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  • 03/17/2015 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Audubon International and e-par USA are pleased to announce a series of “Lunch & Learn” webinars on the value of voluntary environmental programs for golf course superintendents to take place throughout April and May of 2015. 


    Building from a joint presentation recently delivered at the Metropolitan GCSA Chapter Education Session, Audubon International Executive Director Doug Bechtel and e-par USA President & CEO Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D., will deliver a series of 30-minute live webinars designed to:

    • Present data highlighting the economic and environmental value of third-party voluntary environmental programs;
    • Provide a forum for golf course superintendents to learn more about both the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf (ACSP) and the e-par Environmental Management System (EMS) for Golf;
    • Describe how a combination of various programs can be used to enhance ongoing efforts to protect and conserve water, wildlife, and other natural resources;
    • Highlight the ways golf course superintendents can gain additional benefits from these programs, such as professional development and training for assistant superintendents;
    • Explore lessons-learned from Golf Course Superintendents currently using the ACSP and the e-par EMS to meet their environmental performance goals.

    These sessions are built on a collaboration recently taken by the two organizations in an effort to inspire the next wave of environmental leadership in golf. As Cornell University Professor Frank Rossi states, “I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Kevin and Doug present their progressive view of environmental programs for golf. I feel their approach will help superintendents understand the best way forward when considering establishing a recognized environmental performance program at their facility.”

    The schedule for the webinar series is as follows:

    • East Coast Webinars—12:00pm Eastern: April 1st, April 15th, and May 11th
    • Central/Mountain Webinars—1:30pm Eastern (12:30 Central): April 2nd, April 16th, and May 13th
    • West Coast Webinars—3:00pm Eastern (Noon Pacific): April 1st, April 15th, and May 11th

    Click here to register:   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8056458512819624962

    Along with this “Lunch & Learn” series, Audubon International and e-par USA are also pursuing opportunities to deliver joint presentations at golf association meeting throughout 2015. “If we’re to continue to help golf course owners, managers, and superintendents throughout the industry lead on environmental issues beyond the current state, it only makes sense for like-minded organizations to work collaboratively. It certainly starts with more effective outreach and education,” said Fletcher. 


    “E-par-USA and Audubon International share a similar mission to enhance golf course’s business operations while certifying best practices,” said Bechtel. “We hope to demystify voluntary programs and offer stories and data that demonstrate the balance of economic, social, and environmental benefits certification programs provide.”


  • 03/11/2015 9:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    PALM COAST, FL – Hammock Dunes is the second private community in Florida to earn the Green Community Award from Audubon International, a non-profit environmental organization, for their ongoing sustainability initiatives.


    Members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for the award, which recognizes significant environmental achievement and is an intermediate milestone en route to earning rigorous designation as a Certified Audubon International Sustainable Community.


    Hammock Dunes’ accomplishments include:
    • Environmental Partnerships – Through a partnership with the Dunes Community Development District and St. Johns Water Management District, Hammock Dunes uses reclaimed water for all irrigation. This has helped the community reduce its use of potable groundwater supplies and become more environmentally friendly. To address problems of invasive exotic plant species, the community has worked with Friends of A1A and spent more than $100,000 to remove Brazilian pepper trees and Virginia creeper vines near the community.


    • Health and Wellness – Walking paths and golf courses integrated with the natural landscape were enhanced by the Audubon Trails to Fitness project, which created trail maps and kiosks with information about local wildlife. Community facilities, classes offered by regional partners through the Learning Institute, and fitness events also promote a healthy lifestyle that includes walking, biking, golfing, swimming, and other activities rather than sedentary activities.


    • Wildlife Conservation – As part of the community’s master plan, over 700 acres of natural open space have been protected through conservation easements and restrictions. Educational signs posted around the community encourage awareness about wildlife, and multiple boardwalks and beach access points offer opportunities for viewing shorebirds, dolphins, and whales.


    • Outreach and Education – Environmental education is integrated into many aspects of Hammock Dunes community life. Ongoing programs and efforts include wildlife walks and articles in the community newspaper about sound environmental practices and native species that are published monthly. Several resident artists who specialize in nature photography, painting, and wood carving show their work at the community’s annual art show.


