Sustainability Awards

Environmental Honor Roll

Xanterra is the first hospitality company to …

  • Commit to an absolute reduction target in greenhouse gas emissions through a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions. Xanterra was the eighth company worldwide to make this commitment, and it is more than half way to meeting its goal.
  • Receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification. This includes a LEED Silver rating at Crater Lake National Park for the Annie Creek restaurant and retail building and LEED certification at Yellowstone National Park employee housing.
  • Publish a Sustainability Report, and the only tourism company to have such a report third-party certified.
  • Operate a short-line tourist railroad, Grand Canyon Railway, to receive the IS014001 third-party certification for its environmental management system.
  • Publish and implement its own Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Design and Construction of buildings in national parks.
  • Be granted the “Chain of Custody” certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to ensure sales of sustainably harvested wild Alaska salmon.
  • Ban certain types of fish species deemed harmful to the environment because of harvesting practices or low species populations.
  • To track, normalize and report all natural resource usage and waste generation at all locations through a computerized tracking system.
  • Set and publicly disclose long-range environmental sustainability goals.
  • Use large-scale renewable solar photovoltaic systems to power portions of electricity demands.
  • Develop an internal CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standard to improve efficiency of fleet vehicles.
  • Receive the Corporate Leader award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (in 2006).
  • Achieve the designation of “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS) for the Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley National Park.
  • Pioneer the development of a mobile propane bottle recycling unit that recycles camper propane bottles and uses the waste fuel to power the unit.
  • Develop ultra-sustainable “Green Suites” for guests (at Zion Lodge in Zion National Park).
  • Recycle grease on-site into biodiesel for use in fleet vehicles.

Additionally, Xanterra is …

  • Among the first U.S. hospitality companies to receive the prestigious ISO 14001 International Environmental Management System Standard Certification for all of its national park operations.
  • One of only a few hospitality companies to use renewable wind energy to power a portion of electricity demands (at seven national park locations).
  • One of a few hospitality companies using renewable, clean-burning biodiesel in boilers and vehicles.
  • One of the few national park concessioners in the country to achieve Clean Marina Certification at two locations.

Environmental Awards, Honors and Certifications (since 2001)

U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Achievement Award

Grand Canyon Railway, 2011 Sustainable design, Crater Lake Lodge, 2007 Green purchasing, Grand Canyon Lodges, 2007 Waste management, Painted Desert Oasis, Petrified Forest National Park, 2007 Environmental stewardship, Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2006 Environmental performance in energy management, Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2004 Environmental performance in environmental management systems, Zion Lodge, Zion National Park 2004 Death Valley Sustainability Committee, Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, 2002 Pollution prevention, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 2001 Energy conservation, Zion Lodge, Zion National Park 2001 Waste reduction, Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2001

National Park Service, Environmental Achievement Award

Building our future category, Grand Canyon Lodges, 2016 Grand Canyon Lodges, 2012 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2011 Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, 2009 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2009 Grand Canyon Lodges, Phantom Ranch, 2009 Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park, 2009 Yellowstone National Park Lodge, 2005

  • Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Achievement Award, “Good Neighbor” 2016 Glacier National Park Lodges, 2015 Yellowstone National Park Lodges
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Achievement Award, “Lean, Clean and Green” 2016 Yellowstone National Park Lodges (honorable mention)
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Achievement Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2007 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2006
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Performance Track Corporate Leader Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Exceptional Environmental Performance, 2006
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Gold Achievement Award Grand Canyon Lodges, Green Purchasing, 2006
  • Environmental Protection Agency (Region 9), Superior Environmental Performance Award Grand Canyon Lodges and Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, 2003
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association, Stars of the Industry Earthkeeping Award Four-time winner, 2005-2008, 2010
  • Virgin Holidays, Responsible Tourism Award Responsible Transport, Grand Canyon Railway, 2012
  • Travel Industry Association, Odyssey Award, National Geographic Magazine Geotourism Award for Sustaining Environment of a Place, two-time winner, 2005, 2007
  • Travel Industry Association, Odyssey Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2001
  • HotelWorld, Global Hospitality and Design Award, Sustainable Hotel of the Year Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, 2008
  • Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Adrian Award for Green Marketing Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2005
  • ColoradoBiz Magazine, Top Company of the Year Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2005
  • Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, Special Achievement Award Grand Canyon Railway, 2009
  • Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association, Certified Green Status Grand Canyon Railway, 2011
  • American Society of Travel Agents, Environmental Achievement Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2004
  • Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Clean Utah! Award and Outstanding Achievement in Pollution Prevention Four-time winner, 2004, 2008-2010.
  • California State Legislature, Certificate of Recognition, Outstanding Recycling Silverado Resort, Napa, Calif., 2009
  • Utah Business Magazine, Green Business of the Year, Overall Winner Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, Green Suites and Water Bottle Ban programs, 2009
  • American Association for Retail Environments, Consumer Education and Outreach Award For Future Generations: Yellowstone Gifts retail store at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, 2010
  • California Public Utilities Commission, Flex Your Power Award Furnace Creek Resort, Death Valley National Park, Demand Response Category for solar PV system, 2008
  • Association for Retail Environments, Sustainability Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, Consumer Education & Outreach, For Future Generations: Yellowstone Gifts, 2010
  • Colorado .Department of Public Health and Environment, Gold Environmental Achievement Award Trail Ridge Gift Store, Rocky Mountain National Park, 2006-2010
  • Napa County, Green Award Silverado Resort, 2007
  • National Registry of Environmental Professionals; Environment, Health and Safety Management Systems, Infrastructure and Training Award Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2006
  • Hazardous Materials Management Association, Environmental Excellence Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, 2005, On-site Camper Propane Bottle Recovery Unit
  • Environmental Design and Construction Magazine, Innovation in Design Award Yellowstone National Park Lodges, LEED-certified housing, 2005
  • Charter Institute of Environmental Health, Green Apple Award, Companywide Sustainability Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2004
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Environmental Achievement Award, Sustainability Reporting and Pollution Prevention Xanterra Parks & Resorts, 2004
  • State of Arizona Governor’s Tourism Award Grand Canyon Lodges, two-time winner, 2003, 2004
  • Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Ecotourism Award Grand Canyon Lodges, 2004

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