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  • 06/21/2013 10:59 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    SAVANNAH, GA – The private community of The Landings on Savannah’s Skidaway Island recently became the first community in Georgia to join Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program. 


    "As a representative of The Landings Association, we are very pleased that this group of staff, residents and community organizations is undertaking the process to have The Landings certified under the Sustainable Communities Program of Audubon International," said Millie Pitts-DiCicco, Association President. "While we value the sensitivity with which this coastal community was established 40 years ago and appreciate that we are living in a nature preserve, it is the moment to look at what more we can do. Building and implementing a strategic plan for sustainability and health is important to the cost of living on our island, directly and indirectly to our real estate values, and as a reflection of our values as residents. We were pleased to have recently welcomed representatives from Audubon International and look forward to a long, mutually beneficial relationship."



    Pictured Above: Joellen Lampman and Joanna Nadeau with staff and residents of The Landings


    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, The Landings will take a big picture approach to community growth and environmental protection. 


    “Every community faces challenges, and over time, all communities undergo change. At the same time, there are aspects of life and assets in each community that make it a great place to live,” said Sustainable Communities Program Manager, Joanna Nadeau. “The Sustainable Communities Program helps communities tackle those challenges and plan for change in a way that fosters a vibrant local economy while maintaining a healthy environment and high quality of life. This is the concept of sustainability, which Audubon International views as the foundation for quality communities of today and tomorrow. We want to harness the best of what The Landings at Skidaway Island is today, and plan for the best of what The Landings can be tomorrow.”


    The Landings, located just thirty minutes from Savannah, GA, has a vibrant community of more than 8,500 active residents drawn from all over the country. The development’s popularity is due to its golf and boating access and the thousands of acres of island property surrounded by water with hundreds of moss-draped live oaks. Forty miles of walking and biking trails give residents access to two deep-water marinas on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, 150 lagoons and wetlands. The Landings’ 4,566 acres stands as a reminder of the natural Georgia barrier islands. In addition to the natural landscape, residents and guests can also enjoy six golf courses (by Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills and Willard Byrd), which are all members of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, fitness and tennis facilities, five swimming pools, dining, and many other world-class amenities.


    By joining and participating in the Sustainable Communities Program, The Landings at Skidaway Island becomes one of the private sector member of the program. There are three stages in the multi-year certification process, during which The Landings 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.



  • 06/13/2013 4:23 PM | Anonymous
    ARDMORE, PA – Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pennsylvania is hosting the U.S. Open from June 13-16, 2013. Merion is recognized by Audubon International for their accomplishments in sustainable natural resource management and has been designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

    One of Merion’s most notable environmental accomplishments has been the installation of a green roof at its new Turf Operations Complex. The building is in close proximity to the 18th hole, and the flat, grassed roof blends in with the surrounding course landscape. In addition to improved aesthetics, the roof saves the Merion Golf Club approximately $3,000 per year in heating and cooling costs. Another benefit has been member pride and staff motivation. The roof has become a regular stop on guest tours.


    “Merion Golf Club has worked hard to meet the criteria established by Audubon International for certification as a Cooperative Sanctuary, and millions of viewers tuning in from around the world will get to watch play on a course that proves environmentally-conscious management practices can go hand-in-hand with an elite playing surface,” said Joellen Lampman, Associate Director of Environmental Programs for Audubon International. “Whether it be recycling water for washing equipment, installing a green roof, protecting 20 acres of wetland, or educating golfers about the importance of natural areas, they are helping to protect the ecological integrity of their community’s terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well as securing their long-term economic future.”


    The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP), which is endorsed by the United States Golf Association,is an environmental education and certification program that provides technical assistance and guidance to help courses protect the environment, preserve golf’s natural heritage, and gain recognition for their efforts. Since being established in 1991, ACSP membership (including facilities working towards certification) has grown to more than 2,300 golf courses in the United States and 36 countries worldwide. The program issued its first certification in 1993 and now includes golf courses in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.


    About Merion Golf Club

    Merion Golf Club, founded in 1896, is a private club located in Ardmore, Pennsylvania just west of Philadelphia. The Club has two courses, and the East Course has been rated by Golf Digest to be one of America’s greatest golf courses. Several of the course’s distinctive features were inspired by famous British golf courses. This year is the fifth time the Club has hosted the U.S. Open, having also hosted the prestigious tournament in 1934, 1950, 1971, and 1981.


