Every Day is Earth Day at the Grand Canyon
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, April 22, 2015 – Today is Earth Day, and in honor of the 45th anniversary of this annual celebration, Grand Canyon National Park Lodges (Xanterra South Rim) is increasing its sustainability and decreasing its impact, just as it does every day of the year. That’s because every day is Earth Day at northern Arizona’s world-famous national park.
Grand Canyon National Park Lodges is operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts, known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint.” Xanterra entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks as well as resorts, a cruise line, railway and tour companies.
Xanterra has been a leader in sustainability programs for more than two decades, long before most other travel companies. For example, the company has incorporated sustainable design elements into the renovation of park lodges, installed alternative or clean-burning fuels in company vehicles, installed energy-efficient light fixtures and converted from electric to more fuel-efficient gas equipment wherever possible.
“It is a privilege to be entrusted as a concessioner with the opportunity to operate the historic lodges at the Grand Canyon,” said David Perkins, director of sustainability for Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. “With operations spanning from the historic Grand Canyon Village and all the way to the bottom of the canyon at Phantom Ranch, we see ourselves as stewards of these resources. We work hard to give guests at the facilities a memorable experience while minimizing our environmental impact and strive to operate with the softest footprint.”
Since many of Xanterra’s operations are in remote locations, sustainability initiatives are customized to suit the needs and possibilities of each location. For example, at Grand Canyon National Park, the company’s award-winning “Shrivelly Apple” program diverts more than 29,000 pounds of food waste directly from the landfill to the park’s famous – and appreciative – mules.
Here are some other examples of sustainability initiatives at Grand Canyon Lodges:
- A robust recycling program that encompasses traditional mixed recycling, mule manure, kitchen food scraps , and much more, diverting more than four million pounds of waste from the landfill annually.
- Cigarette waste collection program through Terracycle that recycles 140,000 cigarette butts per year.
- Some 47 percent of food and beverage options in restaurants come from local or sustainable sources.
- An LED lighting retrofit has been ongoing in phases since 2013.
Visitors can book their rooms online by visiting www.grandcanyonlodges.com or by calling toll-free 1-888-297-2757 or 1-303-297-2757 from outside the United States. More information about Grand Canyon National Park can be obtained at www.nps.gov/grca or 1-928-638-7888.