The Colorado Golf Carbon Project Making Strides At This Year
Golfpreserves® presents a check to the Golf Foundation of Colorado and acknowledges industry leaders who are the first to purchase carbon certificates. (Pictured in Photo from left to right Noble Hendrix-Golfpreserves, Michael Chaplinski-Turf Feeding Systems, Ron Dodson-The International Sustainability Council, R. Eric Dodson-Audubon Lifestyles, Kirk Hunter - The Lawn Institute)
On Thursday, February 10, 2011, Golfpreserves® presented a check for $12,000.00 to the Golf Foundation of Colorado representing carbon sequestered from 1,800 acres of the more than 2,000 acres of turfgrass donated by golf courses participating in the Colorado Golf Carbon Project. Golfpreserves® assessed, verified, and calculated the amount of carbon sequestered using scientific research developed at Colorado State University and the USDA/ARS in Fort Collins where this donated check will help to continue the research in turfgrass carbon storage, carbon footprint of turf systems and their environmental stewardship.
The United States Golf Association, The Lawn Institute, Audubon Lifestyles, The International Sustainability Council, Turf Feeding Systems, and Golfpreserves® are leading this effort by being the first to purchase Carbon Certificates representing a total of 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide, removed from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and stored in the soil by turfgrass, at verified sites in Colorado. These sites include THE BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, APPLEWOOD, Golden, Colorado, BRECKENRIDGE, Breckenridge, Colorado, and EAGLE RANCH, Eagle, Colorado.
“This is the first time that certificates created from carbon sequestered by turfgrass have been purchased in the United States. The major purchasers are the leading representative organizations of both the golf and turfgrass industries, the USGA and the Lawn Institute, the research foundation of Turfgrass Producers International. This is also the first time that carbon sequestration certificates’ purchased proceeds have been dedicated to research for carbon sequestration, energy management, and environmental stewardship as it is related to turfgrass operations,” says Noble Hendrix, co-founder of Golfpreserves®.
Michael P. Kenna, Ph.D., Director of Green Section Research for the United States Golf Association commented, “The goals of this program are to recognize the ecosystem value of golf courses; promote a positive story about golf to the world, and develop a needed funding mechanism for environmental research. It is also our hope that other green industry associations, foundations and corporations will participate in this program so we can all benefit from the research it will provide.”
“Audubon Lifestyles and the ISC are excited to be part of a program that put economic value on the environmental process of sequestering carbon. It is our hope that the Colorado Golf Carbon Project serves as a successful pilot that can be expanded nationwide in an effort to support environmental research and help establish and communicate the economic and environmental value of carbon that is sequestered by turfgrass,” said Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles. “It is important to note that the benefits of turfgrass are not limited to golf courses. The turfgrass in home lawns, sports fields, parks, and roadsides, are all equally beneficial in sequestering carbon, but of equal importance is we are finally putting economic value on environmental assets,” concluded Dodson.
About the Colorado Golf Carbon Project
The Colorado Golf Carbon Project is the first ever-comprehensive emission and sequestration project for the golf and turfgrass industries. In addition to providing the full picture of carbon sequestration and emissions at the participating courses, the project presents a built in funding mechanism for future research and development for the environmental improvement of turfgrass systems. In October of 2009, Golfpreserves® and the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado initiated the Colorado Golf Carbon Project, where a carbon emissions data collection system as well as documentation of the carbon sequestered at participating golf courses is ongoing. The project is not only unique in its achievements, but also in the diverse group of representatives who stand behind it: the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado, including the Colorado Golf Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the GCSAA, the Colorado chapters of the NGCOA, PGA, CMAA, Colorado Women’s Golf Association and Golfpreserves®. Further, the project is supported by the USGA, Colorado State University, USDA-ARS, The Lawn Institute, Turfgrass Producers International, Audubon International, the International Sustainability Council, Audubon Lifestyles, Turf Feeding Systems, National Turfgrass Federation, Sustainable Golf and Development, Urbana University, as well as the Office of the Governor of Colorado.
Golfpreserves is a carbon sequestration program for the golf course and other turf based industries. As aggregator, Golfpreserves® creates the assessment, quantification and confirmation of carbon sequestered from turfgrass operations and creates carbon certificates. These verified certificates in the amounts from 50 to 1,000 metric tons are sold at $10 per metric ton to customers who value sequestered carbon and the research and public relations that the project provides. The proceeds from sold carbon certificates are invested two-thirds in research focusing on turfgrass carbon sequestration, energy usage, and environmental stewardship, and one-third for public relations and to run the program. The Golfpreserves® project is open to participation for the owners of the country’s golf courses and other operations and facilities with turfgrass. There is no cost to be a participant with Golfpreserves®. Visit www.golfpreserves.com for more information or to make an inquiry.
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