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  • 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.”

  • 07/15/2014 2:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Propane Education & Research Council announces it has partnered with environmental nonprofit Audubon International to advance the use of clean, low-emission propane equipment, which aligns with Audubon International’s mission to facilitate responsible environmental management practices.


    PERC’s support of Audubon International demonstrates a commitment to promoting awareness of propane’s environmental benefits. This partnership will explore various demonstrations and educational programs that increase awareness of propane as an alternative fuel and available incentives. With the availability of propane-powered landscape and turf equipment, propane autogas vehicles, commercial heating systems, and agricultural equipment from a variety of manufacturers, many industries can experience the fuel’s benefits.


    Propane significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming hydrocarbons compared with conventional fuels. Simply switching from gasoline- and diesel-fueled equipment to propane-powered equipment can reduce carbon pollution and help communities implement environmental initiatives.


    “As the country’s leading alternative fuel, clean, American-made propane is already positively impacting thousands of communities,” says Roy Willis, PERC’s president and CEO. “This partnership will allow us to educate many more groups on propane’s environmental benefits and expand our outreach and programming. We look forward to collaborating with Audubon International to help communities achieve sustainability goals and reduce their carbon footprint.”


    PERC joins Audubon International as a sponsor of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP). The ACSP is an education and certification program designed to help businesses protect the environment while enhancing their bottom line. It offers guidance on implementing sustainability plans and recognizes organizations through certification.


    “Our future depends on incremental changes in behavior and technologies that reduce our impact on nature,” says Doug Bechtel, Audubon International’s executive director. “Choosing to use propane-fueled equipment is a positive step that can have benefits as more and more industries explore this alternative.” 

         

    For more information about Audubon International, its programs, and certified members, visit auduboninternational.org. For more information on PERC or to apply for available propane equipment incentives, visit propane.com.


    About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a nonprofit that provides leading propane safety and training programs and invests in the research and development of new propane-powered technologies. PERC is operated and funded by the propane industry. For more information, visit propanecouncil.org

  • 07/14/2014 3:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TROY, NY – Environmental nonprofit Audubon International is pleased to announce that Ted Horton, consultant in golf course management, has joined its board of directors.

    Ted is currently the Senior Consulting Superintendent for ValleyCrest Golf Course Maintenance, Director for the California Golf Course Owners Association, and Immediate Past President for the California Golf Alliance. He specializes in environmental stewardship, golf course safety, security and risk management, turfgrass agronomics, and the administrative functions of large property maintenance.

    “We are privileged to have Ted join our Board,” said Doug Bechtel, Audubon International’s executive director.  “As I continue to learn about the constituencies, businesses, and organizations that service golf, Ted’s name and reputation is common among all. He is a true leader and pioneer in environmental golf management, and I can’t thank him enough for his service.”

    At the age of 23, Ted began his career as the golf course superintendent at Winged Foot Golf Club in New York after studying agricultural biology at McGill University and turfgrass management at the University of Massachusetts. He went on to work for Westchester Country Club, The Fairways Group, and Pebble Beach Company. At Pebble Beach, Ted assisted The Company in developing the “Golf and the Environment” initiative, a coalition of major golf and environmental communities to brainstorm environmental improvements for golf. Through his guidance, The Links at Spanish Bay became the first golf course in California and the 16th in the nation to be designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

    Ted’s current role as a consultant has given him the opportunity to consult on golf course maintenance and development projects throughout the world, namely Canada, Ireland, Morocco, Taiwan, and the United States. He has earned numerous awards including the Environmental Steward Award from the Superintendents Association of America and the 2008 Green Section Award from the United States Golf Association, and in 2005 he was listed in Golf Digest Magazine as one of the top 100 most powerful people in golf.

    Ted and his wife, Nancy, live in Canyon Lake, California. They have two grown sons and enjoy spending their time walking their two dogs, boating, swimming fishing, and visiting local sites with their grandchildren.

  • 06/18/2014 3:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PARRY SOUND, ON, Canada – Joanna Nadeau, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International, will deliver the keynote address at an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of UNESCO’s Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve in Parry Sound, Ontario. The event will take place Monday, June 23rd at 7:00pm at the Stockey Centre and will include a public showcase followed by a reception.


