Earlier this month during Major League Baseball (MLB)’s All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Delaware North Sportservice’s team at the ballpark continued to step up its sustainability efforts through a variety of GreenPath initiatives.
In partnership with MLB’s overall sustainability goals during All-Star Weekend, Delaware North continued several of its ongoing “green” initiatives, including The Last Straw campaign (to cut down on single-use plastic straws) and a reusable mug for asso – ciates to use for beverages during their shifts.
Delaware North also continued its significant efforts with reducing food waste. The GreenPath initiative divides discarded food from Progressive Field into two groups: food donations and food scraps. Partnerships with Grind2Energy (anaerobic digestion system for food waste management) and the Cleveland Food Bank have led to over – whelming success for GreenPath at Progressive Field. In 2018, 85 tons of food scraps were diverted from the landfill and 11,480 pounds of food was donated to community members in need.
Throughout the All-Star Game festivities in Cleveland, MLB also deployed “Green Teams,” a group of volunteers who collected recyclables at the ballpark to demonstrate and promote correct recycling methods. The league also sought to offset the environ – mental footprint of player travel to and from Cleveland, as well as the energy and water used at Progressive Field, by purchasing renewable energy credits and water restoration credits in conjunction with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation and the “Change the Course” program.
Delaware North will again support MLB’s sustainability efforts at the 2021 All-Star Game at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, where it’s the food and beverage partner of the Atlanta Braves.