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  • 01/07/2014 11:39 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Audubon International is excited to announce the hiring of Doug Bechtel as Associate Director of Environmental Programs. Prior to joining Audubon International, Doug served as the Director of Conservation Science for The Nature Conservancy’s (Conservancy) New Hampshire Chapter for over 15 years. Doug began his employment with Audubon International on January 2, 2014 and will be based in the organization’s headquarters in Troy, New York.

    As Associate Director of Environmental Programs, Doug will share responsibility for administering the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) and ACSP for Golf Courses. The ACSP for Golf Courses works with over 2,000 golf facilities pursuing environmental certification, and is the organization’s largest membership program. Doug will also play an important support role in the administration of the Audubon Signature and Classic Programs, which focus on planned new development and substantial renovations to existing facilities (including golf facilities). Doug will work as part of a collaborative team of dedicated staff members, directly engaging a wide range of stakeholders. Most importantly, he will play a central role in helping Audubon International continue providing its valued members exceptional technical assistance, planning and management support, and overall guidance throughout the certification process.

    “Doug’s extensive professional background in natural resource conservation, ecology, and environmental education will make him a perfect fit for this position” said Ryan Aylesworth, President and CEO of Audubon International. “Facilities and communities that have become certified or are working toward certification with Audubon International are committed to sustainability, and we continuously help our members improve their operations and receive the public recognition they deserve for implementing sound environmental design and management practices. Doug has a long track record of successfully assisting land managers and other stakeholders conserve and restore our natural environment while simultaneously achieving their social and economic goals. I am thrilled that Doug will be coming on board to help advance our organization’s important mission.”

    With the Conservancy, Doug led, managed, and facilitated the execution of conservation projects and programs at the property-, community-, and regional scale. The teams he led and staff he supervised managed nature preserves and administered projects as diverse as conservation planning, land stewardship and protection, wildlife and habitat inventories, invasive species management, and public access for recreation. In these roles, he developed comprehensive natural resource management plans that included measurable objectives for practices such as prescribed fire for reestablishing naturalized areas, integrated pest management for invasive species control, and floodplain forest restoration for promoting wildlife habitat and water quality. 

    “My entire professional life has focused on protecting native habitats and finding ways to help people live in nature with a light touch,” says Doug. “Audubon International’s mission and programs focus on exactly these principles. This organization provides motivation and resources that help people learn how to more effectively protect wildlife habitat, water quality, and other aspects of our environment. I look forward to helping land and resource managers do a better job conserving the ecological services we depend on for food, water, recreation, and other human needs.”

    Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in botany from the University of Vermont. An avid outdoorsmen, his favorite pastimes are birding, hiking, and cheering for New England sports teams!
  • 10/31/2013 2:31 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    The community of Owensboro recently became the first community in Kentucky to join Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program. It is the 14th community in the US to work with Audubon International to move toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

    “We are very excited to start the Sustainable Communities certification process. The Sustainable Communities program offers the City of Owensboro the opportunity to showcase so many of our great existing programs as well as a chance to focus on what we can do better as a community,” said Andy Hutchinson, Chairman of PRIDE of Owensboro Daviess County.

    The Sustainable Communities Program serves as a framework to merge economic and social considerations with the protection and enhancement of a community’s environmental characteristics. Audubon International serves as a catalyst for citizen-driven planning and community actions, and facilitates partnerships with governmental agencies, businesses, academic institutions, and other organizations that provide local support and assistance to reach the goals envisioned in the community. Working in this way, Owensboro will take a big picture approach to community growth and environmental protection. 
     
    “As communities grow, they undergo changes that can enhance or degrade the qualities in each community that make it a great place to live,” said Joanna Nadeau, Associate Director of Environmental Programs. “The Sustainable Communities Program helps communities tackle that challenge and plan for change in a way that fosters a vibrant local economy while maintaining a healthy environment and high quality of life. AI will work with Owensboro to build on the efforts citizens have already made to come together around key projects like building a state of the art “green” hospital. We have the opportunity to demonstrate what a heartland community like Owensboro can to do preserve its assets and face the future with the best foot forward.”

    The City of Owensboro, located on the banks of the Ohio River in western Kentucky, has a vibrant population of more than 58,000 residents. Located in a unique bottomland forest, the region historically contained a wide diversity of wild plants and animals. To access natural areas, residents and guests explore floodways and stream corridors by boat, relax at city park lands, and enjoy several local golf courses. The City’s performing arts center, farmers’ markets, museums, and regular festivals, including the International Bar-B-Q Festival, create a unique mix of cultural activities for residents and visitors to enjoy. An ambitious downtown revitalization project focuses on increasing use of the riverfront for business, recreation, and events, and a 15-mile planned greenbelt will increase transportation options for pedestrians and bicyclists to reach the community’s many attractions.

    By joining and participating in the Sustainable Communities Program, Owensboro will join several other medium-sized communities as a member of the program. There are three stages in the multi-year certification process, during which Owensboro will complete an assessment, define a long-term community vision, choose sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implement its plan. The plan covers 15 focus areas, and members must choose timelines and measurable goals. After completing a vision plan and reporting progress on chosen goals, members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for certification and designation as an Audubon International Sustainable Community, which recognizes dedication to the process of becoming a sustainable community.

  • 10/30/2013 12:21 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    The Riverwood community has earned the Audubon Green Community Award from Audubon International, a non-profit environmental organization. Riverwood becomes the first private community in Florida and the third entity in the state to earn the Audubon Green Community Award for their ongoing green initiatives.

    Members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for the award, which recognizes environmental achievement and is an intermediate milestone en route to earning rigorous designation as a Certified Audubon Sustainable Community. 
     
    Riverwood’s accomplishments include:

    • Reclaimed Water Project – By partnering with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Riverwood installed a system that uses reclaimed water for irrigation. The community reduced its use of potable water and became more environmentally friendly through partnerships while reducing costs and not hindering aesthetics.

    • Health and Wellness – Amenities are integrated with the natural landscape through sidewalks and public and private roads. These promote a healthy lifestyle by offering walking, biking, golfing, swimming, and other activities rather than sedentary activities. Also, the volunteer-supported Virginia B. Andes Clinic offers medical care for the uninsured.

    • Wildlife Habitat – As part of the community’s master plan, over 300 acres of open space were protected through conservation easements and restrictions. Educational signs posted around the community’s environmental areas encourage awareness about wildlife, and viewing platforms offer opportunities for viewing eagles and other sensitive species. As a demonstration project, residents are now working with the Florida Bat Conservancy to install bat houses that will provide alternative nesting sites in response to problems with bats nesting in people’s houses. 

    • Outreach and Education – An important priority for Riverwood has been to educate the community regarding environmental and sustainable stewardship. Ongoing programs and efforts include the Living with Nature events and articles in the community newspaper and website about sound environmental practices and native species that are published several times a year. 

    • Citizen Engagement and Environmental Commitment – To engage residents and encourage environmental commitment, the community has extensive volunteer opportunities with a continued commitment to making sure the various programs are cultivated for increased participation. Community volunteers have assisted in raising funds, providing toys, and building homes each year in the region. 

    “As the first private community in the State of Florida to receive the Audubon International Green Community Award, Riverwood has demonstrated a strong commitment to embodying the ideals of sustainability—economic vitality, environmental protection, and social responsibility,” says Joanna Nadeau, Manager of the Sustainable Communities Program. “With the surrounding natural landscape of the ‘wild and scenic’ Myakka River, and Charlotte Harbor, an important Florida estuary, Riverwood has much to celebrate. It is a unique place filled with residents that care deeply about the place they call home.” 
     
    After a community sustainability plan is approved, communities in the program may apply for certification in the Sustainable Communities Program by demonstrating continuous progress towards goals in the plan under fifteen focus areas.

  • 10/28/2013 3:13 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    Audubon International is excited to announce that Tom Keer, Founder and President of The Keer Group, has joined the Board of Directors (Board). In joining Audubon International’s Board of Directors, Tom will be taking over the seat previously held by Jim Becker, President & CEO of EPIC Creative. Although his four-year term on the Board of Directors has concluded, Jim will continue to serve Audubon International in an advisory capacity.

    As a member of the Board, Tom will work closely with Audubon International’s President & CEO and play a central role in a number of critical governance and support functions, including formulation of organization policies and procedures, financial management and oversight, program development and implementation, strategic planning, and overall promotion of the organization.

    “I am thrilled that Tom Keer has agreed to join the Board of Directors,” said Ryan Aylesworth, President & CEO of Audubon International. “Tom has a well-earned reputation as a skilled executive, accomplished and engaging writer, critical thinker, and avid outdoorsman. He is a proactive and visionary individual who has aggressively advanced natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation for over 20 years. I look forward to working closely with Tom in the months and years ahead, and am certain that Audubon International will benefit considerably from his well-informed perspectives and genuine passion for the issues our organization holds most dear.”

    Tom champions the belief that successful organizations possess more than an attractive and engaging brand, they achieve success by delivering on what the brand promises. It is Audubon International’s own results-based approach and commitment to member service that motivated Tom to join the Board of Directors. As the President of The Keer Group, Tom and his professional team have helped numerous companies build and streamline the necessary operational infrastructure to support their brand. He and his team are results-oriented and rely on insight, ability, and industry relationships to provide growth opportunities for clients. His firm’s clients come from real estate, travel and leisure, manufacturing, retail, destination clubs, and educational markets.

    Over the course of his career, Tom has earned a number of awards for professional distinction. While directing The Orvis Company’s Wholesale Division, he won their Impact Award for a 7-figure increase in net profitability. The Keer Group’s website work for one client received the American Marketing Association’s “Most Improved Website” Award. In 2011, Tom received Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Achievement from Professional Outdoor Media and Mossy Oak. Most recently, in September 2013 Tom received three prestigious Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

    “It is a great honor to be welcomed onto Audubon International’s Board of Directors. I’ve known Ryan Aylesworth for a long time and he is a remarkably talented man. The Board is comprised of highly-regarded professionals who are all passionate conservationists. Audubon International’s strength has been evidenced by the significant environmental improvements it has helped thousands of golf facilities and other organizations achieve. What I hope to help bring to the table is additional industries and user groups, particularly in the area of outdoor recreation. The addition of those groups will strengthen Audubon International’s ability to deliver high-impact environmental educational programs, restore ecosystems, and conserve open space for angling, hunting, camping, hiking, boating, skiing, and a wide range of other outdoor activities.”

    Tom and his family reside in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. His favorite pastimes are fly fishing, boating and upland bird hunting.
  • 09/18/2013 2:28 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)
    BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC - The Village of Bald Head Island recently became the second community in North Carolina to join Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program. It is the 13th community in the US to work with Audubon International to move toward environmental, economic, and social sustainability.

    “The experience of Bald Head Island is defined by our unique environment and natural assets, and this program will help continue our long history of putting the needs of the natural ecology of the Island ahead of other interests,” said Mayor Andy Sayre. “The Sustainable Communities Program will help us achieve effective stewardship of our waterways, unique maritime forest, indigenous wildlife and sensitive beaches, which are vital to our future.”

    The Sustainable Communities Program serves as a framework to merge economic and social considerations with the protection and enhancement of a community’s environmental characteristics. Audubon International acts as a catalyst for citizen-driven planning and community actions, and facilitates partnerships with governmental agencies, businesses, academic institutions, and other organizations that provide local support and assistance to reach the goals envisioned in the community. Working in this way, Bald Head Island will take a big picture approach to community growth and environmental protection.

    “Bald Head Island is doing a great job of being proactive in the face of increasing changes and challenges. As a coastal community with 14 miles of beaches, the Village has a particularly important role in protecting water quality and the wide array of animal and plant species that make the Island their home,” said Joanna Nadeau, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International. “The Sustainable Communities Program will help the Village tackle those challenges and plan for the future in a way that fosters a vibrant local economy while maintaining a healthy environment. We want to harness the best of what Bald Head Island is today, and plan for the best of what it can be tomorrow.”