    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, thus leading to more sustainable communities. 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. Through the Sustainable Communities and Green Neighborhoods Programs, Audubon International works to help community leaders and stakeholders embrace environmental stewardship and sustainability as a central element of planning, policies, and practices.

    For more information, contact Joellen Lampman at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, (518)767-9051 ext. 114, joellen@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.

  • 06/12/2013 3:05 PM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    RALEIGH, NC - NC State University officials are pleased to announce its Lonnie Poole Golf Course has passed strict sustainability standards and become a certified Audubon International Signature Golf Sanctuary and member of the organization’s Signature Program. The golf course joins Kansas State University’s Colbert Hills Golf Course as the only two university properties in the world to earn this certification.


    Established in 1996, Audubon International’s mission is to work with others to deliver high-quality environmental education and to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all places people live, work and play. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course, located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, meets these qualifications due to careful planning to fit managed turfgrass seamlessly into the surrounding environment. The golf course also serves as a “living lab” for sustainable turfgrass management and environmental stewardship.


    Danesha Seth Carley, sustainability program coordinator for the NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was integrally involved with the planning and construction of the golf course. Carley said that Audubon International certification was always the goal.


    “The success of the golf course industry transition towards sustainability will depend, ultimately, on changing the awareness of sustainability issues within the industry and its clientele,” Carley said. “Everyone must understand the relationship between their everyday lives and the resources on which they depend. This course is specifically designed to uphold these sustainability elements.”


    Charles Peacock, a professor in NC State’s crop science department, emphasized that the Signature Program is an “elite” Audubon International category. Peacock, who has worked for the past 15 years with close to 200 different signature projects worldwide, said that only new locations are considered for Signature Program membership, making the certification particularly notable. There are only 92 other Signature Sanctuaries in the entire world.  


    “It’s in a whole separate category, and it’s a very selective category,” Peacock said.


    One of the golf course’s distinguishing features is the extensive, undisturbed vegetative buffer areas. These buffers include mixtures of fine-fescues, native warm-season grasses, loblolly pines, American beautyberry and butterfly weed. It is not uncommon for golfers to see deer, beaver, and even foxes during a round, despite being surrounded by the city of Raleigh.


    “These buffers were integral to the design and were a big part of what allowed us easy Audubon International certification,” Carley said.


    Tom Rufty, a professor in NC State’s Crop Science department, helped lead the initial push for Audubon International certification during the Lonnie Poole Golf Course construction in 2007. Rufty said the golf course maintenance staff, led by Superintendent Brian Green, were key in the installation of the adapted plants and overall turf maintenance.


    “The staff are aware of the importance of environmental protection and the distinction of the Audubon Program,” Rufty said.

    Another winning feature is the surrounding constructed wetlands.

    “Wetlands are natural water filters,” Carley continued, citing research from NC State that the constructed wetlands provide many ecological benefits. “The biological, chemical, and physical conditions within wetlands create ideal conditions for removing many pollutants from water.”


    About Lonnie Poole Golf Course

    The Lonnie Poole Golf Course is a service of Campus Enterprises, the lead division for retail and hospitality on the NC State University campus. For more information, contact Jennifer Gilmore at 919.513.3017 or via email at: jennifer_gilmore@ncsu.edu.

  • 05/28/2013 10:02 AM | Anonymous

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WA – Eagles Pride Golf Course is the 1000th golf course in the world to receive designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary." The golf course is located at Washington state’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the Defense Department's largest military installation on the West Coast.

    "We are very proud to have earned this in recognition of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, especially since we are the 2nd Army and 5th Department of Defense golf course to be so honored worldwide,” said Joint Base Commander Colonel H. Charles Hodges, Jr. “This certification is a significant honor as a tangible recognition of our commitment at JBLM to sustainability and responsible stewardship. We look forward to working closely with Audubon International in our efforts toward ensuring all future generations have an environmentally friendly place to work and play." 

    The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP), which is endorsed by the United States Golf Association,is an environmental education and certification program that provides technical assistance and guidance to help courses protect the environment, preserve golf’s natural heritage, and gain recognition for their efforts. Since being established in 1991, ACSP membership (including facilities working towards certification) has grown to more than 2,300 golf courses in the United States and 36 countries worldwide. The program issued its first certification in 1993 and now includes golf courses in North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.

