Preserving & Protecting
Kalaloch Lodge is proud to be an eco-friendly place to stay in Olympic National Park.
Delaware North, which operates Kalaloch Lodge, has a commitment to environmental stewardship, which is demonstrated through GreenPath®, our award-winning environmental management system (EMS). Through this program we conserve natural resources, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide opportunities for future generations to experience this special place.
Minimizing our Carbon Footprint
Our Goal: Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 40% by 2020 - Successfully Met!
Olympic National Park is impacted by climate change. Research indicates that glacial surface areas have decreased 30% from the late 1970's to 2009. Climate change negatively impacts vegetation, wildlife, oceans, water resources, and human populations.
Install energy efficient appliances, reduce impacts associated with travel by reducing miles driven and encouraging the use of public/alternative transportation, and educate others about climate change and energy conservation. Although we achieved our goal in 2020, Kalaloch Lodge continues all efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by water and energy conservation programs, green procurement, electric vehicle programs, and zero waste management practices.
How you can help:
Turn off lights, appliances, and the heat when you leave; carpool or use public/alternative transportation; reduce consumption of hot water by taking shorter showers. Visit the EPA website to learn more about climate change and ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
Electric Vehicle Chargers
Kalaloch Lodge is proud to offer several universal electric vehicle chargers.
Our Goal: Reduce Water Use by 50% by 2020
Even though Kalaloch Lodge receives over 12 feet of rain annually, water, and water conservation are essential to maintaining our unique temperate rainforest environment.
Reduce water consumption by installing low-flow fixtures, installing shower timers, utilizing waterless landscaping, implementing a linen reuse program and educating associates and guests on water conservation.
How you can help:
Turn off faucets when not in use, report water leaks to the front desk, take shorter showers, and participate in our linen reuse program. Visit the EPA's WaterSense website to learn more about how you can calculate your water footprint and find ways to reduce your use at home.
Our Goal: Reduce Waste by 90% by 2024
With nearly 3 million visitors annually to Olympic National Park we have a responsibility to reduce and manage waste.
Prevent waste generation through our purchasing program. Reduce waste entering landfills by promoting reuse, diverting recyclables, and implementing an organic waste program. We are committed to achieving zero waste at Kalaloch Lodge. In July 2020, we diverted 2,700 pounds of food waste to a local prison who accepts and composts the waste for a rich soil amendment. This effort prevented 1.50 metric tons of CO2e from being generated per the GHG calculator available at http://stopwaste.co/calclulator.
How you can help:
Please recycle paper, cardboard, metals, plastics, aluminum, glass, and household batteries. Use a refillable water bottle and a reusable bag. Visit the EPA website to learn more about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, as well as this home recycling guide.
Help Us Leave No Trace
Please keep in mind that 95% of the park is protected as wilderness. Here are some steps you can take to leave no trace.
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors