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  1. 1. SECTION 9.0 ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES 9.1 AUDUBON COOPERATIVE SANCTUARY PROGRAM FOR GOLF COURSES 9.1.1 What is the Audubon Program? 9.1.2 Why is the Program Important to Golf Courses? 9.1.3 What Projects Can You Pursue? 9.1.4 What Are the Benefits of Participating? 9.1.5 How Can You Become Involved? 9.1.6 As a Certified Cooperative Sanctuary, You Will Receive: 9.1.7 What is the Audubon Signature Program? 9.1.8 What is the Audubon Classic Program? 9.1.9 What is the Audubon Green Leaf Program? 9.1.10 The Green Golfer Challenge 9.2 GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (GCSAA) ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD 9.2.1 Who is Eligible and What are the Qualifications? 9.2.2 Who Will Select Environmental Stewardship Award Winners? 9.2.3 How Many Winners Will There Be and What Will They Receive? 9.2.4 Application Forms 9. 3 CGSA/TORO ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 9.3.1 The Criteria 9.3.2 How to Apply 9.3.3 The Prize 9.3.4 The Deadline 9.4 PROVINCIAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD PROGRAMS 9.4.1 National 9.4.2 Alberta
  2. 2. 9.4.3 British Columbia 9.4.4 Manitoba 9.4.5 New Brunswick 9.4.6 Newfoundland and Labrador 9.4.7 Nova Scotia 9.4.8 Ontario 9.4.8 Prince Edward Island 9.4.11 Quebec 9.4.12 Saskatchewan 9.5 GOLF ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATION PROGRAM FOR GOLF COURSES 9.5.1 What is the GEO Program? 9.5.2 Why is the Program Important to Golf Courses? 9.5.3 What Projects Can You Pursue? 9.5.4 What Are the Benefits of Participating? 9.5.5 How Can You Become Involved? 9.5.6 As a Certified GEO course, You Will Receive 9.6 AUDUBON LIFESTYLES SUSTAINABLE GOLF FACILITY PROGRAM 9.6.1 Program Objective 9.6.2 Background 9.6.3 How will the program be used? 9.6.4 How does the program work? 9.6.5 Registration Incentives? 9.7 Par “0” (Zero) 9.7.1 Background Information 9.7.2 What is the Process 9.7.3 What is Eco-Efficiency 9.7.4 Eco-Efficiency Benefits 9.7.5 Par “0” Certification Levels 9.8 GOLFS DRIVE TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY 9.8.1 A Sustainable Approach to Golf Facility Management 9.8.2 Establish baseline information
  3. 3. 9.8.3 Best Management Practices 9.8.4 Tools and Resources 9.8.5 Awards and Recognition The purpose of this section is to outline environmental management programs, awards and opportunities available to the golf course management industry. Through involvement with these different alliances, golf course superintendents can bring more awareness to the public and receive a higher degree of admiration for the work they contribute to the natural environment.
  4. 4. SECTION 9.0 ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES 9.1 AUDUBON COOPERATIVE SANCTUARY PROGRAM FOR GOLF COURSES (ACSP) Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System c/ o Audubon International 46 Rarick Road Selkirk, New York 12158 U.S.A. www.auduboninternational.org
  5. 5. Audubon International is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), environmental education organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them. 9.1.1 What Is The Audubon Program for Golf Courses? Golf courses can play a significant role in enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat and natural resources. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP) provides information, advice, and guidance to help golf courses conduct proactive environmental projects and achieve positive recognition for their efforts. Together, the ACSP and golf courses are enhancing the game of golf and improving the quality of the environment through stewardship action. 9.1.2 Why Is The Program Important to Golf Courses? Golf courses provide valuable open spaces, greenbelts, natural sanctuaries, and wildlife habitats, especially in areas of urban expansion. Many golf courses already provide a variety of habitats, and most have the opportunity to enhance what is present. The ACSP increases awareness of the positive contributions golf courses make to the environment and the community. Did You Know . . . In 1991 the United States Golf Association (USGA) provided funding to The Audubon Society of New York State, Inc. (ASNYS), to form the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP) under Audubon International.
  6. 6. Audubon International and the USGA are neither affiliated with the National Audubon Society who also have many golf courses participating in their membership programs. Another program often confused with both the ACSP and the National Audubon Society is the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program. To learn more of this program please see section 9.0.0 9.1.3 What Projects Can You Pursue? There are many conservation projects that you can pursue. The ACSP works with private clubs, public courses, resorts, residential communities, and stadium courses. The program takes your unique setting into account while working with you on projects such as: • Native plant landscaping • Ecological restoration • Nest boxes for songbirds, Owls and Wood Ducks • Garden plantings to attract butterflies and birds • Expanded IPM programs • Water quality testing and Best Management Practices • Improved irrigation efficiency • Member and guest education • Public outreach and publicity 9.1.4 What Are The Benefits of Participating? Participation in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses has many benefits. The program is useful to: • Promote your positive, proactive environmental achievements and the benefits of golf courses nationwide
  7. 7. • Educate golf course employees in habitat management, Best Management Practices, and public outreach strategies designed especially for golf courses • Provide ongoing technical information, support and guidance for the implementation of environmental projects • Help superintendents organize and document their environmental activities • Improve the image of superintendents as valuable, knowledgeable professionals • Connect superintendents and course personnel with local resource people and organizations who can support a golf course’s Environmental Management Programs • Result in financial savings on course maintenance for many participating courses. • There are some insurance firms that will reduce your premium when provided with proof of ACSP Certification. • Certification Criteria does overlap with provincial and national IPM Accreditation, helping to demonstrate a broader commitment to the environment. 9.1.5 How Can You Become Involved? Getting involved is easy, and Audubon International staff are available to provide advice and guidance along the way. Just follow these steps: Step 1: Register You Course To join, simply fill out a registration form and send it along with the application fee to the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System of Canada. Your course will then be a registered member of the ACSP. Your new member packet includes: • A Guide to Environmental Stewardship on the Golf Course. This book provides a comprehensive program overview and instructions for initiating conservation projects • One-year subscription to Field Notes, the Cooperative Sanctuary newsletter • Membership Art Print, suitable for framing • Resource Inventory and Environmental Planning Form. Step 2: Complete Your Resource Inventory and Environmental Plan
