Environment at Grand Canyon South Rim

Xanterra Parks & Resorts has a strong environmental commitment in all aspects of our operations. We believe that increasing the sustainability of natural systems is not only good business, but also the right thing to do. To that end, we have developed a formal environmental policy that is the foundation for our every action

Xanterra’s extensive environmental initiatives at Grand Canyon National Park include:

    • Retrofit of 14 “dirty” fuel oil boilers with clean-burning propane boilers
    • Enhanced green procurement program including 10% post-consumer waste recycled copy paper
    • Retrofit of 20 in-park tour buses with new hydrous alcohol injection systems that result in 70% cleaner emissions and 20% better emissions and 20% better fuel efficiency
    • Achievement of a 40% diversion and recycling rate
    • Changing over 7,000 light bulbs to energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps
    • A program where stay over guests must specifically request new sheets and towels—saving water and energy
    • ISO 14001 Certification of our Environmental Management System
    • Membership in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track
    • A quarterly employee award to recognize individual environmental stewardship

Xanterra’s company-wide initiatives:

    • A policy of purchasing seafood only from sustainable fisheries
    • A ban on all polystyrene products
    • Extensive use of post-consumer recycled content paper products
    • Use of bulk dispensers in food service areas
    • Use of environmentally sensitive cleaners in all janitorial areas
    • Establishment of employee “green teams” at each location to provide suggestion for property-specific initiatives
    • Distribution of a quarterly environmental newsletter
    • Development of an environmental mission statement