Review Process

Green Seal reviewed documentation, including policies, receipts, and photographs, and conducted an on-site audit via a third-party representative to verify that Xanterra’s Lake Yellowstone Hotel location effectively protects human and environmental health, conserves water and energy and reduces waste.

Lake Yellowstone Hotel met an extensive set of criteria in order to demonstrate compliance with the most stringent sustainability certification for lodging properties in today’s marketplace. The location was awarded Bronze-level certification by Green Seal. Built in 1891, Lake Yellowstone Hotel is the oldest operating hotel in Yellowstone National Park and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to many recent structural and interior renovations to modernize the hotel, sustainable operations on a daily basis contributed to the certification. More information about Green Seal standards and Xanterra’s implementation of them is summarized under Basis of Certification.

It’s our staff who make high performance possible with their dedication to training a diverse and challenging number of seasonal staff—hundreds who pass through Lake Yellowstone Hotel each year. Their commitment to implementing Xanterra’s environmental management system and related programs, in addition to trying out individual innovations for greener strategies and products represents an exemplary level of service. Moreover, their engagement highlights a widespread culture of stewardship over America’s public treasures, including historical buildings and precious natural resources in our parks and beyond.

We thank our location management, kitchen operators, lodging and housekeeping staff, support services in repair and procurement, maintenance experts, and engineering team, among others, at Lake Yellowstone Hotel and elsewhere in Yellowstone for their resourcefulness in finding efficiencies at every corner—and encourage them to keep doing so!