communities in 34 countries, according to the hotel chain.

Here is the official statement:

HYATT MORRISTOWN AT HEADQUARTERS PLAZA AWARDS COMMUNITY GRANT TO SUSTAINABLE MORRISTOWN

SUSTAINABLE MORRISTOWN receives a $5,000.00 Grant; Invites Guests and Morristown

Community to Join Effort in #SHARINGJOY

Morristown, NJ (December 4, 2013) – HYATT MORRISTOWN AT HEADQUARTERS PLAZA is sharing the joy with SUSTAINABLE MORRISTOWN this holiday season thanks to a grant to further the organization’s efforts in environmental sustainability.

The $5,000.00 grant is one of this year’s 26 awarded to non-profits nominated by Hyatt hotels in their communities around the world as part of Hyatt Community Grants, a philanthropic program that empowers Hyatt associates to select local nonprofit recipients for charitable donations.

Hyatt Community Grants, a key component of Hyatt Thrive – Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform – encourages hotels worldwide to identify and nominate local nonprofits for funding consideration. The program builds on Hyatt’s belief that no one better understands a community’s most pressing issues – and their solutions – that those that live and work there.

“Through the Hyatt Community Grants program, we are able to recognize nonprofits in our city that are committed to addressing the greatest needs in our community,” said Tom Blundell, general manager of Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza. “We have been working with Sustainable Morristown since 2010, and we know this gift will help them continue the important work they are accomplishing.”

#SHARINGJOY with Hyatt’s Holiday Campaign

In addition to supporting the local community causes championed by its hotels, Hyatt is also inviting associates, guests, neighbors and community partners to help in #SHARINGJOY by supporting global education and literacy programs and providing a launching point for learning and success, which is the foundation of Hyatt’s corporate philanthropy program, Ready To Hyatt is committed to #SHARINGJOY this holiday season by providing an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for international literacy nonprofit, Room to Read.

Recipients of Hyatt’s holiday e-card are invited to post a special message from Hyatt on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo that includes the hashtag #SHARINGJOY. Hyatt has already pledged $25,000 to Room to Read to help build new school libraries and establish reading mentoring programs in India and will match each new #SHARINGJOY post with an additional $1 donation – up to $75,000 –to help reach the company’s goal of $100,000.

“Any company can simply write a check, but we want to do more to tackle the critical challenge of illiteracy,” said Brigitta Witt, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Hyatt. “By actively engaging our passionate guests, colleagues and community partners to share their own stories of inspiration, giving and joy, we hope to raise awareness and build a global network of support that will last long after the holidays.”

To follow the progress of the campaign, track shares and read personal stories from the people who benefit from the program, visit Hyatt’s Share the Joy Tumblr page, which highlights the stories of Hyatt Community Grants recipients around the world.

About Hyatt Community Grants

Funding for Hyatt Community Grants is provided by Hyatt Hotels Foundation, a donor-advised fund created in conjunction with the National Philanthropic Trust. In 2013, Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza will be among 26 Hyatt properties from around the world awarding more than US$340,000 in grants to nonprofits in their local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, Hyatt hotels have awarded nearly US$1,700,000 to nonprofit organizations in 103 communities and 34 countries around the world.

For more information about Hyatt Community Grants, please visit www.hyattthrive/philanthropy.com.

About Hyatt Thrive

Hyatt’s global corporate responsibility platform, Hyatt Thrive, is designed to help make our communities places where our associates are proud to work, our guests want to visit, our neighbors want to live and owners want to invest. Harnessing the power of more than 90,000 associates worldwide, Hyatt Thrive brings together teams of passionate people to focus on positive local efforts that create a significant global impact.

Hyatt expanded its corporate responsibility commitment with the launch of Ready to Thrive in 2013, a multi-year philanthropic commitment to education initiatives in Hyatt communities around the world. With a focus on literacy and career readiness, Ready to Thrive supports community organizations and programs that offer a launching point for individuals to learn and develop the critical skills needed to professionally advance.

For more information about Hyatt Thrive, please visit www.HyattThrive.com.

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza

Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza is set amid a prime business center in the heart of historic Morristown NJ. The hotel is a blend of city excitement and suburban tranquility and is the ideal downtown base for business or leisure travelers. For more information, please visit Morristown.hyatt.com

About Sustainable Morristown

Sustainable Morristown is a community-wide collaboration of like-minded institutions, organizations, businesses and individuals of all ages committed to working together to ensure the economic, environmental and social well-being of Morristown to the benefit of current residents and visitors as well as future generations.



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