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Delaware North at Niagara Falls State Park

Location: Niagara Falls State Park

Photo of Niagara Falls State Park

Niagara Falls, NY 14303

Type of Facility: Park Concessions and Restaurants

Number of Employees: 100-499

Member Since: 2015

Membership runs Through: 2018

NYEL Contact: Michael Barnes

Facility Overview:

Delaware North operates retail shops, concession stands, and a full service restaurant within three main buildings, as well as multiple portable buildings, throughout Niagara Falls State Park. These include the Top of the Falls building, which includes a gift shop and a full service restaurant, the Cave of the Winds building, and the shops and café within the Visitors Center. Their operations at the park are mainly seasonal, with 85% of business taking place in the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The facility has demonstrated its commitment to sustainable operations through its recently completed projects that have reduced the amount of fry oil used by 3,115 lbs. by installing new filtration technology that allows oil to be used for longer, as well as reducing the energy used in lighting their visitors center gift shop by 6,388 kWh a year by installing LED lighting.

The facility also has a functioning certified ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system that has been in place since 2003.

Sustainability Commitments:

1. Reduce Energy Used for Lighting by 9,006 kWh a Year

Delaware North will reduce energy used for lighting by replacing fluorescent lighting in their Top of the Falls restaurant and Cave of the Winds building with LEDs.

2. Reduce Mercury on Site by 4,664 mg

The facility will reduce the amount of mercury in the lighting stock of the facility, which poses a potential health hazard to workers, guests, and the environment, by replacing fluorescent lights with LEDs and properly disposing of the old lights.

3. Reduce Transportation Fuel in their Supply chain by 7,800 Gallons per Year

Delaware North is switching the hot dogs served at the park from a national brand manufactured in South Dakota to a local brand made in Buffalo. The current hot dogs served have to travel 1,420 miles from Sioux Falls, SD to the facility while the local brand travels a total of 300 miles from the manufacturer, to the distributor, to the facility. This is a savings of 1,120 miles per trip.

This move will not only reduce diesel emissions from transporting the hot dogs to the park, but also support the Western New York economy.

4. Reduce Energy Usage from Walk-In Coolers and Freezers by 3,253 kWh per Year

The facility will retrofit 7 of their walk in coolers and freezers with more energy efficient fans and controllers. These will ensure that the fans in the systems slow down when the compressors are not on, making them 30% more energy efficient.

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