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Waste Prevention

Reduce, Reuse, RecycleThe critical first step of waste prevention has been overshadowed by a focus on recycling. Please help to promote a greater awareness of the importance of the "Reduce" part of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra. For a great overview of how raw materials and products move around the world, see the video The Story of Stuff.

Simplify: Simplify your life as much as possible. Only keep belongings that you use/enjoy on a regular basis. By making the effort to reduce what you own, you will naturally purchase less/create less waste in the future. For information on voluntary simplicity, check out Voluntary Simplicity Websites. Learn more through books on voluntary simplicity.

Reduce Purchases: In general, think before you buy any product - do you really need it? How did the production of this product impact the environment and what further impacts will there be with the disposal of the product (and associated packaging materials)? When you are thinking about buying something, try the 30-Day Rule -- wait 30 days after the first time you decide you want a product to really make your decision. This will eliminate impulse buying.

The Compact: Join or form a Compact in your area - groups all across the globe committing for 12 months to not buy any new products (see lower right sidebar for groups).

Replace Disposables: Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones (i.e., razor, food storage, batteries, ink cartridges (buy refill ink), coffee filters, furnace or air conditioner filters, etc.).

Buy Used: Buy used products whenever possible.

For more useful tips like this visit Global Stewards website at: www.globalstewards.org


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

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

The Reserve at Lake Keowee
www.reserveatlakekeowee.com/

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

EnergyStar
www.energystar.gov/

The Royal Society of Biological Sciences
www.royalsocietypublishing.org

National Geographic
www.nationalgeographic.com

Double Oaks
www.doubleoakscharlotte.com

Global Stewards
www.globalstewards.org

United States Department of Energy
www.energy.gov

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

     

SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Ron Dodson receives the 2009 ASGCAs Donald Ross Award

Ron DodsonRon Dodson, Sustainability Advisor for Audubon Lifestyles, and president of the International Sustainability Council was chosen to receive the 2009 Donald Ross Award  during the 63nd ASGCA Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.

Dodson serves on numerous environmentally-focused committees. He is a prolific writer, and a frequent presenter to state and federal agencies on the topics of water quality, ecological studies, restoration planning, and community planning.

The entire Audubon Lifestyles team would like to congratulate Ron on this tremendous achievement.

Mr. Dodson made an eloquent case for golf to embrace sustainable design during his Ross Award acceptance speech at the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) 63rd Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington.  “Golf is among the best forms of sustainable development,” said Dodson. “Sustainable projects need to be as profitable as possible so that they are economically viable. Add to that environmentally sensible and socially positive and you have a very good definition of sustainability. Well-designed and well-maintained golf courses fit that definition.”

Also included in the sustainability definition is the responsible stewardship of water. Dodson said that golf should be promoted as part of the infrastructure of the watershed and that when water supplies become even more restrictive that golf courses will “stand out like a sore thumb.” He encouraged golf to be more proactive in positioning itself as the good steward it is so that it can get its fair share of water.  “Golf can be a catalyst for sustainable communities,” Dodson explained. “I think golf course architects have a great opportunity to further the golf industry as courses seek ways to become more sustainable. When the focus of golf is beyond the game and people understand the ways it can positively impact the environment and economy, it will help the game with the challenges it is currently facing.”

The Donald Ross Award is given annually by ASGCA to a person who has positively influenced the game of golf and golf course architecture. Dodson is the 34th recipient of the award, which was given for the first time in 1976 to Robert Trent Jones.

ASGCA Background
Founded in 1946 by 14 leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses. ASGCA members are experienced golf course architects, able to counsel in all aspects of golf course design and remodeling.

Sidebar: Donald Ross Award Recipients

 YEAR   RECIPIENT  OCCUPATION
 2009 Ron Dodson  Sustainable Golf Advocate
 2008 George Peper  Golf Writer and Publisher
 2007 Dr. Michael Hurdzan  Golf Course Architect ASGCA
 2006 Jim Awtrey CEO  PGA of America
 2005 John Singleton  Irrigation Pioneer
 2004 Thomas Cousins Philanthropist  Urban Golf Developer
 2003 Bill Campbell  President, USGA, Captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
 2002 Byron Nelson  Professional Golfer
 2001 Jack Nicklaus  ASGCA Professional Golfer, Golf Course Architect
 2000 Jaime Ortiz-Patiño  Owner, President, Valderrama Golf Club
 1999 Arnold Palmer  ASGCA Professional Golfer Fellow
 1998 Judy Bell  President, USGA
 1997 Gene Sarazen  Professional Golfer
 1996 Ron Whitten  Golf Writer
 1995 Pete Dye  ASGCA Fellow Golf Course Architect
 1994 James R. Watson  Agronomist
 1993 Brent Wadsworth  Golf Course Builder
 1992 Paul Fullmer  ASGCA Executive Secretary
 1991 Michael Bonallack  Secretary, Royal and Ancient (St. Andrews)
 1990 John Zoller  Former Executive Director, No. California Golf Association
 1989 Dick Taylor  Editor, Golf World Magazine
 1988 Frank Hannigan  USGA Executive Director
 1987 Charles Price  Golf Writer, Author
 1986 Deane Beman  PGA Tour Commissioner
 1985 Peter Dobereiner  London Observer Columnist, Author
 1984 Dinah Shore  Sponsor of Women's Golf Tournaments
 1983 Al Radko Former  Director, USGA Green Section
 1982 Geoffrey Cornish  ASGCA Golf Course Architect, Historian Fellow
 1981 James Rhodes  Governor of Ohio
 1980 Gerald Micklem  Former Captain, Royal and Ancient
 1979 Joe Dey  Former Executive Director of the USGA
 1978 Herb and Joe Graffis  Founders, National Golf Foundation
 1977 Herbert Warren Wind  Golf Digest Columnist, Author
 1976 Robert Trent Jones  ASGCA Founding Member of ASGCA

For More information Contact: 

Aileen Smith
125 N. Executive Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005

(262) 786-5960
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Web site: www.asgca.org


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

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com
 
The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

O'Connor Signature at the Oaks
www.theoakslakecity.com

The City of Franklin, Tennessee
www.franklin-gov.com

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Green Living Tips

www.greenlivingtips.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov 

Bird City, Kansas
www.birdcity.com

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

 

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