Environmentally Friendly Lodging & Habitat Open in Yosemite Valley
Visitors to Yosemite National Park should get ready
to experience the best side of green with the
debut of the Park's totally earth-friendly Habitat store and some very green lodging options.
With products ranging from tee shirts made from recycled plastic bottles and children's games made of soy, to organic snacks and solar powered water bottles that double as flashlights, the new Habitat store offers a range of affordable gifts, clothing and outdoor gear in a completely eco-friendly retail environment.
Operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., Habitat exemplifies the company's award-winning GreenPath® environmental stewardship program. Its 1,000-square-foot interior is a floor-to-ceiling exhibit of green interior design and retailing. Habitat's display fixtures are made from recycled items that have been used within Delaware North Companies Parks & Resort at Yosemite's operations.
shoppers will find educational signage focusing on Yosemite's
environmental stewardship projects, and impressive statistics about
waste diversion, energy savings and water usage. A selection of phrases
can be found throughout the store, such as "Yosemite recycled 28 tons of
plastic in 2009. If you laid the bottles end-to-end they would equal
111 miles or the distance of over seven round trips from Yosemite Valley
to Half Dome."
Habitat is currently open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning May 26, 2010, Habitat will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The store is located at 9015 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389. For additional information, please call the store at 209-372-8453.
If this isn't enough green for you, the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls just unveiled two prototype guest rooms on the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly interior architecture and design. The two rooms at The Lodge are the first of their kind in Yosemite National Park.
The eco-friendly guest rooms were designed with an eye toward an eventual roll-out throughout the Lodge's 245 rooms. The prototypes offer an opportunity for Delaware North Companies and the National Park Service to evaluate the success of the overall design and gather guest feedback from those who stay in the rooms. An additional goal is the eventual certification of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Energy Star property.
The "green" rooms are elegant...warm and welcoming. Here's a little something about all that's environmentally-kind on the inside:
A new electronic
key card entry system integrates with the room's energy controls, using a
lock that requires 50% fewer batteries than older locks, with the
batteries lasting for nearly four years. After unlocking the room, the
guest places the key card in a wall slot just inside the door. With a
faint click, the key card activates select circuits that power lighting
and electronics. When the guest removes the key from the slot upon
leaving, the room reverts to its unoccupied, energy-saver state,
automatically reducing the demand for power to circuits that feed the
television and accessory lights.
Bedding & Linens
The American-made, 100% organic cotton sheets were produced in a solar-powered factory in Rhode Island. The bed's blanket cover, throw and window drapery are made from washable cotton matelasse.
Handsome new steel wall sconces, pendants and floor lamps in the guest rooms use energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs, which use one-third the energy and last roughly ten times longer than standard incandescent bulbs.
With fibers produced in part from recycled plastic bottles and a backing derived from old tires, the carpet tiles in the guest rooms add warmth and comfort underfoot with a small carbon footprint.
outside San Francisco,
the countertop is made of 85% glass collected from curbside recycling bins.
This striking surface alerts guests that there's something different
and special about their room, especially when paired with drinking
glasses made from wine bottles.
Richard Kollath designed a line of Old Hickory furnishings unique to the green rooms at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls featuring distinctive, inset bow tie joinery. Like other Old Hickory furnishings and accessories in the Yosemite Valley, this rustic, durable collection is made using mid-western hickory saplings - the hardest wood in North America (30% harder than oak) and a renewable source that continually re-sprouts from the same stump.
prototype divided recycling caddies were also made by Old Hickory.
The new shower and bath fixtures in the Yosemite Lodge prototype rooms are high-performing, water-efficient models that will save nearly 5,000 gallons of water each year, using just 1.28 gallons per flush.
The rooms are painted using California-based Kelly-Moore paints with low- and zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).
GreenPath®, which began in
Yosemite National Park over a
decade ago, has since expanded to Delaware North Companies' 200-plus
venues across the world. A sophisticated environmental stewardship
program actively engaging employees at every level, GreenPath® ensures
environmental considerations are
incorporated into all business decisions. The program's initiatives are
showcased in comprehensive recycling, composting and other
waste-diversion programs, energy and water conservation, employee and
guest interpretation and education, sustainable, local and organic food
policies, strategic planning and partnerships, product purchasing and
fuel consumption. As a result, Delaware North Companies is one of the
first hospitality companies in the United States - and the first
operating in a national park - to earn 14001 environmental management
registration in the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards from some 140
ABOUT DELAWARE NORTH COMPANIES PARKS & RESORTS AT YOSEMITE, INC.
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Wawona Hotel are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and an authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation activities and transportation services in Yosemite.