Awareness and sustainability dictate responsible actions
GCSAA provides members and the golf course industry with the tools and information necessary to enhance their environmental stewardship. Innovative tools provided by GCSAA include the landmark Golf Course Environmental Profile (GCEP) surveys that have studied the physical features and maintenance practices of golf courses in the U.S. and the development of Best Management Practice (BMP) templates to assist in setting performance goals. Developing and understanding professional land management practices is critical for the success of golf facilities and GCSAA is here to help with the following resources:
Some key areas that GCSAA focuses on in order to move in the direction of sustainability include:
- Energy Conservation – energy management with monitoring, recording and analyzing use
- Pollution Prevention – focuses on the infrastructure, operations, and waste management-related items, including composting, recycling, wash pads and air pollution
- Water – the key resource for golf facility operations that directly impacts operating costs and the ability to generate revenues
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices – produced by some of the most highly regarded turfgrass researchers in the field, our step-by-step planning guide takes you through the process of implementation. Facilities who build a specific and comprehensive IPM plan set themselves up for long-term success
- Wildlife Management – we offer resources, case studies and educational opportunities that demonstrate how many superintendents have successfully managed and enhanced their wildlife and pollination habitats at their facilities
- The focus for sustainable golf operations centers on people, planet and profit. Focusing on these key areas provides an answer to ensuring golf’s future. Discover what these three elements mean and how some facilities have made a big difference on all three fronts in our Sustainability section.
For questions or more information, please contact Mark Johnson, associate director, environmental programs, at 800-472-7878, ext. 5161.