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Locally-sourced fare brings cleaner air to Niagara Falls State Park

Delaware North recently took on a meaty effort to reduce its carbon footprint at Niagara Falls State Park in Niagara Falls, N.Y. – and their endeavors are being lauded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

In an email to 35,000 newsletter subscribers earlier this month, the DEC highlighted Delaware North’s efforts to lower its environmental impact at Niagara Falls State Park, where it operates food and beverage services for New York State.

One such effort was to switch the hot dogs served at the park from a product made in South Dakota to locally-made Sahlen’s hot dogs – resulting in nearly four tons of carbon emissions saved. The change is in accordance with Delaware North’s proprietary stewardship program, GreenPath, as well as the park’s Taste NY program.

An initiative of Governor Andrew Cuomo, Taste NY encourages New Yorkers and tourists alike to try the state’s homegrown products and help continue to grow its thriving agricultural industry.

Niagara Falls State Park’s local offerings, designated throughout the park with a Taste NY icon, include retail items such as jams, jellies, honey and chocolates as well as concession stand fare. In addition to Western New York wine and craft beer, the menu at the famed Top of the Falls restaurant also features at least one Taste NY element in nearly every dish.