Kath Williams + Associates Projects

Watchman Lodge, Zion National Park


Zion National Park
Springdale, Utah
LEEDv3 Operations and Maintenance
LEED-Silver certified 2017
Owner:National Park Service
Zion National Park
Developer:Xanterra Parks and Resorts
Greenwood Village, Colorado
Energy Modeler:Quest Energy
Tempe, Arizona
LEED AP:Morgan Klaas
Senior LEED AP:Kath Williams

This LEED Operations and Maintenance project chose to focus on two green lodges within Zion National Park. The consessionaire for the park, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, applied their Ecologix sustainbility program to achieve LEED-O&M certification as part of their on-going commitment to sustainability.

A LEED master site was developed and reviewed; two individual lodges are currently being analyzed and documented for LEED-EBOM certification.
Besides hotel rooms, Watchman Lodge houses the commercial laundry for entire park. 

Central initiatives to better manage energy and reduce its carbon footprint, including:

  • 100% Renewable Energy Offsets
  • LED Nightlights in all motel rooms
  • Recycled content carpet throughout Motel rooms
  • ISO 14001 certification
  • Reduced fleet by 23% in 2010, reduce fuel consumption by 43.2% in 2010
  • Installed Melink Intelli-Hood in kitchen
  • Winner of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Pollution Prevention Association Outstanding Achievement Award for guest outreach
  • Received Green Seal Lodging Certification (GS-33) Gold level, becoming one of only three hotels certified at that level
  • 100% Off-Set of Overnight Guest Carbon emissions through renewable energy purchases
  • First property to eliminate the sale of bottled water
  • Provide each staff member with BPA-free water bottle
  • Implemented a Green Cleaning Plan compliant with GS-42 standard
  • Improved retail outreach on environmentally preferable products using a scorecard system
  • Outreach signage on recycling and climate change were added to the restroom stalls in the lodge
  • Park Beautification Day included participation of 6 employees who cleaned waste receptacles and collected litter
  • Installed a re-circulating cooling water system for the walk-in coolers (water savings 800,000 gallons)
  • Received Utah Pollution Prevention Association 2012 Meritorious Achievement A