05.21.2014
Delaware North Companies and its environmental program, GreenPath®, took top honors at the third annual Operator Innovation Awards.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 20, 2014) – Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts division – through its environmental management system, GreenPath – was recently honored with the Sustainability award at the National Restaurant Association’s third annual Operator Innovation Awards.  

Delaware North Parks & Resorts was selected by a panel of expert judges for its achievements in driving advancement in the foodservice industry through GreenPath’s core values and initiatives. Delaware North accepted the award on May 17 in Chicago during the gala event for the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show.

“Environmental stewardship is among our core values, and we are honored to accept this award from experts in the food service industry, especially in the category of sustainability,” said Delaware North Companies Principal Jerry Jacobs Jr. “Delaware North operates in unique and exciting locations, and we strive to continually prove our innovative approach to environmental issues. We have always believed that GreenPath’s comprehensive and sustainable approach ensures continual improvement, and we are proud to be recognized for our contributions.”

GreenPath initiatives recognized by National Restaurant Association include ISO 14001 registration at numerous lodging locations, the creation of a corporate Culinary Wellbeing healthy food program, implementing standards for responsible purchasing methods and partners, associate training in waste management and recycling, sustainability communication to guests, and the DiscoveryPaths education program for junior high school students, among many others.

“Delaware North Parks & Resort has taken many small steps and many large initiatives to ensure that we are acting in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner,” said Delaware North Parks & Resorts President Rick Abramson. “With this award, we are proud to be named among the leaders in foodservice innovation.”

GreenPath was enacted in 2001 to minimize the company’s environmental impacts and protect and conserve resources in the places where Delaware North operates.

GreenPath’s stewardship platform includes five indicators – environmental management, asset protection, interpretation and education, community outreach, healthy food and healthy living. The platform assigns roles, responsibilities and best practices in all levels of the company – from dedicated leadership to individual associates – in order to meet stringent standards in waste disposal, conservation and the supply chain. It is verified through third-party audits.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places SM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida; in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Olympic (Kalaloch Lodge), Shenandoah and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Peaks of Otter Lodge in Bedford, Va.; and in Niagara Falls State Park. The company also owns and operates Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite; the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, which are the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel, all in West Yellowstone, Mont.; and five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit http://www.delawarenorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned for nearly 100 years by the Jacobs family, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes the newly acquired Patina Restaurant Group, 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.

Through these companies, Delaware North manages and provides food and beverage concessions, premium dining, entertainment, lodging, and retail at many large venues and special places. These include high-profile venues ranging from sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, national parks, airports, and some of the top regional casinos in the country.

Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $3 billion annually and 60,000 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.  
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