    Nadeau will present insights and examples from Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program, which helps communities take steps to ensure that communities are healthy and vibrant places to live, work, and play–both today and tomorrow. She will discuss how the program can help the Biosphere’s communities protect natural, economic, and social capital through practical tools, technical advice, and public recognition of success. In addition, she will talk about Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program and Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf.


    Dr. Becky Pollock, communications manager for the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, believes that developing a “sense of place” for the area to guide development plans is very important for the future of the area’s communities. “Over the next ten years, I can see Parry Sound area and the surrounding municipalities taking great steps towards a conservation economy in terms of cost-savings operations, planning and design, public participation in reducing greenhouse emissions, and building more jobs around green engineering and energy, local farming and value-added food production, ecotourism, education, and research.”


    “The UNESCO Biosphere Reserves of southern Ontario are leading an effort to engage communities in their region in developing sustainable tourism initiatives. Audubon International is pleased to have the opportunity to share best practices from our certified communities like Williamston, NC, and Eufaula, Alabama, who have had success balancing conservation of their environmental assets with economic development,” said Nadeau.


    Tickets for the Biosphere Celebration on Monday, June 23rd are $15 at the door or are available by calling the Stockey Centre at 877.746.4466 or contacting info@gbbr.ca. Nadeau will also offer a special workshop on Tuesday, June 24th at 8:30 am at the Log Cabin Inn for interested golf course managers, tourism operators, municipalities, and their public works departments. These events are part of a series of presentations Nadeau is giving around Ontario, and will be followed later in the week by presentations in Simcoe at the Long Point Biosphere Reserve and in Gananoque at the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.

  • 05/29/2014 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KELOWNA, BC, Canada – Koenders Water Solutions Inc. announced today

     that the company has partnered with Audubon International as a corporate sponsor of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP).


    The ASCP is an award winning education and certification program that helps entities such as golf courses, parks, and businesses protect the environment and enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats that these operations provide. In becoming a corporate sponsor, Koenders company officials have made their support for Audubon International publicly known and are working with Audubon International management to partner on various initiatives where natural restoration and ultimate enhancement of wildlife habitat is critical.


    “Partnering with an organization like Audubon International is really the perfect relationship for Koenders, as both organizations have similar goals to improve the environment,” said company Vice President, Doug Hicks. “Audubon’s extensive work world-wide really connects with the Koenders philosophy, as we work towards natural, environmentally friendly, solutions for pond care.”  


    The partnership also provides Audubon International members with a discount on Koenders’ environmentally safe and effective water solutions. Audubon International members include municipalities, hotels, ski hills, and golf courses, all of who manage their water resources in an environmentally responsible way. Koenders Wind Powered Aeration Systems and Nature’s Pond Conditioner™ products are specifically designed for this purpose.


    About Koenders Water Solutions Inc.

    Koenders Water Solutions Inc. is the innovator and world’s leading manufacturer of windmill aeration systems. The Company was founded in 1988 to offer farmers and other pond owners environmentally friendly and cost effective solutions to keep their pond water clean and safe in the most sustainable way. KWS added Energy Efficient Electric Aeration Systems to their line in the mid 1990’s. In the early 2000s, working with a team of bio-chemists and pond water application engineers, KWS set out to design North America’s first all-inclusive chemical free pond conditioner; an “All-In-One” completely natural solution safe for humans and wildlife. The result of this effort was Nature’s Pond Conditioner™ which launched in 2007 and is now in use by thousands of satisfied pond owners world-wide. More recently the company launched Natures Pond Conditioner GOLF COURSE EDITION™ specifically designed to tackle the unique pond care challenges faced by Golf Courses.Today, KWS serves over 60,000 customers worldwide in almost every region of the world. For more information visit www.koenderswatersolutions.com or www.koenderswindmills.com
  • 05/29/2014 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    LAKE WALES, FL – Joining six other Florida communities pursuing certification through the Sustainable Communities Program, the private community of Mountain Lake is now working with Audubon International to become a leader in community sustainability


    Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program provides a path to certification, which ensures a community’s economic and social wellbeing are built on a sustainable natural environment. The program tools provide guidance for citizen-driven planning and community actions, facilitate partnerships with governmental agencies, businesses, and academic institutions, and help communities demonstrate success through establishment of measurable goals. Following this framework, Mountain Lake will take a comprehensive approach to community preservation and environmental protection. 


