Yosemite Lodge at the Falls proudly unveiled two prototype eco-friendly guest rooms on April 21, 2010. Designers evaluated and selected each feature of the rooms based on sustainability, recycled content, proximity of manufacturing location and durability. As the first step in the goals of renovating all 245 of the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls rooms in a environmentally responsible way, and achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Energy Star certification, the green rooms give Delaware North Companies, and the National Park Service the opportunity to evaluate the design decisions, and gather guest feedback.
PLEASE NOTE: Because these rooms are only two of the many Deluxe Rooms available at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, we are unable to specifically book these a Green Room. While they may be requested in the comments section online or through a reservations agent, they cannot be guaranteed at this time.
What makes these rooms Green?
Electronic key card entry helps conserve electricity
A new electronic key card entry system integrates with the room’s energy controls, using a lock that requires 50% fewer batteries than older locks, with the batteries lasting for nearly four years. After unlocking the room, the guest places the key card in a wall slot just inside the door. With a faint click, the key card activates select circuits that power lighting and electronics. When the guest removes the key from the slot upon leaving, the room reverts to its unoccupied, energy-saver state, automatically reducing the demand for power to circuits that feed the television and accessory lights. (Coupled with a wireless sensor, this approach to energy management has been shown in European hotel case studies to reduce demand and energy expenses by upwards of 40%.) Vendors: The Kaba Group and Echoflex
Insulation made from recycled newspaper
The blown-in cellulose insulation now in the walls of the two prototypes at Yosemite Lodge increases heating and cooling efficiency and reduces sounds from adjacent rooms. With an R-value similar to fiberglass but nearly three times as dense, the insulation is made with locally available materials – up to 85% recycled newspaper and 15% boric acid as fire retardant – and has the highest recycled content of any insulation available. Vendor: Greenfiber
Insulating double pane windows
Inefficient single-pane and jalousie windows have been replaced with double pane windows that will help guests feel warmer – or cooler – while conserving energy. The windows’ exterior aluminum cladding has a baked-on, electrostatically applied paint finish, minimizing the need for future maintenance. Vendor: Pella
Eco fixtures reduce water consumption
Toilets alone account for nearly 30% of indoor water consumption; older, inefficient toilets, faucets and shower heads are responsible for most of the water wasted in American homes and hotels. The new shower and bath fixtures in the Yosemite Lodge prototype rooms are high-performing, water-efficient models. Each toilet will save 5,000 gallons of water each year, using just 1.28 gallons per flush. Vendors: Toto and Moen
Fluroescent bulbs, motion-sensing nightlights and energy star fans
Handsome new steel wall sconces, pendants and floor lamps in the guest rooms were manufactured domestically. All use energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs, which use one-third the energy and last roughly ten times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. Motion-sensing nightlights in the bathrooms detect movement and guide a guest at night without needing to turn on any other lighting. The rooms also feature Energy Star ceiling and ventilation fans. Vendors: Steel Partners, Inc., Fanimation, and Broan.
Eco-paints reduce off-gassing
The rooms are painted using California-based Kelly-Moore paints with low- and zero-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds). Vendor: Kelly-Moore
Recycled flooring materials keep the carbon footprint low
With fibers produced in part from recycled plastic bottles and a backing derived from old tires, the carpet tiles in the guest rooms add warmth and comfort underfoot with a small carbon footprint. The 12-inch porcelain tiles used in the vanity and bath areas contain 40% recycled materials and will provide many years of service. Vendor: Lees Carpets and Crossville
Vanity Countertop from Curbside Recycling
Produced just outside San Francisco, the countertop is made of 85% glass collected from curbside recycling bins. This striking surface alerts guests that there’s something different and special about their room, especially when paired with drinking glasses made from wine bottles. Additionally, wall-mounted soap and lotion dispensers eliminate clutter and waste. Vendors: Vetrazzo and The Green Glass Co.
100% organic cotton sheets made with energy from the sun.
The American-made, 100% organic cotton sheets were produced in a solar-powered factory in Rhode Island. The bed’s blanket cover is made from washable cotton matelasse. Vendor: Matouk and Traditions by Pamela Kline
Richard Kollath designed a line of Old Hickory furnishings unique to the green rooms at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. featuring distinctive, inset bow tie joinery. Like other Old Hickory furnishings and accessories in the Yosemite Valley, this rustic, durable collection is made using mid-western hickory saplings – the hardest wood in North America (30% harder than oak) and a renewable source that continually re-sprouts from the same stump. Produced in a factory employing sustainable practices and water-based glues, Old Hickory furniture has lasted for decades in hospitality settings. Even the Recycle Caddies are made by Old Hickory. Vendor: Old Hickory
Television with HCFL backlight and Presence Detector
The 40-inch flat-screen SONY Eco Series HDTV selected for the guest rooms features a high-efficiency HCFL backlight that provides optimum brightness and reduces power consumption up to 50 % in comparison to Energy Star requirements, using only 90 watts, which is as little as an incandescent light bulb. The television’s Presence Sensor detects when a guest has stepped away from the TV and turns the picture off. If after 30 minutes the sensor still doesn’t detect movement, the set turns off completely. And, an energy-saving switch reduces power consumption of the TV to zero when the set is turned off. Vendor: Sony