    “Audubon International is excited to partner with the Department of Defense and its many installations to advance sustainability nationally and internationally,” said Ryan Aylesworth, Audubon International’s CEO. “The achievements of Joint Base Lewis-McChord that we are celebrating today serve as evidence that the U.S. military is committed to helping safeguard our environment and natural resources, and it is Audubon International’s goal to help our armed forces build on past accomplishments and ultimately achieve ACSP certification for all golf courses managed by the military.”

    About Eagles Pride Golf Course

    Eagles Pride Golf Course is located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington’s South Puget Sound region. The 27-hole championship course was ranked one of the top ten military golf courses by Travel + Leisure and is open to the public. In addition to providing installation support to more than 40,000 active uniformed members of the armed services and about 15,000 civilian workers, JBLM supports 60,000 family members and nearly 30,000 military retirees living within 50 miles of the base.


    About Audubon International
    Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and helping to implement sustainable natural resource management in all places where people live, work, and play. Through a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, incentive-based strategies, and public recognition, Audubon International empowers people and organizations to more sustainably manage land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources at levels ranging from individual properties to whole communities.

    For more information, contact Joellen Lampman at Audubon International, 120 Defreest Dr., Troy, NY 12180, USA, (518) 767-9051 x114, e-mail at joellen@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.

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  • 03/28/2013 9:41 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – The private community of Riverwood, Florida has become the most recent community in Florida to join Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program. 


    By joining and participating in the Sustainable Communities Program, Riverwood will undergo and complete three stages in the multi-year certification process. This process includes completing an assessment, defining a long-term community vision, choosing sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implementing the plan. Once Riverwood has demonstrated progress on its chosen goals, it will be eligible for designation as a Certified Audubon Sustainable Community.


    “We created this new Audubon volunteer committee with a goal to help direct our environmental efforts and create a long-term plan to preserve and enhance the environmental quality in Riverwood,” said Larry Lancette, chairman of the Community Association.


    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, Riverwood will take a big picture approach to community growth and environmental protection.

     

    “Every community faces challenges, and over time, all communities undergo change.  At the same time, there are aspects of life and assets in each community that make it a great place to live,” said Sustainable Communities Program Manager, Joanna Nadeau. “The Sustainable Communities Program helps communities tackle those challenges and plan for change in a way that fosters a vibrant local economy while maintaining a healthy environment and high quality of life. This is the concept of sustainability, which Audubon International views as the foundation for quality communities of today and tomorrow. We want to harness the best of what Riverwood is today, and plan for the best of what Riverwood can be tomorrow.”


    Riverwood, located just one hour from Fort Myers, FL, has a vibrant community of more than 2,600 property owners who determine the community’s priorities. They have determined a major priority is the ecological sensitivity of the area, which includes an eagle preserve and bird sanctuary. Located next to the “wild and scenic” Myakka River and including a private beach club, Riverwood’s 1,300 acres stands as a reminder of the natural Florida coastline. Its expansive, quiet beaches and pristine dunes along the Florida coast are home to a spectacular range of wildlife and a thriving ecosystem. In addition to the natural landscape, residents and guests can also enjoy a 4.5 Star golf course that is a member of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System, fitness and tennis facilities, Olympic swimming pool, dining, and many other world-class amenities.




  • 02/22/2013 11:11 AM | Katie Hopkins (Administrator)

    Audubon International is excited to announce it has relocated to its newly purchased headquarters situated in the Rensselaer Technology Park in Troy, New York. The organization officially began operating out of the new space on February 18.


    The new office will allow Audubon International to continue enhancing its program offerings through an expanded workforce, and also enable the organization to operate out of an energy-efficient building in a more central, convenient location. Audubon International’s new mailing address is as follows:  

    120 Defreest Drive, Troy, New York 12180

    phone: 518-767-9051 | fax: 518-767-9076


    In order to facilitate a more orderly transition, Audubon International’s mainline telephone and fax numbers will remain the same. As such, all of the organization’s valued members, conservation partners, contacts in the news media, and other stakeholders should not experience any communications disruptions as a result of the move. Audubon International staff email addresses and the organization’s official website (www.auduboninternational.org) will also be unaffected.  


    Over the course of the organization’s lengthy history, Audubon International has maintained its headquarters at the nature preserve known as Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary in Selkirk, New York. This unique 138-acre property, which was generously gifted to us by the late Dr. Robert Rienow, is home to a fascinating history, rare geologic features, mature hardwood forests, a meandering segment of the Onesquathaw Creek, a tranquil pond, an expansive network of caves, and healthy populations of resident and migratory wildlife. In the time that Audubon International has operated out of Hollyhock Hollow, staff and volunteers have worked diligently to maintain hiking trails, excellent birding opportunities, and environmental interpretation exhibits for school groups and other members of the visiting public.


    “Just like wildlife and the ecosystems they occupy, organizations that strive to conserve and restore our environment will undergo necessary changes in the course of their existence,” said Ryan Aylesworth, Audubon International’s Executive Director. “Audubon International is proud to have called Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary ‘home’ for more than two decades, and we are excited to build on our long and successful history of incentive-based conservation by actively working with the many organizations located in Rensselaer Technology Park, as well as businesses and community leaders in Troy and throughout the Capital Region.”


    Although Audubon International will no longer be headquartered at Hollyhock Hollow, the organization will continue serving as a responsible steward for the Sanctuary to ensure that the property’s natural landscape is managed in a “forever wild” state and it remains a unique place, free and open to the public to recreate and reconnect with nature.



  • 02/13/2013 2:00 PM | Anonymous

    Audubon International is excited to announce it has hired Katie Hopkins as the new External Communications Coordinator. Katie joined the team on February 12, 2013.


    In this role, Katie will work closely with the Executive Director and other Audubon International staff and Board members to develop, manage, and implement innovative communications strategies that advance the organization’s programs, stakeholder relations, long-term goals, and overall mission. She will serve as the primary point of contact for the media and other external audiences, educating a wide range of stakeholders about the benefits of Audubon International’s certification programs and the importance of responsible environmental action. Katie will also play a leading role in developing written outreach products and perform marketing and promotional campaigns on behalf of the organization.


    “Audubon International works with a diversity of stakeholders, and effectively communicating the social and economic benefits of environmental stewardship is central to cultivating a multi-sector commitment to sustainability,” said Ryan Aylesworth, Audubon International’s Executive Director. “We are very excited to bring Katie’s professional background and interdisciplinary talents to bear on all our outreach goals and strategies. Among many other valuable functions, she will enhance the overall value of the programs we deliver by directly helping Audubon International members effectively communicate their many commendable accomplishments.”


    Prior to joining Audubon International, Katie earned a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s nationally-renowned School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her graduate program included a concentration in Sustainable Development and Nonprofit Management. While at Indiana University, Katie served an instrumental role in launching a local business certification program to promote sustainable business practices and consumer empowerment in the community of Bloomington, Indiana. In her capstone project, she worked with a small team to compile a report for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that examined the social and environmental issues surrounding off-road vehicle use on national wildlife refuges. The findings of this report are expected to be published in the journal Environmental Management later in 2013. As part of her degree program, Katie spent several months in Brazil interning for Imaflora, a nonprofit certifying body for the Forest Stewardship Council and the Sustainable Agriculture Network. There she became very familiar with the concept of certification and the ways in which economic incentives and market-based techniques can encourage adoption of sustainable natural resource management practices. Katie also has professional interests in the field of sustainable tourism, and she focused multiple graduate research projects on the topic, including an examination of the costs and benefits of the cruise industry for ports of call.


    Before completing her master’s degree, Katie worked in a communications and marketing role for a travel company in her home state of Wisconsin. She has had a variety of professional experiences including an internship at The British Museum in London, an education facilitator position at The Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum, and a publicist role for The Thailand Project. In addition to her Master of Public Affairs degree, Katie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management and Theatre from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.


    Katie enjoys traveling, outdoor recreation, attending art events, and scrapbooking. Having recently relocated to the Albany area from Wisconsin, she is excited to explore her new community and begin taking advantage of the many recreational and cultural experiences the region has to offer.

  • 01/29/2013 8:30 AM | Anonymous

    SELKIRK, N.Y. (Jan. 29, 2013) Ronald G. Dodson is retiring from Audubon International after serving as the organization’s founder and president of the board for more than 25 years.

    Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental organization headquartered in the Albany area of New York, provides education and technical assistance to businesses, government agencies and communities throughout the United States and over 30 other countries to implement sustainable natural resource management in all places people live, work and play.

