This year, Delaware North Celebrates Earth Day with positive impacts to the environment and local communities.  GreenPath, the company’s stewardship program has grown to include environmental management, facilities and asset protection, interpretation and education, healthy living and community involvement.  Learn more about our efforts to celebrate Earth Day in 2017 and remember Earth Day is everyday!

Travel Hospitality

Boise Airport: On April 29th, the Boise team will plant trees and participate in the cleanup a local park. They also plan to clean out their storage area and recycle unused items.

Detroit Airport: Staff are participating in an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on April 18.  They are installing a water filtration system at their warehouse to save cost on the purchase of individual water bottles and to reduce waste from plastic water bottles.


Denver Airport: In partnership with the Denver Airport, Delaware North is participating in a food donation program for the entire airport with the Metro Food Bank.  At least eight of Delaware North’s staff will volunteer for half-a-day at the Metro Food Bank on April 28th.  The airport is also including Delaware North’s restaurants in a video that it is planning to release on Earth Day through social media networks that the airport holds.  On Earth Day itself, the airport is holding a massive food drive, and we are encouraging staff and all associate’s to bring in canned and other goods and supporting their efforts.  This partnership with Metro Food Bank is huge for both the airport and us, and we are so excited for our continuing relationship and future partnerships that we are creating!

Ft. Lauderdale Airport: Our Earth Day celebration is coordinate with Broward County Outreach to provide healthy donations and continue to provide support.

Ontario: Delaware North is leading an airport-wide campus cleanup with other airport tenets. Afterward, they will host a family BBQ for the airport.

Richmond Airport: The goal at Richmond Airport is to raise $300 until April 22nd so that they can plant 300 trees. For every dollar that is donated a tree is planted, The Canopy Project has led to millions of trees being planted on six different continents. Considering the United Nations estimates that for every dollar spent on reforestation, $2.50 dollars is generated in local downstream income and benefits, that’s a huge impact. Since 2016, The Canopy Project has taken on even broader significance. Now the important work of planting trees and improving lives around the world also supports Earth Day Network’s. Trees for the Earth was the first of 5 new, ambitious, and goal-oriented campaigns to be launched in the run up to Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in 2020. It’s goal: to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020—one for every person projected to be on earth.

Gaming and Entertainment

Daytona and Orange City Racing and Card Clubs: As a combined effort, Daytona Beach and Orange City Racing and Card Clubs plan to participate in a park cleanup in partnership with Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach, Florida. These efforts include tree trimming, landscaping, pavilion repairs as well as debris and trash pickup. A tentative date is schedule for Thursday, April 27th.

Finger Lakes Gaming: Finger Lakes Gaming is hosting an E-Waste Collection Event for employees April 22-April 29.  

Hamburg Gaming:  Earth Day Weekend (4/22 & 4/23) Hamburg will feature internal signage using electronic advertising to highlight their 2016 achievements, and announce the following two events. Saturday, May 6th: The property will participate in the Hamburg Town-Wide Cleanup event. Our team will be picking up trash in a wetland area adjacent to a retail location. Wednesday, May 31st : Hamburg is partnering with SunnKing from 9 AM – 1 PM for an E-Scrap community recycling event, and with Iron Mountain for a Community Shredding event. Anyone in the community can drop off unwanted electronics for recycling, and they can have their secure documents shredded on site by one of Iron Mountain’s trucks.

Jumer’s Casino and Hotel:  Jumer’s associates is volunteering time to wrap trees in support of Living Lands & Waters.

 Miami Valley Gaming: Various activities include illuminating the exterior of the building green at night and illuminating the gaming floor ceiling green to draw attention and invite guest interaction. Placing signage at the public entrances and the Associate Dining Room stating:  Earth Day promotes environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet. GreenPath is Miami Valley Gaming’s Environmental Sustainability Program that helps us accomplish this goal.

Southland Park Gaming and Racing:  Plans for their Earth Day event on April 22 include:Planting 20 assorted Crepe Myrtle bushes (5-white, 5-pink, 5-red and 5-purple) at the Southland Park Greyhound Kennel entrance. Planting 20 assorted Crepe Myrtle bushes (5-white, 5-pink, 5-red and 5-purple) at the Southland Park Greyhound Kennel entrance.  Providing a document shredder on property where guests can bring their paper to be shredded. Starting April 1, guests are asked to donate 50 points to charity, The Tennessee Clean Water Network, and receive an entry to be 1 of 10 winners to win $100 in free-play. The drawing will be held on April 22nd at 9:00 p.m.

Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack: The property is teaming up with the Wheeling Island Community Association on Earth Day (April 22) to remove trash from the neighborhoods located on Wheeling Island.


MetLife Stadium: In collaboration with the client, Delaware North will plant trees and participate in a
garbage cleanup around the building.

New York State Thruway : Clarence Travel Plaza- we are doing trash pickup, alongside the road around the plaza. We also just completed changing out 20 fluorescent lights to LED.  Pembroke Travel Plaza- is having a contest. They are having associates take picture of them doing something green.  Winner bases on best idea, best picture and most green.  Scottsville Travel Plaza- is having a contest as well.  They are challenging employees while they are at work to do small acts of green, name will get added to a chart, winner awarded for the most acts added.  Seneca Travel Plaza- is doing trash removal. Clean up grounds and roadway area.

Providence SportService (Dunkin Donuts Center):The Management team has agreed and takenthe challenge to drink coffee out of a reusable cup rather than a disposable for an entire week.  This equates to 210 less paper or plastic cups used in a week by the five-management staff.

