From left to right at Delaware North’s global headquarters Earth Day celebration are Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for Delaware North; Kevin Kelly, president of Delaware North’s travel business and chairman of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy board of directors; and Stephanie Crockatt, executive director of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

In celebration of Earth Day, Delaware North associates at locations around the world are doing their part to make the planet a cleaner, greener place.

Earth Day festivities kicked off April 19 at Delaware North’s global headquarters in Buffalo, N.Y., with a lunch-and-learn featuring Stephanie Crockatt of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conversancy — the region’s foremost authority on promoting, preserving, restoring and enhancing Buffalo’s treasured green spaces. More than 100 attendees participated in the presentation, which included a question-and-answer session, and received seeds to plant a variety of herbs and wild flowers.

Meanwhile, Delaware North’s team at Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Tuesday participated in an adopt-a-highway cleanup effort and installed a water-filtration system at its airport warehouse — an effort to reduce the cost of bottled water and plastic waste.

The official blog of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians on Thursday featured a piece highlighting environmental efforts, including those with food and beverage partner Delaware North Sportservice.

“In partnership with Quasar Corporation and Delaware North, the Indians utilize Grind2Engergy — an anaerobic digestion system for food waste management. Last season, the Indians composted 66 tons of food waste — a 35 percent increase from 2015,” the piece said.

Delaware North also utilizes a state-of-the-art Filta Fry fryer oil conversion process, recycles excess glass bottles and has donated 2,500 pounds of surplus food to the Ed Keating Centers through the Cleveland Food Bank.

At Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which Delaware North operates for NASA, this week there were two days of Earth Day-centric activities. The events — Thursday and today — included presentations on energy-saving solutions and renewable energy, and electric vehicles were on display.

The visitor complex events also featured master gardeners on-hand to answer questions and offer tips on environmentally-friendly landscaping, and wildlife and nature conservation specialists discussed ways to safeguard wildlife, preserve natural resources and protect Florida waters.

Additionally, representatives from the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization and the Titusville Chamber of Commerce explained the latest bicycle/pedestrian trails and programs in Brevard County and throughout the state. All told, there were about 50 exhibitors participating from around the United States.


Published: April 21, 2017