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Delaware North honored by New York environmental organization

The New York League of Conservation Voters, a statewide, non-partisan organization that advocates for sustainability and environmental protection through political action, honored Delaware North at its annual reception on Oct. 24 in Albany.

The company was recognized for its “extraordinary work in protecting and conserving New York’s environment,” including by making “positive environmental impacts at the state parks and other locations at which it operates, through its stewardship program, GreenPath.” The league noted Delaware North has saved millions of gallons of water, reduced energy consumption, and diverted solid waste through practices such as composting.

Heather Coton, who oversees GreenPath at The Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park, accepted the award for Delaware North, saying that “along with The Gideon Putnam and Niagara Falls State Park, our operations at our global headquarters in Buffalo and other locations across the state such as Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack all participate in GreenPath.”

Also honored by the league were Rose Harvey, commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “NY Parks 2020” plan.

PHOTO CAPTION: Delaware North was well represented in receiving an environmental award from the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) at a reception Wednesday in Albany, including a contingent from the Delaware North-operated The Gideon Putnam hotel in Saratoga Springs. Pictured from left are Michael Barnes, general manager for Delaware North at Niagara Falls State Park; Deanna Kirk, Gideon Putnam front office rooms coordinator; Rebecca Rodriguez, Gideon Putnam front office manager; John Howard, Gideon Putnam general manager; Heather Coton, Gideon Putnam executive assistant; Julie Tighe, NYLCV president; Bob Rosenthal, NYLCV Capital Region chairman; Derrick Harris, Gideon Putnam food and beverage manager; and Mike Ilacqua, Gideon Putnam controller.