About the Signature Sanctuary Program
Signature Sanctuary Program provides comprehensive environmental planning
assistance to new developments. The program assists landowners and developers with the design for the environment so that both economic and environmental objectives
are achieved. Once construction is complete, involvement in the Signature
Sanctuary Program ensures that managers apply sustainable resource management
practices in the long-term stewardship of the property. For a full list of all golf courses certified in ACSP for Golf, Signature, or Classic Programs, click here.
Make the Environment Part of Your Plan
Signature Sanctuary Program offers a "beyond compliance" approach to
project development, construction, grand opening, and long-term management. In
addition to minimum certification standards, each project is given the
opportunity to work towards three different levels of certification. The program
is flexible and adaptable to the project, but generally involves the following:
Initial Site Assessment- An
on-site assessment will be conducted by Audubon International staff and the
project team to evaluate and document the existing natural resources and how
those resources may be impacted by future proposed development.
Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP)- A well-developed project specific NRMP will serve as a guide for the construction and management of the property focusing on wildlife management, habitat enhancement, waste and materials management, energy efficiency, water quality and conservation, and pest management.
become certified, a project owner must implement the NRMP, meet the minimum certification
standards and site-specific requirements, 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.
continued compliance with the program criteria, implementation of the NRMP, and
educational and outreach activities are necessary for recertification. Each
project location will host a site visit from a member of a local environmental
group on year three after the environmental audit. Subsequent site-audits are
conducted every third year by Audubon International staff.
To join the Signature Sanctuary Program a property must apply for membership. Applications will be reviewed by Audubon International to ensure that the proposed project is a good fit for the Signature Sanctuary Program. A one-time, non-refundable program registration fee of $7,500 (USD) is required once the application has been approved. Annual program membership fees thereafter are $500 (USD) for all properties.