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Changes at Audubon International

One of golf's most active environmental organizations is getting a new look at the top.

Ronald Dodson, the founder, president and CEO of Audubon International for more than 20 years, has announced he is stepping down from his CEO position with the organization as part of a strategic reorganization that ultimately spins off some of AI's programs and initiatives into separate business units. Kevin Fletcher, AI's director of programs and administration for the last three years, will take over the role as executive director, while Dodson will continue to assist in a select set of tasks on a part-time basis.Audubon International is well known to golf course superintendents for its Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses and its Signature Program, certification programs for both existing (in the case of the Cooperative Sanctuary Program) and new (in the case of the Signature Program) golf courses that have attracted more than 2,000 golf facilities in 24 countries, according to Audubon. Those programs weren't affected by the recently announced changes, but there is plenty that was.

According to an early July news release issued by Dodson, the changes go like this:

  • Dodson steps down and Fletcher moves up, changes that came following a review of AI's structure and programs by an outside consultant. "Following review of the consultant's report, we held two board retreats and have developed and adopted a strategic plan for the organization, which, in part, included a planned transition for the organization," Dodson said in that release.
  • Dodson, along with a host of others, created the International Sustainability Council, which will focus on many of the sustainability issues Audubon International had involved itself in over the years that had recently been determined were beyond the scope and mission of the organization. Dodson is the chairman of that new council.
  • Finally, in another move to break off other Audubon International "professional services" that had been identified as beyond that group's scope, primarily as it relates to AI's not-for-profit status, Audubon Lifestyles LLC is born. Run by former AI staffer Eric Dodson, the new firm will aim to facilitate "sustainable lifestyles for people where they live, work, play, stay and learn." Ron Dodson will serve as the sustainability adviser to Audubon Lifestyles.

"I am very pleased with the present status of Audubon International in regard to the organizational goals and objectives," Ron Dodson said in the release. "I believe that we have a great team that can lead AI into a very successful future. I'm equally excited about the ISC and Audubon Lifestyles, and I believe that I have now found where I want to spend the rest of my professional life."

And if that wasn't enough, there was more a few weeks later, as Ron Dodson and golf course architect Bill Love announced the formation of Sustainable Golf Developments, a firm focused on the design and planning of sustainable golf course community development projects. You can read more about that right here.


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The first Earth Day in 1970 marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Over 20 million Americans participated in the inaugural Earth Day with events and protests against the deterioration of the environment across the country, as well as a one-hour primetime special report about the environment, narrated by Walter Cronkite and with correspondents in dozens of U.S. cities.

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Urbana University

Defenders of Wildlife

The Earthday Network

Bloomberg Businessweek

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