    • Citizen Engagement and Service – In addition to donating significant time and resources to help meet regional needs in education, housing, and arts, Hammock Dunes residents demonstrate their environmental commitment by participating in Whitney Lab’s Whale Watch teams and the Flagler County Turtle Patrol. These efforts earned Hammock Dunes the Florida Communities of Excellence Award for their civic involvement initiatives in 2009.


    “In its unique natural setting in Palm Coast tucked in a hammock of pines and palms between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River (part of the Intracoastal Waterway), Hammock Dunes affords many opportunities to view rare and endangered wildlife,” says Joanna Nadeau, director of the Sustainable Communities Program. “Residents take great pride in protecting their special piece of the Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway A1A. As the second private community in the State of Florida to receive the Audubon International Green Community Award, Hammock Dunes has demonstrated a strong commitment to embodying the ideals of sustainability—economic vitality, environmental protection, and social responsibility.”


    After a community sustainability plan is approved, communities may apply for certification in the Sustainable Communities Program by demonstrating continuous progress towards plan goals in fifteen focus areas. The City of Coconut Creek, Florida, and Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont, have achieved the Audubon International Sustainable Communities certification.


  • 03/05/2015 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TROY, NY – Environmental nonprofit Audubon International is excited to introduce the first global Golf Course BioBlitz, a free program for golf courses, which will run the week of Earth Day, April 19-25, 2015.

    BioBlitz is a species counting competition designed to create awareness among golfers and the community about the environmental value of the habitats supported by golf courses. The program, sponsored by the United States Golf Association, is open to any golf course worldwide including those unaffiliated with Audubon International.

    “How many species can you count? When we’re done, we’ll have a great idea about the wildlife, plant-life, and ecosystems that golf courses support around the globe,” said Doug Bechtel, executive director of Audubon International. “A BioBlitz is also a great way for golf courses to bring naturalists and families out to see the natural beauty golf courses provide in their towns.”

    A golf course may invite any number of participants such as golfers and their families, local environmental organizations, youth groups, community members, and local experts to count plant and animal species located on the property. Awards will be given in the categories of Most Species, Most Participants, and Best Photo. Following BioBlitz, Audubon International will compile the lists of plant and animal species recorded and report on the findings.

    To register for BioBlitz 2015 and receive your free toolkit, please email Tara Pepperman at tara@auduboninternational.org. The deadline to register is April 17th.


  • 01/21/2015 1:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    RIO VERDE, AZ – Rio Verde Community Association has earned the Sustainable Planning Award from Audubon International. The award is an important milestone in Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program and recognizes a community’s successful completion of Stage 2: defining and adopting a long-term community vision and choosing sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success.


    Sustainable community coordinator Sal Celona says, “Our community has worked closely with Audubon International's dedicated and highly qualified staff to develop a formal and comprehensive program to demonstrate our commitment toward achieving only the highest standards prescribed by AI as a sustainable community. Our community is extremely proud of its strong example of engendering and applying the principles and concepts of sustainability. This is exemplified by an outstanding record of achievement during our long history, and we are excited about being recognized with this prestigious award by Audubon International."


    Since joining the program five years ago, Rio Verde has brought together the efforts of residents, local and regional organizations, businesses and the community managers. These partners have addressed priority projects under 15 focus areas such as health and transportation. Within each focus area, goals such as conserving water and energy, enhancing wildlife habitat, and fostering a safe and healthy community have yielded action items that were formally adopted by the Association. Rio Verde, with help from all of the partners, has begun to implement the action items listed in the adopted long-range sustainability plan.


    Some projects areas include:

    • Use of reclaimed wastewater for golf course turf irrigation
    • Installation of water conserving, "Smart" irrigation controllers for domestic use
    • Articles on sustainability topics included in every bi-monthly community newsletter
    • Habitat for Humanity teams, Verde Cares and a long list of other service organizations
    • Community produce farm
    • Butterfly/Hummingbird demonstration garden
    • Reduction of salinity in the wastewater discharge from household water softeners
    • Installation of solar panels on community center

    “Rio Verde has made tremendous strides in prioritizing community challenges, harnessing the power of partnerships, and compiling a strategic sustainability plan with reachable goals that will have a real and positive effect on the community and its residents,” says Joanna Nadeau. “Rio Verde should be rightfully proud of earning this well-deserved award.”


