Our question-and-answer series with members of Delaware North’s global GreenPath team continues. This week, we caught up with Philip “Fritz” Smith, who serves as IT field systems manager at SunTrust Park in Atlanta and has additional responsibilities as part of the onsite Green Team.

Part of Delaware North’s GreenPath team at SunTrust Park in Atlanta took part in an Earth Day event at the ballpark earlier this year. Pictured are Melissa Billington, GuestPath coordinator; Philip “Fritz” Smith, IT field systems manager; and Rachel Zeisel, IT administrator.

How did you become involved in your location’s GreenPath program? GreenPath is another reason I rejoined Delaware North. In our businesses, I know we can make an impact in the way associates, guests, and clients see opportunities in their daily activities to pitch in, reuse, recycle. When our district manager, Shawn Mattox, reached out for volunteers, I was quick to respond alongside our GuestPath manager, Melissa Billington. In our new home at SunTrust Park, there’s no better time to get started.

What GreenPath accomplishment are you most proud of? Thus far, making the connections with our colleagues with the travel division at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport (ATL) to coordinate our Earth Day Awareness effort here at SunTrust Park. Scott Knight (assistant general manager at ATL), for example, readily shares his passion and time with us.

Do you have any simple tips that other locations and associates could adapt to become more GreenPath-friendly? Keep it simple to start, but START. Find out where the contents of your recycle bin go TODAY. Note that the contents of your secure shredder bin get recycled (right? Find out!). HP cartridges come with an easy UPS label in the box so you can return your cartridge, so thank someone for getting them to a UPS drop box.

 What are your GreenPath goals for the next year? Following the leadership of Deb Friedel (Delaware North’s director of sustainability), we look to accomplish all of the milestones laid out toward our global goals. For the unit, I look to see that the GreenPath program is as recognizable to our associates as the GuestPath program. If one associate stops me to proudly brag about a change they have made in the workplace to help our environment, we will know that we are indeed moving the needle.


Published: July 21, 2017