Principles of Sustainability



  • The Köppen Climate Classification System

    Have you ever wondered why one area of the world is a desert, another a grassland, and another a rainforest? Why are there different forests and deserts, and why are there different types of life in each area? The answer is climate.

    Climate is the characteristic condition of the atmosphere near the earth's surface at a certain place on earth. It is the long-term weather of that area (at least 30 years). This includes the region's general pattern of weather conditions, seasons and weather extremes like hurricanes, droughts, or rainy periods. Two of the most important factors determining an area's climate are air temperature and precipitation.

    World biomes are controlled by climate. The climate of a region will determine what plants will grow there, and what animals will inhabit it. All three components, climate, plants and animals are interwoven to create the fabric of a biome.

    Four Basic Climate Zones & Ten Sub-climate zones

    Cold Climate
    Taiga Biome - Boreal Forest Climate (Dfc)
    Tundra Biome - Tundra Climate (E)
    Alpine Biome - Highland Climate (H)

    Dry Climate
    Desert Biome - Dry Tropical Climate (BW)
    Steppe - Dry Midlatitude Climate (BS)
    Tropical Climate
    Tropical Rainforest - Tropical Moist Climates (Af)
    Savanna - Wet-Dry Tropical Climates (Aw)
    Chaparral Biome - Mediterranean Climate (Cs)

    Temperate Climate
    Deciduous Forest Biome - Continental Climate (Cf)
    Grasslands Biome - Dry Midlatitude Climates (Bs)

    Some facts about climate

    • The sun's rays hit the equator at a direct angle between 23 ° N and 23 ° S latitude. Radiation that reaches the atmosphere here is at its most intense.
    • In all other cases, the rays arrive at an angle to the surface and are less intense. The closer a place is to the poles, the smaller the angle and therefore the less intense the radiation.
    • Our climate system is based on the location of these hot and cold air-mass regions and the atmospheric circulation created by trade winds and westerlies.
    • Trade winds north of the equator blow from the northeast. South of the equator, they blow from the southeast. The trade winds of the two hemispheres meet near the equator, causing the air to rise. As the rising air cools, clouds and rain develop. The resulting bands of cloudy and rainy weather near the equator create tropical conditions.
    • Westerlies blow from the southwest on the Northern Hemisphere and from the northwest in the Southern Hemisphere. Westerlies steer storms from west to east across middle latitudes.
    • Both westerlies and trade winds blow away from the 30 ° latitude belt. Over large areas centered at 30 ° latitude, surface winds are light. Air slowly descends to replace the air that blows away. Any moisture the air contains evaporates in the intense heat. The tropical deserts, such as the Sahara of Africa and the Sonoran of Mexico, exist under these regions.

    The Earth rotates about its axis, which is tilted at 23.5 degrees. This tilt and the sun's radiation result in the Earth's seasons. The sun emits rays that hit the earth's surface at different angles. These rays transmit the highest level of energy when they strike the earth at a right angle (90 °). Temperatures in these areas tend to be the hottest places on earth. Other locations, where the sun's rays hit at lesser angles, tend to be cooler.

    As the Earth rotates on it's tilted axis around the sun, different parts of the Earth receive higher and lower levels of radiant energy. This creates the seasons.

    World Biomes
    A biome is a large geographical area of distinctive plant and animal groups, which are adapted to that particular environment. The climate and geography of a region determines what type of biome can exist in that region. Major biomes include deserts, forests, grasslands, tundra, and several types of aquatic environments. Each biome consists of many ecosystems whose communities have adapted to the small differences in climate and the environment inside the biome.

    World Biomes
    A biome is a large geographical area of distinctive plant and animal groups, which are adapted to that particular environment. The climate and geography of a region determines what type of biome can exist in that region. Major biomes include deserts, forests, grasslands, tundra, and several types of aquatic environments. Each biome consists of many ecosystems whose communities have adapted to the small differences in climate and the environment inside the biome.

    Cold Climate

    Tropical Climate
    Tropical Rainforest

    Dry Climate

    Temperate Climate
    Deciduous Forest

    All living things are closely related to their environment. Any change in one part of an environment, like an increase or decrease of a species of animal or plant, causes a ripple effect of change in through other parts of the environment.

