Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is committed to the care and protection of natural, cultural and historic resources. Companywide standards and best management practices contain values to guide decision making and achieve excellence. GreenPath® has grown from an environmental management system (EMS) into an innovative stewardship initiative that encompasses environmental management, interpretation and education programs, facility and artifact care, community involvement, and ongoing commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Environment. The first U.S. hospitality company to have its EMS registered to international ISO 14001 standards in 2001, Delaware North continues to establish annual goals and implement improvements through GreenPath to minimize impacts from our operations.
Interpretation and Education. Delaware North embraces and shares the remarkable stories of the Special Places® in which we operate, and works to create an environment in which to know and appreciate them.
Asset Protection. Delaware North displays, protects and preserves artifacts, buildings (including those that are historic), and other treasures of national and international significance. The company provides for appropriate visitor access and use of the assets that are under its care.
Each employee receives GreenPath training and shares his or her stewardship ethic and knowledge with partners and guests so they understand the impact of their actions. Earth Day is a time to celebrate what Delaware North Parks & Resorts do every day to protect resources and lead by example.
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts Earth Day activities include:
The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake is located at Geneva, Ohio. This 109-room conference and event facility is at the heart of northeast Ohio’s wine country. Delaware North employees from the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake will celebrate Earth Day on May 3 with a beach cleanup. The team will recycle appropriate items collected during the cleanup, including Lake Erie driftwood and glass, which will be repurposed into pieces of artwork and sold in the retail store. On May 5, in conjunction with Geneva State Park, a local scout troop will honor Earth Day by planting Red Buckeye seedlings in the forest area near the Lodge. The troop will enjoy refreshments at the Lodge following the ceremony.
Gideon Putnam Resort is located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This 120-room conference and event space is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Earth Day 2012 is the Gideon’s fifth annual event that will be celebrated with St. Mary’s School fourth graders. Activities with the local students include a cleanup of the park, a nature hike with a New York State Parks educator to learn about trees, a tree planting in the park, and lunch at the Gideon Putnam provided by Delaware North.
Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona. Delaware North operates two stores in the park and one in nearby Tusayan, a gateway community to the park. Delaware North provides retail, grocery, and food and beverage service to guests. Earth Day will be celebrated April 22. Plans include highlighting organic and environmentally friendly products by providing guests with samples and identifying select products throughout the stores. The Chico “Plastic Bag Monster” will visit to inform guests about paper vs. plastic and encourage reuse. Earth Day trivia will engage guests to learn more about Earth Day and win prizes. Delaware North will participate in the park’s Earth Day celebration at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center with the National Park Service and park partners such as the City of Flagstaff, Northern Arizona University, Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Area National Parks, Grand Canyon Trust, Grand Canyon Association, Arizona Lung Association, U.S. Soybean Board, Sierra Club, and Clean Cities of Arizona.
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa is located in British Columbia, Canada. This 337-room conference and event resort organized an event on April 23 for K-6 students, teachers and parents from the local school to clean up the resort’s beach front, the Miami River shoreline and trails near the resort. A reception will follow in which the students and other volunteers will learn more about Delaware North Companies’ environmental program, interesting environmental statistics, and actions they may take to help protect the environment every day.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) is located in Florida. Delaware North provides visitor services such as food and beverage, retail, events and attractions, and educational programs to tell the NASA story and inspire others to support the exploration of space. KSCVC Green Team members will participate in an annual Earth Day celebration by partnering with NASA to collect batteries and electronics and co-sponsoring the Brevard Schools Earth Day poster contest. Astronaut Jon McBride will present Earth Day recognition awards. KSCVC is also a major sponsor and participant in the St. John Waterway cleanup and Cocoa Beach cleanup.
Niagara Falls State Park is located in Niagara Falls, New York. Delaware North provides visitor services such as food and beverage and retail shops. Earth Day 2012 will be celebrated in partnership with New York State Parks and the New York Power Authority to provide local sixth-grade students from Kalfas Magnet School with an overview of Earth Day and actions they may take to help the environment. Interpretive tours of the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Schoelkopf Overlook, and the Niagara Gorge will provide interactive experiences for the students to learn about the natural and local history of Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge and real examples of renewable energy from the solar panels installed on the Discovery Center. Students will also plant a native tree species in the park.
Sequoia National Park is located in California. The 102-room Wuksachi Lodge and campground facilities provide food and beverage, retail, and recreation services, as well as events, and educational programs. An Earth Day Fair will be held on Saturday, April 21-22 at Lodgepole Retail Center in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities, vendors and organizations. Guests can participate by viewing educational displays and interpretive information, tasting organic and natural snacks, purchasing recycled souvenirs and winning giveaways. The National Park Service and Sequoia Natural History Association will guide visitors on trail tours to explore the animal and plant life living in the park. A guided stargazing walk and tour of the forests will help visitors to learn more about the Lyrid meteors and giant Sequoia trees.
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is located in Fish Camp, Calif. This 297-room resort features meeting and event space, restaurants shopping and a destination spa. Tenaya’s Earth Day celebration for 2012 includes a nature flashlight hike, stargazing on the terrace, sustainable menu items, and an interpretive cleanup/walk in the Sierra National Forest. Environmentally-friendly retail and spa products will be highlighted and discounted. Tenaya Lodge will inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment by highlighting the property’s year-round commitments.
Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in Wyoming. Delaware North operates the 12 Yellowstone General Stores, providing visitors with retail and food and beverage services while they visit the world’s first national park. Earth Day will be celebrated by offering a free reusable Yellowstone bag to those guests making a purchase of $22 or more. Environmentally friendly products and information will be shared throughout the stores.
Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Yellowstone Park Hotel, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites are three hotels owned and operated by Delaware North located in West Yellowstone, Mont., a gateway community to Yellowstone National Park. The third Annual Earth Day Celebration will occur at the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone April 21-22. Participants will learn about the Greater Yellowstone wilderness, including the ecosystem’s birds of prey. They will also have an opportunity to make crafts from recycled materials and learn about recycling. Artwork will be showcased in the gallery, highlighting the 2012 winners. Guests can also participate in story hour, Yellowstone interpretive bike rides and a campfire talk, “Oh Elk”, a partnership with the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and Pinecone Playhouse.
Yosemite National Park is located in California. Delaware North operates lodging, food and beverage, retail, recreation, events, and interpretive programs, providing guests with an opportunity to experience Yosemite. This year’s Earth Day theme is “Stand Up for What You Stand On.” Delaware North celebrates Earth Day in collaboration with the National Park Service and all park partners with activities that include an Earth Day bike ride, a family night, and interpretive photo walk featuring the works of Ansel Adams. Guests can also participate in a volunteer restoration project and a trash pickup as part of National Volunteer Day. Other activities include Meet Your Rangers!, children’s live music, a photography class: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams, a film festival, sustainable salad bar tasting and universal waste collection. An earth product fair at Yosemite’s Village Mall includes 25 vendors showcasing products, practices and demonstrations. Located at the heart of the Yosemite Valley, the recently remodeled Village Store sells 500 sustainable/organic products; about 30 percent of the store’s health and beauty aids are also sustainable and/or organic. The Chico “Plastic Bag Monster” will visit to inform guests about paper vs. plastic and encourage reuse. Delaware North’s first vehicle powered by waste vegetable oil will be displayed, demonstrating how French fry oil can be used as an alternative fuel.
Fresno Reservations, Delaware North’s central reservations office in Fresno, Calif., will celebrate Earth Day by providing opportunities for employees to learn about the benefits of recycling and of using house plants to improve indoor air quality. They will also learn to cook using a solar oven, make bird feeders out of pine cones, and participate in a competition turning trash into treasure.
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