    Rio Verde will now move forward into Stage 3 of the Sustainable Communities Program, during which the community will implement additional projects listed in the action plan and report progress to begin tracking the results of its plan.


  • 01/13/2015 10:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SAVANNAH, GA – The Landings at Skidaway Island is the first community in Georgia to earn the Green Community Award for their ongoing sustainability initiatives. Members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for the award, which recognizes significant environmental achievement and is an intermediate milestone en route to earning rigorous designation as a Certified Audubon International Sustainable Community. 


    The Landings’ accomplishments for this award include:

    • Outreach and Education – The Community Sustainability Steering Committee is installing an interpretive sign at a popular overlook, the Delegal Marina Tower, to orient the visitor and resident alike to local geographic features and the unique coastal ecosystem around them. The sign highlights resident and migratory wildlife species such as bottlenose dolphins, otters, manatees, and diamondback terrapins through a series of beautiful and informative images.
    • Resource Management – The community has reduced its use of potable water and become more environmentally friendly through resident and management actions such as planting native drought-tolerant species, reducing turf areas, and using irrigation timers, reducing costs and preserving natural aesthetics.
    • Health and Wellness – Amenities are integrated with the natural landscape by paths shared by golf carts, bikes and walkers, as well as nature trails. The island promotes a healthy lifestyle by offering walking, biking, boating, golfing, swimming, tennis, and other activities. The Landings Club has formed a new Life Extension and Fulfillment initiative (L.E.A.F.) that will provide programs for education and public health. Matt Roher, Senior Executive Chef and steering committee member, has introduced many local sourcing initiatives, and one chef is beekeeping at the community garden and using the honey production in dining offerings.
    • Wildlife Habitat – In 1986, the Branigar Organization won the Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence for preservation of the sensitive marsh system and donation of 588 acres to the Skidaway Island State Park while developing The Landings. As part of the community’s original plan, open space and wildlife corridors were protected through large vegetated buffers and minimal fencing, and now habitat is maintained through sensitive management and a comprehensive tree removal policy that protects specimen trees. Viewing platforms offer opportunities for viewing eagles and other sensitive species, a pollinator garden, a bluebird box trail that runs on all six golf courses, and Diamondback Terrapin hatcheries are evidence of residents’ passion for local wildlife.

    “As the first community in the state of Georgia to receive the Audubon International Green Community Award, The Landings at Skidaway Island has signaled a strong commitment to embodying the ideals of sustainability in all aspects of their community,” says Joanna Nadeau, Director of Community Programs. “Following the lead of the six golf courses within the community that have been certified as Audubon Cooperative Sanctuaries, The Landings’ Community Sustainability Steering Committee is taking an important next step to ensure a sustainable future for the island’s residents, human and wildlife alike, by pursuing certification. Furthermore, Landings’ residents support so many off-site organizations that this community is helping the world around them become more sustainable.” 


    The Landings Association’s forthcoming strategic plan with its focus on sustainability will provide many of the needed initiatives in the areas of Governance; Economic Development; Planning, Zoning and Building Development; Public Safety & Emergency Management; and Transportation. After a community sustainability plan is approved, communities in the program may apply for certification in the Sustainable Communities Program by demonstrating continuous progress towards goals in the plan under fifteen focus areas.


    About The Landings at Skidaway Island

    Skidaway Island is an interior barrier island next to the Ossabaw Sound and 12 miles southeast of Savannah. The Landings community offers 40 miles of walking trails through maritime forest of native pineland and live oak and extensive salt marsh habitat, a two-acre community garden, and many kayaking, fishing, boating, and birding opportunities. Its community of more than 8,500 active residents drawn from all over the country is being led by the Community Sustainability Steering Committee through the certification process. Skidaway Island is also home to the University of Georgia’s Marine Extension Service and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, as well as the Skidaway Island State Park. The Community Sustainability Steering Committee includes representatives from each.


