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.