  8. 8. Time requirement: approximately 5 hours Complete and return this form, which asks you to describe your course property, goals, and management plans. All information you give is confidential. Based on your site conditions, Audubon will provide you with direction for becoming a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. All decisions concerning the implementation of ACSP suggestions remain with the golf course superintendent and course officials. Step 3: Obtain Certification Time requirement: approximately 1 to 3 years for most courses You can become certified as a Cooperative Sanctuary by working toward your goals and documenting your efforts. Obtaining certification demonstrates your leadership as a steward of the environment and helps you gain recognition for your achievements. As conservation projects are implemented, your course can apply for certification in six categories: 1. Environmental Planning 2. Wildlife and Habitat Management 3. Integrated Pest Management 4. Water Conservation 5. Water Quality Management 6. Outreach & Education A “Certificate of Achievement” is granted for each category, once environmental activities are documented. Audubon provides a Certification Workbook to help organize this information. The completed Workbook is a valuable management tool for documenting and communicating environmental management strategies. Your course will be nationally recognized as a fully certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary once all six categories are achieved. Step 4: Backup Documentation
  9. 9. Audubon International requires Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary documentation such as water quality test results, wildlife inventory lists, pesticide and fertilizer use, and pictures to be updated. This recertification will alternate with Site Visits and thus will be conducted every four years. Step 5: Recertification Site Visit Audubon International requires Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries to host a site visit for recertification. An independent third-party reviewer conducts the site visits at the golf course, using a site visit checklist provided by Audubon International. This recertification will alternate with Backup Documentation and thus will be conducted every four years. 9.1.6 As a Certified Cooperative Sanctuary, You Will Receive: As a Certified Cooperative Sanctuary Program participator you’ll receive: • Media press releases highlighting golf course environmental conservation efforts • A Certified Cooperative Sanctuary art print to display at the golf course • Regional and national recognition as an environmental leader. 9.1.7 What is the Audubon Signature Program The Audubon Signature Program helps landowners and developers design for the environment so that both economic and environmental objectives are achieved. Once construction is complete, involvement in an Audubon Signature Program ensures that managers apply sustainable resource management practices in the long-term stewardship of the property. 9.1.8 What is the Audubon Classic Program Launched in 2009 the Audubon Classic Program, like the Audubon Signature Program takes an approach that is flexible and adaptable to almost any type of existing property, including redevelopment and restoration projects. 9.1.9 What is the Audubon GreenLeaf Program This program provides the assurance that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practice standards that are required for a rating of one to five Green Leafs. The program began in 1998 to meet the lodging industry's desire to provide quality guest services, while minimizing their impact on the environment. Through a comprehensive and credible method for assessing the extent of the environmental measures undertaken, participating facilities can reduce environmentally related costs and gain a marketing advantage. By earning a rating in the Audubon Green Leaf™ Program, you’re confirming your commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency.
  10. 10. 9.1.10 The Green Golfer Challenge The Green Golfer Challenge was created to engage golf course managers and professionals in supporting greener golf by educating golfers, highlighting environmental stewardship activities taking place on their golf courses, and encouraging golfers to take the Green Golfer Pledge. To learn more and register for the program please visit the official website for Green Golfer Challenge at www.audubongreengolfer.com. For more information, contact: Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System c/o Audubon International 46 Rarick Road Selkirk, New York 12158 U.S.A. Joellen Zeh – Canadian Program Mgr. Phone: 518-767-9051 ext 14 e-mail: jzeh@audubonintl.org 9.2 GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENTS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (CGSAA) ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD The GCSAA coordinates an annual award program to recognize golf course superintendents around
  11. 11. the world for their commitment to environmental stewardship efforts on the golf course. 9.2.1 Who Is Eligible and What Are the Qualifications? Canadian applicants should be members of the CGSA and have: • A good overall management plan which ensures high-level environmental stewardship • Experience in the implementation of specific innovative practices which demonstrate environmental stewardship. 9.2.2 Who Will Select Environmental Stewardship Award Winners? An independent panel of judges makes the award selections. In the past, the panel has included pesticide and irrigation specialists, an independent agronomist and/or turfgrass consultant and representatives of independent environmental groups. 9.2.3 How Many Winners Will There Be and What Will They Receive? There may be up to three winners from each of the USGA's seven Green Section regions, three from Canada and three from "international" regions, for a potential maximum of 27 winners. Within each region, there may be one winning superintendent from a public course, one from a private course and one from a resort course. In addition, three U.S. national winners will be selected, one each from the three golf course categories. A selected number of merit winners also may be recognized at the judges' discretion. WINNERS TYPICALLY RECEIVE • Recognition at GCSAA's annual conferences • Invitations to receptions honoring ESA winners at GCSAA conferences • Plaques and specially-designed seals for use in winners’ clubhouses or in other prominent places on their golf courses • Donations to the GCSAA foundation in the winners’ names • Regional and local publicity.
  12. 12. 9.2.4 Application Forms Application forms request the following information: • Brief summary of the entry (one page or less) • 10 to 12 color prints (35 mm) for illustration, including a photo of the applicant • Brief description of the management plan • Brief description of innovative environmental ideas or practices • Course description (i.e., number of acres, turf types, terrain, soils, special challenges, etc.) • Course age • Pesticides used and role, if any, in environmental efforts • Integrated Pest Management practices • Irrigation products and role, if any, in environmental efforts • Mowing equipment and turf maintenance equipment used and role, if any, in environmental efforts • Fertilizer and seed used and role, if any, in environmental efforts • References. For further information, contact Greg Lyman, GCSAA director of environmental programs, at 785-832-3625 9.3 CGSA/TORO ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CGSA in conjunction with The TORO Company is proud to sponsor the CGSA/TORO Environmental Achievement Award. In 1998 The CGSA produced and distributed the Environmental Management Resource Manual© to all class A and B superintendents. This tool to help ensure environmental compliance for golf courses in Canada is a comprehensive document on environmental issues for the industry and CGSA/TORO both want to promote its use. This program is meant to promote a holistic use of the CGSA Environmental Management Resource
  13. 13. Manual© by all golf courses in Canada. It is the belief of the CGSA that many courses across this country are already implementing extensive EMP’s and now, with our partner The TORO Company, we are giving you an opportunity to show the world. 9.3.1 The Criteria In section three of the Manual, Environmental Management Programs (EMP) for golf clubs are detailed as the diligent framework that encompasses an Environmental Policy and Environmental Review of your operations, with Corrective Action plans. Implementing a successful EMP typically requires responsibilities, practices, procedures, and processes for implementing environmental management. Demonstrate to the award committee that your golf club is committed to the development of a STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM. The winner of this award will not necessarily have the most extensive EMP. They will be judged on their overall commitment to environmentalism and their demonstration of the value of these initiatives to their respective golf clubs and the golf industry at large. Your environmental accomplishments are what will qualify you. 9.3.2 How to Apply Application forms request the following: • Brief summary of the entry (one page or less) • Details of the Strategic EMP entry. • Color photos for illustration • References Elements of Your Strategic EMP that should be included in your submission (these are minimums not limitations): • Examples of the integration of environmental stewardship into all areas of business; • Benchmarks in areas of environmental performance (e.g. Audubon certification, environmental awards, or regulatory compliance); • Evidence of implementation of monitoring programs to prove your EMP is at work; • Demonstrations of continuous improvement on environmental issues by detailing the history of your club’s efforts; • Corrective actions implemented at the root of environmental problem (demonstrating how they were solved); • Examples of integrated initiatives with your community and with industry suppliers; • Details of training and education of personnel both within your operation and through public relations;
  14. 14. • Results of performance reviews by the environmental community and governing agencies; • Contingency plans or emergency situation programs; • Detailed IPM philosophy and the program implemented by your club; • Proof that your EMP has been circulated amongst all stakeholders at your golf club, Contact the CGSA office for a current application form, see Figure 9.1 for the 2009 Application Form. 9.3.3 The Prize In previous years the CGSA in conjunction with The TORO Company has provided an incredible opportunity for a CGSA member and a companion to travel to Spain to visit Europe’s first Audubon- Certified golf course. Nominees become eligible for the trip of a lifetime. The winner and a companion will visit Spain for one week as a guest of The TORO Company. The prize includes a visit to the Valderrama golf course and an opportunity to meet Jamie Ortiz-Patino, its owner/superintendent. 9.3.4 The Deadline The deadline for submission is November 30. The winner will speak at the CGSA Conference in March. Send the application form and all related documents to: CGSA 5520 Explorer Drive Suite 205 Mississauga, ON L4W 5L1 Contact Lori Micucci at the CGSA office (1-800-387-1056 extension 226) for an additional application form if needed or if you have any questions regarding this CGSA program.
  15. 15. Figure 9.1 CGSA/TORO Environmental Achievement Award
  16. 16. 9.4 ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD PROGRAMS Each province has their own environmental recognition programs. In addition to provincial award programs, municipalities, conservation authorities, non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations all have environmental awards of excellence in their respected area of focus. Here are a short list of golf courses who’ve shown environmental leadership and thus recognized within their communities: • Carman Creek Golf Course has adopted a number of environmentally friendly practices and won the Mayors Monthly Environmental Award in June of 2008. Owner Terry Avery's commitment to the environment includes installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs and motion sensor lighting. The golf course has an active recycling and composting program and uses chlorine-free paper products and non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products. In addition, the course utilizes native grass in its fairways, which conserves water by minimizing irrigation requirements. The company also has eliminated the use of toxic pesticides, installed a wind turbine and offers free coffee to those who purchase their own pottery mug for on-site use instead of disposable cups. "They are committed to environmental sustainability and being a positive example of the Green Matters message," said Mayor Woodside." Carman Creek is arguably the most eco-friendly golf course in the Atlantic Provinces."1 • Each year Tourism Vancouver Island has the pleasure of recognizing stakeholders who have demonstrated great efforts and achievements in the tourism industry over the past year. The Tourism Sustainability Award which recognizes a tourism business in the Vancouver Island Region that has set out to minimize their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, respect local cultures and benefit local communities in the past 12 months. Their commitment to environmentally responsible tourism and changing the way they conduct business serves as an example to the industry. Strong nominations in this category resulted in an Honorable Mention to Matt Bowes and Jen Smith of Gabriola Sea Kayaking, and the award going to Arbutus Ridge Golf Club. Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is only one of five organizations in their sector across Canada to officially measure their Carbon Footprint through a partnership with a national organization using the GHG Par “0” program (See section 9.7). In 2009 they have created a greening committee, invested in newer and more efficient alternatives, purchased locally made products and opted to spend more for an environmentally friendly finish and began the process of becoming the 8th organization in BC to be fully Audubon certified. They have issued media releases highlighting their accomplishments which have resulted in seven media articles in major golf magazine publications and local newspapers. They have created awareness by sharing their new initiatives and accomplishments with both staff and consumers and have recently joined the Cowichan Green Community.2 1 http://www.fredericton.ca/en/environment/2008June23MayorAwards.asp 2 www.golfbc.com
  17. 17. 9.4.1 National Award Programs The Hometown Heroes Award Program, established by Earth Day Canada in 2004, recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, whether an individual, group or organization, who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. Heroic candidates can win either the Individual Hometown Heroes Award, with a $10 000 cash-prize ($5 000 to keep and $5 000 to donate to the environmental cause of their choice), or the Group Hometown Heroes Award, with a $10 000 cash-prize to support their work. Nominate yourself, an individual or group from your community by Earth Day, April 22nd, 2010. http://www.earthday.ca/hometown/ Since 2002, the Canadian Environment Awards has recognized more than 140 Canadian individuals and groups that are working on community, regional and national levels in the name of the environment. Continuing their hard work, these Gold and Silver Award winners have invested $330,000 in prize money into environmental projects across the country. Read their stories using the index below. http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/cea2008/default.asp 9.4.2 Alberta Alberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence – Emerald Awards The Alberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence was founded in the fall of 1991 to recognize the outstanding initiative and leadership Albertans are demonstrating in the face of the many environmental challenges of the 1990s. The Emerald Awards were created by the Foundation to celebrate these achievements, and the Foundation encourages all Alberta individuals, organizations and corporations to participate. The Foundation brings together a group of resourceful organizations committed to ensure recognition of the significant strides being made by Albertans to protect, preserve, enhance and sustain our environment. The Mission Statement of the Emerald Foundation is to: Stimulate public awareness of environmental progress in Alberta by celebrating and promoting environmental excellence. Objectives The objectives of the Alberta Foundation for Environmental Excellence are to: • Develop and stimulate public awareness of environmental progress in Alberta; • Recognize Alberta’s achievements, excellence and leadership in environmental matters; • Provide a means to recognize and honor Alberta individuals, corporations and organizations associated with environmentally supportive programs.
