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Eco-Boutique Hotel Terra Jackson Hole

roving that luxury and sustainability can join forces with unprecedented results, Hotel Terra will open in Jackson Hole this winter season. The first in a collection of green hotels launched by the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra will offer the exceptional amenities and services expected from boutique hotels, combined with environmentally sustainable building and operating practices.

Green practices include Hotel Terra’s pending LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, which will put it in an elite group of just five LEED-certified hotels in the United States.

The 72 room, six-story Hotel Terra is a condominium hotel property built on a half acre site, slope side to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, within Bridger Teton National Forest, and at the gateway to Grand Teton National Park. While firmly dedicated to protecting these spectacular natural surroundings, Hotel Terra also possesses the traits of leading boutique hotels: sophisticated design, superior service, thoughtful amenities, and up-to-date technology. This ‘eco-boutique’ approach will drive the hotel collection as it grows, with each new property focused on minimal environmental impact and an extraordinary guest experience. By 2015, Terra Resort Group hopes to create between 12 and 15 Hotel Terra properties in resort locations worldwide.

The design of Hotel Terra is inspired by the stunning natural landscapes of Jackson Hole and its welcoming western sensibility, while also incorporating modern materials, clean lines, and urban touches. Indigenous products in a modern application, such as rough hewn lumber with steel detailing, granite stonework lit by fanciful light fixtures, and a flagstone fireplace set against a wall of deep red leather tiles, demonstrate the fusion of old and new. The property’s atmosphere resonates with health and relaxation, with better air quality, ample natural lighting, and thermal comfort created through environmentally conscious design.

Yellowstone Goes Green

A geyser alert; the greening of Yellowstone..whod'a thunk? In 1995, Xanterra Parks & Resorts took over ownership and management of hotels and restaurants in many state and national parks in the United States. From the Everglades to Yellowstone, the company prides itself on making it easier for 1870s travelers to eat well and travel comfortably in the wild, wild west. But these days, Xanterra also believes that such comfort and tourism should not come at the expense of the environment.

By 2015, Xanterra plans to reduce its fossil fuel use and gas emissions in the 25 parks, resorts and conference centers it is affiliated with by thirty percent . They also plan to increase ”sustainable cuisine” purchases to fifty percent of all “company wide food expenditures.” In their 2005 Sustainability Report, the company states that it made $1.4 million in sustainable cuisine purchases in 2004, up from $22,765 in 2001.

Xanterra’s Sustainability program began in 2000 with a sustainable seafood policy based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program and the Audubon’s Living Oceans Seafood Guide. Xanterra has extended these principles each year and now uses Oregon Country Natural Beef and buys organic fair trade certified coffee. They also joined the Chefs Collaborative, which works with chefs to promote sustainable food by cooking fresh and scrumptious meals with it.

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