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  • 07/24/2017 2:06 PM | Jessica Latus (Administrator)

    United and Audubon International are working together to relocate birds-of-prey to safer habitats and help reduce damage to aircraft

    NEW YORK, July 24, 2017 – United Airlines and its award-winning Eco-Skies program are teaming up with Audubon International, the not-for-profit environmental education organization dedicated to sustainable natural resource management, to protect raptors – including hawks, ospreys and owls – in and around New York- area airports and resettle the birds-of-prey at suitable golf course habitats where the species are more likely to thrive. 

    The United Eco-Skies Raptor Relocation Program, which the airline plans to launch at Newark Liberty International Airport later this month, will protect at-risk and threatened species such as the American kestrel by transporting the raptors to golf courses certified within the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. As the official airline of the PGA TOUR®, United is uniquely positioned to help identify suitable golf course habitats with Audubon International for relocation purposes and help inform the public on the importance of environmental sustainability.

    Additionally, United and Audubon International will work closely with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which partners with other agencies to safely capture threatened birds at New York-area airports.

    “Audubon International is excited to be working with United Airlines’ Eco-Skies program on the Raptor Relocation Program,” said Christine Kane, Audubon International’s executive director. “Thousands of golf courses across the world have adopted environmentally sustainable property management practices that support wildlife habitat through our Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program. Bringing this all together to provide safe, high-quality habitat for raptors is a great success.” 

    “The presence of wildlife at our airports can pose a challenge to pilots operating commercial aircraft,” said Laura Francoeur, the Port Authority’s chief wildlife biologist. “The agency implements wildlife management measures to reduce these challenges, and we continue to work with our airline partners and organizations such as United and Audubon International to ensure safe operations while protecting nature.”  

    “Together with our partners at Audubon International and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, we are developing innovative ways to protect our environment and provide sanctuary for birds-of-prey that otherwise would be living near New York-area airports,” said Angela Foster-Rice, United's managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability. “The Raptor Relocation Program will help minimize risk to wildlife, reduce damage to aircraft and enable us to operate more efficiently within some of the world’s busiest airspace.”

    United’s Eco-Skies program represents the company’s commitment to the environment and the actions taken every day to create a sustainable future. In January, Air Transport World (ATW) magazine named United the Eco-Airline of the Year for the second time since the airline launched the Eco-Skies program.

     In 2016, United made history by becoming the first U.S. airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights out of its hub in Los Angeles. The airline also invested $30 million in U.S.-based alternative aviation fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc., which represented the single largest investment by any airline globally in alternative fuels. Last year, United became first U.S. airline to repurpose items from the carrier’s international premium cabin amenity kits by partnering with Clean the World to donate hygiene products to those in critical need.

    Additionally, as part of United’s commitment to operating an environmentally friendly and responsible airline, the carrier added a carbon footprint measurement to its 2017 Global Performance Commitment. United is committing to achieving a lower gross carbon footprint than its two largest U.S.-based competitors this year, as measured by carbon dioxide-equivalent per available seat-mile.

    For more information on United’s commitment to environmental sustainability, visit united.com/ecoskies.

    About United

    United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,500 flights a day to 338 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 748 mainline aircraft and the airline’s United Express carriers operate 475 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to more than 190 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “UAL”.

  • 07/07/2017 2:39 PM | Alison Ritchie (Administrator)

    We're excited to announce the return of Wildlife Wednesday! Each week, we will feature a wildlife photo from an Audubon International member on our social media pages. Help us showcase your work by sending wildlife pics from your property to alison@auduboninternational.org or to Facebook or Twitter.

    Thanks for helping us spread the word about the great work our members are doing!

  • 06/14/2017 10:43 AM | Christine Kane (Administrator)

    Specialist in investment banking, real estate development and golf asset ownership and operations supports global mission of environmental care


    TROY, NY –  Henry Delozier was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Audubon International at the organization’s 2017 annual meeting.


    Mr. Delozier is a Partner in Global Golf Advisors, the international specialist providing consulting services to the investment banking, real estate development and golf asset ownership and operations business segments. 


    Delozier is known across the globe for his thought leadership in golf-related businesses. He is called one of the “Most Influential People in Golf” since 1999 by the Crittenden publications, and serves as an expert source for Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bloomberg News, Business Week, CNBC-Squawk Box, the Financial Times of London, GOLF magazine, Golf Digest, Golf Business, the New York Times, PGA Tour Network, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.


    Delozier is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) in America and has served for many years on the Employers Advisory Council for the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). He was also honored by Board Room magazine with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award.


    “Audubon International fulfills a global mission of environmental care and commitment,” says Delozier. “Good stewardship is good citizenship.” And he adds, “Being a big believer in the mission of Audubon International, I am proud to pitch in. I believe that everyone should find a way to support environmentalism.”


    Christine Kane, Executive Director of Audubon International, looks forward to Delozier’s leadership role at the organization. “We're fortunate to have Henry's vision and leadership on our Board of Directors.  He has a deep understanding of our organization and I look forward to working with him as we move into a new stage of growth for Audubon International.”


    Other officers elected are Vice Chairman Marvin Moriarty (retired Director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service), Treasurer Matt Ceplo, CGCS (Golf Course Superintendent at Rockland Country Club), and Secretary Ted Horton, CGCS (Senior Consultant at BrightView Golf Maintenance).


    Audubon International (AI) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization that delivers high-quality environmental education around the world to facilitate the sustainable management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources in all the places people live, work, and play. 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. In addition to golf courses, which constitute the largest membership base of Audubon International, the organization works with cemeteries, hotels and resorts, residential communities, educational institutions and industrial facilities.


    For more information, visit Audubon International’s website at www.auduboninternational.org or contact Christine Kane, Executive Director at christine@auduboninternational.org at (518) 767-9051 ext. 114.

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  • 06/09/2017 12:46 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Position Description
    The position is primarily responsible for overseeing the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf.  The Director directly engages with a wide range of stakeholders (golf course superintendents, club managers, property managers, etc.), and reports directly to the Executive Director.


    This is a full-time exempt position, located in Troy, NY.


    Salary range is $45,000-$55,000 depending on experience.

                  
    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
    Program Member Service

    • Assist ACSP for Golf members in the development of management plans and other technical documents required as a component of the organization's education and certification process.
    • Serve members via requests for information through timely in-person, written, telephone, and email communication.
    • Conduct periodic site visits to assist members with ongoing environmental planning and management activities.
    • Cooperate with AI’s network of partners to ensure that program materials are up-to-date and disseminated to appropriate audiences.

    Outreach & Education

    • In conjunction with other staff members, the Director plays a leading role in marketing and promoting membership in ACSP-Golf as well as all of AI's education and certification programs through direct sales and special events.
    • Develop and conduct seminars, presentations, and informational briefings to help educate AI members (active and prospective) about the benefits of sustainable natural resource management and the efficacy of the organization's approach to environmental stewardship.
    • Promote all AI programs via stakeholder meetings, media interviews, newsletters, and participation in various industry and environmental working groups.
    • Play a leading role in the retention of program membership through the development of relationships with other public and private sector organizations interested in partnering with AI in the delivery of the its education and certification programs.

    Administrative

    • Work with AI staff to develop and implement yearly goals, objectives, strategies, and budget proposals for ACSP Golf programs in conjunction with other programs being implemented by the organization
    • Participate in organization- and program-level strategic planning efforts
    • Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization's web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate
    • Manage staff, including but not limited to, Program Specialist

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., recreational turf management, horticulture, landscape architecture, natural resource management) with relevant and related professional experience, OR a master's / certificate degree in an appropriate field of study with relevant professional experience
    • Must be dedicated to educating and encouraging golf course superintendents and other types of land managers become actively involved in environmental stewardship projects
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics
    • Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Strong technical and persuasive writing skills
    • Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media
    • Knowledge and/or professional experience in golf course management is highly desirable
    • Experience developing and delivering informational and educational programs in person and/or via virtual tools is desirable
    • Pre-existing professional connections in the golf industry is highly desirable
    • Familiarity with wildlife and ecosystem science (particularly of North America)

    Additional Requirements: 

    The person in this position must be able to:

    • Remain in a stationary position 50% of the time
    • Occasionally move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
    • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer
    • Regularly ascends/descends stairs to access office equipment
    • Frequently communicate with members and interested parties who have inquiries, and exchange accurate information in these situations

    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including salary requirements and a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above
    • Curriculum vitae or resume
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • A writing sample of choice
    • Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to fred@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

    Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


     Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

  • 03/06/2017 1:37 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Audubon International learned recently of Osprey Point’s selection by the World Golf Awards as their 2016 “World’s Best Eco Friendly Golf Facility” presented in Conrad Algarve, Portugal.  Winners are chosen based on votes cast by the public, and by golf and travel professionals.  Nominees must demonstrate “leadership in environmental stewardship and be creative and responsible in planning, design, construction and management of unique, resource efficient golf facilities.” Among the nominees were other golf courses such as No. 2 at Pinehurst, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, The Gleneagles, and five other international facilities.


    Audubon International also recognized Osprey Point, owned and operated by Palm Beach County, for the outstanding achievements accomplished during the design and construction of the 27-hole golf facility.  Osprey Point earned designation in 2011 as the first Certified Classic Sanctuary in Florida for the employment of Best Management Practices including use of infiltration sumps, special management zones, vegetative buffers, and ongoing water quality management and monitoring.


    AI is proud of the work that is being done at Osprey Point. Congratulations on the recent recognition by World Golf Awards!    


  • 02/07/2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous


    Are you curious about Audubon International's certification program for communities? 

    Does your community need help figuring out what's next to becoming more wildlife-friendly? 

    Would you like expert assistance in building and implementing a sustainability plan for your community?


    Join us for a free webinar on February 23, hosted by Director of Community Programs Joanna Nadeau, to learn what benefits the Sustainable Communities certification program can bring your town or community: 

    • better quality of life, 
    • a healthier environment, and 
    • sustainable economic growth!

    The webinar will give an overview of the certification process, share stories from communities who have gone through it, and answer all your questions. Find out if your community is ready to get certified!


    Register now for this free webinar to reserve your spot!


    Date and Time: February 23 (Thursday), 2:00-3:00pm ET (11:00-12:00pm PT)


    Panelists include: 

    Joanna Nadeau, AICP - Director of Community Programs, Audubon International

    Sheila Rose - Director of Sustainable Development, City of Coconut Creek

    Linda Whitman - Senior Planner, City of Coconut Creek, FL

    Jill Kombrink - Naturalist, Oldfield, SC

  • 01/05/2017 5:43 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Audubon International Certified Golf Course leaders sweep top awards for GCSAA Environmental Leaders In Golf


    All individual award winners are superintendents at courses certified by Audubon International


    22 of 28 ELGA Chapter & Merit award winners also at Audubon International Certified Cooperative Sanctuary Golf Courses


    Audubon International is pleased to announce that superintendents at its Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Courses won all of the individual awards at this year’s GCSAA Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards and 79% of the awards in the Chapter & Merit division. 


    Congratulations to top award winners:

    • Shannon Easter of Broken Sound Club: Overall and National Private Course Winner. Old Course Certified ACSP since 2009, Club Course since 2011 (picture to right). 
    • Alex Stuedemann of TPC Deere Run: National Public Course Winner. Certified ACSP since 2004.
    • Ken Nice of Bandon Dunes Resort: National Resort Course Winner. Trails, Preserve, Bandon & Pacific Dunes certified ACSP since 2011, Old MacDonald since 2016.
    • Christine Chan of The Jockey Club at Kau Sai Chau Public Course LimitedInternational Course Winner. Certified ACSP since 2005.

    “We send our hearty congratulations to all of these Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program members on their awards. Audubon International is proud that our certification standards are playing such an important role in helping golf courses preserve biological diversity at a time when the rates of species extinction and habitat loss are at an unprecedented high,” said Executive Director Christine Kane. “Our members are contributing to a world-wide system of lands that are being managed for water conservation, wildlife habitat and natural resource preservation.”


    The Environmental Leaders in Golf awards recognize golf course superintendents and their courses for overall course management excellence and best management practices in the areas of water conservation, water quality management, energy conservation, pollution prevention, waste management, wildlife and habitat conservation, communication and outreach, and leadership. 

  • 01/03/2017 11:10 AM | Anonymous


  • 10/28/2016 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    R & R Products, together with the Propane Education & Research Council and Suburban Propane are announcing a special offer available exclusively for Audubon International members.

    **Special Offer for Members** 

    To promote the environmental benefit of using propane:

    ·         R&R Products is offering a discount of 5% (up to $2500) off the purchase of any propane powered equipment 

    ·         PERC is offering an additional $1000 rebate 

    ·         Suburban Propane is offering propane at a discount for 6 months

    The offer runs from October 1st through December 31st 2016.  To take advantage of this exclusive offer for Audubon International members contact: 

    Jim Coker 

    Director of Propane Applications

    R&R Products

    800-528-3446 or 865-850-2277 (cell)

    jcoker@rrproducts.com

    Using propane machinery has environmental benefits which include:

    •  Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    • Zero Refueling Spills

    To learn more about the benefits of using propane machinery click on the link below: 

    11720 Propane-Gasoline Comparison (3).pdf




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  • 10/05/2016 9:46 PM | Tara Donadio (Administrator)

    Date: October 2016
    Title: Program Specialist
    Work Location: Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy, NY


    Position Description: Audubon International seeks a highly-qualified and enthusiastic individual to serve as its Program Specialist. The incumbent will report directly to the Director of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs and other Audubon International staff to process, assess, manage, and track certification activities for membership businesses in AI’s award winning natural resource management and sustainability programs.


    Organization Overview: Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering high-quality environmental education and using incentive-based approaches to implement sustainable natural resource management in several specific business and public sectors, including recreation facilities, landscaped green spaces, and small private communities and public municipalities.


    Audubon International is headquartered in Troy, New York.  The organization, which has been in existence for over 25 years, works with a wide range of interested partners, including golf courses, developers, small businesses, environmental not-for-profits, community associations, local governments, and state and federal agencies. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of natural resource management practices that ensure land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources are sustainably used and conserved. Utilizing a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs, Audubon International is able to positively impact environmental health at multiple geographic scales, including individual properties, communities, and ecoregions.


    Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

    Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP)

    • Receive and manage incoming AI Member documents from direct mail and email submissions; log all Member progress information into AI’s Member Database.
    • Under the guidance of the Program Director, assess all ACSP certification and re-certification paperwork and other materials from AI Members.  Match submissions against AI Program Standards and respond to AI Members with appropriate feedback, recognition, progress reports, and education materials, as appropriate. 
    • In collaboration with other Program staff, provide needed administrative and technical support to AI Members as needed.
    • Coordinate with appropriate AI staff to ensure that information maintained in the organization’s web-based member database is up-to-date and accurate.
    • Assist program and marketing staff in communications and promotional efforts for all of AI’s education and certification programs.
    • Occasionally represent AI at meetings, conferences, and educational venues to promote AI’s mission and programs, and assist with member recruitment and partner relationships as needed.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field of study (i.e., environmental studies, sustainable resource management, etc.) and at least one year of related professional experience.
    • Excellent attention to detail; ability to accurately and systematically assess completeness and rigor of AI Member submissions; match submitted data to AI standards; identify gaps in submissions.
    • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including ability to write clearly about scientific concepts;
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and experience working with diverse constituencies and membership demographics.
    • Ability to excel both by working independently and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Experience and comfort with public speaking.
    • Working knowledge of IT systems (or ability to quickly gain such knowledge)
    • Computer proficiency (i.e., Microsoft Office suite, database management, internet-based research, professional applications of social media, etc.)

    Compensation: This is a full-time, permanent position, located in Troy, NY. Incumbent will be required to work at Troy Headquarters. Salary range:  $30,000-$35,000, dependent on qualifications. Audubon International offers a mission-driven work environment that promotes continued employee growth and development. The organization offers its employees a strong compensation package, including competitive salary, health benefits, retirement benefits, and vacation. Diversity is highly valued.


    Deadline for Application: Open until filled.


    How to Apply:

    Submitted applications will be reviewed upon receipt and must include the following:

    • Cover letter summarizing the candidate’s qualifications for the position, including a description of how prior educational training, experience and skills prepare the candidate to fulfill the job responsibilities detailed above.
    • Curriculum vitae or resume.
    • Contact information (name, job title, phone and email) for three professional references
    • Application materials should be submitted via e-mail to fred@auduboninternational.org with the job title and your name in the subject line (i.e., Program Specialist – Jane Smith).

    Audubon International is an equal opportunity employer committed to practices that ensure employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.

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