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 Softer Footprint summary of Xanterra’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship at Yellowstone, including project cameos and an Ecomap of the park.
  • Our overall environmental footprint and community support initiatives are explained in Xanterra’s company-wide Corporate Responsibility report
  • 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 and informational posts in the park newsletter, employee newsletter, Twitter and Facebook pages about our environmental programs and green tips.
  • Our For Future Generations retail themes educate park visitors on climate change in national parks and sustainable consumer choices.
  • Provide in-room environmental education features for guests that includes a reusable water bottle, our Softer Footprint brochure, and information on the Yellowstone Association.
  • Provides free Eco-Kids activity books.
  • Created a website, For Future Generations, that educates visitors on climate change in parks and traveling green.
  • Offer recycling and waste sorting stations in our guest lodges. The station at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel features a concrete top that is embedded with recycled glass from Yellowstone!
  • All guest rooms feature signage on waste sorting bins to assist with proper sorting of recyclable and compostable (where offered) materials from landfill trash. By 2016, over 40% of our rooms will feature in-room waste sorting stations that accommodate all three waste streams; each of these custom-designed bins contain 342 recycled plastic milk jugs.
  • Guest rooms feature hang tags and mirror decals to support towel and linen reuse and water conservation in general.
  • Support the Green Star employee environmental awards program, which recognizes excellence in environmental leadership either through demonstration of ongoing commitment to our sustainability values at Xanterra or by proposing an idea with tangible environmental benefits that is accepted for implementation by the company.
  • Interact on a regular basis with visitor and student groups that request presentations on Sustainability at Yellowstone, as related to eco-tourism, green careers, climate change in national parks, business innovation, and similar themes.
  • We also contribute to thought leadership via Xanterra’s companywide Sustainability Blog.