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Sustainability Certification Programs now offered at no additional cost to Platinum Members

Ron TalkingAs a mission-driven organization, ISC-Audubon has made it part of their core set of organizational values to be fiscally responsible both to themselves, their members, and society at large. In as such, ISC-Audubon is now announcing that they are now offering of their certification programs free of charge to ISC-Audubon Platinum Members.  

These programs include; The Sustainable Golf Facility Program, The Sustainable Equestrian Facility Program, The Sustainable Landscapes Programs, The Sustainable Homes Programs, and the Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary Programs. These programs are now also freely accessible and downloadable in their entirety to the public, and are accessible via the ISC-Audubon website.

R. Eric Dodson, Executive Director of ISC-Audubon said, “Our organization is serious about fostering sustainability and we believe that all of our program materials and the various standards and requirements for certification should be publically available for download and use. We believe that these materials represent Best Management Standards for sustainability and everyone should have access to them for use where they live, work and play. The organization is able to provide all of the materials free of charge only through the support of memberships, sponsorships and contributions,” Dodson continued.

ISC-Audubon views public accessibility, review, and transparency as simply one of many things that set their programs apart from other certification programs.  Because their materials are freely available, and not kept as trade secrets like other existing certification programs, they continually receive feedback from the general public and experts alike on ways to improve upon their materials, programs, and the requirements.

It is ISC-Audubon’s view that any reputable non-profit organization who offers certification based upon standards should operate in this manner in order to retain credibility through true transparency. 

The basic objective of the ISC-Audubon Programs are to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources, minimize waste, create healthy, productive environments, and inform the public, residents, guests, clients and employees about the benefits of sustainably managed places, and to help landowners to become more economically viable.

Through participation in the programs, ISC-Audubon assists facility managers, staff, and planners who desire to manage and operate themselves more sustainably. The programs are geared toward assisting those seeking to become local, regional, national and international models of sustainability by incorporating sustainable principles, concepts, and management strategies with in their operations.

“The importance of offering these programs for free to ISC-Audubon Platinum Members is a huge benefit.  For example, let’s say that a municipality becomes an ISC-Audubon Platinum Member; the community can then participate in our Bird City USA program, and they could attempt to obtain certification in our Sustainable Landscape Program for their City Hall, or multiple City Parks, and even if they maintain a Municipal Golf Course they could participate in the Sustainable Golf Facility Program… all free of charge.  But, even if they don’t chose to actually participate in any of our Certification Programs, just by being a Platinum Member the city is helping us make all of our materials available for public use and to help ISC-Audubon to continue to “Spread the SEEDS of Sustainability. It’s tremendous!” concluded Dodson. 

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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:

or learn more about Bird City, Kansas at:   



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

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 

O'Connor Signature at the Oaks

The City of Franklin, Tennessee


American Society of Golf Course Architects

Sustainability Campaign

Green Living Tips

The Daily Green

Energy Star

Bird City, Kansas 

Urbana University

$25 Annually $100 Annually $250 Reg / $100 Annually


Sponsors are a critically important part to the success of ISC-Audubon. As a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating sustainability, we offer all of our programs to our members free of charge, and are publicly available for download on our website.

ISC-Audubon is proud to extend the opportunity to select businesses and organizations to become sponsors of our sustainability education and advocacy programs. As a sponsor, your business or organization can realize significant value.

Click here to learn more about this opportunity. 


A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

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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