  • 10/27/2014 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    KAILUA-KONA, HI – After meeting the strict environmental criteria and requirements of the Audubon International Signature Program, Kohanaiki has been designated as the first Certified Signature Sanctuary in the state of Hawai`i.


    “The entire Kohanaiki team is proud to have reached this benchmark and shares the commitment of taking care of the land with Audubon International,” said Joe Root, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kohanaiki.


    To become certified, Signature Program members must implement and follow a site-specific Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) that addresses wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water quality monitoring and management, integrated pest management, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, and green building products and procedures. Receiving designation as a Certified Signature Sanctuary is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the NRMP and its implementation.


    “The completion of this golf course has been a while in coming, but it is certainly worth the wait,” said Nancy Richardson, Signature Program Director. “Kohanaiki is representative of a sustainable approach to development with a special focus on water quality protection, wildlife habitat, historical and cultural preservation. It will serve as a model for other projects not only in Hawai`i but the world as well.”


    Kohanaiki, a 450-acre private residential community on Hawai`i's Big Island, is located two miles south of Kona International Airport and five miles north of Kailua-Kona. It is home to a Rees Jones-designed 18-hole golf course, 9-acre Practice Facility, Clubhouse, multiple restaurants, and other amenities. Stretching along a mile and a half of coastline on the island’s leeward side, with room for 500 homes, Kohanaiki is dotted with more than 200 anchialine pools that range from the size of a fist to a swimming pool and lie mostly between the golf course and the sea. These pools were historically utilized by Hawaiians to raise fish and shrimp and the waters used for cooking, drinking and bathing. There are also 13 Ahu (rock shrines) running parallel to the anchialine pools, and an existing historic trail (Mamalahoa Trail) crosses through the property. The Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park borders the property to the south and the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean forms the western edge.


    Kohanaiki takes its name from its traditional land division, the Kohanaiki ahupua`a, which stretches from the sea to the mountain. These lands sustained a thriving village up until the early 19th century, where islanders harvested fish from the sea and fishponds, and cultivated gourds, coconuts, and taro on upland slopes. Kohanaiki’s name means “small bareness” and refers to the lava flows that cover its lower slopes, disgorged by Mount Hualālai 3,000-5,000 years ago.


    Environmental highlights of the project include:
    • Drainage – Drainage water from the golf course is routed to dry wells that contain charcoal to filter out pollutants. This also provides protection for the holes near the ocean and anchialine pools.


    • Water Monitoring – To ensure that the anchialine pools and Pacific Ocean are not degraded from construction or long-term use of the property, a water quality-monitoring program was implemented and continues into the operational and long-term management phase of the project.


    • Vegetative Buffers – Tall native grasses along the edge of the numerous water bodies help to filter the water and prevent erosion. A 25-foot “no spray zone” ensures that pesticides will be absorbed before they reach any water body.


    • Landscaping – Xeriscaping, the use of drought tolerant plants to reduce or eliminate additional watering, has been implemented throughout the property to promote efficient irrigation practices and reduce maintenance.


    • Waste Management Program – A property-wide waste management program is in place to ensure the sustainable use and reuse of almost all products and to enable the creation of soil from landscape materials.


    • Endangered Species – The Hawaiian Stilt (Ae`o), federally and state listed as endangered, nests on site. The Hawaiian Monk Seal, one of the rarest mammals in the world, and the Nene, the world’s rarest goose, can also be spotted around the property.


  • 10/20/2014 10:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    MONTGOMERY, TX – Bluejack National, an exceptional community and championship golf course in Montgomery, Texas, currently under development, has recently registered as a member of the Audubon International Classic Program becoming the first and only Classic Program member in the state of Texas.
    Created over nine years ago, the Classic Program was designed for projects involved in changes on their property. “Through this program we work with landowners as they go through construction and then assist in establishing a maintenance program that focuses on natural resource management,” says Nancy Richardson, Classic Program Director.