    The southernmost of North Carolina's cape islands, Bald Head Island is located just one hour from Wilmington, NC. This barrier island at the mouth of the Cape Fear River is reachable only by ferry. Bald Head Island has a vibrant summer population of more than 8,000 visitors with a permanent, year-round residency of about 200. The Village and its partners, which include Bald Head Island Conservancy, work closely on projects to preserve this subtropical environment which is a haven for a wide array of wildlife, including nearly 200 species of birds, dolphins, loggerhead turtles, alligators, deer, foxes, and an amazing variety of fish. Amid the Island’s 12,000 acres, 10,000 untouched acres of beach, marsh and maritime forest preserves and intimate neighborhoods respect the natural beauty of the surroundings. In addition to the natural landscape, residents and guests can also enjoy a recently renovated golf course certified by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, fitness and tennis facilities, swimming pool, dining, and many other world-class amenities.

    There are three stages in Audubon International’s multi-year certification process, during which Bald Head Island will complete an assessment, define a long-term community vision, choose sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implement its plan. The plan covers 15 focus areas, and members must choose timelines and measurable goals. After completing a vision plan and reporting progress on chosen goals, members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for certification and designation as an Audubon International Sustainable Community.
  • 08/26/2013 2:43 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    GERMANTOWN, TN - The Wolf River Boulevard Connector has recently been designated by Audubon International as a Certified Signature Sanctuary. The roadway is the first roadway in the world to earn certification in the prestigious Audubon International Signature Program. The goal for the Wolf River Boulevard project team was to design and construct the roadway to limit the impacts to adjacent aquatic systems and wildlife habitat, as well as to promote wildlife habitat connectivity.


    To become certified, Signature Program members must implement management of the property according to a site-specific Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) addressing wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water quality monitoring and management, integrated pest management, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, and green building products and procedures. With any type of project, receiving designation as a Certified Signature Sanctuary is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the NRMP and its implementation.


    “Because the roadway corridor edged the Wolf River and the bottomland, floodway and floodplain of our northern city boundary, we always knew these two miles would be challenging,” said Mayor Sharon Goldsworthy. “When we began serious planning for its design and construction a dozen years ago, we recognized the sensitivity of the natural environment to the intrusion of a roadway. We also needed to address the routing that crossed a State Natural Area. Through extensive conversation and negotiation over three years, we were able to arrive at agreements to reconfigure the natural area and place more than 300 acres across the river into permanent conservancy as floodway and floodplain. Engaging Audubon International provided us with enormous guidance from start to finish, as well as credibility as we developed a roadway unlike any other in the region. The boulevard is a remarkable experience, whether driving, biking or walking it. It exemplifies what can happen when we rethink traditional road design, in a river's edge woodland or anywhere."


    The Wolf River Boulevard Connector project involved the construction of an approximate two-mile, four-lane median-divided roadway through an environmentally sensitive area. The roadway cross-section includes two twelve-foot-wide travel lanes in each direction, a fourteen-foot-wide landscaped median, and a four-foot-wide bike lane in each direction. Two signalized intersections, two vehicular bridges, nine major drainage culverts and a pedestrian tunnel are included in the project. This project was locally managed by the City of Germantown and funded through Surface Transportation Program (STP), 80% federal/state and 20% local (Germantown). Connecting this 2 mile section of regionally significant roadway has been on the City of Germantown’s and the Memphis-Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO’s) major road plan for over twenty years.

    Environmental highlights of the roadway include the following:

    • Design. The project was designed in context with the landscape minimizing overall site disturbance.
    • Engineering. A Natural Systems Engineering approach based on the landforms, topography and sub-watersheds dictated the design and construction of Wolf River Boulevard.
    • BMPs. Best Management Practice (BMP) ‘Trains’, where separate BMPs are ‘cars’ of the train, are used throughout Wolf River Boulevard. This maximizes the filtration and reduces the release of storm water from the property.
    • Drainage. All storm water drainage is directed through treatment and away from the Wolf River through BMPs, maximizing infiltration, minimizing hard piping, and protecting the most sensitive natural resource.
    • Monitoring. To ensure that on-site wetlands, streams, and the Wolf River are not degraded from construction or long term use of the property, a water quality monitoring program was implemented.
    • Groundwater Recharge. Excess captured storm water will be used for wetland and groundwater recharge along the Wolf River floodplain.

