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New York Capital District Community Network Launched

ISC-Audubon is pleased and excited to announce the launch of the New York Capital District Community Network, as a part of mapthe ISC-Audubon Sustainability Campaign.

The focus of the overarching Sustainability Campaign is to improve the quality of life, environmental quality and economic vitality within

Specific strategies to deliver this mission include:

  • Collaborate with, and create a network of businesses, governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations and citizens to inform and inspire to action that will result in successful sustainability management, that will enhance profitability for collaborators and stakeholders, generate social benefits and improve the quality of the environment.
  • Link the resources of business, government, not-for-profits and citizens to foster a unified approach to the implementation of action-based learning, research and economic betterment.
  • Convene talented people and provide supportive environments for peer learning and professional development.
  • Coordinate interests and resources to support sustainable community planning and development within business, government and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Cultivate and Demonstrate best practices and innovation, to help position business and their clients, and not-for-profit’s and their member and citizens in general to achieve success in the fostering sustainability within the context of engagement with local economies and ecosystems.

The NY Capital District Community Network is the pilot project and is focused specifically within the Capital District of New York State, which is located in upstate New York and centered around Albany, the State capital. A key partner in the launch of the NY Capital District Community Network is Dale Ezyk Golf, the business which manages Colonial Acres Golf Course. Dale Ezyk Golf has signed an MOU with ISC-Audubon to create a Sustainable Golf & Community Center as a demonstration of golf’s commitment to sustainability from a business management perspective as well as to serve as a catalyst for community sustainability.

The overall goals of the Bethlehem Community Network project are:

  • Economic Security
  • Environmental Health
  • Empowerment and Responsibility
  • Social Well Being

Ronald Dodson, Chair of ISC-Audubon and resident of the Capital District is heading the project for ISC-Audubon. A major focus of the effort presently is to greatly increase ISC-Audubon membership in the Capital District of New York. Approximately .90 cents of every membership dollar generated goes directly to the programs and mission of ISC-Audubon. However, ISC-Audubon has committed to setting aside .10 cents of that to support conservation and sustainability projects specific to the  Capital Region. This money will be deposited into what ISC-Audubon calls their SEEDS Fund.  From the SEEDS FUND, ISC-Audubon will give financial support for the establishment of outdoor classrooms, habitat conservation and restoration and community beautification projects that ISC-Audubon refers to as Nature Discovery Gardens.

Specific goals for the NY Capital District Community Network project for 2014 include:

1. The creation of at least 6 Nature Discovery Gardens

2. The creation of at least 3 Nature Discovery Parks

3. The creation and launch of a Sports and the Environment Youth Education Program

4. The launch of the Conservation Landscapes for the NY Capital District project

5. Establisment of the Golf & Community Learning Center

A NY Capital District Community Network blog has been established so that interested citizens, members and supporters can keep up with progress being made. The blog can be seen by clicking HERE.

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The Colorado Golf Carbon Project Making Strides At This Year

Golfpreserves® presents a check to the Golf Foundation of Colorado and acknowledges industry leaders who are the first to purchase carbon certificates. (Pictured in Photo from left to right Noble Hendrix-Golfpreserves, Michael Chaplinski-Turf Feeding Systems, Ron Dodson-The International Sustainability Council, R. Eric Dodson-Audubon Lifestyles, Kirk Hunter - The Lawn Institute) 


On Thursday, February 10, 2011, Golfpreserves® presented a check for $12,000.00 to the Golf Foundation of Colorado representing carbon sequestered from 1,800 acres of the more than 2,000 acres of turfgrass donated by golf courses participating in the Colorado Golf Carbon Project. Golfpreserves® assessed, verified, and calculated the amount of carbon sequestered using scientific research developed at Colorado State University and the USDA/ARS in Fort Collins where this donated check will help to continue the research in turfgrass carbon storage, carbon footprint of turf systems and their environmental stewardship.

The United States Golf Association, The Lawn Institute, Audubon Lifestyles, The International Sustainability Council, Turf Feeding Systems, and Golfpreserves® are leading this effort by being the first to purchase Carbon Certificates representing a total of 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide, removed from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and stored in the soil by turfgrass, at verified sites in Colorado. These sites include THE BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, APPLEWOOD, Golden, Colorado, BRECKENRIDGE, Breckenridge, Colorado, and EAGLE RANCH, Eagle, Colorado.

“This is the first time that certificates created from carbon sequestered by turfgrass have been purchased in the United States. The major purchasers are the leading representative organizations of both the golf and turfgrass industries, the USGA and the Lawn Institute, the research foundation of Turfgrass Producers International. This is also the first time that carbon sequestration certificates’ purchased proceeds have been dedicated to research for carbon sequestration, energy management, and environmental stewardship as it is related to turfgrass operations,” says Noble Hendrix, co-founder of Golfpreserves®. 

Michael P. Kenna, Ph.D., Director of Green Section Research for the United States Golf Association commented, “The goals of this program are to recognize the ecosystem value of golf courses; promote a positive story about golf to the world, and develop a needed funding mechanism for environmental research. It is also our hope that other green industry associations, foundations and corporations will participate in this program so we can all benefit from the research it will provide.” 

“Audubon Lifestyles and the ISC are excited to be part of a program that put economic value on the environmental process of sequestering carbon. It is our hope that the Colorado Golf Carbon Project serves as a successful pilot that can be expanded nationwide in an effort to support environmental research and help establish and communicate the economic and environmental value of carbon that is sequestered by turfgrass,” said Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles. “It is important to note that the benefits of turfgrass are not limited to golf courses. The turfgrass in home lawns, sports fields, parks, and roadsides, are all equally beneficial in sequestering carbon, but of equal importance is we are finally putting economic value on environmental assets,” concluded Dodson.

About the Colorado Golf Carbon Project
The Colorado Golf Carbon Project is the first ever-comprehensive emission and sequestration project for the golf and turfgrass industries. In addition to providing the full picture of carbon sequestration and emissions at the participating courses, the project presents a built in funding mechanism for future research and development for the environmental improvement of turfgrass systems. In October of 2009, Golfpreserves® and the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado initiated the Colorado Golf Carbon Project, where a carbon emissions data collection system as well as documentation of the carbon sequestered at participating golf courses is ongoing. The project is not only unique in its achievements, but also in the diverse group of representatives who stand behind it: the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado, including the Colorado Golf Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the GCSAA, the Colorado chapters of the NGCOA, PGA, CMAA, Colorado Women’s Golf Association and Golfpreserves®. Further, the project is supported by the USGA, Colorado State University, USDA-ARS, The Lawn Institute, Turfgrass Producers International, Audubon International, the International Sustainability Council, Audubon Lifestyles, Turf Feeding Systems, National Turfgrass Federation, Sustainable Golf and Development, Urbana University, as well as the Office of the Governor of Colorado. 

About Golfpreserves®
Golfpreserves is a carbon sequestration program for the golf course and other turf based industries. As aggregator, Golfpreserves® creates the assessment, quantification and confirmation of carbon sequestered from turfgrass operations and creates carbon certificates. These verified certificates in the amounts from 50 to 1,000 metric tons are sold at $10 per metric ton to customers who value sequestered carbon and the research and public relations that the project provides. The proceeds from sold carbon certificates are invested two-thirds in research focusing on turfgrass carbon sequestration, energy usage, and environmental stewardship, and one-third for public relations and to run the program. The Golfpreserves® project is open to participation for the owners of the country’s golf courses and other operations and facilities with turfgrass. There is no cost to be a participant with Golfpreserves®. Visit  for more information or to make an inquiry. 





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

Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign


American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Turf Feeding Systems

National Geographic



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ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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