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  • 03/22/2017 1:44 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Classification: Full-time, Exempt

    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY

    Reports to: Executive Director

    Date: March 2017


    Position Description: The Director of Sustainable Community Programs manages all aspects of the Sustainable Communities Program, The Audubon Cooperative  Sanctuary Program for Business,  and Green Neighborhoods Program. The position is part of a collaborative team of dedicated staff members and directly engages a wide range of potential stakeholders (municipal leaders, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, property owners’ associations, and private sector firms, land and property owners, etc.).  The Director reports directly to the Executive Director to meet annual member growth, retention, and service goals.


    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Programs & Member Services

    • Provide leadership to develop, maintain, and advance SCP, ACSP for Business and GN programs, while providing excellent and timely services to our members.
    • Assist Sustainable Communities, ACSP for Business, and Green Neighborhoods member organizations in the development of management plans, sustainability indicators,  and other technical documents required as a component of the Audubon International’s rigorous certification process.
    • Serve members via requests for information through timely in-person, written, telephone, and email communication.
    • Conduct periodic site visits to assist members with ongoing environmental planning and management activities.
    • Cooperate with Audubon International’s network of partners to ensure that Sustainable Communities, ACSP for Business,  and Green Neighborhoods program materials are up-to-date and being disseminated to appropriate audiences.

    Outreach & Education

    • Develop and conduct seminars, presentations, and informational briefings to help educate Sustainable Communities, ASCP for Business, and Green Neighborhoods members (active and prospective) about the natural environment, benefits of sustainable natural resource management, sustainability practices, and the efficacy of Audubon International’s approach to environmental stewardship and certification process.
    • Promote all Audubon International programs via stakeholder meetings, media interviews, newsletters, and participation in various industry and environmental working groups.
    • Lead in the development of new target groups for membership and the development of relationships with other public and private sector organizations interested in partnering with Audubon International in the delivery of the SC , ACSP for Business, and GN programs.
    • Represent AI at appropriate professional society and industry meetings, i.e., APA
    • Develop blog entries for the AI website and content for social media posts
    • In coordination with appropriate AI Staff, develop SCP/Businesss/GN-related press releases and articles for Stewardship News

    Program Marketing and Membership Recruitment

    • Solicit membership for the SCP, ACSP for Business and GN programs
    • Engage contracts for services related to the SC, ACSP for Business, and GN programs
    • As needed, cross promote Audubon International programs  (i.e. , ACSP for Golf, Green Lodging, Signature and Classic)

    Administrative

    • Develop and implement yearly goals, objectives, strategies, and budget proposals for the Sustainable Communities, ACSP for Business, and Green Neighborhoods programs in conjunction with other programs being implemented by the organization.
    • Maintain up-to-date information in the organization’s comprehensive member database
    • Participate in organization- and program-level strategic planning efforts

    Qualifications:

    • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., town land use/city planning, human ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, sustainability science) with at least 2-3 years of relevant and related professional experience, OR a master's / certificate degree in an appropriate field of study with 1-2 years of relevant professional experience
    • Must be dedicated to educating and encouraging urban planning professionals, municipal leadership and staff, citizens, businesses, and others to become actively involved in environmental stewardship projects
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and demographics
    • Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Strong technical and persuasive writing skills
    • Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media).
    • Knowledge and/or professional experience in  planning, outreach, community sustainability practices, and meeting facilitation is desired
    • Pre-existing professional connections in the housing development , planning or public administration industries is highly desirable
    • Familiarity with environmental and ecosystem science (particularly of North America)
    • Occasional overnight travel required.

    Additional Requirements: 

    The person in this position must be able to:

    • Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
    • Occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
    • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
    • Regularly ascends/descends stairs to access office equipment.
    • Frequently communicate with members and interested parties who have inquiries, and exchange accurate information in these situations.

    Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


    Deadline for Application: April 7, 2017


    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.
    • Recent writing sample
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to fred@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

    Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.


  • 03/06/2017 1:56 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Date: March 2016
    Title: Member Services Manager
    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY


    Position Description:

    The Member Services Manager provides critical member services support to all AI programs, including: the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), the ACSP for Golf, the Signature/Classic Program, the Green Lodging Program, and the Sustainable Communities Program. The position assists with a variety of functions including: communicating with stakeholders about the benefits of membership; serving as the primary point of contact for general questions about membership; developing and executing membership outreach, growth and retention strategies; mailing membership packets; managing the organization's membership databases; generating/tracking invoices; serving as a spokesperson for the organization in various venues, answering calls from the public; representing AI at conferences, meetings, and events.


    This is a full-time exempt position.


    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Membership Communications

    • Answer general public inquiries by phone or email and transfer to appropriate program management staff or external party contacts;
    • Assist the Director of Advancement and program management personnel in the development and implementation of membership sales and retention efforts and in the maintenance of AI's relationships with property management companies, members, and prospects;
    • Produce monthly membership reports, and develop tools to track and report on membership trends;
    • Prepare and mail information and certification packets to members;
    • Manage the administration of certification requests including filing, listing and creating certificates;
    • Generate invoices and coordinate monthly mailings;
    • Maintain mailing machine and related equipment.

    Database Management and Recordkeeping

    • Enter and maintain contact information and other data in an electronic database;
    • Maintain "Members Only" area of the official website and ensure all members are able to access it;
    • Maintain up-to-date electronic and physical member files in conjunction with program staff;

    Business Office Assistance

    • Process checks and enter payments into the database;
    • Accept credit card payments over the phone and screen online orders to be processed;
    • Keep inventory of products and educational materials and reorder as needed.

    Membership recruitment and retention

    • Develop relationships with local, regional, and national (and international where possible and feasible) golf leaders and superintendents with the specific goal of retaining current members and recruiting new members.
    • On behalf of AI, attend regional meetings, conferences, and/or trade shows, and deliver presentations as needed and/or assigned.
    • Develop familiarity and relationships with leaders and members in all AI program areas, in collaboration with AI program directors.
    • Coordinate efforts to re-engage lapsed members by engaging in, and directing other staff to assist with, calls to recently lapsed members.

    Required Qualifications:

    • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study and at least 3 years of related professional experience. (Master's degree in an appropriate field of study may be substituted for two years of professional experience.)
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics
    • Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team
    • Self-starter with attention to detail and results-oriented personality
    • Articulate, diplomatic, and able to work constructively and deftly under pressure
    • Must be genuinely passionate about the organization's mission
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Strong organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities
    • Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media); Proficiency with Wild Apricot is highly desirable
    • Knowledge of and/or professional experience in golf course management is desirable

    Additional Requirements: 

    The person in this position must be able to:

    • Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time.
    • Occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
    • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
    • Regularly ascends/descends stairs to access office equipment.
    • Frequently communicate with members and interested parties who have inquiries, and exchange accurate information in these situations.

    Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


    Deadline for Application: Open until filled.


    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to fred@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

     Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.


  • 03/06/2017 1:37 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Audubon International learned recently of Osprey Point’s selection by the World Golf Awards as their 2016 “World’s Best Eco Friendly Golf Facility” presented in Conrad Algarve, Portugal.  Winners are chosen based on votes cast by the public, and by golf and travel professionals.  Nominees must demonstrate “leadership in environmental stewardship and be creative and responsible in planning, design, construction and management of unique, resource efficient golf facilities.” Among the nominees were other golf courses such as No. 2 at Pinehurst, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, The Gleneagles, and five other international facilities.


    Audubon International also recognized Osprey Point, owned and operated by Palm Beach County, for the outstanding achievements accomplished during the design and construction of the 27-hole golf facility.  Osprey Point earned designation in 2011 as the first Certified Classic Sanctuary in Florida for the employment of Best Management Practices including use of infiltration sumps, special management zones, vegetative buffers, and ongoing water quality management and monitoring.


    AI is proud of the work that is being done at Osprey Point. Congratulations on the recent recognition by World Golf Awards!    


  • 02/07/2017 11:55 AM | Joanna Nadeau (Administrator)


    Are you curious about Audubon International's certification program for communities? 

    Does your community need help figuring out what's next to becoming more wildlife-friendly? 

    Would you like expert assistance in building and implementing a sustainability plan for your community?


    Join us for a free webinar on February 23, hosted by Director of Community Programs Joanna Nadeau, to learn what benefits the Sustainable Communities certification program can bring your town or community: 

    • better quality of life, 
    • a healthier environment, and 
    • sustainable economic growth!

    The webinar will give an overview of the certification process, share stories from communities who have gone through it, and answer all your questions. Find out if your community is ready to get certified!


    Register now for this free webinar to reserve your spot!


    Date and Time: February 23 (Thursday), 2:00-3:00pm ET (11:00-12:00pm PT)


    Panelists include: 

    Joanna Nadeau, AICP - Director of Community Programs, Audubon International

    Sheila Rose - Director of Sustainable Development, City of Coconut Creek

    Linda Whitman - Senior Planner, City of Coconut Creek, FL

    Jill Kombrink - Naturalist, Oldfield, SC

  • 01/05/2017 5:43 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Audubon International Certified Golf Course leaders sweep top awards for GCSAA Environmental Leaders In Golf


    All individual award winners are superintendents at courses certified by Audubon International


    22 of 28 ELGA Chapter & Merit award winners also at Audubon International Certified Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Courses


    Audubon International is pleased to announce that superintendents at its Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Courses won all of the individual awards at this year’s GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards and 79% of the awards in the Chapter & Merit division. 


    Congratulations to top award winners:

    • Shannon Easter of Broken Sound Club: Overall and National Private Course Winner. Old Course Certified ACSP since 2009, Club Course since 2011 (picture to right). 
    • Alex Stuedemann of TPC Deere Run: National Public Course Winner. Certified ACSP since 2004.
    • Ken Nice of Bandon Dunes Resort: National Resort Course Winner. Trails, Preserve, Bandon & Pacific Dunes certified ACSP since 2011, Old MacDonald since 2016.
    • Christine Chan of The Jockey Club at Kau Sai Chau Public Course LimitedInternational Course Winner. Certified ACSP since 2005.

    “We send our hearty congratulations to all of these Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program members on their awards. Audubon International is proud that our certification standards are playing such an important role in helping golf courses preserve biological diversity at a time when the rates of species extinction and habitat loss are at an unprecedented high,” said Executive Director Christine Kane. “Our members are contributing to a world-wide system of lands that are being managed for water conservation, wildlife habitat and natural resource preservation.”


    The Environmental Leaders in Golf awards recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach, and leadership. 

  • 01/03/2017 11:10 AM | Anonymous


  • 10/28/2016 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    R & R Products, together with the Propane Education & Research Council and Suburban Propane are announcing a special offer available exclusively for Audubon International members.

    **Special Offer for Members** 

    To promote the environmental benefit of using propane:

    ·         R&R Products is offering a discount of 5% (up to $2500) off the purchase of any propane powered equipment 

    ·         PERC is offering an additional $1000 rebate 

    ·         Suburban Propane is offering propane at a discount for 6 months

    The offer runs from October 1st through December 31st 2016.  To take advantage of this exclusive offer for Audubon International members contact: 

    Jim Coker 

    Director of Propane Applications

    R&R Products

    800-528-3446 or 865-850-2277 (cell)

    jcoker@rrproducts.com

    Using propane machinery has environmental benefits which include:

    •  Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Zero Refueling Spills

    To learn more about the benefits of using propane machinery click on the link below: 

    11720 Propane-Gasoline Comparison (3).pdf




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  • 10/05/2016 9:46 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Date: October 2016
    Title: Program Specialist
    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY


    Position Description: Audubon International seeks a highly-qualified and enthusiastic individual to serve as its Program Specialist. The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs and other Audubon International staff to process, assess, manage, and track certification activities for membership businesses in AI’s award winning natural resource management and sustainability programs.


    Organization Overview: Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in several specific business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, landscaped green spaces, and small private communities and public municipalities.


    Audubon International is headquartered in Troy, New York.  The organization, which has been in existence for over 25 years, works with a wide range of interested partners, including golf courses, developers, small businesses, environmental not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of natural resource management practices that ensure land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources are sustainably used and conserved. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact environmental health at multiple geographic scales, including individual properties, communities, and ecoregions.


    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP)

    • Receive and manage incoming AI Member documents from direct mail and email submissions; log all Member progress information into AI’s Member Database.
    • Under the guidance of the Program Director, assess all ACSP certification and re-certification paperwork and other materials from AI Members.  Match submissions against AI Program Standards and respond to AI Members with appropriate feedback, recognition, progress reports, and education materials, as appropriate. 
    • In collaboration with other Program staff, provide needed administrative and technical support to AI Members as needed.
    • Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization’s web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.
    • Assist program and marketing staff in communications and promotional efforts for all of AI’s education and certification programs.
    • Occasionally represent AI at meetings, conferences, and educational venues to promote AI’s mission and programs, and assist with member recruitment and partner relationships as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., environmental studies, sustainable resource management, etc.) and at least one year of related professional experience.
    • Excellent attention to detail; ability to accurately and systematically assess completeness and rigor of AI Member submissions; match submitted data to AI standards; identify gaps in submissions.
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including ability to write clearly about scientific concepts;
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics.
    • Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Experience and comfort with public speaking.
    • Working knowledge of IT systems (or ability to quickly gain such knowledge)
    • Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media, etc.)

    Compensation: This is a full-time, permanent position, located in Troy, NY. Incumbent will be required to work at Troy Headquarters. Salary range:  $30,000-$35,000, dependent on qualifications. Audubon International offers a mission-driven work environment that promotes continued employee growth and development. The organization offers its employees a strong compensation package, including competitive salary, health benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation. Diversity is highly valued.


    Deadline for Application: Open until filled.


    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to fred@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

    Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

  • 07/15/2016 11:07 AM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Date: July 2016
    Title: Executive Director
    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY


    Audubon International is seeking an Executive Director for a not-for-profit environmental organization that works with private and public landowners to guide the protection, preservation, and sustainable use of our natural resources. Our mission is to inspire and empower individuals, businesses, and communities to improve environmental health within human landscapes.


    Organizational Overview

    Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality, science-based environmental education and incentivizing implementation of sustainable natural resource management in several sectors. We work with business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, the lodging industry, landscaped green spaces, and private communities, and public municipalities in 30 countries. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact environmental health at multiple geographic scales, including individual properties, communities, and ecoregions.


    Job Summary

    The Executive Director is based at our Troy, NY office, reports to a Board of Directors, and is responsible for the overall management and day-to-day leadership of the organization. We are seeking a leader who will inspire and motivate a dedicated staff with a shared passion for the ideals of our organization. The Executive Director develops and implements initiatives that promote membership growth, enhance the international visibility and credibility of Audubon International, and ensure the continued financial strength of the organization. 


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Board Partnership: Reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors to implement Audubon International’s strategic plan. Assists with Board recruitment, governance, and advancement efforts as needed.
    • Executive Team Management: Provides the vision, direction, advice, inspiration, and motivation to the Audubon International team that oversees daily operations and delivery of high-quality environmental programs. Ensures that staff have the resources to be successful and that their professional development is nurtured and recognized.
    • Marketing and Community Involvement: Enhances the visibility of the organization worldwide through effective public relations and marketing efforts to promote membership growth. Is an active presence in the environmental and business communities through attendance at key conferences and speaking/networking at high profile events.
    • Managing External Partnerships: Strengthen and expand Audubon International’s working relationships with external partners in the environmental and conservation field, in the industries with which we work, and beyond.
    • Fundraising and Resource Development: Assists the Director of Advancement in fundraising efforts, including donor programs and potential corporate sponsorships, grants, and other initiatives which may represent new streams of revenue for the organization.
    • Fiscal Management: Works with Chief of Operations in the development of the annual budget and, once approved by the Board, takes over responsibility to ensure the continued financial strength of the organization.
    • Accountability: Works with the Board to measure the organization’s impact and effectiveness and establish accountability for results. 

