Rocky Mountaineer’s commitment to sustainability focuses on protecting the areas we travel through, using resources wisely as we operate our business, and supporting our local communities. We partner with and support organizations that protect nature and wildlife, honour local culture, and inspire action to deliver meaningful impact in our communities.
For many years, we have focused on decreasing our impact on the environment. While onboard, guests dine on reusable tableware, which is washed and disinfected on the train. In 2019, we added 10 new GoldLeaf rail cars to our fleet, which have a number of energy efficient enhancements, including dishwashers that use 20% less water than previous models. In addition, we plant a tree with Trees Canada to honour the employment anniversary of each team member. More than 13,500 trees have been planted in Canada since 2008.
In 2020, we set two ambitious goals to further decrease our impact on the environment: to divert 90% of waste from landfill by 2023 and to reduce carbon emissions across our operations for the long term. As part of these goals, we are supporting research that is underway to explore the feasibility of alternative fuel sources for the train, which is an exciting project for the future.
Rocky Mountaineer is proud to support numerous charitable events, causes and fundraising activities each year as part of our corporate giving efforts. We have a team member-led social purpose council, which informs and guides our approach to supporting meaningful impact in our local communities.
In 2019, our team selected two causes to support: reducing hunger in the communities where we work around the world; and protecting wildlife where our train travels in Western Canada. We have partnered with Critter Care Wildlife Society to support the treatment, care and release of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in British Columbia. Our team contributes to these causes through fundraising, in-kind donations, and volunteer activities.
In addition, Rocky Mountaineer provides complimentary rail journeys to non-profit organizations to support their fundraising efforts. Since 2017, we have supported more than 130 organizations with in-kind donations. All requests can be made by completing our donation request form. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to all requests. Should we be able to provide a donation to support your fundraising, we will confirm within 30 working days. Thank you in advance for completing the request form.