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Purpose of the Strategic Plan

Bison on the Madison River in Yellowstone

The overall purpose of Yellowstone's Strategic Plan for Sustainability is to present clear direction within a simple framework by which everyone-employees, visitors, and partners-can work collaboratively toward unified goals to make Yellowstone greener.

The Strategic Plan for Sustainability sets forth goals for operational and infrastructure improvements that reduce impacts on the environment while enhancing visitor experiences and employee living and working conditions. By building upon service-wide direction, the Strategic Plan for Sustainability focuses on Yellowstone's specific challenges that call for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; energy, water and materials consumption; adapting facilities and conducting operations in an environmentally responsible manner. We plan to communicate all these efforts with transparency and a compelling message, to inspire sustainability efforts within and beyond Yellowstone.

This bold vision and road map for the next 5-10 years is a truly collaborative effort. In September 2011, representatives from corporate partners and educational institutions volunteered their time to participate in a "Greening Yellowstone Symposium." The goals and objectives presented here are derived from that symposium, evidence of the hard work and dedication by all who attended.

Andersen Windows & Doors
The Coca-Cola Company
Delaware North Company
Epsten Group, Inc
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Herman Miller, Inc.
Michelin North America
Montana State University
New Leaf Paper
Shaw Carpets
Signature Carpets
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Universal Textile Technologies
University of Michigan
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Yellowstone Association
Yellowstone Park Foundation


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