Xanterra Parks & Resorts has appointed Catherine Greener as vice president of sustainability.
In this position, Greener is responsible for continuing and strengthening the company’s sustainability initiatives in the areas of energy, water and waste management; pollution prevention; sustainable cuisine; sustainable design and more.
“We are pleased that Catherine is bringing her wide-ranging expertise to our company,” said Andrew N. Todd, president and CEO of Xanterra. “The diversity of our operations requires someone who can provide leadership in many sustainability disciplines.”
Xanterra operates lodges, restaurants, gift stores and other concessions in state and national parks as well as Kingsmill Resort, Windstar Cruises and Grand Canyon Railway. The opportunities to minimize impact of the company’s operations and of its guests are boundless. Initiatives can include eliminating plastics from landfills, procuring local and natural food, conserving fuel and sourcing clean energy.
Xanterra’s environmental management program, called Ecologix, has earned recognition from a variety of government, hospitality industry and environmental organizations for the program’s depth and success. The company uses its own highly refined performance metrics model – called Ecometrix – to define resource consumption on annual per-room night and per-dollar revenue bases. When Xanterra created Ecometrix, it was the first comprehensive environmental management measurement system in the tourism industry. The model defines annual totals of resource consumption, allowing Xanterra to focus on environmental goals that are measurable to a high level of accuracy. Ecometrix also provides measures for waste diversion, program compliance, and many other important statistics of performance.
Prior to joining Xanterra, Greener was a founding partner of Cleargreen Advisors, a firm supporting companies with both collaborative and outsourced sustainability management services, including strategic planning, project execution and measurement and reporting. She has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of sustainability, manufacturing and industrial quality management. Greener began her career at General Motors as an industrial engineer and then maintenance supervisor at the Pontiac Engine Assembly plant.
Greener earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Northwestern University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (consisting of several affiliated Xanterra entities) operates lodges, restaurants, tours and activities at national parks and state parks and resorts. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the following locations: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Windstar Cruises, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. and Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been committed to the preservation and protection of the environment for many years. Through its environmental program, “Ecologix,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts has been recognized repeatedly for environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association of America, American Hotel and Lodging Association, National Parks Conservation Association, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
For more information about Xanterra Parks & Resorts, links to individual properties and reservations numbers, visit xanterra.com.
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