News for the Hospitality Executive
DENVER, July 19, 2011 – Xanterra Parks & Resorts is making significant progress toward reaching environmental goals outlined in its 2015 Environmental Vision, a set of aggressive environmental performance goals. The operator of lodging and concessions in national parks and resorts around the country spelled out its progress using environmental performance metrics, called “Ecometrix.” The company’s achievements and measurable progress toward its environmental goals are detailed in the company’s fourth Environmental Sustainability Report , published this spring.
In the report, Xanterra’s president and CEO, Andrew Todd, wrote about the devastation brought about by recent environmental disasters, such as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Todd cited Xanterra’s attempts “to find ways to reduce our fossil fuel consumption and associated carbon footprint, doing our part to indirectly prevent future environmental catastrophes.”
Xanterra’s mission is simple, he added. Not only has it already begun programs that leave a “softer footprint,” but it also has a 2015 Environmental Vision with goals that “articulate how this vision relates to energy, carbon emissions, waste, sustainable design, sustainable foods, transportation and water.”
The Sustainability Report summarizes Xanterra’s progress in reaching these goals based on measurements taken over a 10-year- period from 2000 to 2009.
Absolute greenhouse gas emissions, for example, are down 20.9 percent since 2000, and Xanterra’s goal is a 30 percent decrease by 2015. The company has already doubled its goal to increase usage of renewable energy to provide 7 percent of total electricity consumed. As of 2009, renewable energy provided 14.1 percent of companywide electricity usage. And Xanterra is closing in on its 2015 goal to divert 50 percent of solid waste from landfills. In 2009, its companywide diversion rate had reached 47 percent, and several operations achieved diversion rates in excess of 70 percent.
Xanterra’s commitment to environmentally sustainable operations has led to many permanent changes to the way it operates or enhances existing facilities. Here are 10 examples of cutting-edge environmental initiatives undertaken at Xanterra operations during the last few years. Follow the links for complete information about these initiatives.
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, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Windstar Cruises as well as 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 www.xanterra.com.
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