JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 Yellowstone National Park Lodges, owned and operated by Xanterra Travel Collection, achieved the "Best Emerald Sustainability Tier" (BEST) level of sustainability performance, awarded to businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Yellowstone National Park Lodges is the first to achieve third-party sustainability certification at the Enterprise level by the Riverwind Foundation, the founder of the BEST program. The standards in the BEST program are comparable to the world's most rigorous and comprehensive environmental, community, and economic sustainability criteria. The BEST program was created to provide an opportunity and platform for those Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (RRR) business leaders that want to elevate their sustainability practices to higher levels of environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic vitality. \u201cWe are thrilled to have achieved this certification not only to acknowledge the significant commitment that we put into our sustainability efforts, but to help support the growth of this rigorous local certification program. We hope to see the continued expansion of this program throughout Teton County to help preserve and protect the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for future generations,\u201d says Director of Sustainability Dylan Hoffman. "Yellowstone National Park Lodges is a tremendous example of a business culture that prioritizes environment stewardship and corporate social responsibility throughout its planning, staff training and guest orientation, and operations," says Tim O\u2019Donoghue, executive director of the Riverwind Foundation and coordinator of the Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Sustainable Destination Program. "In particular, Yellowstone National Park Lodges has institutionalized sustainability through its extensive instruction and guidance documents, systems for monitoring and measuring its sustainability performance, and significant sustainability plans and successes, including but certainly not limited to the Montana Improved Grazing carbon sequestration project.\u201d More information on Yellowstone National Park Lodges' sustainability efforts can be found online.