    The earth includes a huge variety of living things, from complex plants and animals to very simple, one-celled organisms. But large or small, simple or complex, no organism lives alone. Each depends in some way on other living and nonliving things in its surroundings.

    To understand a world biome, you need to know:

    • What the climate of the region is like.
    • Where each biome is found and and what its geography is like.
    • The special adaptations of the vegetation.
    • The types of animals found in the biome and their physical and behavioral adaptations to their environment.

    Ecological Relationships of Biomes
    The survival and well being of a biome and its organisms depends on ecological relationships throughout the world. Even changes in distant parts of the world and its atmosphere affect our environment and us. The eruption of a volcano in Mexico, or Southeast Asia can bring the temperature of the whole world down a few degrees for several years.

    Köppen Climate Classification System
    The Köppen Climate Classification System is the most widely used for classifying the world's climates. Most classification systems used today are based on the one introduced in 1900 by the Russian-German climatologist Wladimir Köppen. Köppen divided the Earth's surface into climatic regions that generally coincided with world patterns of vegetation and soils.

    The Köppen system recognizes five major climate types based on the annual and monthly averages of temperature and precipitation. Each type is designated by a capital letter.

    A - Moist Tropical Climates are known for their high temperatures year round and for their large amount of year round rain.

    B - Dry Climates are characterized by little rain and a huge daily temperature range. Two subgroups, S - semiarid or steppe, and W - arid or desert, are used with the B climates.

    C - In Humid Middle Latitude Climates land/water differences play a large part. These climates have warm,dry summers and cool, wet winters.

    D - Continental Climates can be found in the interior regions of large land masses. Total precipitation is not very high and seasonal temperatures vary widely.

    E - Cold Climates describe this climate type perfectly. These climates are part of areas where permanent ice and tundra are always present. Only about four months of the year have above freezing temperatures.

    Further subgroups are designated by a second, lower case letter which distinguish specific seasonal characteristics of temperature and precipitation.

       f - Moist with adequate precipitation in all months and no dry season. This letter usually accompanies the A, C, and D climates.

       m - Rainforest climate in spite of short, dry season in monsoon type cycle. This letter only applies to A climates.

       s - There is a dry season in the summer of the respective hemisphere (high-sun season).

       w - There is a dry season in the winter of the respective hemisphere (low-sun season).


    To further denote variations in climate, a third letter was added to the code.

       a - Hot summers where the warmest month is over 22°C (72°F). These can be found in C and D climates.

       b - Warm summer with the warmest month below 22°C (72°F). These can also be found in C and D climates.

       c - Cool, short summers with less than four months over 10°C (50°F) in the C and D climates.

       d - Very cold winters with the coldest month below -38°C (-36°F) in the D climate only.

       h - Dry-hot with a mean annual temperature over 18°C (64°F) in B climates only.

       k - Dry-cold with a mean annual temperature under 18°C (64°F) in B climates only.


    Köppen Classification & Biomes  |  Cold Climate  |  Dry Climate  |  Temperate Climate  |   Tropical Climate


    Article Count:
    • The Dry Climate

      These climates are characterized by the fact that precipitation is less than potential evapotranspiration.  Desert areas, situated along the west coasts of continents at tropical or near-tropical locations, are characterized by cooler temperatures than encountered elsewhere at comparable latitudes (due to the nearby presence of cold ocean currents) and frequent fog and low clouds, despite the fact that these places rank among the driest on earth in terms of actual precipitation received. In this climate, summers are hot to very hot and it seldom rains. Winter days may be cool or warm, and winter nights can be very cold. The air is dry, there is little cloud; sunshine is intense and glare can be a problem. There is a big temperature difference between day and night. 

      Desert Biome - Dry Tropical Climate (BW)
      These desert climates are found in low-latitude deserts approximately between 18° to 28° in both hemispheres. these latitude belts are centered on the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, which lie just north and south of the equator. They coincide with the edge of the equatorial subtropical high pressure belt and trade winds. Winds are light, which allows for the evaporation of moisture in the intense heat. They generally flow downward so the area is seldom penetrated by air masses that produce rain. This makes for a very dry heat. The dry arid desert is a true desert climate, and covers 12 % of the Earth's land surface.