    “Environmental sustainability is a priority to everyone connected to the Bluejack National property,” said Eric Bauer, Director of Agronomy, Bluejack National. “We are all stewards of the environment, so being the first Audubon International Classic Program member in Texas is a proud first step in our partnership to preserve the legacy of the land.”


    Besides Bluejack National, currently there are 13 Classic Program members in five countries (Canada, Singapore, China, Indonesia, and Bahamas,) and four states in the United States (Florida, Tennessee, Washington, and New York). Five members are certified in Indonesia, China (2), Florida, and Tennessee.


    Based on the environmental framework provided by Audubon International, Classic Program members design and then implement a Classic Program Management Plan (CPMP) for the property by addressing the following issues: Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Enhancement, Water Quality Monitoring and Management, Integrated Pest Management, Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Waste Management. The designation of Certified Classic Sanctuary is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the NRMP and its implementation keeping in mind that the property is an already disturbed land area.


    Audubon International looks forward to working with Bluejack toward Classic Program certification.


    About Bluejack National
    Bluejack National is a world-class private club and community 45 minutes northwest of Houston, TX. Located on 755 acres of gently rolling countryside within the piney woods of historic Montgomery County, Bluejack National features the first Tiger Woods-designed championship golf course and short course expected to open in the nation. The lush property will be home to 386 private residents, 550 memberships, and offer exceptional luxury lifestyle amenities, dining, wellness center, corporate entertainment options and family recreational activities. 35 acres of fishing lakes and approximately seven miles of beautiful hiking, biking and running trails link the amenities to the Bluejack National neighborhoods. Bluejack National is a Beacon Land Development property in partnership with Lantern Asset Management. Beacon Land Development was founded by luxury resort and private club industry leader Michael Abbott and 2014 PGA Professional of the Year and Bluejack National President, Casey Paulson. For more information, please visit www.bluejacknational.com or on Facebook and Twitter.


  • 10/20/2014 9:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TROY, NY - Environmental nonprofit Audubon International is excited to announce that international golf business specialist Henry B. DeLozier has joined its board of directors.


    DeLozier is recognized around the world for his leadership in strategic planning for golf-related businesses, and he was called one of the “Most Influential People in Golf” since 1999 by the Crittenden publications. He joined Global Golf Advisors in 2008 as a principal after nine years as the vice president of Golf of Pulte Homes, where he helped the company become the largest developer of golf communities and golf courses in the United States.

    “We couldn't be happier about Henry DeLozier's appointment to our Board of Directors,” said Doug Bechtel, executive director of Audubon International. “Henry's expertise in golf and community development, finance, and marketing will help Audubon International expand our reach and relevance with new partners and stakeholders.”


    DeLozier serves on the Employers Advisory Council for the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). He is also a Past President of the Board of Directors for the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) in America. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University where he was an All-American Golfer.


    “The work of Audubon International is vital to the continued engagement of golf and golfers in support of environmental programs, concerns and initiatives,” said DeLozier. “I welcome the opportunity to do my part.”


  • 08/26/2014 11:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    TROY, NY – Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program has partnered with hotel booking website Bookdifferent.com to encourage travelers to stay in hotels that are certified by eco-labels as having environmentally friendly practices. The Netherlands-based not-for-profit booking site in the first in the world to indicate which hotels have obtained certification.

    Bastiaan Fronik, chairman at Bookdifferent.com, said, “We believe there is a strong awareness among leisure and business travelers alike for sustainability programs such as Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program, and that will continue to grow.”

    In addition to making it easy for travelers to book certified hotels, Bookdifferent.com supports charities by donating 50 percent of the booking revenue to a charity of the customer’s choice. Audubon International is one of the many charities that are supported in this way.

    “Bookdifferent.com has a wonderful business model that allows travelers to make the world a bit better of a place simply by booking a hotel,” said Katie Hopkins, associate director of outreach & communications at Audubon International. “We are proud to partner with this website to encourage travelers to book green hotels, and also to give our own Certified Green Lodging Properties the recognition they deserve.”

