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About the Signature Sanctuary Program

The Signature Sanctuary Program provides comprehensive environmental planning assistance to new developments. The program assists landowners and developers with the design for the environment so that both economic and environmental objectives are achieved. Once construction is complete, involvement in the Signature Sanctuary Program ensures that managers apply sustainable resource management practices in the long-term stewardship of the property.  For a full list of all golf courses certified in ACSP for GolfSignature, or Classic Programs, click here

Make the Environment Part of Your Plan

The Signature Sanctuary Program offers a "beyond compliance" approach to project development, construction, grand opening, and long-term management. In addition to minimum certification standards, each project is given the opportunity to work towards three different levels of certification. The program is flexible and adaptable to the project, but generally involves the following:

  • Initial Site Assessment- An on-site assessment will be conducted by Audubon International staff and the project team to evaluate and document the existing natural resources and how those resources may be impacted by future proposed development.

  • Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP)- A well-developed project specific NRMP will serve as a guide for the construction and management of the property focusing on wildlife management, habitat enhancement, waste and materials management, energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, and pest management.
  • Implementation- To become certified, a project owner must implement the NRMP, meet the minimum certification standards and site-specific requirements, and pass an environmental audit. Site visits are conducted by Audubon International staff during the major phases of the project to supplement training and education of construction and operational personnel as well as consulting staff.
  • Environmental Audit- Audubon International staff will conduct an environmental audit of the project to assess compliance with the program and to generate site-specific requirements for long-term management in accordance with Signature Sanctuary Program standards.
  • Recertification- Demonstrating continued compliance with the program criteria, implementation of the NRMP, and educational and outreach activities are necessary for recertification. Each project location will host a site visit from a member of a local environmental group on year three after the environmental audit. Subsequent site-audits are conducted every third year by Audubon International staff.

To join the Signature Sanctuary Program a property must apply for membership. Applications will be reviewed by Audubon International to ensure that the proposed project is a good fit for the Signature Sanctuary Program. A one-time, non-refundable program registration fee of $7,500 (USD) is required once the application has been approved. Annual program membership fees thereafter are $500 (USD) for all properties. 

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Signature Sanctuary Program,
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