Project Summary: Golf and the Environment
Golf and the Environment:
Starting in 1995, the EPA Wetlands Division joined an existing initiative to find common ground between the golf industry and the environmental community, and to advance golf course environmental responsibility. This initiative has consisted of a series of meetings including representatives of organizations such as American Farmland Trust, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides, National Wildlife Federation, United States Golf Association, and Golf Digest. The first round of meetings yielded a carefully crafted set of Environmental Principles for Golf Courses in the United States that was endorsed by over 20 organizations, including the EPA. These Principles have been published in booklet form and are available to the public. A videotape describing the Golf and Environment project is also available.*
The second round of meetings of the Golf and Environment Steering Committee now underway involves efforts to implement the Principles. Specifically, the group is working on an "Industry- wide Measurement System" so that the golf industry can track and report its environmental progress over time, and a "Collaboration Guide" which will suggest how golf course managers and communities can work together to ensure the ecological sustainability of golf courses.
Click here for a listing of individuals [broken link] who participated in the process of developing the Environmental Principles for Golf Courses in the United States and who can be contacted for further information.
* The booklet, Environmental Principles for Golf Courses in the United States, is available for $5 from: Center for Resource Management, 1104 E. Ashton Ave., #210, Salt Lake City, UT 84106, Tel. (801) 466-3600.