Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Unveils Eco-Friendly Rooms

Two prototypes are the first of their kind in Yosemite National Park

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls // (c) 2010 Delaware North Companies

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls //
(c) 2010 Delaware North Companies

Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, a popular year-round lodging destination in the heart of Yosemite Village, recently unveiled today prototype guestrooms on the cutting edge of environmentally friendly interior architecture and design. The two rooms at The Lodge are the first of their kind in Yosemite National Park.

Reflective of Delaware North Companies’ award-winning GreenPath environmental stewardship platform, the two eco-friendly guestrooms were designed with an eye toward an eventual roll-out throughout the Lodge’s 245 rooms. Every design selection, from insulation and paint to textiles and light fixtures, was evaluated based on its proximity, sustainability, recycled content and resilience. The prototypes offer an opportunity for Delaware North Companies and the National Park Service to evaluate the success of the overall design, research the durability of eco-friendly products and gather guest feedback from those who stay in the rooms. An additional goal is the eventual certification of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Energy Star-certified property.

“A great deal of research and technology is integrated in these rooms, most of it working quietly just beneath the surface,” said Keith Erikson, general manager of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. “Our guests won’t notice many of these elements, but when they cross the threshold and drop their bags, their rooms will be welcoming, comfortable, affordable and, we hope, inspiring.”

In designing the eco-friendly room prototypes for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Richard Kollath and Edward McCann, of Kollath McCann Creative Services, considered each element of a standard hotel guestroom and found a way to make it as eco-friendly as possible.

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls and Wawona Hotel are operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and an authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation activities and transportation services in Yosemite.


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