      • Temperature Range: 16° C
      • Annual Precipitation: 0.25 cm (0.1 in). All months less than 0.25 cm (0.1 in).
      • Latitude Range: 15° - 25° N and S.
      • Global Range: southwestern United States and northern Mexico; Argentina; north Africa; south Africa; central part of Australia.  

      Steppe - Dry Midlatitude Climate (BS)
      Characterized by grasslands, this is a semiarid climate. It can be found between the desert climate (BW) and more humid climates of the A, C, and D groups. If it received less rain, the steppe would be classified as an arid desert. With more rain, it would be classified as a tallgrass prairie.

      This dry climate exists in the interior regions of the North American and Eurasian continents. Moist ocean air masses are blocked by mountain ranges to the west and south. These mountain ranges also trap polar air in winter, making winters very cold. Summers are warm to hot.

      • Temperature Range: 24° C (43° F).
      • Annual Precipitation: less than 10 cm (4 in) in the driest regions to 50 cm (20 in) in the moister steppes.
      • Latitude Range: 35° - 55° N.
      • Global Range: Western North America (Great Basin, Columbia Plateau, Great Plains); Eurasian interior, from steppes of eastern Europe to the Gobi Desert and North China.


      Köppen Classification & Biomes  |  Cold Climate  |  Dry Climate  |  Temperate Climate  |   Tropical Climate


      Article Count:
    • The Tropical Climate

      Much of the equatorial belt within the tropical climate zone experiences hot and humid weather. There is abundant rainfall due to the active vertical uplift or convection of air that takes place there, and during certain periods, thunderstorms can occur every day. Nevertheless, this belt still receives considerable sunshine, and with the excessive rainfall, provides ideal growing conditions for luxuriant vegetation. The principal regions with a tropical climate are the Amazon Basin in Brazil, the Congo Basin in West Africa and Indonesia.

      Because a substantial part of the Sun’s heat is used up in evaporation and rain formation, temperatures in the tropics rarely exceed 35°C; a daytime maximum of 32°C is more common. At night the abundant cloud cover restricts heat loss, and minimum temperatures fall no lower than about 22°C. This high level of temperature is maintained with little variation throughout the year. The seasons, so far as they do exist, are distinguished not as warm and cold periods but by variation of rainfall and cloudiness. Greatest rainfall occurs when the Sun at midday is overhead. On the equator this occurs twice a year in March and September, and consequently there are two wet and two dry seasons. Further away from the equator, the two rainy seasons merge into one, and the climate becomes more monsoonal, with one wet season and one dry season. In the Northern Hemisphere, the wet season occurs from May to July, in the Southern Hemisphere from November to February.

      Tropical Rainforest - Tropical Moist Climates (Af)
      Rainfall is heavy in all months. The total annual rainfall is often more than 250 cm. (100 in.). There are seasonal differences in monthly rainfall but temperatures of 27°C (80°F) mostly stay the same. Humidity is between 77 and 88%. High surface heat and humidity cause cumulus clouds to form early in the afternoons almost every day.The climate on eastern sides of continents are influenced by maritime tropical air masses. These air masses flow out from the moist western sides of oceanic high-pressure cells, and bring lots of summer rainfall. The summers are warm and very humid. It also rains a lot in the winter

      • Average temperature: 18 °C (°F)
      • Annual Precipitation: 262 cm. (103 in.)
      • Latitude Range: 10° S to 25 ° N
      • Global Position: Amazon Basin; Congo Basin of equatorial Africa; East Indies, from Sumatra to New Guinea. 

      Savanna - Wet-Dry Tropical Climates (Aw)
      A seasonal change occurs between wet tropical air masses and dry tropical air masses. As a result, there is a very wet season and a very dry season. Trade winds dominate during the dry season. It gets a little cooler during this dry season but will become very hot just before the wet season.

      • Temperature Range: 16 °C
      • Annual Precipitation: 0.25 cm. (0.1 in.). All months less than 0.25 cm. (0.1 in.)
      • Latitude Range: 15 ° to 25 ° N and S
      • Global Range: India, Indochina, West Africa, southern Africa, South America and the north coast of Australia 

      Chaparral Biome - Mediterranean Climate (Cs)
      This is a wet-winter, dry-summer climate. Extremely dry summers are caused by the sinking air of the subtropical highs and may last for up to five months.Plants have adapted to the extreme difference in rainfall and temperature between winter and summer seasons. Sclerophyll plants range in formations from forests, to woodland, and scrub. Eucalyptus forests cover most of the chaparral biome in Australia.Fires occur frequently in Mediterranean climate zones.