    After playing a central role in Audubon International’s intensive search for a new executive director, which culminated in the hiring of Ryan Aylesworth (formerly of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) in June 2012, Dodson informed Audubon International’s board of directors at a recent board meeting of his intention to retire.

     “Audubon International has a unique and important mission,” said Dodson. “Under its new executive leadership, the organization is making considerable progress toward its mission and will continue the vision of a public that is well-educated in environmental issues and a society committed to sustainable natural resource management practices.

    “It is not without nostalgia that I bid farewell to the organization’s dedicated staff and board members – many of whom I have worked with for decades,” Dodson said. “But I am very excited about what the future has in store for Audubon International under Ryan’s capable leadership.” 

    Dodson is credited with re-establishing the Audubon Society of New York State in 1987 after the pioneering environmental organization had been inactive for several decades. Dodson shaped and guided much of the work the organization does today under the name Audubon International.

    Over the course of a more than 30-year career in natural resource management, land-use planning and “green” design, Dodson has assisted hundreds of small businesses, major corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations and communities around the world in achieving their goals while advancing sound environmental stewardship. As a wildlife biologist, educator and avid birder, Dodson will remain an ardent environmental leader and champion of biodiversity and watershed protection.

    “Ron has helped set a vision for a sustainable future that will allow Audubon International to continue thriving far beyond the conclusion of his long tenure with the organization,” said Aylesworth. “Audubon International will honor Ron’s legacy by building on our past accomplishments and continuously improving to even more effectively address new and evolving environmental challenges.”

    During Dodson’s tenure, Audubon International saw substantial growth in program offerings, services and organizational outreach. Under Dodson’s long-time leadership, Audubon International has emerged as a highly reputable organization that employs education, technical assistance, certification and recognition to implement environmental management practices that ensure natural resources are sustainably used and conserved. Dodson also worked closely with the United States Golf Association to grow the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, an internationally renowned education and certification program that helps golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. Since its founding, Audubon International has enrolled more than 3,000 properties – including golf courses, cemeteries, ski areas, housing developments, hotels and many others – and communities in its rigorous certification programs.

    “Ron’s passion for environmental conservation is well known, and he retires from an organization with a cadre of individuals who share that same passion,” remarked Aylesworth. “We wish Ron a very happy and well-earned retirement, and will continue drawing on his wisdom as we work with our valued conservation partners across the globe to provide valuable environmental education and help proliferate application of sustainability principles.” 

    About Audubon International

    Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and helping to implement sustainable natural resource management in all places where people help the environment where they live, work and play. Through education, motivation, certification and recognition, Audubon International educates people about the responsible management of land, water, wildlife and other natural resources. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact the environment at all levels from individual property to entire communities.

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    For more information, please contact Ryan Aylesworth at 518-767-9051, ext 106 or Ron Dodson at 518-859-5370.

  • 12/03/2012 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    Audubon International is very excited to announce that Laura Karosic has been hired as the organization's Special Projects Coordinator, a newly created interdisciplinary position. Laura reported for duty on December 3, 2012.

    As Special Projects Coordinator, Laura will coordinate the development and implementation of a new individual professional certificate program in sustainable natural resource management (which will primarily target professional property managers, such as golf course superintendents and resort managers), play a leading role in establishing and managing important partnerships between Audubon International and other entities, and support the implementation of the organization’s long-standing environmental education and certification programs. Laura will also lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive natural resource management strategy to help Audubon International effectively use its existing landholdings to further the organization’s core mission functions.

    “Audubon International is very fortunate to have Laura join our team, and I am very excited that she’ll be playing a leading role in a number of important areas, including the establishment of an individual professional certificate program that our industry partners strongly demand,” said Ryan Aylesworth, Audubon International’s Executive Director. “Laura’s academic training in sustainable natural resource management and her professional background in community engagement make her uniquely suited for this position, which will involve interfacing with a wide range of property managers, environmental professionals, industry representatives, educational institutions, and other important stakeholder groups.

    Prior to joining Audubon International, Laura was a Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Slippery Rock University, where she led a research team in identifying the origins of sustainability within the National Park Service. Her responsibilities in this capacity included identifying a national park that was implementing exemplary sustainable practices and developing a research plan to assess park visitor perception of these practices within the park. Her plan consisted of compiling historical research, the development of original surveys to be distributed to park visitors at Denali National Park, data synthesis and analysis, and the publication of research findings in a professional journal (expected to be completed in early 2013).

