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Our Commitment to Stewardship

GreenPath environmental management systemOne of the hallmarks of Delaware North across all of our operations is the focus we place on stewardship and corporate social responsibility. Our proprietary stewardship platform, GreenPath®, helps ensure we carefully manage our environmental impact and positively contribute to the communities we serve.

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Five key branches of GreenPath at the Gideon Putnam Hotel

Five Key Branches of GreenPath at The Gideon Putnam

Environmental Management

  • Food Waste - May 2018 we installed an Aerobic Food Digester in our Kitchen.
    • The two years prior, we diverted 56 tons of food from the landfill for compost.
  • Recycling - we have a zero-sort recycling program for Guestrooms, Public Spaces, and Back of House. We divert 25-30 tons of recycling waste from the landfill each year.
  • Clean the World Program (recycling guestroom soap and shampoo into hygiene kits) - to date, we have collected 4,000 lbs of waste, resulting in nearly 12,650 bars of new soap and 3,100 bottles of shampoo redistributed to hygiene kits.
  • Biofuel - we installed a 200 gallon kitchen waste oil containment unit. Approximately 60 gallons per month are collected from us, and converted to biofuel.
  • Installed two Tesla and one Universal Electric Vehicle charging stations.
  • Per law, we recycle waste paint, bulbs, ballasts, batteries, electronic waste... plus printer toner cartridges, plastic PDE4 film, wine corks, holiday lights, and even guitar strings when we had a week-long guitar camp at the hotel.
  • In 2017, we recycled 1,500 lbs of uniforms, banquet linens, sheets, towels, and blankets.
  • Diverted 600+ guestroom pillows from the landfill. Through donation, many of those pillows will be re-purposed into filling for dog beds.
  • Donated 1,000 lbs of sheets, towels, and blankets to The Giving Circle for Hurricanes Harvey & Irma relief.
  • In every guestroom, water conservation and linen re-use cards encourage water savings.
  • Installed a water bottle filling station in the conference center.

Community Involvement

  • Since taking over management of The Gideon Putnam in 2008, Delaware North has given more than $225,000 worth of in-kind donations to local and Buffalo-based charitable organizations. We also sponsor our Park Partners: SPAC, Home Made Theater, Opera Saratoga, National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Automobile Museum, NYS Recreation and Park Society, Parks & Trails NY.
  • Each year The Gideon Putnam hosts an Earth Day event for local middle school students. We partner with Saratoga Spa State Park, taste the famous mineral springs, we plant a pine tree, and enjoy a healthy lunch in Putnam's Restaurant.

Facilities and Asset Protection

  • Delaware North has committed $20M toward capital improvements of both The Gideon Putnam and Roosevelt Baths & Spa.
  • In 2016, we renovated our Ballroom/Conference Center, and recycled more than 4,500 sq. ft. of ceiling tile, through Armstrong World Industries, and 6,880 pounds of post-consumer carpeting through Shaw Industries.
  • In the conference bathrooms, we got rid of paper towels and installed Dyson blade hand dryers.
  • In 2017-18, we renovated corridors and guestrooms, and recycled all carpeting.
  • In 2018, post-basement flood, we recycled 40,460 lbs of scrap metal.
  • We continue to install energy-efficient HVAC units on an as-needed basis.
  • We have switched most of our lighting to LED.

Healthy Living

  • More than 60 treatments, including the world-famous mineral baths, available seven days a week at our Roosevelt Baths & Spa.
  • Weekly Wellness Activities: Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, and Boot Camp.
  • Wellness Weekend Retreats offered at least twice per year.
  • Wellness and relaxation can be added to any meeting: healthy meals, chair massage breaks, spa services and mineral baths, meditation, yoga, interpretive walks through Saratoga Spa State Park, wellness seminars led by experts in their fields focusing on greater health and well-being.
  • Green Meetings: healthy local eating, compost bins, recycling bins, skip the use of water/soda bottles, plastic utensils, and single-serve anything for a zero-waste meeting.

Interpretation and Education

  • In 2017, Environmental Manager, Heather Coton won NYSAR3 Recycling Leadership award for the Private Sector.
  • In 2017 we started regular Facebook posts called "Today in GreenPath® News," to highlight not only our sustainable achievements, but also environmental stories from our community and around the globe.
  • Awards: New York Green Business from NY DEC, Silver from TripAdvisor Green Leaders, and Silver from Audubon International Green Lodging.

Gideon Putnam Environmental Awards

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