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Archive for September 2012

Chemical spill containment

We often see maintenance facilities in serious need of upgrades, but even in the best of times it is difficult to get funding to improve these areas. Fuels, oils, and concentrated chemicals are the most hazardous elements of landscape maintenance. Spills can degrade the quality of surface and ground water as well as cause these chemicals…

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Vacuuming Bees

It never ceases to amaze me what necessity can help us to invent.  And I am quite sure that I would never have thought of using a vacuum in this particular way.   But when it came to dealing with a native honeybee swarm at Sand Ridge Golf Club in Chardon, Ohio, a local beekeeper used…

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Changing the world, one idea at a time

Three years ago, someone had an idea to help The First Tee chapters across the country to conduct environmental improvements at their host golf courses. With support from the FedEx Cup and now Toro we have done course improvement projects at fourteen golf courses and have a number more planned.  Today, because of that idea, over…

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National Wildlife Refuges

On a recent trip in Minneapolis, I had some time before I had to head to the airport and was thrilled to find a National Wildlife Refuge close by. It was a pleasure to stretch my legs while checking out the local flora and fauna.  Refuges and nature centers are not only great places to visit,…

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Seabrook Island Property Owners Association Earns Audubon International’s Green Community Award

Seabrook Island, SC – The Seabrook Island Property Owners Association has earned the Green Community Award from Audubon International, a non-profit environmental education organization. The Green Community Award is bestowed when a community completes the first stage of the three-stage Sustainable Community education and certification program administered by Audubon International. By completing the first stage…

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Photos as part of the planning and communication process

Preparing an environmental plan has many benefits including: illustrating how environmental conservation activities complement one another, paving the way for improved property management, facilitating communications about environmental stewardship, helping managers set goals and objectives, and providing a means to evaluate progress.  The environmental plan process should begin with a site assessment and an important part of this…

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