    About Bookdifferent.com
    The aim of the hotel booking site is to make travel sustainable and social. Bookdifferent.com offers 515,000 accommodations worldwide, 6,400 of which have been awarded one or more high-quality eco-labels. The organization donates 50 percent of booking revenues to charity while maintaining a 100 percent best price guarantee. To find out more visit http://www.bookdifferent.com/en/.


  • 08/08/2014 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HONOLULU, HI – Four of Marriott Vacation Club’s resorts in the state of Hawai’i recently achieved high rankings in Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club on Oahu and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club on Maui both achieved Platinum Certification, and Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club and Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons–Kalanipu’u, both on Kauai, achieved Gold Certification.


    The environmental highlights of the four properties include recycling, use of energy efficient lighting and Energy Star appliances, and window coverings that reduce solar heat gain. The two Platinum Certified properties also have implemented an Energy Management System that monitors all aspects of the buildings’ heating and cooling systems including the ability to adjust thermostats for energy savings when rooms are unoccupied.


    “It is clear that the Marriott Vacation Club properties in Hawai’i take the responsibility of protecting the natural environment very seriously,” said Fred Realbuto, Chief of Operations at Audubon International. “For instance, each of the properties employs its own landscaping staff. As one walks the grounds of these properties, it becomes abundantly clear that there is pride of ownership in the selection and placement of each plant and tree.”


    These four Marriott Vacation Club resorts are the first resorts in Hawaii and among 63 in the world to be designated by Audubon International as Certified Green Lodging Properties. Certified properties are rated in the categories of Communication and Education; Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling; Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Indoor Air Quality. To earn certification, all properties receive a site visit by an Audubon International staff member and undergo a recertification process every three years.

    “We are very proud of these environmental achievements and recognition by Audubon International at our resorts in Hawai’i,” said Ed Kinney, vice president, corporate affairs and communications, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. “For more than 30 years, our Marriott Vacation Club resorts and associates have demonstrated a passionate commitment to the environment. We are constantly seeking new opportunities that support our green initiatives worldwide and value our ongoing relationship with Audubon International.”

    About Marriott Vacation Club
    Marriott Vacation Club is a global leader in vacation ownership with over 415,000 Owners, a diverse portfolio of 54 resorts and more than 12,000 timeshare villas throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Marriott Vacation Club is a brand of Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation, the leading global pure-play vacation ownership company. For more information please visit www.marriottvacationclub.com or nightly rentals visit www.marriott.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MarriottVacClub and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marriottvacationclub.

    HONOLULU, HI – Four of Marriott Vacation Club’s resorts in the state of Hawai’i recently achieved high rankings in Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program. Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club on Oahu and Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club on Maui both achieved Platinum Certification, and Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club and Marriott’s Kauai Lagoons–Kalanipu’u, both on Kauai, achieved Gold Certification.

    The environmental highlights of the four properties include recycling, use of energy efficient lighting and Energy Star appliances, and window coverings that reduce solar heat gain. The two Platinum Certified properties also have implemented an Energy Management System that monitors all aspects of the buildings’ heating and cooling systems including the ability to adjust thermostats for energy savings when rooms are unoccupied.

    “It is clear that the Marriott Vacation Club properties in Hawai’i take the responsibility of protecting the natural environment very seriously,” said Fred Realbuto, Chief of Operations at Audubon International. “For instance, each of the properties employs its own landscaping staff. As one walks the grounds of these properties, it becomes abundantly clear that there is pride of ownership in the selection and placement of each plant and tree.”

    These four Marriott Vacation Club resorts are the first resorts in Hawaii and among 63 in the world to be designated by Audubon International as Certified Green Lodging Properties. Certified properties are rated in the categories of Communication and Education; Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling; Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Indoor Air Quality. To earn certification, all properties receive a site visit by an Audubon International staff member and undergo a recertification process every three years.

    “We are very proud of these environmental achievements and recognition by Audubon International at our resorts in Hawai’i,” said Ed Kinney, vice president, corporate affairs and communications, Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation. “For more than 30 years, our Marriott Vacation Club resorts and associates have demonstrated a passionate commitment to the environment. We are constantly seeking new opportunities that support our green initiatives worldwide and value our ongoing relationship with Audubon International.”

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