The following are a few ways, listed by pillar, that we have made progress toward our goals.
Pillar: Use Resources Efficiently and Effectively
At all of our properties, we routinely upgrade equipment to save energy and water, as well as install water-saving devices, such as low-flow toilets, showers, and sinks. We are also a committed World Wildlife Fund Climate Savers partner and purchase renewable energy to power a portion of our national park operations.
Death Valley National Park, California: We installed a 1.23 megawatt solar photovoltaic system that generates 2.3 million kWh per year. Xanterra also equipped Furnace Creek Inn within the park with a high-efficiency HVAC system and energy efficient windows.
Maumee Bay State Park, Ohio: Xanterra erected a 10 kw wind turbine to produce power and also uses specialized electric vehicles to sustainably transport guests and laundry.
Grand Canyon National Park South Rim, Arizona: We replaced incandescent lights with CFL and LED lighting, including in the historic El Tovar dining room. Additionally, we converted our boilers from fuel oil to propane and introduced clean-burning, compressed natural gas buses as we phased out diesel ones.
Pillar: Strive for Zero Waste
We are continually finding new ways to reuse, recycle, and compost materials. For example, we have introduced compost bins in guest rooms, eliminated plastic retail bags, replaced individual room amenities with bulk dispensers, and stopped selling bottled water at several properties. Xanterra has also hosted two Zero Waste to Landfill golf tournaments.
Windstar Cruises: Xanterra installed Natura water systems onboard all vessels, eliminating guest service of plastic water bottles.
Pillar: Build and Operate Sustainably
Xanterra is proud to have developed its own Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction, and to lead the concessioner industry in green building and sustainable historic preservation. We also strive to meet the US Green Building Council’s rigorous LEED standards for new construction.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and Montana: Xanterra reclaimed a formerly contaminated brownfield site, and constructed the first LEED certified employee housing in the national parks.
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: Xanterra earned LEED certification for the new Annie Creek Restaurant and Gift Shop.
Zion National Park, Utah: Xanterra’s renovation of the park’s historic Western Cabins balanced historical accuracy with modern-day energy and water efficiency improvements, and included custom FSC-certified furnishings.
Pillar: Provide Guests Sustainable Choices
Xanterra offers guests a range of sustainable amenities and options for a lower-impact stay. From locally and sustainably sourced food and beverage selections; to recycling, compost, and linen reuse programs; to free water-bottle-filling stations; to our new electric-car charging station at Zion National Park, Xanterra encourages guests to join us in making a softer footprint. Xanterra has also made sustainability a priority in its For Future Generations retail concept that sources a large percentage of Made In America products. In addition, four of our golf courses are carefully maintained as Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries.