SustainAbility Newsletter

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Since their founding 40 years ago, their goal has been to improve the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality by reducing pollution. 

From the landmark EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s to Virginia’s comparable legislative commitment in 2005, CBF has been saving the Bay. They believe that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, can become highly productive and in good health as measured by water clarity, lack of toxic contaminants, and abundance of natural filters in the water and on the land.
  CBF has agreed to partner with the ISC in regard to our Sustainability Campaign efforts.  In that regard, the CBF and several other organizations, including the United States Golf Association (USGA) have recently launched the “Links to the Bay Campaign” which is focused, among other things, on growing the number of golf courses participating in environmental and sustainably based education programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 

Stewardship programs like the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility, and Sustainable Equestrian Facility Progams, could play significants roles in helping to protect water quality in areas like the Cheseapeake Bay.

"I think the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program is a great program for golf courses. Your program allows golf courses around the world to make a concerted effort to become more environmentally aware.  Overall this lays the groundwork to enhance the image of golf course maintenance, and show that we too are concerned about the environment while we strive for great playing conditions to our members/customers.  This was one of the reasons I wanted to be involved with the ISC. What a great way to start the new year!!" - Justin Ruiz, The Rim Golf Club, Payson, Arizona

"The Audubon Lifestyes Sustainable Golf Facility Program is right on target, and very timely for the integration of sustainable management for various turf areas."  - Robert Carrow, University of Georgia

Learn more about participating in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Golf Facility Program

The CBF fights for bold and creative solutions to the pollution that plagues the Bay and its tributaries. Across the six-state Chesapeake watershed, CBF sets the agenda, serves as a watchdog, and speaks out on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay to business, government, and the public.

CBF fights for strong and effective laws and regulations and works cooperatively with government, business, non-profit organizations, and citizens to protect and restore the Bay.

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

Audubon Lifestyles
The International Sustainability Council 

General Motors


Fisker Automotive


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

Chesapeake Bay Foundation 

University of Alaska Fairbanks 

Taylor Properties Group  

Urbana University 

The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) 

American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Recipes for SustainAbility - Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin RisottoThere are many risottos that can be made sustainably. Use authentic risotto rice or basmati if you prefer. Try this easy pumpkin risotto and serve it with a green salad.

Serves 4.

Fry 1 tsp chopped thyme, 1 clove garlic (peeled and chopped), 1 small onion (peeled and sliced) in a little olive oil. Add 500g pumpkin or squash (peeled and cubed into 1cm squares). Cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the rice. Ladle in stock a little at a time, every 2-3 minutes and stir often. Keep going until the rice is cooked (18-20 minutes for risotto rice). Shake parmesan over the top.

Always try and use organic or sustainably grown products!

Fast Facts

  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water. so dispose of properly!

  • Here is an example of the water we use everyday:

    3-7 gallons for toilet,
    25-30 gallons for tub,
    50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower,
    1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons,
    1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons

  • Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break down:

    plastics take 500 years,
    aluminum cans take 500 years,
    organic materials, take 6 months,
    cotton, rags, paper take 6 months.



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

Audubon International

The International Sustainability Council

Pioneer Thinking

EarthCraft Homes

The Natural Step

Animal Aid

Recipes For Sustainability


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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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