Environmental program continues its dedication to stewardship through companywide ISO 14001 registration
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Oct. 25, 2011) - Delaware North Companies is celebrating the 10th anniversary of ISO 14001 registration of GreenPath®, the company’s award-winning environmental management system, with the registration of its global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y. The registration to the standards put forth by the International Organization for Standardization signifies Delaware North’s continued commitment to stewardship.
Delaware North Companies’ global headquarters earlier this month completed a two-day audit necessary for maintaining ISO 14001 registration. The third-party ISO auditor reviewed the policy, the plan and the progress on Delaware North’s latest annual goals. The auditor then toured the building, quizzing employees and inspecting everything from the kitchen facilities at the Delaware North-owned Vito’s Market to the new single-stream recycling program relied upon by the headquarters staff of more than 300.
“ISO 14001 is essentially the gold standard for environmental management systems. It keeps us on track, it keeps a focus on environmental improvement and it makes it a part of our everyday lives here at Delaware North,” said Anne Marie McManus, director of environmental affairs and sustainability for Delaware North. “ISO 14001 registration tells the world that we place a priority on environmental improvement and constantly look for ways to shrink our environmental footprint.”
ISO 14001 provides a framework for a holistic, strategic approach to the company’s environmental policy, plans and actions. With this latest registration at global headquarters, Delaware North is leading a corporate-wide environmental standardization program. Through GreenPath’s ISO 14001 registration, every employee can contribute to the company’s environmental goals. ISO 14001’s simple and voluntary process has proven to help every division of Delaware North Companies minimize its environmental impact.
GreenPath began in the ‘90s when Delaware North was awarded the contract to operate visitor services in Yosemite National Park. Soon after GreenPath was implemented, it became the first environmental management system of a U.S. hospitality company to be registered to ISO 14001. Select properties in the Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts division adopted the ISO 14001 environmental guidelines 10 years ago. Today, ISO registration is a companywide initiate.
“GreenPath started organically at a few facilities more than a decade ago. Since then, the world has changed and our knowledge of environmental issues has changed,” McManus said. “We’ve moved to this corporate ISO 14001 registration in order to encompass all of our activities and work towards corporate-level goals that we can all shout about and share our pride in.”
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 and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; and LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates 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 www.experiencednc.com.
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 by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. 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 has revenue exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 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.