The Ford Wayne Gretzky Classic is this weekend, and although nothing jumps out at me as being "green" it is co-hosted by The Raven at Lora Bay in Collingwood Ontario. The Raven at Lora Bay is an Audubon Certified, IPM Accredited (I think the 1st in Collingwood) facility. I Met the Superintendent Chris LeCour a few years ago, you can't help but to be moved by his passion for the environment and it's demonstrated in his maintenance practices. Check out his blog to read up on some of the happenings at Lora Bay.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council recently released a Golf Course Water Resources Handbook for Best Management Practices handbook to help golf courses throughout the state restore wetlands, manage stormwater, and make courses more enjoyable. Read the full article here, and be sure to view the Power Point Presentation as it's easiest one of the best available on the internet. Download your free copy of the handbook at www.pecpa.org/gchandbook
Courtesy of the GCSAA, 2009 ELGA applications are now available!
From the press release: "The GCSAA/Golf Digest Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards are now available online. The ELGAs, presented in partnership with Syngenta and Rain Bird, Golf Division, recognize golf course superintendents and golf courses for their commitment to environmental stewardship. The deadline for applications is Oct. 18, 2009.
Applicants are judged on five areas: Resource Conservation, Water Quality Management, Integrated Pest Management, Wildlife/Habitat Management and Education/Outreach. National winners will be determined from the top public, private, resort and international applicants. From the national winners, an overall winner will be announced. In addition, Chapter and Merit prizes are also awarded.
All ELGA winners receive:
- Recognition in Golf Digest and GCSAA publications
- Recognition at the 2010 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in San Diego.
- An invitation for the winner's employer to attend the recognition activities in San Diego.
- A personalized trophy or certificate of achievement
- National, regional and local publicity
For more information about the ELGAs, contact Greg Lyman, GCSAA’s director, environmental programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 800-472-7878, ext. 3625."
Check out this GCSAA Video featuring previous ELGA Winner James Roney
Can you say this ten times fast "Dr. John Kaminski,Dr. Megan Kennelly,Dr. Jim Kerns, Dr. Lane Tredway,Dr. Frank Wong "? Well you don't have to, instead just go to the shared blog aptly named "Golf Course Disease Updates By University Professors". This blog covers timely turf grass disease information for the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and South Central regions of the US.
Landscape Management is an excellent resource when it comes to environment/turf news. Some of their latest articles that I really like include:
Ten Environmentally Friendly Landscape Tips
New Brunswick Pesticide Ban Explained
Weather Based Irrigation System Expected to Save Cemetery 100,00 Gallons