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Accor North America Partners with EPA to Reduce Pollution

Release Date: 07/28/2009
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Anthony Suttice at 214-665-2200 or

(Dallas, Texas – July 28, 2009) Accor North America has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce mercury throughout its properties in the United States and Canada.

As part of the National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP), the company has replaced all its incandescent bulbs with low-energy compact fluorescent light bulbs and introducted a fluorescent light bulb and battery recycling program to properly recycle their mercury content.

“Protecting public health and the environment is a team effort,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “The efforts of partners such as Accor North America are helping EPA improve our environment while inspiring others to do the same.”

Headquartered in Carrollton, Texas, Accor North America operates more than 1,000 properties including nationwide economy leaders Motel 6 and Studio 6, Sofitel Luxury Hotels and upscale Novotel locations in the U.S. and Canada.

“Our commitment to environmental awareness and the green initiatives we have implemented throughout our organization are an important part of our business model, and they contribute significantly to our success,” said Oliver Poirot, CEO for Accor North America, Motel 6 and Studio 6. “We are proud to join the EPA National Partnership for Environmental Priorities, and we’ll continue to work together to make our world a cleaner, healthier place to live, play and do business.”

NPEP is a voluntary program with more than 240 members from private and public organizations nationwide. The goal of the program is the reduction, reuse or recycling of 31 priority chemicals. Priority chemicals are long-lasting substances that can build up in the food chain and cause harm to humans and the environment.

Additional information on the NPEP program is available at

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