Audubon International


Audubon International is one of the world’s best-known and most respected environmental education and certification organizations. For over 25 years, Audubon International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has achieved tremendous successes protecting and sustaining the natural environment in all places people live, work, and play. This includes nearly 2,500 golf courses within and outside the United States.

In addition to being a leader in the golf industry, this award-winning organization works with a wide range of club facilities and resorts across the country and around the world. Through a set of programs, services, projects, and educational resources, Audubon International serves as an invaluable environmental resource to your club helping you to reduce operating costs, increase revenue, convey important knowledge to employees and guests, and attain public recognition.

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Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program

AudubonThe Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) is an education and certification program that helps organizations and businesses protect the environment while enhancing their bottom line. The "plan-do-check-act" approach of the program offers information and guidance to implement an environmental management plan that improves efficiency, conserves resources, and promotes conservation efforts. Audubon International awards certification to publicly recognize and reward the environmental achievements and leadership of ACSP members.

ACSP works with a wide-range of club facilities. To join, visit Audubon International’s website or contact Jessica Latus, Director of Sustainable Community Programs, at 518-767-9051 ext. 124 or . To learn more visit

Audubon3Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf

Incorporating many of the same practices and principles of ACSP, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf is an award-winning education and certification program tailored to helping golf courses protect the environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. By helping to improve efficiency, minimize impacts of golf course operations, and enhance the valuable natural areas and wildlife habitats provided by golf courses, ACSP for Golf serves as a vital resource for golf courses wanting to make a difference and earn recognition for doing so.

ACSP for Golf works with golf courses around the world. To join, visit Audubon International’s website or contact Marcus Gray, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, at 518-767-9051 ext. 115 or To learn more visit

Signature and Classic Programs 

Audubon2Audubon International’s prestigious Signature Program goes a step further than ACSP and ACSP for Golf by starting sustainability planning at the beginning stages of development for a golf course or club facility. By working closely with planners, architects, managers, and key stakeholders, the Signature Program helps landowners and developers implement sustainable design and management practices so both economic and environmental objectives are achieved and attained over time. The Classic Program is similar to the Signature Program in structure and rigor, but is designed for properties that are undergoing significant remodeling or renovation.

The Signature and Classic Programs work with new golf courses or club facilities around the world undergoing development or remodel. To join, visit Audubon International’s website or contact Nancy Richardson at 270-869-9418 or To learn more visit www.auduboninternational/signature or

Green Lodging/Green Hospitality Programs

The Green Lodging and Green Hospitality Programs provide third-party verification that facilities have meet environmental best practice standards and have demonstrated a strong commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Through a comprehensive and credible method for assessing the extent of the environmental measures undertaken, participating facilities can reduce environment-related costs and gain a marketing advantage.

The Green Lodging Program works with any facility offering overnight accommodations from large resorts to small bed & breakfast establishments. The Green Hospitality Program is for other businesses in the hospitality industry such as sports clubs, spas, and lounges. To join, visit Audubon International’s website or contact Fred Realbuto at 518-767-9051 ext. 111 or To learn more visit www.

Promotion and Recognition  


Together, Audubon International and your club can pursue common interests by aligning goals and strategies that advance course playability and player experience while simultaneously enhancing the facility’s triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social capital.

Audubon International will raise public awareness about your club’s environmental efforts and accomplishments, which can help you stand out as a leader in sustainability. Facilities that are designed and managed to Audubon International program standards become true assets to their communities. Audubon International makes its experienced professional team highly accessible to all appropriate club executives, facility managers, contractors, spokespeople and mass communications specialists, and other key stakeholders throughout the process.