    Audubon International is proud to work with such a committed city government and its citizens. “The search for a more sustainable future must be more about action than mere words and must include all types of land uses,” said Nancy Richardson, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International. “Through projects like this new roadway and partners like the City of Germantown, we’re re-defining what it means to plan, build, and manage our human landscapes. It is sustainable eco-design and development in action.”


    About City of Germantown      

    Established in 1841, Germantown is located in Shelby County on the eastern limits of Memphis, Tennessee, with a population of just over 40,000. The City of Germantown has one defining goal – Excellence. Every Day. It is a living philosophy practiced in every dimension of city government. The motto guides staff commitment to align performance excellence with key indicators centered on social, economic and environmental sustainability. As a result, Germantown is has earned a AAA bond rating from both the Moody’s Investment Firm and Standard and Poor’s and consistently has one of the lowest crime rates in the State of Tennessee. 

  • 08/15/2013 1:29 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    OWENSBORO, KY – The Owensboro Health Regional Hospital has recently been designated by Audubon International as the first Certified Signature Sanctuary in the state of Kentucky as well as the first hospital in the world to achieve this certification. After completing requirements and meeting the strict environmental criteria of the Audubon International Signature Program, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital also holds the distinction of being the 100th Certified Signature Sanctuary worldwide.


    To become certified, Signature Program members must implement management of the property according to a site-specific Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) addressing wildlife conservation and habitat enhancement, water quality monitoring and management, integrated pest management, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, and green building products and procedures. Receiving designation as a Certified Signature Sanctuary is contingent upon the quality and completeness of the NRMP and its implementation.


    “We have created a space that is not only highly functional, but one that projects an environment of healing through the beauty of nature and our surroundings,” said Dr. Jeff Barber, President and CEO of Owensboro Health. “We take our responsibility to care for our region very seriously and want to respect and care for the land, just as we care for its people.”

    The hospital’s campus is a 157 acre tract of land located on the east side of Owensboro, Kentucky near the Ohio River. It includes a nine-story patient tower with supporting building and a five-story medical office building. The surrounding property includes 15 acres of ponds, 50 acres of grassland, trails, and other outdoor areas. Approximately 70 percent of the site remains natural, open space.

    Environmental highlights of the hospital include the following:

    • Water Storage – All of the property’s ponds are interconnected to provide an even water level, and the pond nearest the hospital, “The Healing Pond”, is equipped with a well water back up that will supply the irrigation system during times of extended drought. Storm water runoff from the building is also directed to the pond to maintain irrigation water levels.
    • Wildlife Food – Flowering and fruit-bearing trees throughout the property provide food for wildlife.
    • Xeriscaping – Landscape architects planted drought-tolerant species to reduce the need for irrigation and maintenance.
    • Irrigation – By using drip irrigation is designated zones, there is a reduction in irrigation times and evaporation rates.
    • Water Conservation – All sinks and toilets utilize low-flow water-saving devices.
    • Energy Conservation – All appliances including computers and refrigerators are Energy Star rated. LED lighting reduces energy use and eliminates heat from lighting instruments, minimizing the need for extensive temperature cooling during surgeries.
    • Transportation – Bus stops at the hospital make it easily accessible by public transportation. Multiple bike racks and shower facilities encourage employees to leave their cars at home.
    • Vegetative Buffers – Tall, native grasses along the edge of water bodies help to filter the water and prevent erosion. A 20-foot “no spray zone” ensures that pesticides will be absorbed before they reach these water bodies.
    • Sustainable Materials – The building is constructed of recycled steel and Indiana limestone from nearby. The flooring is Rapidly Renewable Rubber/cork and carpet made from recycled materials. The building’s materials such as adhesives, sealants, and paints emit very little fumes.
    • No Smoking – The facility and the grounds are strictly smoke-free.