  18. 18. Nominations for future Emerald Awards Nominations form for future Emerald Awards are now available. All applications are judged by an independent panel of expert judges and the announcement of award recipients will occur at the Emerald Awards ceremony to be held in June. Applications will be judged on the basis of: • Commitment to preservation, protection, enhancement, or sustainability of the environment positive, tangible and long-term impact on: • Quality of air, water or land • Preservation of biological diversity • Climate change / greenhouse gases • Public or corporate attitudes toward the environment For further information: The Emerald Foundation can be reached at 205 3132 Parsons Rd NW Edmonton, AB T6N 1L6 Tel: (780) 413-9629 (toll-free elsewhere in Alberta), E-mail: info@emeraldawards.com www.emeraldawards.com
  19. 19. 9.4.3 British Columbia Arbor Vitae Awards Background British Columbia has a well-established reputation for environmental protection and stewardship. In support of this, the Ministry of Environment created the Arbor Vitae Awards in 2007, with an aim to acknowledge individuals whose hard work, dedication and commitment are helping B.C. to lead the world in sustainable environmental management. The awards invited British Columbians to nominate a friend, neighbor, colleague, community or business leader, whose everyday work and dedication makes a difference in the betterment of the environment. In a time when climate change is a palpable threat and the need to curb the effects of global warming becomes progressively more apparent, it is particularly meaningful to recognize individual contributions to environmental health. The Arbor Vitae Awards honor the people behind the everyday actions that benefit our environment, creating a legacy of sustainability and responsible environmental citizenship. Making a Difference Every day, hundreds of people in British Columbia make a difference in the betterment of the environment. They may be volunteers, or outstanding non-profit or private sector employees who have made it their personal mission to protect and improve our environment. They make a difference through hands-on work, or by educating or informing the public, promoting the benefits of sound environmental practices. Why Arbor Vitae? Arbor Vitae is the commonly used name for the genus Thuja, which has five species, including the Western Redcedar. It also means "tree of life." The Arbour Vitae Awards celebrate these exceptional individuals and the lasting legacy of their work. Their contributions are invaluable to the future of British Columbia. Celebrating the individual Few things are as powerful as personal commitment and dedication. That is why the Arbor Vitae Awards acknowledge and celebrate individual people, as opposed to the organizations, companies or groups they may belong to or be associated with. You too can make a difference If you’re reading this, chances are you know someone in your organization, neighborhood or community whose work and dedication make a positive difference to the environment in British Columbia… Please consider nominating them for these unique awards. In this website (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/mea/winners.html) you will find the guidelines for nominating someone, as well as an electronic nomination.
  20. 20. For more information contact: Arbor Vitae Awards c/o Christina Bell, Strategic Policy Division PO Box 9335 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, B.C. V8W 9M1 Fraser Valley Sustainability Awards Each year, thousands of men, women and young people working with hundreds of community groups, businesses and government agencies dedicate countless hours to help ensure a sustainable future for the Fraser River Basin. The Fraser Basin Council's Sustainability Awards underscore the achievements of these sustainability champions. Since the biennial Awards were launched in 1998, hundreds of organizations, communities and individuals have been honored with nominations and awards. Award Categories 1. Understanding Sustainability Award One Award will be presented to honor those who demonstrate or seek to communicate a better understanding of sustainability. The award recognizes contributions that enhance our understanding of how vibrant communities can be built through improved social well-being, strong & diverse economies, and the maintenance and improvement of the air, water, land & living species that make up our ecosystem. Submissions should demonstrate a comprehension of the goals of sustainability, and could include: • Choice of lifestyle decisions that foster sustainability; • Encouragement of leadership to promote values and goals; • Sharing of ideas to generate action; • Education of citizenry to achieve sustainability targets; • Other 2. Strengthening Communities Award One Award will be presented to honor those who assist communities to become more robust, sustainable & self-sufficient. The award recognizes those who enable communities to build diverse economies, an educated work force, safe neighborhoods, and accessibility to basic commodities, shared goals, local action and/or a sense of belonging. Submissions should demonstrate an example of community innovation, and could include:
  21. 21. • Involvement of aboriginal communities; • Practicing sustainable transportation; • Diversification of the local economy; • Other. 3. Caring for Ecosystems One Award will be presented to honor those who work as stewards of the environment & natural resources. This award recognizes those initiatives that respect ecosystems and their interrelationships. Submissions should demonstrate stewardship of resources, and could include: • Enhancement of wildlife and fisheries habitat; • Stewardship of agricultural lands; • Management of Basin ecosystems; • Practicing sustainability in the forest, mining or energy sectors; • Furthering air quality goals; and/or • Other. 4. Improving Decision Making Award One Award will be presented to honor those who demonstrate collaborative decision-making. This award recognizes processes that reach creative agreements and achieve common goals that reflect the diverse needs of a growing population mixed in gender, culture, religion, age & interest, while reflecting jurisdiction of aboriginal rights & title. Submissions could include quality decision-making models that are: • Collective and co-operative; • Include diverse groups and interests; • Are accountable, transparent and accessible; • Other. 5. Overall Sustainability Award One Award will be presented to honor those who have made or are making a contribution in each of the Sustainability Award categories listed above. This award will be presented to the individual, community, or organization whose initiatives best combine the qualities of understanding sustainability, caring for ecosystems, strengthening communities and improving decision-making. Moreover, their work contributes to the Fraser River Basin achieving its vision of becoming a place where social well-being is supported by a vibrant economy & sustained by a healthy environment. 9.4.4 Manitoba Eco Network
