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Glacier National Park

Our Eco-Sense Initiatives

The Green Elephant Program

Our Green Elephant

The commitment to our Eco-Sense Environmental Initiatives allowed us to recycle the below items in 2011:
     135,575 lbs. of cardboard
     12,830 lbs. of paper
     3,620 lbs. of plastics
     2,336 lbs. of aluminum


To put this in perspective, if you were to compare the volume and density of the above pounds to the mass of an elephant; it would be the equivalent of 15.44 African Elephants. In honor of explaining the mass of what we recycle to children, guests and employees, Wayne Murphy, our Purchasing and Distributions Manager, named our recycling efforts - The Green Elephant Program.

Under Wayne’s leadership, we have a recycling coordinator at each of our nine properties that spearhead The Green Elephant Program. Volunteer employees help each coordinator with education efforts and collection. Each of these volunteers wear a Green Elephant Program pin to engage guests and employees in a conversation to speak to our growing recycling program and it’s reduction of waste in the local landfills.

The above 2011 numbers reflect an incredible 31% increase over our 2010 recycling efforts. We look forward to recycling more every year because it is the right thing to do in this precious ecosystem.

Glacier Park, Inc. keys to green success include but are not limited to:

 ·      Propane powered Red Buses reduce carbon emissions 93% over traditional gasoline combustion.

·       BeeKind™ amenity collection featuring a Gilchrist & Soames’ signature formulation. The environmentally friendly products offer a fresh lemon verbena fragrance with extracts of honey and certified organic extracts of red clover, calendula, lemongrass, and chamomile. The BeeKind™ paper bottle is a 92% reduction in waste after use compared to plastic and a portion of the proceeds of this product supports honeybee and sustainable pollination research.

·       Golden Memory™ Down Alternative Pillows offer the ultimate in comfort and has a down alternative fiberfill that is produced from 100% recycled PET bottles. Sleep is Golden, The Environment is Priceless!

·       Using Green Earth Hotel Room Key Cards by USFI|greenworks.  The “Agri” cards are made from corn and other plant materials for biodegradability and sustainability.  These cards are 100% biodegradable, present no harm to the earth if thrown away, and can be reused or recycled. 

·       Green Seal™ Certified tissue and toilet paper, napkins, and paper towels.

·       Keg beverage system in hotel lounges reduces glass bottle waste.

·       Bulk food purchases to reduce wasteful packaging.

·       Promotion materials printed on post-consumer recycled paper utilizing soy-based ink.

·       Serve and sell Made-in-Montana Organic Wines produced and bottled by Ten Spoon Vineyard.

·       Use Made-in-Montana products whenever possible.

·       Recycle bins in all rooms, guest areas, employee work stations, and dorms.

·       700 guest rooms, numerous common areas, and 400 dorm rooms use Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs in guestrooms, lobbies, and hallways. Use sensors and/or timers for areas that are infrequently used.

·       Freon refrigeration reduction program reducing the use of alternate and environmentally efficient chemicals.

·       Cardboard recycling.

·       Educating staff to turn off lights and turn down heating/air conditioning when rooms are unoccupied. Also, during summer months, to close the drapes.

·       Working towards zero plastic bottle sales of beverages.

·       Cycled mattresses, linen, and terry are donated to local charities.

·       Unused food not sold back to a purveyor is donated to a local food bank.

·       Donation of cardboard and cans to Blackfeet Opportunities (a Tribal organization for the disadvantaged).

·       Donation of hard and soft goods to the Columbia Falls Chamber of Commerce Annual Rummage Sale.

·       Paycheck Direct Deposit - each year checks use more than 674 million gallons of fuel and add 3.6 million tons of CO2 to the environment as they travel through the payment cycle.

·       Replace exit signs with Light Emitting Diode (LED) exit signs.

·       Donate leftover guest amenities, old furniture, and appliances to charities.