    Audubon International is proud to work with such a committed group. “The search for a more sustainable future must be more about action than mere words and must include all types of land uses,” said Nancy Richardson, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International. “Through projects like this new regional hospital and partners like Owensboro Health, we’re re-defining what it means to plan, build, and manage our human landscapes. It is sustainable eco-design and development in action.”


    About Owensboro Health

    Owensboro Health is a community-focused, non-profit health care system that provides innovative technology and compassionate care with the mission of healing the sick and improving the health of the communities it serves. Owensboro Health includes a 477-bed hospital, several regional clinics and diagnostic centers, wound healing centers, a cancer center, home care services, and the Healthpark (a medical-based fitness center. For more information, contact Erica Wade at (270)685-7192, erica.wade@owensborohealth.org, or visit the website at www.owensborohealth.org

  • 08/12/2013 11:50 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    RUIDOSO, NM – The Golf Club at Rainmakers has recently been designated by Audubon International as a Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary. The golf course is the first in the state of New Mexico to earn certification in the prestigious Audubon International Signature Program. It joins 92 other Certified Signature Sanctuaries in 28 US states and in Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Spain, and Portugal.


    To become certified, Signature Program members must implement management of the property according to a site-specific Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) addressing wildlife conservation and habitat management, water quality monitoring and management, integrated pest management, water conservation, energy efficiency, and waste reduction and management.


    “Working with Audubon International and their team not only allowed us to understand our land and its unique attributes better, but also to set a course of ongoing environmental stewardship consistent with our goals and expectations of sustainable business,” said Dan Stanger, owner of Rainmakers. “We are honored to have worked with Audubon International to achieve recognition as a Certified Silver Signature Sanctuary. We believe the program provides concrete steps to guide design and operation of our golf course as we continue to preserve and protect the beautiful and scenic area that we all here enjoy.”


    Protection and conservation of natural resources at any residential golf community in New Mexico is quite challenging. Ruidoso is semi-arid and receives less than two inches of rain per month throughout most of the year. To address this challenge, The Golf Club at Rainmakers employs many water management and design techniques including:

    • Sprinkler System – The sprinkler system is controlled by a digital on-site weather system that measures rainfall and humidity and adjusts the water output accordingly. The arc and angle of each sprinkler head can be individually positioned to deliver water in a precise location.
    • Water-absorbing Polymers – Polymers soak up the water and keep the soil moist and healthy long after the water stops, saving the golf course 30 percent of its annual water consumption.
    • Native Plants – The landscape architecture includes a wide variety of indigenous flowers and grasses that complement the Southwestern ecosystem and require less water and labor. In addition, 90 percent of the re-vegetation on and around the course was accomplished with plants that originally grew on the site.
    • Minimal Tree Disturbance – For holes with a steep elevation change or where a hole plays over a ravine, the golf course added an additional 18 inches of soil to allow for line of site without the need to cut trees.
    • Surface Water Runoff – The golf course directs water drainage away from the lake and dry arroyos and discharges it over natural vegetation. Stone-lined swales slow the velocity of the run-off before it reaches the vegetated areas.
    • Wildlife Habitat – The golf course set aside 135 of its 1,000 acres to be protected as wildlife habitat and conservation areas.

    “I don’t believe anyone could visit Rainmakers without being stunned by the scenic vistas at each golf hole,” said Nancy Richardson, Associate Director of Environmental Programs at Audubon International. “We commend the designers and owners for taking such great care to preserve the natural and cultural history of the site.”


    About The Golf Club at Rainmakers

    The 18-hole Robert Trent II-designed golf course is located near Alto in the southern Rockies of south-central New Mexico. The course sits within the Lincoln National Forest nearly 7,000 feet above sea level with views of the 12,000 foot peak Sierra Blanca and the Sacramento and Capitan mountains. The property is bounded to the east by the Fort Stanton Area of Critical Environmental Concern managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
  • 08/05/2013 12:45 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Audubon International is pleased to announce it has partnered with Clean the World, a non-profit organization that recycles soap and bottled amenities from the hospitality industry and distributes them in needed areas throughout the world. Audubon International is offering a 10 percent discount on its Green Lodging Program annual membership fee for hospitality properties enrolled in the Clean the World program.


