Heather Coton (second from left), environmental manager for The Gideon Putnam, was among four winners of a Recycling Leadership Award at the 2017 New York State Recycling Conference and Trade Show Nov. 9 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

The recognition keeps coming for Delaware North’s environmental efforts in operating The Gideon Putnam hotel and adjacent Roosevelt Baths & Spa in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Heather Coton, who serves as environmental manager and executive assistant to the general manager at The Gideon Putnam, was honored Nov. 9 with a Recycling Leadership Award at the 2017 New York State Recycling Conference and Trade Show in Cooperstown, N.Y. The award recognizes Coton as “an individual whose job-related actions have significantly reduced solid waste or have furthered waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and/or composting.”

Last month the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation used The Gideon Putnam, which Delaware North operates for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, as the backdrop for the announcement of an enhanced New York Green Business program, with officials citing the hotel’s strong efforts.

One of four Recycling Leadership Award recipients, Coton accepted the award in the private sector category on behalf of The Gideon Putnam and Delaware North. She had been nominated by Deb Friedel, Delaware North’s director of sustainability; Vicki McMichael, director of sustainability for the company’s parks and resorts business; and Robert Berrey, then-general manager of The Gideon Putnam.

Coton was also a speaker at the conference, which is sponsored by the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3). In her session, “Leaders of Today, Voices for Tomorrow,” she discussed Delaware North’s award-winning GreenPath environmental stewardship program as the driver for the many waste-diversion projects she has spearheaded at The Gideon Putnam with Berrey’s support.

She detailed a number of projects, including composting and recycling; capturing kitchen waste oil for bio fuel; recycling of ceiling tile, carpeting and cast iron tubs from hotel renovations; participation in Clean the World, a soap-recycling program; textile recycling; and the donation of 1,000 pounds of sheets, blankets and towels to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria relief.