    “Communities that integrate principles of sustainability into policies and practices should be recognized for their leadership,” said Sustainable Communities Program Manager, Joanna Nadeau. “In cooperation with efforts at the Mountain Lake Golf Club in responsible stewardship, residents are working to implement environmental stewardship throughout the community. Through planning and implementation across a range of focal areas, Mountain Lake will ensure that it remains a great place to live in the future. This is the concept of sustainability, which Audubon International views as the foundation for quality communities of today and tomorrow.”


    By joining and participating in the Sustainable Communities Program, Mountain Lake joins 13 other communities as members of the program, four of which have achieved certification. During the three stages in the certification process, Mountain Lake will complete an assessment, define a long-term community vision, choose sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implement its plan. After completing a vision plan and reporting progress on chosen goals, members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for certification and designation as an Audubon International Sustainable Community, which recognizes dedication to the process of becoming a sustainable community.


    “Mountain Lake is pleased to be a part of the Audubon International certification program,” stated John L. Delcamp, Jr., Vice President and General Manager of Mountain Lake. “Noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. designed the original layout for Mountain Lake at the turn of the century, and our guests frequently comment that the community has the beauty and tranquility of a nature preserve. Our Board’s commitment to preservation, conservation, and quality are hallmarks of our club and community, and our ongoing partnership with Audubon is another measure of that success.”


    Located an hour south of Orlando and east of Tampa, the Mountain Lake community is perched atop the Lake Wales sand ridge in central Florida. With their centennial anniversary coming in 2016, several generations of families have enjoyed this seasonal retreat for birdwatching, golf, and quiet lakeside living. The neighborhood was designated a historic district in 1993 because of a heritage that includes designer Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., mastermind of New York City’s Central Park and the Biltmore Estate. An organic garden available to residents is part of the community’s ethic to live in harmony with the ridge’s unusually large number of endemic plant and insect species. The golf course on site, Mountain Lake Golf Club, recently earned Audubon International’s Environmental Planning Award for its work towards certification as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
  • 05/02/2014 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    STOWE, VT – Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Sustainable Community" through the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program. Robert Apple, Planning Manager, led the effort to maintain certified status in this community and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Spruce Peak was designated as a Certified Audubon Sustainable Community in 2010 and is one of four communities in the world to receive the honor.

    The Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program provides information and guidance to help communities preserve and enhance what makes them healthy and vibrant places to live, work, and play. Certified members have defined and begun implementing a vision for their future founded in the three pillars of sustainabilityundefineda healthy local environment, quality of life for citizens, and economic vitality.

    "Spruce Peak at Stowe Mountain Resort has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for preserving the natural heritage of the area by protecting the local watershed and providing a sanctuary for wildlife in the community," said Joanna Nadeau, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International.

    Food composting, Leave No Trace classes for guests, and installing an electric vehicle charging station are just a few examples of why Spruce Peak is widely considered a leader in sustainability. In the last few years, Stowe Mountain Resort has reduced energy use by 681,808 kWh, increased participation in their Leave No Trace program by 270%, and increased ridership on public transportation by 45%. Stowe Mountain Resort’s accomplishments have also been recognized by the Governor of Vermont’s Environmental Award for Energy Efficiency Efforts, as well as the Silver Eagle Award from the National Ski Areas Association.

    "To maintain certification, a community must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a majority of areas," explained Nadeau. Members maintain certification status in the Sustainable Communities Program by demonstrating continuous progress towards goals in the plan under fifteen focus areas. Communities go through a recertification process every two years.
  • 04/29/2014 10:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WINDERMERE, FL – The private community of Isleworth recently became the next community in Florida to join Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program.

