Yellowstone’s newly certified Lake and Tower General Stores Re-Open for the Season Today
YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (May 27, 2011) –Yellowstone’s Lake and Tower General Stores, which are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, have been recognized by Yellowstone Business Partnership for their sustainability. The award was presented during the Yellowstone Business Partnership’s annual spring conference at Jackson Lake Lodge, in Grand Teton National Park May 23-25.
Yellowstone’s Lake and Tower General Stores are the first pilot projects to become successfully certified as sustainable under the Greater Yellowstone Framework for Sustainable Development (GY-Framework). The rating system goes beyond LEED standards to address the nationally significant natural and cultural values of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
The stores were noted for incorporating sustainability practices during renovation projects. Both stores re-open for the season Friday, May 27.
“We are delighted that Delaware North companies Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone is leading the way in terms of third-party certification for sustainable development in the world’s first national park.” said Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. Friedel accepted the award on behalf of Delaware North Parks & Resorts.
The historic Lake General Store was built in 1912. In 2009, Delaware North Companies focused renovation efforts on saving the structural stability, providing a safe environment and enhancing the sales floor. Due to the work completed by Delaware North Companies, the Lake store was saved and remains one of Yellowstone’s extraordinary historical structures while having a reduced environmental impact.
Work on the Tower General Store was completed in the spring of 2010. The project was aimed at improving and accommodating the changing and growing purpose of the store while considering sustainable and environmental incentives.
Yellowstone Business Partnership was joined by 140 volunteers and experts in ensuring the rating system benefited from a wide diversity of regional knowledge and experience. Projects are rated using 57 credits that cover categories such as land use and conservation, biodiversity, recreation resources and public service and infrastructure.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com. To learn more about Delaware North Parks & Resorts, visit http://delawarenorth.com/Parks-and-Resorts.aspx
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/.
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