  22. 22. These awards were established in 1990 to recognize the achievements of Manitobans in protection and awareness of Manitoba’s environment. The environmental community especially acknowledges the creativity, diligence and commitment of our peers in presenting the “Individual” and “Group” awards. A “Special” category is open to nominations of Manitobans in all walks of life that have made a difference to the environment. Greg Holden, Superintendent of the Clear Lake Golf Course is the winner in the “Special” category. Greg was nominated by Celes Davar, of Earth Rhythms, an eco-tourism provider in Riding Mountain National Park. Greg has led the operation of the Golf Course and restaurant at Clear Lake for 16 years, transforming it from a conventional pesticide and fertilizer-laden, waste-stream driven course to a model of sustainability, innovation and recycling. Fraser Basin Council 1st Floor - 470 Granville St. Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5 Tel: (604) 488-5350 Fax: (604) 488-5351 Email:info@fraserbasin.bc.ca 9.4.5 New Brunswick New Brunswick Environmental Leadership Awards The New Brunswick Environmental Leadership Award is intended to recognize contributions to protecting and enhancing our environment and in doing so, to encourage like-minded action and involvement by others, ensuring a healthy environment, making a special contribution to New Brunswick’s future. Categories: Nominations for the awards can be submitted in any one of the following four categories: 1. Youth (individual under 21 years of age) 2. Individual Citizen (any individual citizen over 21 years of age) 3. Business (any private enterprise) 4. Community Group or Organization (a not-for-profit organization or group) Criteria: Your project or activity must meet at least one of the criteria under each of the following two
  23. 23. headings: Leadership • The project or activity has prompted or continues to prompt positive environmental action by others, and/ or • The project or activity is a clear example of exceptional commitment to environmental improvement, and/ or • The project or activity represents a step forward in environmental innovation. Enhancement and/ or Protection • The project or activity has contributed directly to protecting the natural environment, and/ or • The project or activity clearly enhances or improves people’s approach to protecting the environment in New Brunswick. Judging: A panel of judges representing various sectors will be assembled to review the eligible submissions. The judges will then select one winner from each category that best demonstrates environmental leadership and achievement. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony and presented with an original New Brunswick Environmental Leadership Awards medal as well as a living legacy, such as a tree to plant in their community. For further information: The Educational Services Branch New Brunswick Department of the Environment and Local Government P.O. Box 6000 Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5H1 Tel: (506) 453-3700 Fax: (506) 453-3843 Email: award-prix@gnb.ca Or visit the Environmental Leadership Award web site at: www.gnb.ca/0009/0369/0006 9.4.6 Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Awards Program
  24. 24. History The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Awards Program was established in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Women's Institutes and the Department of Environment to create public awareness for the pro-active environmental actions being taken by Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Department and Women's Institutes wanted to celebrate our environmental heroes. The object is to demonstrate the contributions people are making to create a healthier environment and through their efforts encourage others to do the same. You Can Be A Part of the Newfoundland & Labrador Environmental Awards Program The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Awards Program is always looking for Community Environmental Initiatives, no matter what the size. If you, an organization, people in your community or your community have done something to help make your neighborhood or town a cleaner, healthier place to live, tell us. You can nominate anyone from the following seven categories: 1. Individual Awarded to a person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment and dedication to the conservation and protection of the environment. 2. Citizens’ Group Awarded to a group or agency that has taken action to enhance the environment and has created public awareness and involvement. 3. Educator Awarded to a person who has been responsible for promoting environmental education and awareness in a formal (i.e., classroom) or informal (i.e., volunteer programs) setting. 4. Youth Awarded to a youth or youth group who has shown initiative in undertaking environmental activities that enhance or protect the environment. 5. School Awarded to a school that has demonstrated a commitment to incorporate environmental awareness as part of the school's programs and activities. 6. Business Awarded to a business that has demonstrated an exemplary attitude and concern for the environment through a sound environmental management policy and has demonstrated action to prevent or reduce pollution. 7. Municipality Awarded to a municipality that has demonstrated, through action, commitment to a quality community environment based on sound and innovative planning. Awards Criteria The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Awards Program wants to hear from you. Send us your story or the story of someone you know. A one-page description of what's being done accompanied by the submission form provided on this page. In compiling your nomination, please consider the following: • the number of active participants • the number of people affected • the geographic area • the short and long term goals of the project/activity • the duration of the project/activity
  25. 25. • documentation (i.e. newspaper articles, photos, sample(s), letters) • how the project/activity identifies, reduces, solves or avoids an environmental problem • the impact and benefits of the project/activity • the amount of time and effort expended on the project • the potential for ongoing benefits • special merit (i.e. nature of the applicant, uniqueness of the project) • promotion of public awareness and understanding of an environmental problem or situation • proves active concern for the enhancement and protection of the environment • demonstrates consistent responsible environmental practices. Awards Submission Submissions must be received on or before May 2nd All nominations will be acknowledged. Nominations from previous years can be resubmitted or carried over from previous years. Mail your success stories to: Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Awards Program Newfoundland and Labrador Women's Institutes P.O. Box 1854 St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 5P9 For more information call or fax: (709) 753-8780 or (709) 729-5783 9.4.7 Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Eco-Hero Annual Awards In celebration of their 15th anniversary in 2007, the Nova Scotia Environmental Network launched new annual environmental awards. These awards recognize groups and individuals who’ve made a significant contribution to environmentalism in the province. There are six award categories for both individuals and groups. The nomination form and more information are available here: http://www.nsen.ca/ecohero.php Award Categories and Descriptions 1. Nickerson Lifetime Achievement (Individual) Awarded to an individual with an impressive and long legacy of environmental stewardship and leadership in Nova Scotia. This award is named after Mil Nickerson of Yarmouth who has been a leader on environmental issues nationally, provincially and locally for over two decades. 2. Eco-Heroes Group of the Year (Group) Awarded to the community group that has taken determined environmental action, which has
