Glacier House Resort had many green initiatives that they wanted to accomplish now that the establishment had a new owner with a fresh green outlook. The main challenge was creating a strategy that would identify a timeline with clear, concise action items.
One of the first changes that was made was appointing someone to the role of Sustainability Coordinator to manage what needed to be done to help Glacier House achieve their sustainability goals. Next was becoming a member of the Green Tourism program. An expert assessment by a Green Tourism assessor helped to highlight the areas where Glacier House was doing well, and also provided insights and opportunities for waste management, green procurement, and tracking and measuring, that they had not yet considered.
Being recognized as a Green Tourism Bronze Certified Member has allowed Glacier House Resort to share their green story with their guests in a credible manner. It has also provided a baseline to begin analysis for year over year comparisons and costs savings as a result of implemented actions. Glacier House’s story demonstrates that a tourism operator can make huge strides in their sustainability in a very short time. With just a year into their membership, it is clear that when green practices become ‘business as usual’, the opportunities to reduce impacts on the environment and save money can be significant.