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ISC-Audubon Sustainable Community Center

(For release October 20, 2014)

Contact:  Ronald G. Dodson



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Glenmont, NY - The 501-C-3, not-for-profit sustainability advocacy organization, ISC-Audubon announced today that after CA Ribbon Cuttingnearly 2 years of planning and effort they have officially designated a 33 acre tract of land that is owned by the Open Space Institute that is being managed in partnership with the Town of Bethlehem, NY commonly known as the Colonial Acres Golf Club as an ISC-Audubon Sustainable Community Center.

Ronald G. Dodson, Chairman of ISC-Audubon said, “The management of Colonial Acres Golf Club has been committed to environmental stewardship for many years, and under the stewardship of course superintendent Pat Blum has won nearly every environmental award and certification that is offered. Last year, ISC-Audubon was approached to work cooperatively with the entire course management team and community leaders to see if there were ways to broaden the positive community-wide impacts that could be offered by the course. During this time period we have been working under the banner of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Dale Ezyk Golf, LLC the golf management company who has a license agreement with the Town to manage the golf business at the course. Through this MOU, ISC-Audubon, Dale Ezyk Golf, and a growing group of community stakeholders have been both implementing a variety of actions on the property as well as developing a Strategic Plan for the future of the property. After nearly a year of planning, meetings and visioning, ISC-Audubon now believes that the property, the community and the stakeholders who have been participating deserves the designation of ISC-Audubon Sustainable Community Center.”

Dodson said that this designation should not be thought of as an award or simply another certification. He also said that the designation should not be thought of as the end of a process…but really just a starting point for implementing what will become a growing list of activities that will take place both on the Colonial Acres property and within the greater community and region that are aimed at fostering economic vitality, and environmental and social betterment.

Dale Ezyk, the owner of Dale Ezyk Golf, LLC said, “I have always been convinced that a sport such as golf, which is played in nature could be an outstanding way to encourage people to play in nature, to learn not only the game of golf, but to better connect to the out of doors and to take lessons learned with them back to their homes and places of business. And, by broadening the activities offered via the Golf Club to include non-golf activities we are simply broadening our customer-base and broadening our appeal and benefits offered within the community. We are both excited and proud to be designated as an ISC-Audubon Sustainable Community Center.”

The announcement of the designation was made during a meeting held at the Golf Course that was hosted by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, who has been partnering with ISC-Audubon to connect with area businesses and community stakeholders. 


About ISC-Audubon: A 501-C-3, not for profit sustainability advocacy organization that is incorporated and headquartered in the Tampa, Florida area, with a Field Office in the Albany, New York area. ISC-Audubon offers sustainability and conservation education information free of charge to the general public via their web site at  The professional sustainability education Division of ISC-Audubon is Antioch University New England, which is based in Keene, New Hampshire. The organization is supported by members, sponsors and contributors and governed by a 17 member Board called the ISC Council who are individuals located in Southeast Asia, South America and throughout the United States.

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Critter of the Season Contest

Question MarkTry and guess what the critter of the season is based upon the clues provided, and win your choice of an Audubon Lifestyles Eco-fiber polo shirt, and Audubon Lifestyles organic cotton hat OR an autographed copy of Sustainable Golf Courses written and signed by author Ronald G Dodson.

Clues provided include: 

  • They tunnel deeply in the soil and bring subsoil closer to the surface mixing it with the topsoil. Slime, a secretion, contains nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important nutrient for plants. The sticky slime helps to hold clusters of soil particles together in formations called aggregates.
  • Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying them more than 100 years ago.
  • There are approximately 2,700 different kinds in the world.
  • The live where there is food, moisture, oxygen and a favorable temperature. If they don’t have these things, they will simply go somewhere else.
  • In one acre of land, there can be more than a million of them.
  • The largest one ever found was in South Africa and measured 22 feet from its nose to the tip of its tail.
  • They have no arms, legs or eyes.
  • They are cold-blooded animals.
  • They have the ability to replace or replicate lost parts. This ability varies greatly depending on the species, the amount of damage and where it is cut. It may be easy for them to replace a lost tail, but may be very difficult or impossible to replace a lost head if things are not just right.
  • Babies are not born. They hatch from cocoons smaller than a grain of rice.
  • An Australian species grows to 12 feet long and can weigh 1-1/2 pounds.
  • Even though they don’t have eyes, they can sense light, especially at their front end. They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long which is approximately one hour.
  • If its skin dries out, it will die.
  • Each of them has both male and female organs.
  • They can eat their weight each day.

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All correct entries will have their name placed into a drawing held on August 31, 2011. The winner will be announced in the Fall Issue of the SustainAbility Newsletter.


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

Audubon Lifestyles 

The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign

Golfs Drive Toward Sustainability

World Migratory Bird Day

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Sustainable Forest Initiative

National Geographic

International Migratory Bird Day 2011


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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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