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The Zion Lodge in Zion National Park Named the Sustainable Hotel of the Year
by the HotelWorld Expo and Conference
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DENVER, Colo., February 27, 2008 – The historic Zion Lodge in Zion National Park was named the Sustainable Hotel of the Year at the HotelWorld Global Hospitality and Design Award Ceremony and Expo in Las Vegas last night. 
 
The award was presented in recognition of the many environmental programs implemented by Denver-based operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts. 
 
“With its setting in one of the country’s most breathtaking national parks and because of its remarkable history, it is especially critical to do everything we can to minimize the environmental impact of Zion Lodge,” said Chris Lane, vice president of environmental affairs for Xanterra. “We have been successful in implementing new technologies and products, and we are already applying those successes to programs at other Xanterra lodges and resorts throughout the country.”
 
Xanterra last year created six eco-friendly suites at Zion Lodge. The goals of the project were to incorporate as many environmentally sustainable features as possible and to ultimately reduce the consumption of natural resources and eliminate waste. The suites feature sustainable bamboo floor entryways, recycled content carpet, dual-flush toilets, filtered drinking water, organic cotton sheets and linens, all-natural biodegradable soaps and other amenities, shampoos and moisturizers in bulk dispensers, compact fluorescent lighting, automated heat and air-conditioning sensors, use of biodegradable and non-toxic cleaners, complimentary organic coffee and tea, key card lighting controls and LED nightlights. 
 
In addition, renewable solar energy and wind energy are used to power 85 percent of the property’s energy needs. Other lodge-wide practices include reducing water usage by only serving water on demand in restaurants, discontinuing the use of table cloths, composting food waste, providing in-room recycling containers, avoiding chemical pesticides, replacing bottled beer with beer on tap, restoring two acres of non-native grassland to its natural state and offering sustainable food choices in restaurants. Xanterra also purchased electric and hybrid vehicles and retrofit two other vehicles to propane. The company installed an energy-efficient, on-demand propane boiler in place of a polluting diesel-fired boiler.
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Zion Lodge
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Environmentally sustainable features of the suites in the historic lodge include:

* Sustainable bamboo floor entryway. The use of bamboo saves trees because bamboo can be harvested in only three years. Most hardwood trees are harvested after 50 years.

* Recycled content interface Entropy Carpet. This carpet contains more than 70 percent recycled content, making it the highest recycled-content carpet available. At the end of its life, the carpet is 100 percent recycled back into new carpet.

* Dual-flush toilets. Popular in Australia, but still relatively new to the U.S., dual-flush toilets provide two options for flushing utilizing 0.8 gallons or 1.6 gallons per flush, saving 67 percent more water than a standard toilet.

* Renewable solar and wind energy. Zion Lodge uses a 15kW on-site solar photovoltaic energy system to power rooms. Renewable wind energy is also purchased to power 85 percent of the property's energy needs.

* Filtered drinking water faucets. Guests of the suites drink filtered water from clean, natural, great-tasting water from the park. Excellent filtered tap water encourages guests to carry reusable water containers instead of disposable plastic water bottles.

* Organic bamboo or organic cotton sheets and linens. One of the fastest growing and most sustainable plants on earth, bamboo does not require the use of fertilizers or pesticides to grow. And while traditional cotton is the most pesticide-intensive crop grown, organic cotton uses no synthetic pesticides.

* All-natural biodegradable soap, shampoos and moisturizers in bulk dispensers. These products provide a healthy and eco-friendly alternative to individually packaged non-biodegradable amenities.

* Compact fluorescent lighting. Energy consumption is reduced by up to 70 percent and bulbs last 10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs.

* Automated heat and air-conditioning sensors. These sensors detect body heat and motion to control the temperatures within comfortable pre-determined set points.

* Biodegradable, non-toxic Green Seal-certified cleaners. These cleaners are used in all Zion Lodge rooms.

* Complimentary organic coffee and tea. Certified organic Fair Trade coffee is grown without pesticides, using a shade-grown method to reduce deforestation. Two complimentary mugs with the Zion Lodge are also given to all Green Suites guests. The free coffee is provided by the lodge coffee shop only to those with mugs to discourage waste caused by disposable coffee cups.

* Key card lighting controls. Similar to popular systems used throughout Europe, key cards save 15 percent of energy because lighting is only operable once guests insert their key cards into the entry door slots.

* NED nightlights. Nightlights discourage guests from leaving bathroom lights on as a nighttime light source. 

The lodge has pursued third-party verification of its environmental programs. Its environmental management system is ISO 14001-certified, and the lodge joined the EPA National Environmental Performance Track program and is an EPA Energy Star Partner.
 
An interactive video display in the lobby of Zion Lodge explains its many environmental practices to guests and includes real-time monitoring of the on-site solar photovoltaic system.
 
Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood in the 1920s, Zion Lodge features 81 motel-type guest rooms and 40 Western-style cabins. After a fire in 1966, the lodge was rebuilt in 100 days with the top priority being to restore guest services. The lodge was restored to its original classic appearance in 1990, and the cabins were restored by Xanterra in 1998.
 
For information about the Zion Lodge or to make reservations, visit www.zionlodge.com or call 1-303-29-PARKS (1-303-297-2757) or toll-free at 1-888-29-PARKS (1-888-297-2757.)
 
Xanterra Parks & Resorts® (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. Xanterra Parks & Resorts is the country’s largest park concessioner. Xanterra operates concessions in the following locations: Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial; and at the Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.; and eight Ohio State Parks. Its affiliate Xanterra South Rim, L.L.C. operates concessions at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Xanterra operates the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
  
Long committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, Ecologix, Xanterra Parks & Resorts’ environmental program, includes a variety of proactive environmental stewardship programs in each location. Xanterra has been repeatedly recognized for its environmental leadership in the hospitality industry and is the recipient of many honors, including major awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Travel Industry Association, Colorado Department of Public Health, State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

Contact:
 
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, Co 80111
www.xanterra.com
 
Mona Mesereau
 (1) 720-842-5271
mona_mesereau@msn.com     
 
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Also See: Xanterra Installing One of the Largest Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems in the Country at the The Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort, Death Valley National Park; Expected to Produce Two million Kilowatt-hours per year of Clean Renewable Energy / November 2007
For the Guest - It Really is Healthier When Staying in a Green Hotel Room / July 2007
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