Delaware North’s Environmental Manager’s from the parks and resorts division attended their first Sustainability Conference August 4-6 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The conference took place in conjunction with the National Association for Environmental Management’s (NAEM) Corporate Sustainability Conference.

Environmental Managers in attendance included:

  • Heather Coton, The Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa
  • Lucas Selness, Grand Canyon
  • Cedar Shannon, Kalaloch Lodge
  • Kaitlin Kaminski, Sequoia and Kings Canyon
  • Gina Parish, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Charlie Venuto, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
  • Keith Jedilikowski, Niagara Falls
  • Jorge Negrete, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  • Justin Cook, Yellowstone, West Yellowstone, and Whitefish
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Environmental Managers at Target Field

The team participated in NAEM’s two day sustainability conference which focused on the energy-water nexus, material sourcing, renewable energy strategies and sustainability reporting.

Afterward, the Environmental Manager’s met internally to network as a group for the first time in person.  Each Environmental Manager provided an overview of  key accomplishments.  Highlighted projects focused on waste management (recycling, organic waste diversion, donations, and zero waste), energy conservation (LED lighting and PTAC units), water conservation (showerheads, faucet aerators, shower timer, and water reuse), messaging (associate training, Earth Day events, guest room, menus, and postings), innovation (electric vehicle charging stations, Frylow’s kitchen waste oil filtration system, and water filling stations), renovation projects (incorporating green into facility upgrades), and partnerships (Clean the World, Phillips Lighting, Tesla, and Green Key).  The discussion also addressed challenges, solutions, and future plans to support continual improvement.

Delaware North at Target Field provided a behind the scenes tour to share the Minnesota Twin’s sustainability initiatives, Go Twins Go Green.  The ballpark maintains LEED silver certification for New Construction and Operation and Maintenance, donates over 10 tons of food to those in need annually, collects over four million gallons rainwater for reuse, and has a comprehensive waste management program to divert organic waste and recycling from the landfill.

Published August 31, 2015