National Park Service Recognizes Environmental Achievements

The National Park Service recently announced the recipients of its 2010 Environmental Achievement Awards honoring outstanding accomplishments in the preservation and protection of park resources. The award recipients have demonstrated exceptional achievements in the protection of ecosystems, alternative energy use, reduction of solid waste and petroleum use, design of sustainable buildings, and climate friendly innovations.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Grand Canyon National Park - Remodeled the interior of the sales floor at the Canyon Village Marketplace to include numerous sustainable design features such as new energy efficient freezers and coolers; low VOC paints; shopping carts and baskets made from recycled plastic; and grocery store shelving made from recycled metals.

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite National Park - Initiated measures to significantly reduce petroleum fuel use within the Yosemite Transportation System such as using diesel-electric hybrid trams; adopting a company vehicle no-idling policy; and implementing a ride share program for employees who commute to the park from outside Yosemite Valley.

Doyon/ARAMARK Joint Venture at Denali National Park and Preserve - Made significant achievements from implementation of the company's ISO 14000 certified environmental management system (EMS). The EMS implementation led to a 19.4% reduction in green house gas (GHG) emissions in the park; zero EMS non-conformance findings and four "Noteworthy Efforts;" and successful exportation of the EMS to the ARAMARK Denali Park Resorts lodging operation located just outside park boundaries resulting in further GHG reductions.

Xanterra Parks and Resorts at Yellowstone National Park - Launched the "For Future Generations" campaign in order to raise visitor and employee awareness about the impacts of climate change on national parks. The main component of this initiative is a retail store dedicated to interpreting climate change in the parks: "For Future Generations: Yellowstone Gifts." Through educational displays and a first-of-its-kind sustainable product scorecard, the store connects the park visitor to the threats climate change and pollution pose to our national parks with the need to make sustainable consumer choices.

Honorable mentions went to The Marine Mammal Center at Golden Gate National Recreation Area for a major renovation project that incorporates green building practices and to Pisgah Inn, Inc. at Blue Ridge Parkway which promoted environmental protection to park visitors by incorporating a multitude of greening initiatives into his operations.

The NPS EA Award offers an opportunity to recognize concessioners for their efforts in one of the following areas: