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Inaugural ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament will be an Event that Spans Beyond Golf!

ecogolf tourneyISC-Audubon, a non-profit coalition of sustainability advocacy organizations and initiatives that includes The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability is pleased to announce the inaugural ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament being held April 5-7 at the Westin Diplomat Golf Club in Hollywood, Florida.

Although this will be the first tournament that ISC-Audubon will be involved in, the EcoGolf Celebrity Tournaments Series has been around for a few years. Originally produced and coordinated exclusively by EcoEvents Group based out of South Florida, previous EcoGolf Celebrity Tournaments have been held in Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Spain, for the benefit of a wide range of youth charity organizations.

ISC-Audubon and EcoEvents Group partnered together to co-produce the EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament Series in the winter of 2012, and have since turned the partnership into a great success.

The previous Celebrity Tournament benefited Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides safe effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The upcoming ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Charity Tournament will provide funding for establishing outdoor classrooms through the ISC-Audubon Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability Campaign called Nature Discovery Gardens, but also benefit the Southern Florida Make-A-Wish Foundation and their efforts to provide much needed assistance for young people and their families in times of great need.

“ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournaments has made a sincere commitment to support a variety of sustainability and youth-related charities,” according to EcoEvents Group founder and Celebrity Tournament Coordinator Lucia Anreus-Hall. “We are not just organizing a fun event for celebrities and golfers to attend, but have also created a great opportunity for individuals from all walks of life to support some truly great and worthwhile charities.” 

In addition to the charitable contributions made, the tournament itself is an example for other golf tournaments or events that strive to be eco-friendly.  The tournament series is held only at golf courses and facilities that are managed in an environmentally-friendly or sustainable manner, and especially by those facilities who have taken steps to become certified through an environmental or sustainability-focused certification program such as those who choose to participate in the ISC-Audubon Sustainable Golf Facility Program.  In addition, the coordinators have also made a commitment to be carbon neutral, and will be offsetting their carbon footprint by planting over a hundred native trees at Oleta River State Park, Florida’s largest urban park, located only five miles away from the Westin Diplomat Golf Course.

The EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament is more than just a golf event, and the golf tournament itself is only one aspect of the three day event taking place. The first night includes a Celebrity Dinner and Auction that will benefit charity.

A snapshot of the celebrities who will be participating in the event includes (among others) actor Kevin Dillon, actor Danny Masterson, baseball great Sammy Sosa, actor Richard Kind, Big Break Atlantis star Aubrey McCormick, NFL quarterback Cam Newton, actor Anthony Anderson, and San Francisco 49ers tight-end Vernon Davis who played in this year’s Super bowl.  

ISC-Audubon Executive Director Eric Dodson said "We are very excited that over 30 television and film stars, and sports and broadcast celebrities have agreed to participate in our inaugural ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament.  Now, over a hundred lucky golfers will have the opportunity to tee it up with the celebrities, and have some fun while benefiting some truly great causes.”

On the last day of the three day event, ISC-Audubon is organizing the EcoKids Golf Clinic where celebrity golf professionals instruct youth on the basics of golf and kids learn about being environmentally friendly.

To participate in the EcoKids Golf Clinic, kids from the South Florida Region are asked to study and learn about the Florida State butterfly and then to write a composition, accompanied by a hand drawn image of the butterfly - the Zebra Longwing.  Kids who submit their story and art will be entered into a drawing, and fifty kids will be selected to join in on the fun at the EcoKids Golf Clinic.

A presentation will be given by ISC-Audubon on the nature, turf and lakes around the Weston Diplomat's Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certified Golf Course, and instructors will take the kids to strategically picked locations on the golf course grounds to place butterfly eggs.

Ronald G. Dodson, Chairman of the ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament Series said, “Having worked in the golf industry for over 25 years, it is very exciting to finally have the time and opportunity to be involved directly in a golf tournament series that will not only provide for a fun experience for those that attend the tournament, but to generate much needed funding for environmental education in schools that are all facing serious budget shortfalls and to directly help children and their families during times of great stress brought about by serious personal health issues. Clearly these EcoGolf Tournaments are opportunities for golfers and everyone involved with golf to be involved in some actions that are beyond golf, but clearly connected with the environmental and social need aspects of sustainability and have great fun in the process.”

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ISC-Audubon
35246 US Hwy 19 #299
Palm Harbor, FL 34684

R. Eric Dodson
Executive Director
Phone: 727-733-0762
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Fight Rising Fuel Costs- Get Better Gas Mileage!

Fuel Economy

Four Quick Tips to help you get better Gas Mileage:

1) Drive Sensibly
Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

Observe the Speed Limit
While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.31 per gallon for gas. Observing the speed limit is also safer.

Remove Excess Weight
Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.

Avoid Excessive Idling
Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner (AC) use. Turn off your engine when your vehicle is parked. It only takes a few seconds worth of fuel to restart your vehicle. Turning your engine on and off excessively, however, may increase starter wear.

Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use Overdrive Gears
When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.     


2) Keep Your Car in Shape

Engine Properly Tuned
Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done. Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40 percent.

Keep Tires Properly Inflated
You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner's manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire's sidewall.

Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil
You can improve your gas mileage by 1–2 percent by using the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1–2 percent. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1–1.5 percent. Also, look for motor oil that says "Energy Conserving" on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.

Replacing a Clogged Air Filter on Modern Cars Improves Performance but Not MPG
A new study shows that replacing a clogged air filter on cars with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines does not improve fuel economy but it can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent. This kind of engine is prevalent on most gasoline cars manufactured from the early 1980s onward. Tests suggest that replacing a clogged air filter on an older car with a carbureted engine may improve fuel economy 2 to 6 percent under normal replacement conditions or up to 14 percent if the filter is so clogged that it significantly affects drivability. The effect of a clogged air filter on diesel vehicles will be tested in the near future.

3) Planning and Combining Trips
Combining errands into one trip saves you time and money. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multipurpose trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm. Trip planning ensures that traveling is done when the engine is warmed-up and efficient, and it can reduce the distance you travel.

Commuting
Stagger your work hours to avoid peak rush hours. Drive your most fuel-efficient vehicle. Consider telecommuting (working from home) if your employer permits it.

Take advantage of carpools and ride-share programs. You can cut your weekly fuel costs in half and save wear on your car if you take turns driving with other commuters. Many urban areas allow vehicles with multiple passengers to use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes which are typically less congested, further improving your fuel economy.

Consider using public transit if it is available and convenient for you. The American Public Transit Transportation Association has links to information about public transportation in your state.

Traveling
A roof rack or carrier provides additional cargo space and may allow you to meet your needs with a smaller car. However, a loaded roof rack can decrease your fuel economy by 5 percent. Reduce aerodynamic drag and improve your fuel economy by placing items inside the trunk whenever possible. Avoid carrying unneeded items, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 lbs in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent.

   
4) Choosing a More Efficient Vehicle
Selecting which vehicle to purchase is the most important fuel economy decision you'll make. The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $968 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.87). That's $4,840 extra in fuel costs over five years!

The difference between a car that gets 20 MPG and one that gets 30 MPG amounts to $968 per year (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $3.87).  That's $4,840 extra in fuel costs over five years!
      
Use www.fueleconomy.gov's Find and Compare Cars section to find the most fuel efficient vehicle that will meet your needs.     
 


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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

Ford Motor Company
www.ford.com

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

Defenders of Wildlife
www.defenders.org

The Earthday Network
www.earthday.org/2012

Bloomberg Businessweek
www.businessweek.com

Small Busienss Trends
www.smallbiztrends.com

The Dodson Group
www.thedodsongrp.com      

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