Redeveloping for the Environment
Members of the Classic Program must meet minimum program requirements, plus any additional site-specific requirements identified by Audubon International. In the process of seeking certification, members host several site visits, submit monthly project progress reports, and implement a Property Management Plan. Standards for certification are equivalent to those of the Signature Program, and are subject to a final on-site audit of the property.
The property manager will be the key contact for Audubon International throughout the redevelopment or restoration phase as well during operation and maintenance. Proper construction and subsequent operation of the property in a sustainable manner depends on a how well versed the property manager is in environmental stewardship and well informed about the governing Classic Property Management Plan (CPMP) and the reasons for the requirements, procedures, and practices it contains.
Meeting the general minimum requirements applicable to all members is necessary to become a Certified Audubon Classic Sanctuary, but does not guarantee that designation. The Classic Program seeks more than the minimum. A member that will not do more than meet the minimum requirements lacks the commitment to environmental stewardship that certification as a Classic Sanctuary implies. To become certified as a Certified Audubon Classic Sanctuary, a property must meet whatever additional, site-specific conditions and requirements are reasonable in light of its particular resources, features, facilities, and other circumstances.