A Message From Our CEO

Xanterra Parks & Resorts introduced its first version of Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction in 2005. Those original guidelines were inspired by the lessons we learned in building the first LEED® certified buildings in a national park—an employee housing project in Yellowstone National Park. Our guidelines paved the path for additional sustainable design projects including our LEED® Silver rated Annie Creek Restaurant (Crater Lake National Park) and numerous projects at Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks. Xanterra is once again raising the bar in sustainable design for our park and resort operations by releasing our Guidelines for Sustainable Design and Construction Version 2.0. Updating these guidelines is an important part of the process that ensures we, along with our many partners, are doing everything we can to fulfill our mission statement – Legendary Hospitality with a softer footprint®.

Each year millions of tourists visit our national and state parks, which are some of the most beautiful and memorable places in the world. Therefore, we take our stewardship, environmental and economic responsibilities very seriously. We understand the impacts buildings have on occupants, the community and the environment, and for that reason we strive to implement the highest level of environmentally sustainable design and construction of our buildings in our operations. This provides an opportunity to make a significant, positive impact on business as well as our environment through the reduced consumption of energy and water, the responsible use and reuse of materials, the increased well-being and enjoyment of our guests, and the continuing economic viability of our business.

These revised guidelines build on Xanterra’s successes to date and reaffirms the commitment Xanterra has to ensuring ever-greater levels of environmental performance and stewardship for all construction Xanterra undertakes, fullfilling our mission statement, “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” The guidelines are our tool to ensure that every employee, contractor, vendor, engineer, consultant and architect associated with Xanterra, is held to the highest environmental standard and will continue to look for innovative ways to make our new construction, remodel, and renovation projects as environmentally sound and responsible as possible.

Xanterra’s commitment to sustainability is not a passing fad or trend—it reflects who we are.

Andrew N. Todd President/CEO
Xanterra Parks & Resorts

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