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The Colorado Golf Carbon Project Making Strides At This Year

Golfpreserves® presents a check to the Golf Foundation of Colorado and acknowledges industry leaders who are the first to purchase carbon certificates. (Pictured in Photo from left to right Noble Hendrix-Golfpreserves, Michael Chaplinski-Turf Feeding Systems, Ron Dodson-The International Sustainability Council, R. Eric Dodson-Audubon Lifestyles, Kirk Hunter - The Lawn Institute) 


On Thursday, February 10, 2011, Golfpreserves® presented a check for $12,000.00 to the Golf Foundation of Colorado representing carbon sequestered from 1,800 acres of the more than 2,000 acres of turfgrass donated by golf courses participating in the Colorado Golf Carbon Project. Golfpreserves® assessed, verified, and calculated the amount of carbon sequestered using scientific research developed at Colorado State University and the USDA/ARS in Fort Collins where this donated check will help to continue the research in turfgrass carbon storage, carbon footprint of turf systems and their environmental stewardship.

The United States Golf Association, The Lawn Institute, Audubon Lifestyles, The International Sustainability Council, Turf Feeding Systems, and Golfpreserves® are leading this effort by being the first to purchase Carbon Certificates representing a total of 1,800 metric tons of carbon dioxide, removed from the atmosphere by photosynthesis and stored in the soil by turfgrass, at verified sites in Colorado. These sites include THE BROADMOOR, Colorado Springs, Colorado, APPLEWOOD, Golden, Colorado, BRECKENRIDGE, Breckenridge, Colorado, and EAGLE RANCH, Eagle, Colorado.

“This is the first time that certificates created from carbon sequestered by turfgrass have been purchased in the United States. The major purchasers are the leading representative organizations of both the golf and turfgrass industries, the USGA and the Lawn Institute, the research foundation of Turfgrass Producers International. This is also the first time that carbon sequestration certificates’ purchased proceeds have been dedicated to research for carbon sequestration, energy management, and environmental stewardship as it is related to turfgrass operations,” says Noble Hendrix, co-founder of Golfpreserves®. 

Michael P. Kenna, Ph.D., Director of Green Section Research for the United States Golf Association commented, “The goals of this program are to recognize the ecosystem value of golf courses; promote a positive story about golf to the world, and develop a needed funding mechanism for environmental research. It is also our hope that other green industry associations, foundations and corporations will participate in this program so we can all benefit from the research it will provide.” 

“Audubon Lifestyles and the ISC are excited to be part of a program that put economic value on the environmental process of sequestering carbon. It is our hope that the Colorado Golf Carbon Project serves as a successful pilot that can be expanded nationwide in an effort to support environmental research and help establish and communicate the economic and environmental value of carbon that is sequestered by turfgrass,” said Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles. “It is important to note that the benefits of turfgrass are not limited to golf courses. The turfgrass in home lawns, sports fields, parks, and roadsides, are all equally beneficial in sequestering carbon, but of equal importance is we are finally putting economic value on environmental assets,” concluded Dodson.

About the Colorado Golf Carbon Project
The Colorado Golf Carbon Project is the first ever-comprehensive emission and sequestration project for the golf and turfgrass industries. In addition to providing the full picture of carbon sequestration and emissions at the participating courses, the project presents a built in funding mechanism for future research and development for the environmental improvement of turfgrass systems. In October of 2009, Golfpreserves® and the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado initiated the Colorado Golf Carbon Project, where a carbon emissions data collection system as well as documentation of the carbon sequestered at participating golf courses is ongoing. The project is not only unique in its achievements, but also in the diverse group of representatives who stand behind it: the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado, including the Colorado Golf Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the GCSAA, the Colorado chapters of the NGCOA, PGA, CMAA, Colorado Women’s Golf Association and Golfpreserves®. Further, the project is supported by the USGA, Colorado State University, USDA-ARS, The Lawn Institute, Turfgrass Producers International, Audubon International, the International Sustainability Council, Audubon Lifestyles, Turf Feeding Systems, National Turfgrass Federation, Sustainable Golf and Development, Urbana University, as well as the Office of the Governor of Colorado. 

About Golfpreserves®
Golfpreserves is a carbon sequestration program for the golf course and other turf based industries. As aggregator, Golfpreserves® creates the assessment, quantification and confirmation of carbon sequestered from turfgrass operations and creates carbon certificates. These verified certificates in the amounts from 50 to 1,000 metric tons are sold at $10 per metric ton to customers who value sequestered carbon and the research and public relations that the project provides. The proceeds from sold carbon certificates are invested two-thirds in research focusing on turfgrass carbon sequestration, energy usage, and environmental stewardship, and one-third for public relations and to run the program. The Golfpreserves® project is open to participation for the owners of the country’s golf courses and other operations and facilities with turfgrass. There is no cost to be a participant with Golfpreserves®. Visit  for more information or to make an inquiry. 





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

Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign


American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Turf Feeding Systems

National Geographic



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Fertilizer Buying Guide

FertilizerA sustainable lawn or garden starts with healthy soil. Natural fertilizers promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, earthworms and fungi that build soil structure and foster healthy plants.

The best fertilizer for your lawn and garden is homemade compost, made from food scraps, lawn clippings and fall leaves. If you still need store-bought products, here are a few tips.

Compost: Commercially made compost has high levels of naturally occurring phosphorous and nitrogen that is released gradually and is absorbed more easily by plants. Other soil improvers, such as worm castings, Epsom salts and decomposed organic matter called humates, add nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Watch out for commercial fertilizers, even those labeled "organic," that contain harmful ingredients, such as animal byproducts or sewage sludge. Animal byproducts, such as bone meal or fish meal, may have come from industrial farming operations, and sewage sludge, could be contaminated with diseases or heavy metals.

"NOFA Approved" and "OMRI Listed": The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), an accredited certifying agency for the USDA National Organic Program, approve products that have been composted according to USDA Organic standards. The only synthetic materials that can be added to NOFA approved compost are those allowed in organic crop production.

An organic lawn or garden starts with healthy soil. Natural fertilizers promote the growth of beneficial bacteria, earthworms and fungi that build soil structure and foster healthy plants.

  1. Have your soil tested by your local USDA Cooperative Extension Service to determine pH and what nutrients, if any, your grass is missing, or test it yourself with a soil testing kit.
  2. Once you know the pH, you can add organic matter to help balance it. Lawns prefer slightly acidic soils with a pH range of 6.5 to 7, but flowers, shrubs and trees vary in their pH preferences. Lime helps balance acidic soil, while sulfur helps with alkaline.
  3. To find out the nutrient content of a fertilizer, look for the "NPK" number (NPK stands for nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium). A "5-6-5" NPK number, for instance, means that a fertilizer is 5 percent nitrogen, 6 percent phosphorus and 5 percent potassium with the remaining 84 percent representing filler material.

 - excerpted from NG's GreenGuide for Everyday Living



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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