Guest & Employee Education at Yellowstone National Park

  • Implemented ongoing Environmental Responsibility training for all employees, including general orientation and environmental tailgates.
  • In 2011, the Xanterra Sustainability office launched SustainaBits, a weekly dispatch highlighting environmental programs, information, opportunities that is distributed to all employees. SustainaBits topics range from sustainable cuisine menu items, environmental volunteer opportunities, and updated information on park-wide environmental programs.
  • Assembled a very active “Green Team” (called the Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Council) to encourage employee participation in environmental initiatives and to develop new and innovative ways to move forward toward environmental sustainability.
  • Publishes a biennial Sustainability Report demonstrating our continued commitment to environmental stewardship throughout Xanterra.
  • Instituted a “Help Protect Yellowstone” campaign to increase environmental awareness of employees.
  • A new employee training program, “Keeping Yellowstone Green: A Guide for Xanterra Employees” was introduced in 2009.
  • Features articles in the park newsletter and Xanterra’s email newsletter about green travel tips, and on our Facebook page, we have created a message called “Ecologix Mondays” where the topics of note are centered around our environmental programs.
  • Our new “For Future Generations Store” educates the park visitor on climate change in the national parks and sustainable consumer choices.
  • Developed a new in-room environmental education display that features a plush animal, a brochure on being a green guest, and information on the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the plush animal benefit the Foundation.
  • Develop a new guest brochure “For Future Generations: A Guide to Keeping Yellowstone Green.”
  • Provides free Eco-Kids activity books.
  • Created a website, For Future Generations, that educates visitors on climate change in parks and traveling green.
  • Developed a recycling and waste sorting center for the Mammoth Hot Spring Hotel to help educate guest on waste. Feature concrete top with embedded recycled glass from Yellowstone.
  • Adding recycling education hang sign to recycling bins in room in 2011.
  • Developed new employee environmental awards program, which recognize excellence in two areas: Green Leader: An employee nominated by their peers who displays a demonstrated and ongoing commitment to the environment Green Star: An idea proposed by an employee with tangible environmental benefits that is accepted for implementation by the company.