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EPA recognizes Badlands Lodge as a top environmental performer

Release Date: 2/15/2005
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      Denver -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the Badlands Lodge in Interior, South Dakota, has been selected as a member of EPA’s National Performance Track, a voluntary leadership program for top environmental performers.

Badlands Lodge is the second hospitality property in South Dakota to be accepted into the Performance Track program. Criteria for membership include demonstrating a comprehensive Environmental Management System, a history of sustained compliance with regulatory requirements, a commitment to continuous environmental improvement and a community outreach program. Badlands Lodge, LLC, owned by Forever Resorts, joins more than 350 facilities in the nation that have been accepted into the program.

Badlands Lodge has also achieved the International Standard certification 14001 for its Environmental Management System, a standard that indicates the exceptional commitment of managers and staff to reduce environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency. This standard is verified by an external auditor who confirmed that the lodge’s EMS meets rigorous international environmental standards and certification requirements.

“It is great to see the Badlands Lodge, which operates on the border of our nation’s largest protected mixed-grass prairie, commit to environmental management practices that distinguish them as an example for others to follow,” said EPA’s Assistant Regional Administrator in Denver, Steve Tuber.

The Performance Track program recognizes, rewards and encourages environmental performers that consistently exceed regulatory requirements, work closely with their communities and excel in protecting the environment and public health. The program is open to public or private, manufacturing or service-oriented facilities of all types, sizes and complexity.

Badlands Lodge will be recognized at EPA’s Performance Track program annual recognition event on April 12 in Chicago.

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EPA Region 8 encompasses the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 Tribal Nations.