YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., April 3, 2012 – Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts at Yosemite President Dan Jensen led a community event and ribbon cutting ceremony today, April 3, to celebrate the completion of a $1.15 million dollar eco-friendly remodel of the Village Store, which serves millions of park visitors annually. Attendees joining Jensen in the celebration include Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher, Tom Willey with T&D Willey Farms, Yosemite Valley students, Yosemite National Park visitors and community members. The event dedicated the newly refurbished store highlighting its 25 percent energy use reduction, sustainable design features and locally grown organic produce. This is one of the many ways DNC supports the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative.

Eco-Friendly Renovation Highlights Include:

· New energy-efficient refrigeration - equivalent of removing between 8-10 vehicles off the road yearly

· Marmoleum flooring incorporated in the store is made with 97% of natural raw materials, 70% of which are rapidly renewable, along with a 40% recycled content. Marmoleum is biodegradable and can be fully recycled

· Eco-friendly paint

· Energy-efficient light fixtures were installed that are California Title 24 compliant

· Produce moved upfront to promote healthier options to visitors and organic offerings were enhanced

· New retail displays and grocery shelving - previous displays and shelving were repurposed for Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, which resulted in less renovation waste to the landfill

· Upgraded store ventilation system, and DNC added R-19 batt insulation to reduce the need to heat and cool air

· Reclaimed lighting from the store was installed in the backroom areas to improve lighting

· DNC partnered with NPS to install a new cooling tower featuring a closed recirculating loop to cool refrigeration units - saving 2,500 gallons of water per day and nearly 913,000 gallons of water a year

"The Village Store remodel was a collaborative effort focusing on healthy options for Yosemite visitors and eco-friendly materials used in the design," said DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite President Dan Jensen. "We are committed to taking great care of our guests and the environment, which is why this project is so meaningful to us."

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.

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Editor’s Note: Additional photos of the Village Store remodel celebration are available by emailing lcesaro@dncinc.com


Lisa Cesaro
Public Relations Manager
Email: lcesaro@delawarenorth.com
Phone: (209) 372-1445
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