  26. 26. resulted in positive in Nova Scotia. 3. Eco-Hero Environmentalist of the Year (Individual) Awarded to an individual who has shown inspiring environmental initiative in Nova Scotia. 4. Cole Award for Excellence in Environment and Health (Group or Individual) Awarded to an individual or group who has passionately promoted the link between environment and health in Nova Scotia. This award is named after Sheila Cole of Halifax who has been an instrumental force in bringing the issue of Environment and Health onto the public radar in Canada. 5. Marshal Award for Aboriginal Environmental Leadership (Group or Individual) Awarded to a First Nations individual or group who has demonstrated great environmental leadership in Nova Scotia. This award is named after Allister Marshall of Chapel Island First Nation. Allister has provided leadership on a variety of environmental issues locally, provincially and nationally for many years. 6. Youth Environmental Leadership Award (Group or Individual) Awarded to an individual youth (Under 30 years old) or youth group who has shown enthusiastic environmental leadership in Nova Scotia. 7. Award for Environmental Political Will (Group or Individual) Awarded to an elected official/politician(s) at any level of government who has exhibited a genuine commitment to protect the natural environment, advance sustainability and show eco-leadership in the last year 8. Langille Honour in the Woods Award (Group or Individual) Awarded to an individual or group who has worked hard over the course of the year to preserve and protect Nova Scotia's rich biodiversity - forests, wilderness, wildlife and endangered species – and who has exemplified Pam's values of perseverance and collaboration. This award is named after Pam Langille, a pioneer and an activist who passed away on July 12, 2008 9.4.8 Ontario Ontario Ministry of Environment Award of Excellence The Ministry of the Environment’s Awards of Excellence are presented annually to acknowledge excellence in research and technology development in environment and energy, and in pollution prevention. Pollution Prevention Achievement
  27. 27. To recognize facilities at the P4 Level of the Pollution Prevention Pledge Program that have achieved outstanding reductions in emissions and discharges to the environment through improvements in process design, operation and maintenance, redesign of products or elimination and substitution of toxic materials. The award is divided into three categories – small, medium and large facilities. For further information: Contact Deborah Kukan Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Partnerships Branch, th 40 St. Clair Ave. West, 14 Floor Toronto, ON M4V 1M2 Tel: (416) 327-1492 www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/news/win99.html 9.4.9 Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island Environmental Awards Has an Island business or organization shown leadership in reducing their impact on the environment? Show your appreciation by submitting a nomination for the Prince Edward Island Environmental Awards. Candidates for an award can be nominated by any individual or organization including the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry staff. Current staff members of the department are not eligible to receive an award. Nominations must be received by May 1st. Selection Process and Criteria Nominations will be assessed by a selection committee composed of members of the minister's Environmental Advisory Council. To be eligible for an award, an individual or organization must have been instrumental in: • identifying, reducing, solving or avoiding an environmental problem; • demonstrating consistently responsible environmental management practices; and/or • promoting public awareness, understanding and active concern for the enhancement and protection of the environment.
  28. 28. In addition, the review committee will also consider the nominees': • long-term service and commitment; • voluntary contributions; and • innovative approach. Announcement of award recipients will be made by the Minister of Environment, Energy and Forestry during Canadian Environment Week, in early June. Award recipients will be contacted prior to the announcement. 9.4.11 Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Environmental Champions The Saskatchewan Eco Network is a non-profit, non-government organization that connects environmentalists – within the province and across Canada – and promotes active networking among member groups. The Saskatchewan Environmental Champions project recognizes Saskatchewan people and organizations that have made major contributions to their province, Canada and the world in the fields of land conservation, natural history, land ethics, environmental protection and sustainable development. For more information contact: Saskatchewan Eco-Network 203-115, 2nd Ave. N, Saskatoon SK S7K 2B1 Phone (306) 652-1275 Fax (306) 665-2128 Email: sen@link.ca 9.5 GOLF ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATION PROGRAM FOR GOLF COURSES
  29. 29. GEO Certification – The World’s Hallmark for Sustainable Golf www.golfenvironment.org/certification 9.5.1 What is the GEO Program? GEO Certification is a credible, trusted and accessible recognition program for golf. Developed through years of collaboration, its carefully crafted on-line interface enables any golf facility anywhere to connect with local and global audiences, on issues of real resonance. In today's world there's an undeniable need for golf to realize its potential as an asset for people and the planet. Consumer expectations and changing regulations require that we all step up our efforts. To help guide this evolution, the Golf Environment Organization (GEO) has pulled best practice and leading edge thinking together into a streamlined, credible, and productive approach. GEO Certification improves performance while offering public recognition for sustainably managed golf environments. Featuring transparent on-line reporting, independent on-site verification and requiring continual improvement from participants, GEO Certification has been commended by WWF International, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the COHAB Initiative and the World Resources Institute. 9.5.2 Why is the Program Important to Golf Courses? Sport and business have a responsibility to become engaged on environmental and social issues. GEO Certification creates a platform from which golf can push on and prove itself to be a leader in integrating social, environmental and economic benefits. Whether a golf facility’s environmental management is highly advanced or just starting out, GEO Certification offers instant public recognition for environmental commitment and a framework that enables efficient prioritization of effort for participants.
  30. 30. Featuring cutting edge knowledge and tools designed to raise understanding and guide environmental improvement at golf facilities, golfenvironment.org aims to be the Internet’s most user friendly and integrated resource for sustainable golf. 9.5.3 What Projects Can You Pursue? GEO Certification is awarded to golf facilities that demonstrate levels of excellence across the following performance categories: • Nature • Landscape & heritage • Water • Turf • Waste • Energy • Education & awareness • Management planning The GEO Certification Criteria are downloadable from golfenvironment.org in French, English and other major languages. To achieve and maintain GEO Certified status, participants must have clearly stated aims and objectives and should be engaged in proactive environmental activity across all key areas of the program. 9.5.4 What Are the Benefits of Participating? Environmental performance is about unlocking efficiencies in resource use and management practices. GEO Certification was designed to encompass an educational element and can help any golf course or club manager effectively appraise and improve their management practices. Each and every golf facility should be looking to tap into their Sustainability Cycle. Improvements in performance, profile and profit can increase customer loyalty and unlock major cost savings across the golf operation.
