Kalaloch Lodge received the Good Earthkeeping Award from the Washington State Lodging Association (WLA).  The Stars of the Industry Awards Program honors those in the hospitality industry who have outstanding programs and initiatives.  The ceremony was attended by various leaders in the hospitality industry.  The Environmental Manager accepted the award November 10 at the WLA’s annual convention.


Kalaloch’s Environmental Manager attended the Stars Awards ceremony at the WLA’s Annual Convention & Trade Show and accepted the award while receiving a standing ovation on November 10, 2014.

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Alec Bartolai receives the Good Earthkeeping Award.

The Good Earthkeeping award recognizes WLA-member properties that support sustainability by integrating environmental management practices into the operations while making business sense and maintaining quality guest services.  The award addresses energy conservation, solid waste reduction, effluents and emissions, water conservation, purchasing, and business issues.

Kalaloch Lodge won this prestigious award for their commitment to environmental stewardship and GreenPath®.  The property successfully built their own waste management system from the ground up, increasing waste diversion from less than 5% to nearly 50% in just one year.  The Lodge reduced water consumption by 41% to save over 1.2 million gallons of water and reduced energy consumption by 11.5%, among other achievements.  The program is supported by the team at Kalaloch Lodge and focuses on conserving resources, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and providing unique experiences for future generations.

Since Kalaloch Lodge received this award and is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), they will entered into AH&LA Stars Award Program and compete against similar winners from various states during their annual convention next spring.

Congratulations and good luck to Kalaloch Lodge!

For more information, visit the Washington Lodging Association.