In 1990, a staff-led initiative to recycle aluminum cans at Signal Mountain Lodge took shape and became the spark that lead to the "greening" of our operations. Our environmental programs, plans, and initiatives have grown in the last 24 years to one of the most complete and comprehensive environmental management systems in the National Parks. We are a leader in the industry, and with the support of our staff, guests, the National Park Service, and Aramark we will continuously strive for improvement and innovation and continue our greening process into the 21st century.
In 2002, Signal Mountain Lodge received the Green Star Award from the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability in Wyoming and also became the first National Park concessionaire and first business west of the Mississippi, to become Green Seal Certified. 2002 also marked the year where we began the process of converting all of our incandescent and old fluorescent lighting with more energy efficient bulbs and fixtures.
2003 was a big year for Signal Mountain Lodge as well. The Lodge became ISO 14001 registered for our environmental management system and received the Department of Interior's Environmental Achievement Award and the National Park Service's Environmental Achievement Award. These are two of the most prestigious awards a concessionaire of the National Park Service is eligible to receive.
Over the years Signal Mountain Lodge has formed many partnerships, achieved multiple green certifications and has garnered a number of awards and much praise for our environmental efforts. The lodge was named as a member of the EPA's Green Power Partnership Leaders Club for offsetting our electrical power usage by purchasing renewable energy credits. All three of the Lodge restaurants (The Peaks, Trapper Grill and Leek's Pizzeria) were the first businesses in Wyoming to achieve certification by the Green Restaurant Association. Signal Mountain Lodge was named a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Restaurant Business Leader by Teton County, Wyoming and we are partners with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
In 2014, Signal Mountain Lodge was featured in the January GreenLine Newsletter published by the Commercial Services division of the National Park Service for our Environmental Commitment, Efforts, and Excellence. The following is an excerpt from the newsletter featuring Signal Mountain Lodge:
"Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park takes great pride in its work and strives to be a leader in environmental stewardship. Management and staff have ingrained sustainability into the culture, and many initiatives are now in place that work towards achieving environmental goals. Through the use of a strong Environmental Management System (EMS), Signal Mountain Lodge is able to bridge the gap between environmental compliance and environmental excellence. The staff at Signal Mountain Lodge take EMS priorities and initiatives beyond the workplace. It is obvious that the goals and targets of operations have moved far beyond day to day work tasks and into the everyday lives of staff at the park. As a result of EMS implementation and integration, quality environmental education on sustainability is reaching the park's visitors and beyond."
The article in its entirety may be found on the NPS concessions website.
All of these accomplishments have not made us complacent. The management and staff of Signal Mountain Lodge are committed to the continuous improvement of our programs, plans, and initiatives, and to continue to be leaders and innovators on the environmental front. We invite you to share any ideas for the improvement of our program. Please use the comment cards located throughout the property or stop by the front desk.