  31. 31. By undertaking simple waste and energy audits golf facilities can quickly identify areas to cut their management costs. GEO Certification places heavy emphasis on minimizing grassing plans, as this is the one area where many golf courses have the opportunity to reduce environmental impact and save hundreds of thousands of dollars in resource use, inputs and man-hours. 9.5.5 How Can You Become Involved? The GEO Certification program is administered 100% on-line. Visit golfenvironment.org to find out more. The basic steps and outline costs are: 1. Get On Course™ (Free): • Upload basic data & environmental policy • Instant public commitment to sustainable golf management 2. Improve (Cost of any necessary advisory support): • Use GEO website Knowledge and Guidance areas • Get support from advisers / local NGO's 3. Certify (€150 certification fee, paid on-line to GEO): • Upload detailed data • Appoint GEO accredited verifier for assessment visit 4. Verify (~€1500 fee paid directly to verifier – variable depending on scale, complexity and profile of site): • On-site evaluation with constructive feedback • Certification awarded / pending / rejected 5. Re-certify (same as steps 3 and 4): • Repeat steps 2 - 4 every three years • GEO Certification requires continual improvement 9.5.6 As a Certified GEO course, You Will Receive As a GEO Program participator you’ll receive: • Local to global recognition as a sustainable golf environment • Your own page on the GEO website featuring a credibly verified case study showcasing your environmental performance alongside your logo and imagery of your course
  32. 32. • A media pack featuring template press releases and branding material to promote your status in the programme • Constructive feedback about your management practices that can be used to structure and prioritise further environmental activity • The opportunity to purchase flags, wall plaques and other promotional material for raising awareness amongst your members, customers and local communities For more information please visit: www.golfenvironment.org
  33. 33. 9.6 AUDUBON LIFESTYLES SUSTAINABLE GOLF FACILITY PROGRAM www.audubonlifestyles.org/programs/golf.html 35246 US Hwy 19 #299 Palm Harbor, Florida USA 34684 (727) 733-0762 9.6.1 Program Objective The basic objective of the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program is to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, create healthy, productive environments, and inform the public, residents, guests, clients and employees about the benefits of sustainably managed golf facilities. 9.6.2 Background The program went through a peer review process by a range of golf course industry leaders, governmental agencies, and conservation groups who reviewed (among other things) the program audit, which includes the following five sections: “Economics & Business”, “The Maintenance Facility”, “Water Quality and Conservation”, “Turf, Natural Areas, & Wildlife”, and “Outreach and Education”. Did You Know . . . This definition of a “Sustainable Golf Facility” was developed over a period of months by the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Advisory Group with input from the International Sustainability Council.
  34. 34. "A sustainable golf facility is an economically sound business that provides safe, healthy and enjoyable environments for all employees, members, visitors, and guests. A sustainable golf facility is sited, designed, and constructed in ways that enhance the local community, and reduce or eliminate its impact on natural resources. It is managed in ways that provide balance between optimum playing conditions for golfers, and good stewardship of the natural environment. Management strategies are based upon scientifically sound site specific best practices that improve the quality of all life on the site, regionally, and beyond. Through outreach and education a sustainable golf facility is a champion and advocate of sustainability." 9.6.3 How will the program be used? The program will be used not only to assist golf courses owners, superintendents and managers looking for ways be more sustainable in how they operate their golf course, but also calculate their level of sustainability and earn recognition for their actions. Unlike traditional certification programs who simply award (or deny) certification, the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Course Rating Program will gauge a golf course’s level of sustainability, and provide incentives in which future activities on the golf course can take place and earn recognition. 9.6.4 How does the program work? Through participation in the program, Audubon Lifestyles assists golf facility managers, staff, and planners who desire to manage and operate their golf facilities sustainably. The program is geared toward assisting those seeking to become local, regional, national and international models of sustainability by incorporating sustainable principles, concepts, and management strategies. Once a facility meets all of the requirements of the program which includes adopting a Sustainability Charter, and completion of the Sustainability Audit, Audubon Lifestyles will designate the facility as an Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility and develop an Improvement & Implementation Report specific to the facility. In addition, based upon an evaluation process and the Sustainability Audit the facility may be awarded between one and five stars, and earn the right to use the International Sustainability Council’s Seal of Sustainability. 9.6.5 Registration Incentives? To encourage golf facilities to participate, Audubon Lifestyles has decided to waive the $500registration fee required to join the program to the first golf facility in each of the fifty States of the United States, each Province in Canada, and each Country for the rest of the world to register in the program. This Pilot Member incentive provides a potential to grant over three hundred complimentary memberships, and will stay in effect until 2011. Learn more at: www.audubonlifestyles.org/programs/golf.html
  35. 35. 35246 US Hwy 19 #299 Palm Harbor, Florida USA 34684 (727) 733-0762
  36. 36. 9.7 E-PAR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM E-Par International Telephone: +61 2 4961 4060 Mobile: +61 412 294 514 Fax: + 61 2 4961 4021 9.7.1 Background Environmental management with E-Par is not a series of hurdles, but rather a set of practical steps towards improved environmental performance. E-Par is a software package designed to assist golf course Superintendents to create their own customized Environmental Management System (“EMS”) Developing an EMS can be a tedious process but playing a golf game can make it fun. E-Par has created a simple relationship between an environmental management task and a golf shot. A range of complex environmental management requirements have been restructured into a game of golf. The game can be played with limited instruction. You can build your (EMS) in one round of golf. Using the “E-Par essentials” package you can commence developing your EMS immediately utilizing the support mechanisms built into the web based system. 9.7.2 What is involved with becoming a member? Paying the joining fee provides the Superintendent with: 1. Initial setup, hosting and access to the award winning E-Par environmental management system with your own unique password. 2. Your tabulated Environmental Management System Folder housing your E-Par EMS. 3. An E-Par Membership Certificate for display in the workplace. 4. Web based support of your E-Par EMS. 5. Access to the “E-Par golf bag”. This is a members only access to a library, where members can access and download all environmental documentation including induction booklets, incident reporting forms, and the innovative E-Par environmental risk assessment worksheet. The E-Par golf bag will also house procedures for activities such as spill response, rinsate disposal, in-field washing, contractor induction, chemical disposal, noise management, waste management, energy management, chemical and fuel delivery. 6. On-line electronic access to your E-Par EMS. 7. Your own Environmental Management Poster for display. This poster is an excellent tool to demonstrate to staff, contractors and regulators your E-Par EMS.
