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Bird City, Kansas becomes first Program Member

Bird City KansasWhat better place to kick-start the Bird City U.S.A. Program than in Bird City, Kansas? 

Bird City, Kansas is a small, active, agricultural community in the heartland of the United States. We would like to thank Bird City, Kansas for becoming the first member of the Audubon Lifestyles Bird City U.S.A. Program.

The Bird City U.S.A. Program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for municipalities and communities throughout the United States who recognize International Migratory Bird Day, and the importance that birds have in our communities. 

Birds are most useful to humans as destroyers of harmful insects and as consumers of weed seeds.

Bird City USA Predatory birds such as the hawk, eagle, and owl are essential because they keep down the populations of rats, mice, and other rodents that would otherwise devour valuable food crops. Birds also pollinate many species of flowering plants. 

International Migratory Bird Day is an invitation to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation. Like any day of recognition, IMBD exists to focus attention on a valuable resource — the nearly 350 species of migratory birds that travel between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Migratory birds are among the world's most beautiful and remarkable wildlife. Symbolic harbingers of spring and melodic songsters of the woods, birds are also an important economic resource, controlling insect pests and generating billions in recreational dollars. Unfortunately, we know from research that many species are in decline, facing a growing number of threats on migratory routes and in both summer and winter habitats. Thus in addition to being a day to foster appreciation, IMBD is a call to action.

Get your town or city involved as a Bird City U.S.A. today at: www.audubonlifestyles.org/birdcityusa.html

or learn more about Bird City, Kansas at: http://www.birdcity.com/   


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

O'Connor Signature at the Oaks
www.theoakslakecity.com

The City of Franklin, Tennessee
www.franklin-gov.com

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Green Living Tips
www.greenlivingtips.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov

Bird City, Kansas
www.birdcity.com 

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Golf Cars and Sustainability

By: Brian Kington

Solar Golf CartLet’s first take a few seconds to discuss proper terminology.  They’re actually called golf cars not golf carts.    Golf carts are something players use who prefer pulling or pushing their clubs to riding or schlepping them around the course.   Of the many factors influencing the future of the golf industry, the use of golf cars is a unique topic for discussion because, in my opinion, they have both positive and negative effects on the sustainability of the game. 

The traditional round of golf 100 years ago saw a player carrying his own bag, or hiring a caddie, but with either choice walking 5 miles across undulating terrain was a regular aspect of the game.    At private clubs today, it appears that the majority of members still walk the course, however at public facilities walking is much more rare.   Encouraging this puzzling trend for players to choose riding over walking is the common business strategy for daily fee courses to pad their greens fees by including a golf car with the round.
 
There are some obvious environmental benefits that come with encouraging the non-use of golf cars, such as conservation of fossil fuels and energy.    But consider the social benefits of walking, such as additional exercise, which is important and much needed for all of us, not to mention an enhanced interaction with nature for walkers.    I would also argue the use of golf cars actually worsens pace of play, an already serious issue in the game at present, especially in wet conditions when golf cars are not permitted on the fairways and players are constantly going back and forth to retrieve clubs.  
A counter argument supporting use of golf cars could be the loss in revenue for a course already struggling to meet their bottom line in today’s down economy.  However, with the increased cost savings for the maintenance staff resulting from less wear and tear to the roughs and fairway, and reduced energy requirements, it may be close to a wash economically.   
  
The conversation gets more interesting when you consider a much larger resort community because golf cars can be used for more than carrying clubs.     Expansive interconnected areas of open space, plant and wildlife habitat, and recreation are generously incorporated into the communities to provide basic needs such as improved air and water quality, enhancement of biodiversity and green space.   This integrated planning approach of blending human uses and nature also offers a unique design opportunity to consider alternative strategies for vehicular circulation.     Often times elaborate trail systems are incorporated throughout the property which not only provide recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, bird watching, but that also accommodates and encourages using golf cars for everyday movement within the community instead of using automobiles. 
  
Certainly some senior players and others with physical limitations may require a golf car simply to participate in the sport.  This should be highly encouraged, as it is very important for golf to be accessible for everyone for the sustainability of the game.   Designers should recognize the increased value in promoting the use of golf cars as an alternative means of transportation and incorporate the concept into the planning process.  As far as a typical 18 hole outing is concerned, most players might reconsider throwing the strap of their bag over their shoulder instead of strapping the bag into a golf car—and if not for their own health and well-being, then for the well-being of golf.  

Brian Kington, is a Landscape Architect with Love & Dodson, LLC.

Read more about Sustainable Golf at: www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com
 


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org 

The International Sustainability Council

www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

eNature.com
www.enature.com

Golfs Drive Toward Sustainability
www.eifg.org/sustainability

World Migratory Bird Day
www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
www.gcsaa.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

Sustainable Golf & Development
www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com

Sustainable Forest Initiative
www.sfiprogram.org

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.org

International Migratory Bird Day 2011
www.birdday.org

 

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