At the forefront of integrating sustainability and sport, the golf industry continues to develop its voluntary responsibility for nature, resources and communities.  Underpinning this is a new Sustainability Drive, supported by GEO and some of Europe’s leading golf associations and businesses.

The initiative promotes the business benefits of operating sustainably whilst providing all of the tools and resources required to capitalise on this opportunity.

The initiative is being led by the European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) and Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE), in collaboration with the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association (FEGGA) and supported by Syngenta.

Introduction

Which golf club doesn’t want to be efficient in the use of resources; valued by the community and rich in nature? Or, in other words, save money, be recognised, and have a great course? In practical terms this is sustainability. And golf is in the fortunate position that it can do well by doing good.

So read on, get involved, strengthen your golf business and association and help tell the story of golf’s value to people and the environment.

For Golf Courses

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Every golf club can benefit from taking positive action and continually improving their performance. We’ve made it easier by providing this free on-line programme to help you get started, take simple steps, record your achievements and work towards golf’s ecolabel, GEO Certified.

For Golf Associations

Leadership in sustainability is vital, and national associations can proudly and confidently lead the way. Pick up a wide range of useful, free communications materials in the support hub – use these to help raise awareness, grow participation and strengthen your own public, government and sponsor relations. For access to the support hub please contact patrick@golfenvironment.org

Real Results

Champions of the Green

On Course Certified Clubs

 

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Sustainability made EASY – 5 simple things you can do today to strengthen your business and make a difference

Set up a recording sheet in the clubhouse for local flora and fauna
Set up a recording sheet in the clubhouse for local flora and fauna
Involve your members and visitors in promoting your local wildlife.
Promote your resident wildlife on the club’s website
Promote your resident wildlife on the club’s website
Dedicate a page on your website to show people that golf is more than just a game.
Find out if any of your members have experience in landscape, ecology, or conservation management
Find out if any of your members have experience in landscape, ecology, or conservation management
Informal surveys can be extremely valuable and cost effective.
Ask your local government agency if any free advice or funding is available for specific projects
Ask your local government agency if any free advice or funding is available for specific projects
Grants are often available for environmental or community improvements and education.
Search online to find endangered wildlife species you could help
Search online to find endangered wildlife species you could help
Discover which ones call your golf course home

Further Resources

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