  37. 37. 8. Access to the “E-Par superintendent’s shed” which stores information on wash bay and chemical bay design features and options, how to manage staff, change management, energy calculations and many other items of environmental interest. 9. Access to the “E-Par environmental chat room” to discuss environmental management with your peers. 9.7.3 What are the benefits for on-going membership? Annual membership fee provides you with: 1. Continuing hosting and access to the award winning E-Par environmental management system for 12 months with your own unique password. Any updates of the system and its included environmental documentation will also be provided under the membership fee arrangement. 2. Access to environmental alerts and latest environmental news. 3. A monthly Environmental Management Newsletter. 4. Continued access to and updates produced and available in the “E-Par golf bag”. 5. “E-Par activity statements” to provide data on your club’s EMS activity. 6. Access to State of the Environment reports for the industry. 7. Access to the “E-Par newsroom” where environmental alerts and stories are posted. If your club is undertaking an environmental initiative we post it in the newsroom. 8. Continuing access to the “E-Par golf shop” and its wealth of information, updated and added to on a regular basis. 9. Use the “E-Par search engine” to locate specific items of interest that will accumulate over time relevant information on an industry wide basis. Contact Information: E-Par International Telephone: +61 2 4961 4060 Mobile: +61 412 294 514 Fax: + 61 2 4961 4021
  38. 38. 9.7 Par “0” (Zero) Canada’s Premier Environmental Program For the Golf Industry Par “0” is a new leading edge Certification Program that promotes environmental stewardship and eco-efficiency specifically for the golf industry. 9.7.1 Background Information Launched in 2008, Par “0” is a “Made in Canada” environmental program that provides certification to golf operations who wish to become environmental leaders. Par “0” program enables golf clubs to implement eco-efficiency plans to become “carbon neutral”. With the public, private sector and government (all levels) becoming more aware of the need for immediate action against climate change, carbon neutral golf operations gain competitive advantage within the new low-carbon economy and reap the benefits of being part of the solution. 9.7.2 What is the Process EBSC Consultants (EBSC) and our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Busters team work with individual golf courses in a phased approach. Phase 1: Quantify the carbon footprint Phase 2: Conduct an eco-efficiency assessment of the golf operations Phase 3: Implement changes to improve environmental performance and reduce the environmental footprint EBSC works with the golf operations in every phase of the program and provides cost-effective eco- efficiency solutions. 9.7.3 What is Eco-Efficiency Eco-efficiency is a business movement that concentrates on companies becoming environmentally responsible and more competitive. Environmental performance is linked to financial performance resulting in financial savings and benefit to the environment. Eco-efficiency supports a corporate and social responsibility in a community where customers and consumers are concerned with environmental matters and responsibility. 9.7.4 Eco-Efficiency Benefits What benefits will your golf course experience? • Increased revenues • Improved bottom line • Improved regulatory compliance • Improved business image • Improved customer and staff relationships • Improved business image • Improved quality of products/services • Reduced operating costs (input reductions, chemicals, energy, fuel, etc.) • Reduced environmental and health and safety liabilities
  39. 39. 9.7.5 Par “0” Certification Levels 1 Bronze Level: This level of recognition is given to those operations who participated and have their carbon emissions (footprint) quantified, with recommendations to reduce their footprint. Silver Level: This certificate is given to operations that have their carbon emissions footprint quantified and an on-site eco-efficiency assessment (with recommendations for improvement) conducted. The site-specific recommendations provide a ‘road map’ to the business with respect to becoming carbon neutral over a period of time. Gold Level: This certificate is awarded to companies that received both silver and bronze certificates and have reduced their carbon emissions from their golfing operations (proper) and have become carbon neutral. Carbon neutral status may also be achieved through purchasing high quality carbon credits. Platinum Level: This highest-level certificate is awarded to companies that have received bronze, silver and gold certificates and is based on the entire golf operations (club house included) being carbon neutral though reducing emissions or by purchasing high quality carbon credits. Platinum certification is the highest form of certification offered by EBSC and GHG Busters. Platinum certified golf courses are carbon neutral and have accounted for their total operational carbon emissions as well as the carbon emissions embodied in the products/services they sell and use. EBSC and GHG Busters are proud to work with NGCOA (BC Chapter) and look forward to a long successful partnership. Through this new program and other NGCOA initiatives, BC golf courses will continue to show leadership in the area of environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility. Contact Information: For further information or to sign up into the Par “0” program, please contact: (204) 229-5680
  40. 40. 9.8 GOLFS DRIVE TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY 9.8.1 A Sustainable Approach to Golf Facility Management The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, is leading a collaborative industry-wide effort toward a sustainable approach to golf facility management. Sustainability is about ensuring profitable businesses while making decisions that are in the long-term interest of the environment and communities. The focus is on continual improvement by professionally managing and conserving resources and inputs, and reducing waste while providing playing conditions that satisfy golfers of today and tomorrow. 9.8.2 Establish baseline information In 2009, GCSAA's Golf Course Environmental Profile was completed, which is the first centralized study to document environmental features and practices on golf courses. The profile will serve as the tool to measure and report data for the golf course industry. It will indicate change in the future and provide the basis for education and resource development. 9.8.3 Best Management Practices Voluntary, industry-specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) criteria will be developed that will serve as the foundation for golf facilities to implement change and operate in a manner of continual improvement. 9.8.4 Tools and Resources A set of tools/resources will be provided that will include a variety of programs, systems, and services for golf facilities to evaluate performance, and foster continual improvement. 9.8.5 Awards and Recognition Awards will be created that recognize sustainable performance based upon recognized BMPs and program criteria. The awards and additional communications will position golf facilities as sustainability leaders in their communities. Through partnerships with sponsors and inclusion in national media, the sustainability efforts of golf facilities will reach a wide and varied audience. Stay tuned by going to: http://www.eifg.org/sustainability/index.aspx