Friday, July 14, 2017

Beavercreek Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 2017
CONTACT:              Allie Eustis, Program Specialist
                                                (518) 767-9051, Ext. 116
                                                allie@auduboninternational.org

Beavercreek Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

BEAVERCREEK, OH – Beavercreek Golf Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.
Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"Beavercreek Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Christine Kane, Executive Director at Audubon International.
Beavercreek Golf Club is one of 16 courses in Ohio and 910 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2014. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by Zachary Wike, Assistant Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Manager of Watershed Partnerships at the Miami Conservancy District, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International. “The Beavercreek Golf Club is an excellent example of good land stewardship. They are protecting greenspace, improving water quality, and creating wildlife habitat. The buried valley aquifer is a critical resource for our communities, and the Beavercreek Golf Club is taking many steps to ensure it is here for our future,” Hippensteel Hall reported.
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Kane. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 1-844-767-9051, e-mail at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.       ###

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