Make the Environment Part of Your Plan
The Signature Program starts where minimum environmental compliance leaves off, offering a "beyond compliance" approach, continues through construction, grand opening, and long-term management. In addition to minimum certification standards, each project is given the opportunity to work towards different levels of certification. The program is flexible and adaptable to the project, but generally involves:
- Initial Site Assessment- An on-site assessment conducted by Audubon International staff of the natural resources that the property has to offer and how those resources may be impacted by the development project.
- Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP)- A management plan must be produced as a tool for management but also to provide continuity with staff. The plan serves as a guide for the construction and management of the property focusing on wildlife management, habitat enhancement, waste management, energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, and pest management.
- Implementation- To become certified, a project must implement the NRMP, meet the minimum certification standards and site-specific requirements set forth by Audubon International, and pass an environmental audit. Site visits are conducted by Audubon International staff during the major phases of the project to supplement training and education of construction and operational personnel as well as consulting staff.
"The perception citizens have about their community along with a city's image influences decisions made about the city and its future. Natural resources in the city, the city's park system and the quality of open spaces are elements which affect people's perception of their community's quality of life. Tierra Verde Golf Club provides a quality recreational experience for Arlington's citizens and through the Audubon Signature Program continues to demonstrate a high level of environmental leadership in the community."
- Robert Cluck, Mayor City of Arlington