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Four Trends Retailers are Taking to be Sustainable

leafprints.jpgRetailers face major challenges when it comes to sustainability. They source products made all over the world. They use lots of energy to keep stores well lit and comfortable.  They sells products that could one day end up in landfills.

But a new report from the Retail Industry Leaders Association says many retailers are taking bold steps to reduce their environmental footprints. It looks at some of the green trends and points to some success stories. While the report drew its findings from interviews with 20 major retailers – from IKEA to PetSmart – these practices are likely to affect smaller retailers as well.
Here’s a look at four trends:
1. Looking closer at supply chains. More retailers are evaluating the sustainability of their suppliers, including energy use, hazardous material, greenhouse gas emissions and water use. Some even require manufacturers to produce an annual report, so they can better gauge their total environmental footprint and be more transparent with their customers. Many big retailers are relying on third-party organizations, including The Sustainability Consortium and the Fair Factories Clearinghouse, to help them conduct supplier reviews.
2. Focusing on end of life. Some retailers are getting more active in help consumers responsibly dispose of their products — and that’s because if they don’t, it’s very likely the items will end up in landfills. Target Corp. offers recycling centers in its stores for plastic bags and aluminum, among other materials. The Gap in 2010 collected 360,000 units of denim to be repurposed into home insulation.
3. Educating consumers. Retailers have to be careful not to inundate consumers with sustainability information – especially in stores. But they’re finding ways to make it more engaging and transparent. WalMart’s Love, Earth Jewelry collection, for instance, allows people to trace their jewelry’s journey “from mine to market.” Whole Foods and IKEA created their own green labels.
4. Engaging employees. Retailers are actively asking their employees to help them lower their environmental footprint – and that’s tough: Retailers tend to have high turnover rates, which means employees don’t feel quite as engaged in the business. But some have been quite successful. Some, like Walgreen,  are forming green teams of employees passionate about sustainability or hosting volunteer drives to help with local environmental nonprofit efforts.

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The PGA Golf Club Joins the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program

PGA VillageThe PGA Golf Club, located in St. Lucie, Florida has become a member of the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program.

Owned and operated by The PGA of America the PGA Village features the PGA Golf Club, with 54 holes of Championship golf by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye; PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance golf instruction, practice, technology and fitness park; and the PGA Historical Center golf museum, and is home to the Ryder Cup Trophy.

The Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program was created and continues to be modified through a collaborative process from experts in golf facility management, wildlife management, conservation and sustainability. Among others, this includes advisors presently or formerly employed by the United States Golf Association (USGA), the Professional Golf Association (PGA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and various Universities, Colleges and businesses nationwide. In addition, participation by pilot members like The PGA Golf Club provides real-world insight used to further refine the program, making it the most comprehensive program to measure sustainability on golf courses.
Through participation in the Sustainable Golf Facility Program, Audubon Lifestyles staff will assist the PGA Golf Club’s managers and staff to complete the program requirements and gain recognition as a local, regional, national and international model of sustainability.

R. Eric Dodson, CEO and Executive Director for Audubon Lifestyles said, “We are excited to welcome the PGA Golf Club into the Sustainable Golf Facility Program. By participating, the PGA Golf Club has set itself on a path to lead by example, and their commitment and efforts toward sustainable golf course management should be commended.”

“We are truly excited to join the Audubon Lifestyles program, and look forward to taking the next steps to gain recognition by becoming an Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility.” stated Bob Baldassari, General Manger of the PGA Golf Club.

Once a facility meets all of the requirements of the Sustainable Golf Facility Program which includes adopting a Sustainability Charter, and completion of the Sustainability Audit, Audubon Lifestyles will designate The PGA Golf Club as an Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility, and will develop an Improvement & Implementation Report specific to the facility. In addition, based upon an evaluation process and the Sustainability Audit the facility may be awarded between one and five stars, and earn the right to use the International Sustainability Council’s Seal of Sustainability.



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The United States Golf Association (USGA)

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The PGA Golf Club

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