Springfield Baseball:  Springfield Baseball’s management team will pick up trash around the perimeter of the ballpark and take recyclables to the local recycling center.  They are also setting up a food donation pick up with their local food bank for the 2017 season.

Sun Trust Park: Delaware North will provide fans with a bracelet to remind them about Earth Day and to Get Involved! Staff will hand out the bracelets and host a table with information about GreenPath and promote Trees Atlanta.  Fans will also be greeted by Trees of Atlanta’s mascot so that they can learn more, sign pledge cards to participate and help the organization earn more trees.

Target Field: At Target Field, this year’s Earth Day activities focus on educating associates about what the materials recycled and composted. Using images of common items found around the stadium, staff will sort them into two baskets, one for recycling, one for composting.  Prizes will be awarded to those who sort correctly.

The Wildwoods Convention Center:  On Earth Day, Wildwoods Convention Center is hosting a cheerleading competition.  At this event, Delaware North will set up a table by the main doors and giveaway packets of wildflower seeds.  The seeds were ordered in bulk and packets made with an Earth Day picture on the front and information on the back; the seed packets will be available on a tree branches for attendees to take. Information about Earth Day and GreenPath will be shared.  Another green initiative includes promoting healthy living by creating a custom vegetarian menu for the Concessions stands.  The Chef is currently working on some menu choices to include veggie sandwiches, wraps and salads. They will make a custom menu board to promote the specials and the celebration of Earth Day.

Xfinity Center: Xfinity Center is participating in the Great Mansfield Clean Up Day were Delaware North will assist the Town on Mansfield with a cleanup.

Parks and Resorts

Honey Creek Resort: The naturalists of Honey Creek Resort are working with a local group – Appanoose EcoVision – to go into each classroom in the county and talk with kids about the impact we can have together if we each did 1 good thing for the environment.  This “Do One Thing” campaign will lead up to our event on April 22 at the Resort where we will have several stations for families to visit and learn new outdoor skills.  We will have stations about geocaching, outdoor cooking and camping, bicycling (and free tune-ups), fishing, and water safety.  In addition, we will have 4 bikes to give away by drawing, and a free grill-out lunch for people who help clean up the park.

Geneva on the Lake:Earth Day will be celebrated in two phases. April 22nd Geneva plans to share information and educate guests about Earth day.  Food and Beverage will highlight specials for the restaurant that are relevant to Earth day.  On May 6th, they will share a presentation for guests followed by designated cleanup around the property, Geneva State Park and Geneva Marina.  The overall impact is minimal, but the benefits are rather large as we typically have good turn out from staff, the community and schools.  The state park manages all the trash pick-up after the volunteers have collected it.

The Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa: This year’s program will focus on composting, organic waste, and other GreenPath initiatives at the Gideon.

Kalaloch Lodge:  Kalaloch Lodge will host an annual BBQ for the Coast Saver’s Washington coast clean-up. This year the clean-up will be held on 4/29/17 as the tides are going to be too high on the 22nd. The Lodge provides food for any volunteers cleaning on the Kalaloch beaches. Last year we fed around 200 people. Also, I am going to schedule a highway clean-up for the week of Earth Day weather permitting.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex:  In celebration of the forty-seventh anniversary of Earth Day and in keeping with NASA’s theme, Earth Right Now:  Your planet is changing.  We are on it., NASA KSC and the KSCVC will host two days of displays and hands-on experiences in a fair-like setting, with activities in and around the Operations and Support Building (OSB) II and throughout the KSCVC.  Attendees will have an opportunity to learn firsthand from subject matter experts, vendors, and sustainability displays about solutions and ideas for a healthier and more sustainable future.

Niagara Falls:  The property is partnering with the local community and an urban school; the event is scheduled for May 10.  New York State Parks will provide activities and an interpretive tour of the Gorge or the Cave of the Winds. Delaware North’s own Keith Jedilikowski will provide information about Earth Day and recycling (materials from their lunch).  Students will plant trees at Goat Island and Delaware North to provide lunch.

Peaks of Otter:  Earth Day is scheduled for April 22.  In partnership with NPS and Non-Profit group(s) Peaks of Otter will provide supplies and perform a service project to pick up trash and cleanup around the lake.  Additionally, Peaks to provide shuttle services to participants cleaning up along the Sharp Top Trail, offer a special Earth Day Menu and host a bike rack ribbon cutting ceremony for local bike clubs.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon: The property is planning Earth Day menus, sustainable retail product discounts, and informational lobby posters regarding GreenPath programs on April 22. Employees will perform an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on state route 180 to Kings Canyon.

Shenandoah: Shenandoah will be hosting their first annual Eco-Fair at Skyland Resort.  The fair will show case GreenPath’s 5 key elements.  Hosted by the Environmental Manager and Green Team members, various boots will feature information about agriculture/farming/livestock (stables staff), sustainable food sourcing/healthy living (kitchen/F&B staff), facility and asset protection (maintenance/housekeeping) and education with children’s activities (hosted by Huma Resources).  Our client, the National Park Service and other partners (Waste Management, electric suppliers and others) will highlight community involvement efforts.  There will many games, activities, food, learning and fun!

Yellowstone General Stores and West Yellowstone Hotels: They are planning an event at the Holiday Inn conference center that includes a BBQ and various kids’ activities such as face painting, a craft fair made from recyclable materials, and a waste audit.  The Grizzly Wolf and Discovery Center plans and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct programs about wildlife and Leave No Trace.  The event is also fundraiser for building a local daycare; all proceeds will go towards this initiative.