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Golden Gate Fields Earns Environmental Award

Northern California track honored for pollution prevention and conservation efforts.

(from Golden Gate Fields release)

Golden Gate Fields,  the largest Thoroughbred racetrack in Northern California, has been awarded the "2009 StopWaste Partnership Business Efficiency Award" for excellence in environmental performance.

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction & Recycling Board jointly presented the award to Golden Gate Fields at a ceremony at the Oakland Midtown Event Center on Oct. 16. Golden Gate Fields is the first business in Albany to receive a StopWaste recognition award.

Golden Gate Fields was recognized for its pollution prevention and resource conservation efforts in 2009. They were noted for imposition of new water and energy conservation measures, creation of a systematic recycling program for patron-generated wastes, inauguration of a facility-sponsored shuttle service connected to public transit for its patrons and staff, and diversion from landfills of all straw bedding and landscaping waste for reuse in commercial agricultural and municipal composting operations.

Golden Gate Fields officials said they were proud to be recognized by StopWaste for the track's 2009 "green accomplishments" and vowed to continue to implement sustainable and progressive business practices to benefit the environment and the community.

"Being located on the Albany/Berkeley border, we continue to be inspired by the green efforts that surround us," said Robert Hartman, general manager of Golden Gate Fields. "Last year, Albany was voted the greenest city in California. We are proud to help contribute to that accomplishment."

Golden Gate Fields opened its 2009 fall/winter meeting on Oct. 21. The 42-day session runs through Dec. 20.