With the four year anniversary of Project Green Wolf approaching, all of us at Great Wolf Lodge continue to celebrate the distinction as the first national hotel chain to have all properties achieve Green Seal™ Certification – Silver.
I can remember the first year we celebrated this momentous occasion at the resorts. Each lodge planted their own tree in front of the lodge. It was also during this Earth Day celebration that Wiley the Wolf was introduced in his new Project Green Wolf gear. With his help, the all the lodges have maintained their standard of environmental sustainability while not compromising the guest experience.
In 2007, Great Wolf Resorts started reducing energy and water usage across its properties as part of the Green Seal Certification process. After implementing a variety of energy-saving business practices, the company is proud to report a reduced electricity consumption of more than 1.5 million kWH in 2009. Gas usage was also reduced by 234,806 Therms for the year. Lastly, reduced water usage resulted in an overall savings of nearly 4.5 million gallons in 2009. Most recently, some lodges have initiated their own battery recycle programs, composting and food sharing with local non-profits were permitted.
Although the Green Seal Certification only applies to the lodging portion of Great Wolf Lodge, we are dedicated to creating “greener” waterparks through our Project Green Wolf efforts. This includes management of fresh water resources, waste minimization, energy efficiency, environmentally and socially sensitive purchasing, and guest education.
What did you do to celebrate Earth Day with your family?