SustainAbility Newsletter

The Sustainable Golf Facility Program Launches!

Sustainable Golf

ISC/Audubon has answered the call made by many, and after many tireless months of developing the Sustainable Golf Facilities Program, we are proud to have the program available for interested golf courses who wish to participate!

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 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. 

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”.

The Sustainable Golf Advisory Council has been hard at work during this collaborative process, and are pleased to finally be able to provide this program to golf courses throughout the United States and beyond.  We are currently  seeking pilot members who wish to participate in the program, and welcome any golf course interested.

View the January 15, 2010 Press Release  




References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
The International Sustainability Council 

General Motors


Fisker Automotive


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

University of Alaska Fairbanks 

Taylor Properties Group  

Urbana University 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) 

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

5 Tips for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

TurkeyThanksgiving is second in a slew of holidays at this time of year that have become one extended caloric nightmare. Marketers have successfully driven consumers to celebrate these holidays in an atmosphere of frenzied food consumption, often from everyday pre-packaged products festooned with special holiday cheer. However, you can say no to the pre-packaged cheer and have a hearty, sustainable meal. Below are 5 tips to a healthier, humane, sustainable, “low carb(on)” and labor friendly Thanksgiving from some fantastic organizations, some of whom we’re working with for the Social Action campaign for our film, Food, Inc. 

  1. Buy produce from your local farmers market. Rather than eating grapes from Mexico, apples from Argentina or potatoes from China, purchase as much of your holiday produce from a local farmer! Takepart with the Eat Well Guide to find one near you. 
  2. Buy organic produce whenever possible. Organic produce is safer, tastes better than conventional produce and is readily available at farmers markets and supermarkets nationwide. Also, look for organic wines, beverages and condiments. 
  3. Support a farm worker. Thousands of migrant workers labor in dangerous, brutal conditions for little pay to bring food to our table every day. takepart to help to improve the lives of farm workers and their families through the United Farm Workers. 
  4. Have a no-waste meal. Think about how much tinfoil, paper goods and leftover food are thrown away, to spend many, many years in a landfill. The average US family wastes $600 worth of food annually. Landfills are a significant source of global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, use re-usable products and wash them, if possible in a dishwasher with eco-friendly detergent. 
  5. Get moving! The exhaustion you feel on Thanksgiving is from all of the fat, sugar and calories. Takepart in a Turkey Trot running race in your community–you’ll feel a lot better and perhaps have a bit more room for pie.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council

The Daily Green

The Paramus Post

Sustainability Campaign

Energy Star


California State university


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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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