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The Environmental Protection Agency's Performance Track Program Adds
The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort in Death Valley National Park 


DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, May 23, 2007 - The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort in Death Valley National Park has been accepted into the Environmental Protection Agency's Performance Track program. 
 
The EPA's Performance Track program recognizes top environmental performers that commit to "sound environmental management, continuous improvement, public outreach and sustained environmental compliance."
 

National Environmental Performance Track
Performance Track is a partnership that recognizes top environmental performance among participating U.S. facilities of all types, sizes, and complexity, public and private. Program partners are providing leadership in many areas, including some that are not currently regulated, such as energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and water consumption. Currently, the program has about 450 members and welcomes all qualifying facilities. Applications are accepted twice a year: April 1 - May 31, and September 1 - October 31. Annual performance reports and renewal applications are available on February 1 and due on April 1.
National Environmental Performance Track

According to the EPA, Performance Track members demonstrate in their daily business operations that economic prosperity and environmental protection go hand-in-hand. 
 
Members of the EPA Performance Track Program receive incentives such as public recognition and low inspection priority. Members are also eligible for several kinds of administrative flexibility and streamlined administrative requirements that reduce costs and enable members to achieve better environmental results. 
 
Furnace Creek's goals for 2007 include:

  • Decreasing water consumption by eight percent of its 2003 baseline
  • Decreasing solid waste by increasing recycling by 43 percent over the 2003 baseline
  • Decreasing electricity usage by three percent of its 2003 baseline
  • Procuring two sustainable retail items in the General Store
  • Adding two sustainable food items to the menu
Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley National Park recently achieved the designation "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" from the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS), the educational division of Audubon International. Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort also participates in the Southern California Edison demand bidding program. During high demand periods when the electric company's resources are expensive, the resort reduces electric usage by 150 kilowatts.
 
The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort is managed by Xanterra Parks & Resorts. Xanterra is a leader in developing environmental programs in the hospitality industry. 
 
The company was selected by the Environmental Protection Agency as the "2006 Performance Track Corporate Leader." Xanterra was the only company to receive the recognition that year and was only the fourth company to receive the designation since its creation in 2004.
 
Xanterra's environmental management program, called Ecologix, has earned recognition from a variety of industry and environmental organizations for its 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. Ecometrix is the tourism industry's first environmental performance metrics. The model defines annual totals of resource consumption and divides that total by total annual rooms occupied and company-wide revenue, allowing Xanterra to focus on environmental goals that are measurable to a high level of accuracy.
 
The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort has been welcoming guests since the 1930s. Open from mid-October through mid-May, the Furnace Creek Inn is a AAA Four Diamond-rated property featuring 66 rooms and two suites with a full array of amenities, fine dining, tennis courts and a spring-fed pool. Open year-round is the Furnace Creek Ranch. Situated adjacent to the golf course, the Ranch features 224 rooms in a casual setting, general store, spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts, horseback riding and the Borax Museum.
 
Xanterra Parks & ResortsR (consisting of Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Inc. and Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C.) operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts.
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Contact:

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, Co 80111

Mona Mesereau
(1) 720-842-5271
mona_mesereau@msn.com

www.furnacecreekresort.com

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Also See: Three Xanterra National Park Lodges Added to the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Performance Track Program / February 2004
Environmental Protection Agency Recognizes Xanterra as a Top Environmental Performer for Voluntarily Going Beyond Compliance with Environmental Regulations / May 2006
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