    Before completing her master’s work at Slippery Rock University, Laura was involved in numerous environmental restoration projects and volunteer management programs. While a student at Merritt College in Oakland, California, she recruited and trained fellow students and community members to restore an ecologically sensitive public nature area near Merritt College’s campus. Working with community stakeholders and student volunteers, Laura developed a comprehensive site assessment and restoration plan, collected native plant donations, implemented restoration techniques, and monitored site progress. During this time, Laura served as a volunteer with California watershed and creek groups, and was charged with using GIS and GPS to monitor invasive species, restore native wildlife populations, and assess water quality. This experience fueled her interest in how community members can be trained to utilize these tools in obtaining scientific data. Prior to this volunteer experience, Laura worked in the field of education, first as a Community Outreach Specialist for an afterschool program in Oakland, and then as a Project Manager for an afterschool consulting firm, also in Oakland, where she wrote numerous articles, reports, case studies, and grant proposals in the interest of advancing opportunities for low-income young people.

    Laura holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University. She resides in Albany with her dog, Timber, and enjoys spending her free time cooking, hiking with Timber, traveling, and sewing.
  • 10/18/2012 9:47 AM | Anonymous
    Following the conclusion of an extensive search and candidate review process, Audubon International is very excited to announce that Joanna Nadeau has been selected as the new Program Manager for the Sustainable Communities Program. Joanna reported for duty on October 15, 2012.

    As Program Manager, Joanna will serve as a senior staff member of a collaborative team of experienced natural resource management professionals who directly engage a diverse array of stakeholders (i.e., homeowner’s associations, municipal leaders, state and federal agency officials, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and members of the business community) on an equally diverse range of issues. Reporting directly to the Executive Director, Joanna will help to meet annual membership, fiscal, environmental performance, and service goals.

    “We are thrilled that Joanna is coming on board to administer our Sustainable Communities Program and assist with other education and certification programs being implemented by the organization’s team of interdisciplinary environmental specialists,” said Ryan Aylesworth, Audubon International’s Executive Director. “Joanna is a proven consensus-builder, holistic and critical thinker, innovator, and problem solver. Her professional background with Cooperative Extension and expertise in a wide range of educational, planning, and natural resource management disciplines make her uniquely suited to effectively help communities achieve their long-term environmental, economic, and social goals.”

    Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program uses incentive-based strategies to help whole communities become healthy and vibrant places in which to live, work, and play–both today and tomorrow. That vision is founded in the three pillars of sustainability–a healthy local environment, quality of life for citizens, and economic vitality. The program is tailored to each community to ensure that its specific values, goals, needs, and challenges are effectively addressed in a manner that simultaneously advances environmental health as measured by numerous sustainability indicators (i.e., wildlife habitat and biodiversity protection). Through the program, communities work with Audubon International to establish priorities, develop an overarching plan, and take action that leads to environmental benefits at the community level.

    Prior to joining Audubon International, Joanna was a Research Analyst for the environmental water program at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). In this capacity, which she served for over five years, Joanna coordinated the WRRC’s research and outreach program designing and implementing projects to identify sustainable supplies of water for the environment in the face of growing human water demands in the western U.S. She was responsible for securing grants for numerous projects; providing science translation and technical assistance for community-level water sustainability programs; representing projects through professional presentations, publications, press interviews, and newsletters; participating in water planning processes across the Colorado River basin; and developing partnerships with government officials, resource managers, and the public. She compiled and synthesized an inventory of over 100 research studies of environmental water needs into a searchable spatial database, a Methodology Guidebook, a Statewide Assessment Report, and regional bulletins. As part of her work establishing pilot programs of Conserve to Enhance (C2E), an innovative mechanism to secure water for the environment through municipal water conservation, she developed outreach materials, including a C2E program development guide, and initiated a pilot program evaluation plan.

    Before starting her work in water resources, Joanna spent four years providing ecological assessments for sustainable management efforts by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service through her work at The Nature Conservancy. Involving spatial analysis, literature research, and technical writing, this provided her with a strong background in natural resources management.

    Joanna holds a Master of Environmental and Healthy Cities Planning from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Haverford College. She spent her childhood in New Jersey and Nashville, Tennessee, but now resides in Albany with her husband. In her free time Joanna enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, and travel.

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