Andersen has been a proud supporter, through the Yellowstone Park Foundation, of the Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship (Y.E.S.) Initiative. Since beginning this partnership, Andersen has provided financial and in-kind support for a variety of projects designed to help meet ambitious environmental management goals set by the park. Here are just a few examples.
A Warmer View from Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Through the Yellowstone Park Foundation, Andersen donated windows for the renovation of the 16 residential cabins at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Each renovation included replacing all the windows with new, energy-efficient Andersen windows, as well as upgrading the cabins’ insulation and installing programmable thermostats. Since the renovation, the cabins have shown an average of a 50 percent reduction in fuel usage per month from the same time last year. The windows not only help support the Yellowstone Environmental Stewardship Initiative, but also maintain the historic character of these unique cabins that are a popular stop for many park visitors.
Energy Performance Expected at Yellowstone Clinic renovation
One of three medical facilities located within Yellowstone, the Mammoth Hot Springs clinic is the only facility open year-round serving both park staff and any visitors. Mammoth was built in the 1960’s, so a number of improvements could help the facility operate more efficiently. Andersen donated E-Series windows for the building retrofit. The project team measured key energy data points before starting the retrofit, and will measure them again every 12 months to gauge the overall energy efficiency improvement.
State-of-the-art Employee Housing at Old Faithful
A new employee residence in the Old Faithful area has received a Platinum certification under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification program with the U.S. Green Building Council. Employees will enjoy the benefits of living in state-of-the-art employee housing that used techniques and materials that support Yellowstone’s environmental mission. From modular construction techniques to Andersen 100 Series windows, every square inch of this new construction project was carefully considered to maximize the impact of the project on the park’s ambitious energy goals.
While these are just a few examples, each project takes us collectively one step closer to ensuring the future of national parks will continue for generations to come.