      • Temperature Range: 7 °C (12 °F)
      • Annual Precipitation: 42 cm (17 in).
      • Latitude Range: 30° - 50° N and S
      • Global Position: central and southern California; coastal zones bordering the Mediterranean Sea; coastal Western Australia and South Australia; Chilean coast; Cape Town region of South Africa.


      Köppen Classification & Biomes  |  Cold Climate  |  Dry Climate  |  Temperate Climate  |   Tropical Climate

      Article Count:
    • The Cold Climate

      These climates have an average temperature above 10 °C in their warmest months, and a coldest month average below −3 °C. These usually occur in the interiors of continents, or on their east coasts, north of 40° North latitude. In the Southern Hemisphere, this climate is extremely rare due to the smaller land masses in the middle latitudes and the almost complete absence of land south of 40° South latitude, existing only in some highland locations in New Zealand that have heavy winter snows.

      Taiga Biome - Boreal Forest Climate ( Dfc)
      This is a continental climate with long, very cold winters, and short, cool summers. This climate is found in the polar air mass region. Very cold air masses from the arctic often move in. The temperature range is larger than any other climate. Precipitation increases during summer months, although annual precipitation is still small.

      Much of the boreal forest climate is considered humid. However, large areas in western Canada and Siberia receive very little precipitation and fall into the subhumid or semiarid climate type.

      • Temperature Range: 41 °C (74 °F), lows; -25 °C (-14 °F), highs; 16 °C (60 °F).
      • Average Annual Precipitation: 31 cm (12 in).
      • Latitude Range: 50° - 70° N and S.

      Global Position: central and western Alaska; Canada, from the Yukon Territory to Labrador; Eurasia, from northern Europe across all of Siberia to the Pacific Ocean.

      Tundra Biome - Tundra Climate (E)
      The tundra climate is found along arctic coastal areas. Polar and arctic air masses dominate the tundra climate. The winter season is long and severe. A short, mild season exists, but not a true summer season. Moderating ocean winds keep the temperatures from being as severe as interior regions.

      • Temperature Range: -22 °C to 6 °C (-10 °F to 41 °F).
      • Average Annual Precipitation: 20 cm (8 in).
      • Latitude Range: 60° - 75° N.

      Global Position: arctic zone of North America; Hudson Bay region; Greenland coast; northern Siberia bordering the Arctic Ocean.

      Alpine Biome - Highland Climate (H)
      Highland climates are cool to cold, found in mountains and high plateaus. Climates change rapidly on mountains, becoming colder the higher the altitude gets. The climate of a highland area is closely related to the climate of the surrounding biome. The highlands have the same seasons and wet and dry periods as the biome they are in.

      Mountain climates are very important to midlatitude biomes. They work as water storage areas. Snow is kept back until spring and summer when it is released slowly as water through melting.

      • Temperature Range: -18 °C to 10 °C (-2 °F to 50°F)
      • Average Annual Precipitation: 23 cm (9 in.)
      • Latitude Range: found all over the world

      Global Position: Rocky Mountain Range in North America, the Andean mountain range in South America, the Alps in Europe, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, the Himalayans in Tibet, Mt. Fuji in Japan.

      Köppen Classification & Biomes  |  Cold Climate  |  Dry Climate  |  Temperate Climate  |   Tropical Climate

      Article Count:
    • The Temperate Climate

      Temperate climates are those without extremes of temperature and precipitation (rain and snow). The changes between summer and winter are generally invigorating without being frustratingly extreme. There are two types of temperate climate: maritime and continental. The maritime climate is strongly influenced by the oceans, which maintain fairly steady temperatures across the seasons. Since the prevailing winds are westerly in the temperate zones, the western edge of continents in these areas experience most commonly the maritime climate. Such regions include Western Europe, in particular the UK, and western North America at latitudes between 40 and 60° north.

      Continentally increases inland, with warmer summers and colder winters as the effect of land on heat receipt and loss increases. This is particularly true in North America, where the north-south aligned Rocky Mountains act as a climate barrier to the mild maritime air blowing from the west. Maritime climate, on the other hand, penetrates further into Europe where the major mountain range - the Alps - is orientated east-west.

