Delaware North believed to be first U.S. airport concessionaire to achieve this environmental distinction.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (October 7, 2009) -- Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services at Ft. Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport has taken airport concessionaires’ environmental efforts to a new level.

Delaware North is believed to be the first airport concessionaire in the United States to achieve International Organization for Standardization (ISO) registration for its environmental management system at Ft. Lauderdale airport. Delaware North received its ISO 14001 certificate of registration earlier this month.

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized set of standards for environmental management and many other systems. ISO’s 14001 environmental standards are designed to help organizations comply with related laws, regulations and requirements, and also to minimize how their operations affect the environment.

“This is an amazing accomplishment for Ft. Lauderdale airport and it’s really been a team effort,” said Matt King, president of Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services. “We’ve had strong support from the airport in this initiative and we’re proud of this achievement.”

Delaware North began its pursuit of ISO registration at Ft. Lauderdale last year when it implemented GreenPath®, the company’s proprietary environmental management system. Since its implementation, GreenPath has helped Delaware North reduce electricity usage, replace inefficient light bulbs with energy-saving light bulbs, reduce water usage and ask vendors to offer products with green value. Most notably, Delaware North initiated a paper, plastic and glass recycling program in its facilities that reduced the waste sent to area landfills by 350 tons since August 2008.

“We’ve made a huge commitment to limiting our environmental impact at Ft. Lauderdale and it’s wonderful to see these positive results,” said Brian Bowdish, general manager for Delaware North at Ft. Lauderdale. “GreenPath has guided our efforts and we know it’s the right thing to do.”

The company began its environmental efforts in the mid-1990s in Yosemite National Park, the operation that initiated the creation of GreenPath. Recently, Delaware North has worked to implement GreenPath throughout its operations, including gaming, entertainment and sports venues and airport restaurants and retail stores throughout the world.

ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards. The non-governmental organization includes representatives from 160 countries.

Delaware North Companies is a global leader in hospitality and food service with operations at such places as Wembley Stadium in the United Kingdom, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Yosemite National Park. The company’s Travel and Hospitality Services division operates at more than two dozen airports worldwide, including Los Angeles International Airport, Detroit Metro Airport and Melbourne Airport in Australia.
About Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services
Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, is one of the world’s leading airport food service and retail companies, operating 300 restaurants and retail outlets in more than 25 airports worldwide, and serving more than 350 million customers each year. Its award-winning operations include airports throughout the United States, such as Los Angeles International Airport and Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, as well as Australian and European airports such as Melbourne International Airport and Gatwick International Airport in London.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


Lourdes Diaz
M. Silver Associates
(954) 765-3636
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