Delaware North at Yellowstone wins the Montana EcoStar Award for Pollution Prevention (P2) making 2014 the eighth consecutive year! This annual award honors Montana businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, hospitals, cities/counties and community groups who have made significant improvement in protecting Montana’s environment through preventing pollution.
A variety of notable projects in 2014 at Yellowstone General Stores and the West Yellowstone Hotels contributed to this prestigious recognition for another year.
- Completed lighting retrofits, using LED technology that is 80% more efficient, at the Holiday Inn (lobby), Yellowstone Adventure Store, and Canyon General Store.
- Replaced 300 Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning Units (PTAC) with models that are 40% more efficient, and include occupancy sensing technology.
- Launched a Zero Waste Campaign at the warehouse in West Yellowstone and achieved a diversion rate of 84%.
- Yellowstone General Stores solid waste diversion rate was 64%, up nearly 13% from 2013. The West Yellowstone hotels achieved a 23% diversion rate, nearly twice that of the previous year.
- Installed two water filling stations at the General Stores to promote reuse and reduce the use of plastic bottles.
- Placed historic images with clear messages to decorate the public recycling centers.
A 1.2 million dollar remodel project of the Holiday Inn’s common spaces and guest rooms.
Interpretation and Education
- Implemented Discover Yellowstone, an Employee Education Program that was designed to encourage employees to learn more about the Yellowstone region and how to preserve and protect its natural and cultural resources. Thirty-one percent of the Yellowstone General Store staff became certified guides through this program in 2014.
- The Environmental Manager works closely with the National Park Service and other Park concessioners on environmental issues and participates on the board of the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee.
- Hosted the first annual DiscoveryPath at Yellowstone Program. This three day, on-site education program promoted hands-on learning and teamwork for a class of local seventh graders from Belgrade Middle School. Lessons included healthy living, personal development, and the appreciation and protection of cultural and natural resources through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Please congratulate Delaware North’s West Yellowstone and Yellowstone teams for their success and recognition in receiving this award!