    Education, Experience, and Qualifications: 

    • 7+ years of general management experience with profit and loss responsibility for a budget in excess of $1 million. Leadership of a non-profit, environmental, and/or membership-based organization preferred. 
    • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA, Masters, or other advanced degree strongly preferred. Degrees in environmental science, organizational/nonprofit management, planning, sustainable tourism, or related fields preferred. Commensurate experience may substitute for education.
    • Significant marketing, sales, and/or public relations experience with resulting membership/customer growth and engagement. 
    • Demonstrated success in fundraising for a non-profit organization.
    • Experience working with a Board of Directors to implement a vision and strategic plan.
    • Experience developing and managing partnerships with diverse organizations and stakeholders.
    • A collaborative management style that resonates with professional staff and volunteers.
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking, Microsoft Office Suite and Outlook.
    • Ability to travel 10-20 times per year, including attendance at national conferences, conventions and educational events, and walk/climb/ navigate in potentially rugged outdoor settings.
    • Ability to work in an office environment with or without reasonable accommodation, including operating office equipment, climbing stairs, sitting for extended periods of time, and communicating with staff in person, telephonically, and through computer equipment. 

    How to Apply

    Applications should include and be limited to the following:

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • Salary history

    Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to joanna (at) auduboninternational (dot) org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Executive Director – Jane Smith). Please do not submit paper copies.

    Deadline for submitting applications is August 12, 2016.


    Additional Comments: 
    Audubon International offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance and flexible work environment. This is a unique opportunity to lead a strong, well-respected organization to its next level of growth and acclaim.


    Audubon International is not affiliated with National Audubon Society or other organizations using the Audubon name.

    Audubon International provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Audubon International complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


    Audubon International expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Audubon International’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

  • 05/02/2016 1:17 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    “Do I need to work with a consultant to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary?”


    This is a common question we receive regarding the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP).


    The short answer is: No. Consultants are not required for a course to become a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.


    The ACSP for golf is an environmental education program with a certification component. As individuals work through the Site Assessment and Environmental Plan, put the plan into action, collect backup documentation, and develop a case study, they are on an educational path that not only changes the way a property is managed, but also the way the people involved in the program think about property management. Hiring an outside person to complete the certification process reduces staff involvement and learning, and can therefore diminish the biggest benefit of the program.


    Benefits of DIY (Do it yourself):

    One of our primary goals is keeping costs associated with the program low. We do not require consultants as this would increase program costs. We strive to keep the program fee low and do not have certification requirements that require large investments in infrastructure.

    We have worked with several members who have had success using a consultant. However, we find that those members who successfully use a consultant are the members who are very involved in the process.


    We have also worked with members who have used a consultant and have not had long-term success. Sometimes a consultant comes in, does all the work, and leaves. No one is left on site that has any ownership in the environmental program, and it subsequently falters. We want our members to be successful for the long term and having dedicated staff and golfers on site is part of that success.


    Sometimes, consultants do not follow our certification process. We have set up the certification materials to be as efficient as possible for our members to complete and for ourselves to review. If a consultant changes the looks or format of the submitted certification materials, or gives us information we do not ask for, it slows down our review time substantially. We are a small non-profit organization with a growing membership, and we simply cannot afford to extend the time needed to review materials.


    Benefits of hiring a consultant:

    In some cases, hiring a consultant is a good option. We do stress that the ACSP is not a one person task, which is why we look for each member to set up a diverse Resource Advisory Group made up of staff, golfers, and local experts. Conducting a wildlife inventory, collecting water quality data, performing an energy audit, creating educational signs, and choosing native plants are just a few of the projects that our members might not have the experience to complete. While Resource Advisory Groups are usually made up of volunteers, hired consultants are often very effective as part of these groups. A local consultant can bring expertise and will often be able to connect your environmental efforts with other local programs and incentives.


    Additionally, if your property is having significant environmental issues or is under heavy criticism, it can be a wise investment to have a professional gather some of your environmental information, such as conducting your water testing or performing an irrigation audit, and make recommendations based on their expertise.  Make sure you hire a consultant with technical expertise who can provide scientifically credible data that meet industry and regulatory standards.

    We encourage any consultants who would like to work with golf courses on the certification process to contact us. This partnership usually works best for all parties when there is a spirit of collaboration and a communal willingness to share our educational philosophy, follow our certification process, and help set up an active, resourceful, and dedicated Resource Advisory Group.


    For our members, we want to emphasize that a consultant is not required for certification. We want you and your staff to be involved in the process, as this results in dedication to, and investment in, the long-term success of your environmental work. If a consultant fits within your budget and can help you meet your specific sustainability goals, feel free to explore the option and to contact us with any questions. 


    Please reach out to us at anytime!


    Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs

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