Olympic National Park Hotel Reaches Out and Saves
On a coastal strip of Olympic National Park in Forks, Washington, Kalaloch Lodge has worked to protect the surrounding ecosystem and reduce water and sewer costs by giving guests and employees a direct role in its water conservation efforts. Known for its lush vegetation and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Kalaloch Lodge has faced high and variable water costs, ranging between 20 and 35 cents per cubic foot. The lodge is owned by the U.S. National Park Service and has a concession contract that includes water-reduction metrics. Between 2011 and 2014, Kalaloch Lodge reduced its water consumption by more than 46 percent, reaching its goal of 40 percent reduction in water use by 2020. This achievement was seven years ahead of schedule, due in part to a concerted effort with employee and guest education.