    “Environmental quality and human health are inherently linked in the context of global sustainability,” said Ryan Aylesworth, President and CEO of Audubon International. “Our organization has a long history of collaborating with diverse partners to advance environmental stewardship and address important social and economic issues that impact communities across the world. This new partnership between Audubon International and Clean the World will help both organizations better meet their missions by enabling participating lodging facilities to implement environmentally responsible practices and simultaneously help improve human health.”


    In addition to offering the 10 percent discount on annual membership, Green Lodging Program members gain points toward certification when they participate in a soap recycling program such as Clean the World.


    “Sustainability efforts are a top priority in the hospitality industry, where operators want to continually evolve and improve environmental performance,” said Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO of Clean the World. “Our 2,000 hospitality partners are committed to conservation and waste reduction. Assessment and verification by Audubon International’s Green Lodging Program will provide them with a roadmap to further improve their green initiatives while reducing overhead.”


    About Audubon International

    Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. Its Green Lodging Program provides third-party verification that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practice standards and have demonstrated a strong commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.auduboninternational.org/green-lodging.


    About Clean the World

    Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 13 million bars of soap in nearly 70 countries. Through the "ONE Project," Clean the World provides hygiene kits to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America. For more information, visit www.cleantheworld.org.

  • 07/18/2013 10:17 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    TROY, NY – Audubon International is excited to announce it has named Joseph Madeira the Associate Director of Advancement. Joe joined the team at its headquarters in Troy, New York on July 17, 2013.


    In this newly-created position, Joe will spearhead development, management, and implementation of strategic membership growth and fundraising for the organization. He will also take the lead in marketing and promoting all of Audubon International’s programs and establishing relationships with industry leaders and corporate sponsors.


    “Joe is a highly accomplished professional with an impressive track record of helping organizations expand their capacity and achieve ambitious mission-oriented goals,” said Ryan Aylesworth, President and CEO of Audubon International. “The Associate Director of Advancement will play a central role in helping Audubon International continue growing and servicing its extensive membership base by cultivating relationships with industry leaders and other key stakeholders committed to advancing sustainability. We are very excited to have Joe join our team and serve in this important new position.”


    Joe brings to the organization extensive experience in development and advancement in the non-profit sector. He previously served as Executive Director for The Southern Vermont Arts Center where he revamped accounting processes and implemented a new cloud-based database system for fundraising. Prior to that position, he was the Deputy Director for External Affairs at the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he worked on several fundraising campaigns, membership drives and helped execute several successful event fundraisers. From 1994 – 2004, Joe was the Chief of Special Exhibits for the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History where he worked with some of the nation’s leading scientists to develop exhibits and programs on nature, wildlife, science and anthropology. Joe managed several high profile projects for the Smithsonian during this time and worked with national corporate partners and funders to execute various public programs. In 2003 Joe spearheaded a partnership with the National Wildlife Refuge System to mark the centennial of the founding of the refuge system and produced the exhibition, "America’s Wildest Places: Our National Wildlife Refuge System." 


    "It is inspiring to be part of such a great team of individuals who are committed to producing results in environmental education and assistance,” said Joe. “I am excited to take on this opportunity and help grow Audubon International as the organization seeks to increase its membership, elevate its programs and attract new constituents worldwide. With such a strong and important mission, the organization is poised for significant growth and success, and I am fortunate to be joining the staff at this time."


    Joe is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and received his BA degree from Trinity College in Hartford CT. He earned an MBA from George Washington University in 2004 where he concentrated on marketing and organizational strategy. He and his wife, Lisa, have three children and live in Manchester, Vermont where they are both active volunteers in the community and schools and spend time hiking and canoeing throughout Southern Vermont. He also serves as a volunteer for the Town of Manchester Marketing Committee, is a youth lacrosse coach, and plays in a men’s soccer league. 
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