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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

Five key branches of GreenPath at the Gideon Putnam Hotel

Environmental Management

  • Compost - we have been composting since April, 2016. So far, we have diverted 56 tons of food waste from the landfill.
  • Recycling - we have a zero-sort recycling program for Guestrooms, Public Spaces, and Back of House. We recycle 25-30 tons of waste per year.
  • Clean the World Program (recycling guestroom soap and shampoo into hygiene kits) - since 2011, 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've been collecting since 2008. In 2016, we installed a 200-gallon kitchen waste oil containment unit. Approximately 60 gallons per month are collected from us, and converted to biofuel.
  • In 2016, we installed two Tesla and one Universal Electric Vehicle charging stations.
  • Per law, we recycle waste paint, bulbs, ballasts, batteries, electronic waste. Also recycle printer toner cartridges, and creative things like corks, holiday lights, and guitar strings when we had a week-long guitar camp at the hotel.
  • In 2017, we recycled 1,500 lbs of textiles.
  • In 2017, we 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.
  • In 2016, we 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, The Spa Little Theatre, National Museum of Dance, and Saratoga Automobile Museum.
  • Each year, The Gideon Putnam hosts an EarthDay 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 square feet 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, as we continue to renovate corridors and guestrooms, we will recycle carpeting and toilets.
  • 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.
  • Add wellness and relaxation 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 wellbeing.
  • 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: Leadership Tier for NYSDEC Environmental Leaders, Silver for TripAdvisor Green Leaders, and Silver for Audubon International Green Lodging.

Gideon Putnam Environmental Awards

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