The Minnesota Twins announced last week that they have received LEED Gold certification in Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance for Target Field, the team’s home since 2010.

Delaware North Sportservice has provided food, beverage and retail services at the ballpark since it opened and through its GreenPath® program has helped the team attain this accomplishment, which is a first for a professional sports team.

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is the United States’ preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Earning LEED Gold certification for Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance is the third level of LEED certification for Target Field, becoming the first sports venue in the country to earn three levels of LEED certification.

Delaware North, which implements sustainability practices across all its subsidiaries through GreenPath, played a key role in Target Field’s designation through rigid waste reduction and diversion practices, specifically when it came to unused, untouched food. Last year alone, the Target Field team — under the leadership of General Manager Pete Spike — donated more than 10 tons of food to local charities.

Following the recent accomplishment, we caught up with a pair of “Green Team” members from Target Field: Marie Eslick, human resources manager, and Kaci Mobley, GuestPath coordinator.

GreenPath Champions: Kaci Mobley (left) and Marie Eslick (right)

Why are you passionate about the environment and sustainability?                                            Mobley: I am passionate about it because it is our future. It’s about creating a world that is going to last and be there for my kids and grandkids. I love creating the change and educating our associates and guests of the ballpark on what we can do.

Eslick: I hate waste, hazards and pollution. We have to do a better job to ensure that what we are doing today will not have a negative impact on others currently and on future generations. It’s the right thing to do for so many reasons.

 How did you become involved in your location’s GreenPath program?                                       Mobley: Sustainability is something that is really important to me, and I am very passionate about it, so it was a bonus that it is also part of my current job.  

Eslick: As the human resources manager, I have oversight over the program. I handled the GreenPath initiative as the coordinator when I was in Cleveland and was excited to come to Minneapolis and find that not only was there a GreenPath coordinator, but also the ballpark was built with sustainability in mind! The recycling of rainwater and other materials as well as the responsible disposable of hazardous materials are awesome programs here! Minneapolis is a very progressive city and has many initiatives to assist businesses and private individuals with sustainability and recycling.


Published: May 12, 2017