National Park Service and Department of the Interior
Recognize Concessioner Environmental Achievements

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced the recipients of its 2012 Environmental Achievement Awards honoring outstanding accomplishments in the preservation and protection of park resources. The award recipients have demonstrated exceptional achievements in pollution prevention, solid waste management, energy and water conservation, and sustainability practices.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Concessioner at Yellowstone National Park – Received a three-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association for the Mammoth Hotel Dining Room. The Dining Room is the first three-star certified restaurant in Wyoming, and one of only 71 in the country. To obtain this rating, Xanterra focused on energy and water conservation, sustainable cuisine, waste management and disposables, green cleaning products, and green building techniques.

Big Bend LLC Concessioner at Big Bend National Park – Established a partnership with the City of Ojinaga, Mexico, to develop a recycling program. Working with Ojinaga’s mayor, Big Bend Resorts diverted 73,000 pounds of waste from the Big Bend Landfill to reclamation and recycling efforts in Ojinaga.

Honorable mentions went to:

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Concessioner at Petrified Forest National Park - Created a partnership with Petrified Forest National Park to create a free e-waste recycling service for residents of the park and surrounding communities—including the Navajo Nation. Local residents and businesses were encouraged to drop off their e-waste. Participants brought in 47,274 pounds of waste in a single event. By offering the community innovative strategies for responsible disposal of e-waste, NPS and Xanterra Parks & Resorts took a leadership role in addressing pollution prevention.

The Department of Interior (DOI) Environmental Achievement Awards recognizes exceptional environmental achievements under Executive Order 13514 "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance." DOI selected Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore for energy conservation efforts as Winners for 2012.