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Delaware North efforts contribute to ballparks earning industry sustainability awards

Delaware North Sportservice and the Cincinnati Reds recently earned a prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for food recovery efforts during the 2017 season at Great American Ball Park.

The EPA gives out annual awards as part of its Food Recovery Challenge, and Great American Ball Park and its food, beverage and retail partner, Delaware North Sportservice, earned one of the Northeast Region designations by reducing its food waste tonnage by more than 5 percent, with excess food being donated to community organizations.

The reduction in food waste was achieved through a partnership with Rock and Wrap it Up!, an anti poverty think tank that works with sports and entertainment venues, concerts, and theatrical productions to facilitate the donation of wholesome, excess food to feed hungry people in those communities where the event is located.

Another venue at which Delaware North Sportservice operates was also the recipient of a major environmental designation as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Oriole Park at Camden Yards with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for an existing building. Delaware North Sportservice, which has provided food, beverage and retail services at the ballpark since 2011, was part of the multiyear effort of research and enhancements along with the Baltimore Orioles to earn this certification.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards joins Target Field in Minneapolis — where Delaware North is also the food, beverage and retail partner — in achieving LEED Gold status.

PHOTO CAPTION: Delaware North Sportservice and Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds were recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for food recovery efforts at Great
American Ball Park.