Living lightly on the land with a focus on reducing, reusing, and recycling is a way of life for us. Some of our efforts can be traced to day one, as we have always recognized the need for careful stewardship. In recent years, technological advancements have helped our efforts toward sustainability, particularly when it comes to renewable energy. We continually work to minimize our impact on the land at our feet, and on the earth as a whole. Here are a few examples:
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge are located 90 miles away from the nearest public power grid. While this presents some interesting (and often fun) challenges, it also reinforces our commitment to renewable energy. Camp Denali developed it's first hydroelectric system in 1981, by taking advantage of free-flowing spring water on an adjacent mountainside. Today we generate electricity from an enhanced hydroelectric plant, and from the sun, using photovoltaic panels. These allow us to relegate our generators to an on-demand, backup status.
In 2008 we built a new dining hall at Camp Denali, which presented new opportunities to tap into additional renewable energy technologies. Water for the kitchen, bathrooms and dining hall is preheated by the sun, which can boost it as much as 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a sunny day.
Not only does renewable energy reduce our reliance on conventional generators and boilers, with savings in fuel and emissions, but the natural quiet from cutting back on diesel combustion is a wonderful complement to the wilderness surroundings that we and our guests come to enjoy.