This Earth Day Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts Commemorates A Dozen Years of Environmental Stewardship at America’s National and State Parks

Celebrations at DNC-managed properties across the country feature recycling, innovation and community outreach

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 21 /PRNewswire/ — As Earth Day 2005 is celebrated throughout North America this week, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is urging travelers to remember the true meaning of the day by taking time to appreciate the Earth’s beauty and considering ways to embrace environmental preservation.

Nearly 300 million people visit America’s national parks annually, and more and more properties are using third-party concessionaires for environmental, financial and visitor services support. Hospitality provider and concessionaire Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is marking more than a decade of such support, specifically through GreenPath(R), a formal, documented system of environmental management that was established in 2000.

“We are very proud of GreenPath’s accomplishments over the past several years in being good stewards at properties that are precious to generations of guests,” said Bruce Fears, president, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts. “While the awards and recognition we have received are outstanding, we are even more thrilled knowing that that we’ve reduced waste, increased recycling and educated park visitors on ways to protect our environment.”

Under the company’s GreenPath program, in 2004 Yosemite National Park recycled 567 tons of materials and diverted 827 tons (37 percent) of solid waste from landfills, including 470 tons of organic waste like kitchen grease, green waste and horse manure. The waste oil, antifreeze and Freon generated by the park’s transportation systems were collected, re-refined and then reused by the park’s fleet. During Delaware North’s 12 years of service at Yosemite, the company has committed more than $8 million to cleaning up obsolete underground tank sites.

This Earth Day, as the company celebrates its first dozen years of environmental achievements, guests are invited to join in, with special attractions and environmentally-friendly activities at several properties served by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts.

* Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, Calif..
Earth-enthusiasts are invited to join the park staff in designing arts
and crafts projects from recycled materials, planting wildflowers,
riding electric powered vehicles, transplanting plant species and
casting a vote for the favorite Earth Day poster crafted by local school
children and Asilomar staff. Interactive exhibits will include displays
on native wildlife and plant species, organic and sustainable foods,
Asilomar’s food waste composting program and the park’s efforts to
protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

* Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Fla. . This out-of-this-world
travel experience will honor Earth Day with its observance of Energy and
Environmental Awareness Week. Kennedy Space Center employees can learn
more about Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s GreenPath program to
preserve natural resources. Guests to the Complex may view an electric
car display, learn more about alternative fuels along with the much-
anticipated return to flight later this spring.

* Yosemite National Park, Calif. . Outdoor adventurers will enjoy a full
“sphere” of Earth Day activities at Yosemite, including a twilight
stroll, a scavenger hunt and bike ride, the “Spirit of John Muir”
performance at the West Auditorium, demonstrations and exhibits about
the park’s GreenPath efforts, educational presentations about the park’s
landscape and natural resources and family sing-a-longs and
dramatizations.

* Geneva on the Lake State Park, Ashtabula County, Ohio . During the
park’s first Earth Day celebration, the Ohio Wine Producers will plant
100 grape vines in one of the park fields to highlight one of the area’s
prime attractions-wineries. Guest will be invited to see the new vines
after April 23. In cooperation with the local community, volunteer
employees and their families will take part in a three-mile walk to
clean trash from nearby beaches and roadways.

* Niagara Falls State Park, N.Y. . Local elementary schools are invited to
visit the famous falls this Earth Day to participate in nature walks,
plant trees and learn more about the environment through interactive
displays at the park’s Discovery Center.

* Deer Creek State Park, Mt. Sterling, Ohio . Visitors to Deer Creek State
Park will get a chance to make Solar S’mores using the sun’s energy,
trace their hands for a specially designed “Give the Earth a Hand”
quilt, create art with recycled products, plant trees and flowers, learn
about endangered species from the Columbus Zoo and sample new organic
menus from Deer Creek’s executive chef. Staff from Deer Creek will also
visit several local schools to engage the students in planting native
flowers, art projects and science experiments.

* Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, British Columbia, Canada . Harrison
Hot Springs Resort and Spa has teamed with community organizations and
local schools to coordinate a clean-up effort of nearby beaches,
surrounding areas and the city of Harrison. Guests can also participate
in a tree planting ceremony, celebratory barbeque and Earth Day cake-
cutting.

* Sequoia National Park, Calif. – Park patrons can partake in nature
walks, meet the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman Tree; and
participate in a fundraising event to benefit the Sequoia Fund. The park
will also offer a book signing by Laurel Scheidt author of “Hiking
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks,” and host a table display with
samples and information on variety of organic products (food, souvenirs
and more) used at the park.

Following Earth Day festivities, several Delaware North properties will offer summer park guests an array of organic cuisine options, including fresh and sustainable seafood, farm-raised and free-range poultry and local vegetables.

About GreenPath(R)

Key elements of the award-winning GreenPath program include: the establishment of “green teams” at each location, incorporation of environmental considerations and sustainable practices into all business decisions, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, institution of comprehensive waste reduction and recycling programs and implementing associate and guest awareness initiatives promoting stewardship. In an unprecedented step for a U.S. hospitality company, the company successfully registered GreenPath to the ISO 14001 standard established by the International Organization for Standardization. Subsequently, Delaware North successfully registered GreenPath at its Buffalo, NY, headquarters and several properties: Deer Creek State Park, Denver and Philadelphia Mints, Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa, Jones Beach, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Niagara Falls State Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite and Delaware North’s central reservations office in Fresno, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.delawarenorthgreenpath.com/.

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