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Zion Lodge receives Green Seal's highest level of certification.

Zion National Park--ZION LODGE in Zion National Park received the Green Seal Lodging Standard prestigious Gold certification for Hotels and Lodging Properties.

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Green Seal, an organization dedicated to identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, offers three levels of certification, with Gold being the highest. The certification means that Green Seal has verified that the lodge's environmental programs have been effectively implemented. The organization will perform an annual audit to ensure Zion Lodge remains compliant with the standard.

"This certification is the most comprehensive way yet to demonstrate that our work here is as environmentally sustainable as we claim," says David Perkins, director of sustainability and risk management for Zion Lodge. "To achieve this standard, everything we do has changed or been enhanced, from the way we wash linens and dishes to the process we use to purchase products and services. This includes our in-room amenities, landscaping and grounds keeping procedures, chemicals, paint, the windows in the buildings, and the contractors and vendors we use to name just a few."

Among Zion Lodge's environmental practices are its use of renewable wind power for 100 percent of the lodge's electricity, purchasing only EPA Energy Star-approved computers and other equipment, installing three photovoltaic solar arrays, purchase of a 200-gallon solar thermal system that serves an on-site commercial laundry and saving on glass waste by serving beer on tap and eliminating bottles.

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