      Deciduous Forest Biome - Moist Continental Climate (Cf)
      This climate is in the polar front zone - the battleground of polar and tropical air masses. Seasonal changes between summer and winter are very large. Daily temperatures also change often. Abundant precipitation falls throughout the year. It is increased in the summer season by invading tropical air masses. Cold winters are caused by polar and arctic masses moving south.

      • Temperature Range: 31 °C (56 ° F)
      • Average Annual Precipitation: 81 cm (32 in).
      • Latitude Range: 30° - 55° N and S (Europe: 45° - 60° N).
      • Eastern parts of the United States and southern Canada; northern China; Korea; Japan; central and eastern

      Grasslands Biome - Midlatitude Climates (Bs)
      These dry climates are limited to the interiors of North America and Eurasia. Ocean air masses are blocked by mountain ranges to the west and south. This allows polar air masses to dominate in winter months. In the summer, a local continental air mass is dominant. A small amount of rain falls during this season.

      Annual temperatures range widely. Summers are warm to hot, but winters are cold.

      • Temperature Range: 31 °C (56°F).
      • Annual Precipitation: 81 cm. (32 in.).
      • Latitude Range: 30° - 55° N and S
      • Global Position: western North America (Great Basin, Columbia Plateau, Great Plains); Eurasian interior.


      Köppen Classification & Biomes  |  Cold Climate  |  Dry Climate  |  Temperate Climate  |   Tropical Climate


      Article Count:
  • The Principles of Sustainability
    Article Count:
  • Eco Initiative
    Article Count:
    • EcoGolf

      Two of the most mutually exclusive words in the modern world may be "golf" and "environment." The $49 billion sport has perhaps the blackest environmental reputation of any pastime around, and it can be a hard game to play with a conscience. Golfing enthusiasts, however, are working to change that with a new generation of courses whose greens actually are.

      From an environmental perspective, golf courses have three basic problems: they require a lot of land that in most cases had been undeveloped; they use tremendous amounts of water; and they rely on pesticides and other chemicals to maintain playing surfaces.

      Current estimates place the number of golf courses in the United States at roughly 16,000. These courses cover some 1.7 million acres, an area about the size of the state of Delaware. The typical course uses 312,000 gallons of water per day. In arid locations, a single course can drink as many as a million gallons a day—a four-year supply for a family of four.

      But a movement to make golf courses more sustainable is starting to dig its cleats in. Golfers can join in this cuase by asking their clubs to take steps to reduce environmental impacts and by choosing to play only courses that are working toward positive solutions.

      Conscientious golfers should also look for courses built in appropriate areas. The ideal course is one whose construction does not create a net loss by destroying undeveloped natural lands but rather restores a degraded area or an urban brownfield to provide a net benefit.

      EcoGolf Celebrity Charity Tournament Series


      Article Count:
      • EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament Series

        ecogolf tourney

        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 series itself is an example for other golf tournaments or events that strive to be eco-friendly. The tournament series are 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.  

        aubreycelebWe have also made a commitment to be a carbon neutral event, and will offset our carbon footprint by planting native or naturalized trees and plants at select local natural park locations, and in conjunction with the ISC-audubon Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability Campaign.

        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. The first night includes a Celebrity Dinner and Auction that will benefit charity, and on the last day, ISC-Audubon organizes the EcoKids Golf Clinic where celebrity golf professionals instruct youth on the basics of golf and kids learn about being environmentally friendly.

        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.”

         southflorida April 6, 2013 - South Florida
        The ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament of South Florida
        Presented by: The Westin Diplomat, Sweet Spot Apparrel, and Totem
         costarica1 August, 16, 2013 - Costa Rica
        The ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament of South Florida
        Presented by: Sweet Spot Apparrel

        May 31, 2013 - Dominican Republic
        The ISC-Audubon EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament of South Florida
        Presented by: Sweet Spot Apparrel

        Sponsorship opportunities are available offering tremendous exposure and marketing impressions to golf travelers, golf businesses and consumers. For more information concerning tournament registration, travel packages or sponsor opportunities call: (561) 509-8780 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


        Article Count:
        • EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament - South Florida

          ecogolf celebrity charity tournaments logo final - south florida - smEcoGolf Celebrity Charity Tournament - South Florida | April 5th thru 7th 2013

          Westin Diplomat Golf Course

          An ideal balance of mature Banyans and Royal Palm trees with manicured Tif Eagle greens and  rolling Bermuda 419 awaits the seasoned player and welcomes the novice. The nearly 7,000-yards  of championship golf course is managed by internationally renowned Troon Golf®. Every cart is equipped with Prolink GPS to offer game assistance  and the lay of the course and also allows for food and beverage service delivered during play. Golf Digest Schools offer private and small group lessons from the beginner as well as the experienced player.

