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Organic Certified WineThe Problem
Pesticide use -- which has increased 50 percent over the last 30 years -- has been linked to cancer, birth defects, and reproductive problems. Studies show that pesticides are among the five worst environmental threats to children's health. In addition, pesticides contaminate water and often poison wildlife. Non-sustainable farming has also been shown to lead to topsoil erosion, toxic runoff from farmland into rivers, lakes, and streams, and decreased biodiversity.

What you can do
Ask for organic produce. Often, organic produce costs more and is more difficult to get, but many supermarkets and greengrocers are willing to stock organic food if they know customers will buy it regularly. Talk to your friends and neighbors about their willingness to buy organic and then let your produce manager know that many customers are interested.

Deal directly with organic food growers and suppliers. If you can't find a local grocer who will stock organic food, contact organic growers and suppliers directly.

Become a Community Supported Agriculture supporter. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) cooperatives bring together local farmers and consumers. As a member of the cooperative, you pledge to cover farm operation costs for the season. In return, you share in the harvest. CSA farms are not all organic, but they all strive to operate sustainably.

Farmers: cut down on pesticide use. Innovative and successful farmers around the country are switching from conventional pest management practices, which are heavily reliant on pesticides, to profitable alternative agricultural practices that substantially reduce pesticide use.



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

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council

Home Yard Waste Compost Guide

The US Environmental Protection Agency

Landscape Lighting
A Consumer Guide to Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Solar Light Store

Saving Natural Resources
Natural Resources Defense Council

Organic Farming
Organic Farming Research Foundation

National Agricultural Library

Local Government & the Environment
Project Vote Smart

Audubon Today
Audubon International


SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

The Village of Blume earns ISC Chartered Member Status

Bob Taylor speaks at a Harrisburg Town MeetingThe International Sustainability Council (ISC) has announced that the Village of Blume, a newly planned neighborhood located in Harrisburg, North Carolina has been designated as an ISC Chartered Member.

The developer of the project, Taylor Properties Group LLC, sought assistance from Audubon Lifestyles, Inc. With our guidance and support the Village of Blume is proud to have successfully developed an approved Sustainability Charter that complements the development’s sustainability efforts.

“We believe that the Sustainability Charter developed for The Village of Blume captures all the elements that we are attempting to implement in our project.” stated Bob Taylor of Taylor Properties Group. He continued by stating, “We are in total agreement with what we have sent to the ISC Council, and feel it represents our commitment to advancing the Principles of Sustainability at the Village of Blume.

The ISC Principles of Sustainability serves as a basis for preparing and adopting a place-based Sustainability Charter for governmental agencies, universities, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and becomes a public declaration of how the ISC Chartered Member intends to manage itself over time, and in accordance with the Principles of Sustainability.

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

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council  

The Reserve at Lake Keowee

The Old Collier Club

The Rim Golf Club




Energy Star 

The Village of Blume 

Taylor Properties Group  


National Geographic 

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)


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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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