Preserving & Protecting
Kalaloch Lodge is proud to be an eco-friendly place to stay in Olympic National Park.
Committed To The Only Planet We Have
Sustainability is deeply ingrained in Delaware North's culture, at Kalaloch Lodge and across our operations. Our proprietary stewardship program, GreenPath, helps ensure we focus intently on corporate social responsibility, carefully manage our environmental impact, and positively contribute to the communities we serve.
Our Sustainability Commitments
- Reduce our carbon footprint and promote climate-friendly programs
- Reduce energy use and increase clean energy sources
- Responsibly source ingredients, products, and services
- Partner with local organizations to give back to our community
- Operate at zero waste
- Conserve water and protect water resources
- Comply with environmental requirements to protect the environment
- Provide opportunities to raise awareness and inspire a connection with nature
Sustainability In Action
While you enjoy your stay with us, learn how we help protect the natural resources at this exceptional location in the coastal region of Olympic National Park.
Minimizing Our Carbon Footprint
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020 - successfully met!
Like every part of the world, Olympic National Park is impacted by climate change. Research indicates glacial surface areas decreased 30% between the late 1970s and 2009. Climate change harms vegetation, wildlife, oceans, water resources, and human populations.
- Install energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures throughout the property
- Train staff to focus on energy-conservation practices
- Reduce miles driven and encourage public/alternative transportation
- Educate others about climate change
- Promote green practices with electric vehicle chargers and zero-waste methods throughout the property
Electric Vehicle Chargers
Kalaloch Lodge is proud to offer several universal electric vehicle charging stations.
We conserved 40% of our water usage the first year we operated in Olympic National Park, so we decided to up our goal to 50% throughout operations.
Even though Kalaloch Lodge receives over 12 feet of rain annually, water conservation is essential in maintaining our unique temperate rainforest environment.
- Install low-flow fixtures and shower timers
- Utilize waterless landscaping
- Implement linen-reuse program
- Educate associates and guests on water conservation
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
- Work toward zero waste through diversion program - food scraps and trimmings are collected and donated to a local prison for composting into rich soil; up to 2,700 pounds can be collected annually preventing 1.50 metric tons of CO2e from being generated per the GHG calculator (http://stopwaste.co/calclulator)
You Can Help!
Turn off lights, appliances, and heat when you leave your room; take shorter showers; turn off faucets when not in use; report water leaks to the front desk; and participate in our linen-reuse program. Carpool or use public/alternative transportation; use a refillable water bottle and reusable bags; and recycle paper, cardboard, metals, plastics, aluminum, glass, and household batteries.
Leave No Trace
With 95% of the park protected as wilderness, take these steps 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
Visit the EPA website for more about climate change and ways to reduce your impact on the environment.