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The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council Joins Audubon Lifestyles as a Platinum Member

The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council (NWSHC) recently joined Audubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council as a Platinum Member.

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The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council serves as a resource for people of all income levels who would like to improve their horse property towards becoming more sustainable. Their goal is to help educate and provide materials and solutions to common horse keeping problems that lead to sustainable economic, environmental and social successes. In addition, they explore efficient and sustainable ways to reduce costs for the average equine owner.  Equine facility designers can tap into the Northwest Sustainable Horse Council’s resources for information, and network together to provide feedback and real world examples of techniques or products that may serve to inspire future sustainable design improvements within the equine industry.

By joining as a Platinum Member, The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council has joined the growing network of equestrian facilities, businesses, municipalities, non-profits and others who are actively showing their support of Audubon Lifestyles and The International Sustainability.  Audubon Lifestyles Platinum Membership was created to help foster sustainability by working with, and providing educational resources to individuals, businesses, organizations, universities, government entities, municipalities, communities, neighborhoods, and virtually anyone seeking assistance to balance the triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet where they live, work, and play.

In addition, their support and membership allows Audubon Lifestyles and the ISC to expand their efforts to promote sustainability on golf facilities worldwide.

R. Eric Dodson, CEO of Audubon Lifestyles said, “We are very excited to welcome The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council into the Audubon Lifestyles family.” Mr. Dodson continued by saying, “The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council’s dedication to promoting the Principles of Sustainability within the equine industry in the Northwestern United States region is tremendous, and falls in line with our own mission and vision to promote a more sustainable planet. I look forward to a long and great partnership with Diane, her team, and with NWSHC. I feel that they have much to offer toward building a more sustainable mindset and model within the equine industry. Their participation is greatly appreciated.”  

Leading equine facilities, nonprofits, and organizations like The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council are finding innovative ways to improve their environmental and social performance. And their actions not only contribute to a cleaner, healthier and safer planet, but they also result in significant business and financial benefits.  Sustainability is not an asset that can be bought or sold; however it is becoming an integral part of the way that equine facilities are being managed and operated.  Just as a equine facility’s management practices influence business value, so do their sustainability initiatives.

“We are excited to join Audubon Lifestyles and the International Sustainability Council as a Platinum Member.” said Diane Engdahl, Director of The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council. “NWSHC is grateful to be a member of such an active and committed organization and we will promote the Principles of Sustainability and encourage every equestrian facility in the Northwest (and beyond) to participate in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Equestrian Facility Program, and to join as a Platinum Member as well.”

Audubon Lifestyles Platinum Membership provides The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council with a vast pool of resources assisting them with all of their sustainability efforts, and also allows for participation in the Audubon Lifestyles Sustainable Equestrian Facility Program where they can work towards certification at their Sustainable Horse Demonstration Farm, which is a an active example of a wetland restoration grant project integrated with a equine facility located approximately 15 minutes from the University of Oregon.

In addition, The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council has earned the right to use the Audubon Lifestyles/ISC Platinum Member Logo on their educational materials, and will be listed on the Audubon Network for Sustainability as a Platinum Member.

About The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council
The NWSHC horse council and demonstration farm are in essence, a direct inspiration from the Audubon Society.

Our goal as leaders in equine sustainability will be to foster inspiration within the equine sector throughout the Northwest.  NWSHC is committed to promoting sustainable methods of horse keeping  in a positive manner, with a focus on the benefits to horse health. We will work to raise a public awareness of the economic contribution that the equine industry has on local economies and the often overlooked role that the equine industry has in sustainability, in relationship to university sustainability studies and the communities sustainability plans. We are excited to be a part of the Audubon Sustainability Network and wish to thank Eric Dodson and colleagues for the privilege of becoming a member, we look forward to working with you.

Contact Information:

Diane Engdahl
Director, NWSHC
The Northwest Sustainable Horse Council
82237 Rattlesnake Rd
Dexter, OR 97431

Contact Person
Diane Engdahl
Phone: 503-882-4800
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Clean Drinking Water Concerns?

Tap Water / BottleThe next sustainability revolution is clear--safe drinking water with the help of sustainable, affordable technology. But we've got some work to do.

In a land dotted with public drinking fountains, we tend to think of clean water mostly as an issue for people who live far away. While it remains a crisis in developing areas, water safety is increasingly pressing closer to home.

The EPA has announced that it plans to tighten drinking water standards, restricting four cancer-causing compounds. EPA administrator Lisa Jackson says that the U.S. must use the law to promote new technologies that address emerging drinking water challenges.

Last year Americans spent nearly $11 billion on over 8 billion gallons of bottled water, and then tossed over 22 billion empty plastic bottles in the trash. In bottle production alone, the more than 70 million bottles of water consumed each day in the U.S. drain 1.5 million barrels of oil over the course of one year.

Ban The Bottle
Though the sale and consumption of bottled water is still on the rise, certain policy makers and activists have taken steps to reduce it. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order in June that bars city government from using city money to supply municipal workers with bottled water, and New York City, where residents consume nearly 28 gallons of bottled water each year, launched an ad campaign encouraging residents and tourists to forego the bottled beverage for the city's tap, long considered some of the best water in the country. Even upscale eateries in Boston, New York and San Francisco have taken bottled water off the menu, offering filtered tap instead. 

Improve Your Health
Not only does bottled water contribute to excessive waste, but it costs us a thousand times more than water from our faucet at home, and it is, in fact, no safer or cleaner. "The bottled water industry spends millions of dollars a year to convince us that their product is somehow safer or healthier than tap water, when in fact that's just not true," says Victoria Kaplan, senior organizer with Food and Water Watch, a nonprofit that recently launched a Take Back the Tap campaign to get consumers to ditch bottled water. "As much as 40 percent of bottled water started out as the same tap water that we get at home," she adds. A 1999 Natural Resources Defense Council study found that, with required quarterly testing, tap water may even be of a higher quality than bottled, which is only tested annually.



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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