     

    The Sustainable Communities Program provides a framework with which communities can assess their current status of green initiatives for protecting and enhancing their natural environment. The goal of the program is to achieve designation as an Audubon International Sustainable Community, ensuring they have met the necessary requirements to be certified as an environmentally healthy place in which to live, work and play–both today and tomorrow. The certification serves as a catalyst for citizen-driven planning and community actions, facilitating partnerships when needed to reach the environmental protection goals envisioned in the community. 


    “Every community can play a role in improving our impact on the environment while fostering a high quality of life. In 2008, the Isleworth golf course achieved the eco-responsible golf accolade of becoming a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Building on the environmental ethic demonstrated by Isleworth Golf & Country Club, the Isleworth Community Association is now taking steps to bring sustainability into all aspects of everyday life. By engaging residents in sustainability activities for the Sustainable Communities Program, Isleworth community leaders are building a strong foundation for the future,” said Sustainable Communities Program Manager Joanna Nadeau. 


    “Isleworth’s lakeside setting on the Butler Chain of Lakes is home to a spectacular range of wildlife and a thriving ecosystem and allows for our residents to enjoy a vibrant recreational lifestyle. Joining the Audubon International Sustainable Communities Program further enhances what makes Isleworth a great place to live and ensures those assets are protected for current and future residents’ enjoyment,” added Isleworth Community Association General Manager David Kemp. 


    By joining and participating in the Sustainable Communities Program, the Isleworth Community Association will join five other private communities as a private sector member of the program. There are three stages in the multi-year certification process, during which the Isleworth Community Association will complete an assessment, define a long-term community vision for the environment, choose sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implement its plan. The plan covers 15 focus areas related to the environment, and members must choose timelines and measurable goals. After completing a vision plan and reporting progress on chosen goals, members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for certification and designation as an Audubon International Sustainable Community, which recognizes the dedication, hard work and environmental leadership of being a green community.


    About Isleworth

    Nestled amongst the Butler Chain of Lakes, this 600-acre community has more than seven miles of shoreline and is highlighted by a championship golf course. Conceived by Arnold Palmer, designed by Ed Seay and subsequently enhanced by Steve Smyers, the course was built on rolling terrain and features generous, undulating and fast greens. The 18-hole course was selected as one of the Top 100 courses in the country in rankings by Travel + Leisure Golf, WSJ/Golfweek and LINKS Magazine. A significant, permanent collection of sculptures is displayed throughout the community. At the center of Isleworth’s premier amenities is a lavish 89,000-square-foot Mediterranean clubhouse offering unparalleled services to its members. Elegant, private homes are afforded commanding golf to water views, and residents enjoy the very best of country club living. For information about the community, please visit www.isleworth.com or call Isleworth Realty, (407) 876-0111. 
  • 03/13/2014 11:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The appointment of Doug Bechtel as president and chief executive officer of Audubon International (AI), a New York-based organization that works with organizations in 36 countries on environmental sustainability, was announced today by the AI board of directors.

    Bechtel has been serving as associate director of environmental programs for AI. Prior to joining the organization, Bechtel was director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy’s New Hampshire Chapter for over 15 years.

    AI is a not-for-profit organization that works with nearly 2,500 golf courses, business and other organizations to encourage good management of natural resources. Its mission is to deliver high-quality environmental education and facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work and play. In addition to golf courses, the largest membership base of AI, the organization works with cemeteries, hotels and resorts, residential communities, and industrial facilities.

    “I’m proud to serve Audubon International’s great mission,” said Bechtel. “Our members and partners are enthusiastic about working toward a common goal of environmental stewardship. I am happy to be leading a great team of dedicated environmental professionals providing services, expertise, and environmental education to ensure we live in harmony with the habitats in our communities.”

    Clarence Bassett, chair of the AI board, said Bechtel “brings a solid background in natural resource management and planning that should prove very valuable in fulfilling the Audubon mission.”

    Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in botany from the University of Vermont. An avid outdoorsmen, his favorite pastimes are birding, hiking, and cross-country skiing. He has more than 16 years of experience directing complex land and water conservation projects for the New Hampshire chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

    He succeeds Ryan Aylesworth, who is leaving to pursue other interests.


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