          Event Schedule

          April 5
          10:00am-2pm: Pre–Registration at the Diplomat Golf Course.  7:00pm: Dinner with celebrities to benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida at Westin Diplomat Beach Resort.

          April 6
          8:30am: Shotgun – Diplomat Golf. Please be at the golf course by 7:00am.  2:00pm: Awards luncheon, closing event at The Links, Diplomat Golf Course.

          April 7
          Aubrey McCormick and Valeria Ochoa (LPGA & Big Break Atlantis) EcoKids Golf Clinic @ Diplomat the Golf Course.  9:00am to noon. Kids between 5 and 15 years old. Call for information and registration.


          One Day Golf Tournament Package
          $295 per player (includes tournament with celebrities, luncheon awards ceremony, prizes & celebrity charity dinner).

          Westin Diplomat Hotel & Spa Exclusive Beach Package
          The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa has a full-service spa, a golf course, and a marina. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas and a computer station is located on site. Business amenities at this  4-star property include a business center, small meeting rooms, and a  technology helpdesk. The resort offers 9 restaurants along with a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. The staff can provide wedding services, event catering, and limo/town car service.

          Additional amenities include a health club, a children's club, and spa services. This is a smoke-free property. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Miami, Florida is home to a world-class golf course and luxury resort  creating the ultimate South Florida golf vacation escape. This 18-hole, Joe Lee-designed golf course in Miami combines challenging play with luxurious Mediterranean style architecture. The course features four par-5 holes and a 570-yard hole that is one of the longest in South Florida.

          The championship Miami golf course features 8 acres of lakes and rolling fairways and 76 bunkers combining for a 72.9 course rating from the Blue Tees. The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa features state of the art technology installed on each golf cart with the ParView global positioning system. Plan your next Miami golf vacation with the luxury resort amenities and championship golf at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Packages available, please call 561-509-8780.

          Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Exclusive Packages
          Crown PlazaA tropical sanctuary that offers contemporary comforts, the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood, Florida is an upscale resort both warm and stylish in appeal. More than a resort, it's a unique place where you can hit the beach, bask in the sun, and explore surrounding South Florida.

          Packages available, please call call 561-509-8780.

          EcoGolf Celebrity Charity Dinner to benefit the Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida.
          April 05  $150 – for one person.  $280 – for two people.

          make-a-wishAbout Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida
          Make-A-Wish Southern Florida grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical  conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Whether a child chooses to go somewhere exotic, meet an adored celebrity, have a treasured gift or be a dream occupation for the day, each wish experience is tailor-made to exceed all expectations. The Southern Florida  chapter grants a wish every 16 hours and has granted more than 8,500 wishes since its inception 28 years ago. The chapter’s vision is to make every eligible child’s wish come true. With the average cost of a wish being $5,000, Make-A-Wish relies on fundraisers, corporate support and donations  from the public to bring sunshine into the lives of families when they need it most. To help share the power of a wish®, call Make-A-Wish at 954-967-WISH or log on to www.sfla.wish.

          For more information concerning tournament registration, travel packages or sponsor opportunities call: (561) 509-8780 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

          Charity Proceeds Information
          100% of raffle proceeds at dinner event will benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida ~ includes Play with Celebrity Raffle.
          10% of the proceeds from the Golf Packages will benefit Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida.
          50% of the proceed from golf clinic.

          Article Count:
        • EcoGolf Celebrity Tournament Series Resources
          Article Count:
      • EcoGolfer
        Article Count:

There are no articles in this category. If subcategories display on this page, they may contain articles.

The Principles of Sustainability

The following list of principles is an attempt to provide a set of principles for sustainability applicable at all scales; global, national, regional, local and by the individual. 



$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.

Read more