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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex recognized with two SEA Awards for sustainability

Delaware North was recently recognized with two Sustainable Environment Awareness (SEA) Awards for its operations at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which the company operates for NASA.

The SEA Awards recognize NASA and its contractors that have demonstrated environmental leadership and/or implemented sustainable practices. Judges assessed each nomination based on a variety of criteria, including innovation, impact to NASA’s mission and scalability.

Delaware North was awarded the 2016 Greenhouse Gas Management Group Award, as well as the 2016 Pollution Renewable Energy Group Award.

car_charging_station_-3152517The Greenhouse Gas Management Group Award was received via nomination under the category of Fleet Management, which recognizes individuals and teams for significant achievements in improving transportation fleet operations, expanding inter-modal options and decreasing petroleum fuel consumption. Under the direction of Maintenance Director Edwin Morales, Delaware North partnered with Tesla Motors to install three electric vehicle charging stations at the visitor complex, created a plan to supply power to the chargers and oversaw the trenching and other manpower issues needed to successfully install the units.

The Pollution Renewable Energy Group Award was received via nomination under the categories of Clean and Renewable Energy, and Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction. Charlie Venuto, director of environmental health and safety, and Rob Jones, Delaware North’s lead electrician at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, spearheaded an effort to install a portable solar generator to provide power for parking booths. This eliminated the use of diesel generators and reduced the emissions of global climate change gases.

“Congratulations to the facility and environmental teams for these outstanding and well-deserved awards,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer of the visitor complex. “The implementation of the solar generators and car charging units was an outstanding leap forward to our GreenPath commitment.”