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Lake Arbor Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

September 2015 ARVADA, CO – Lake Arbor Golf Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

"Lake Arbor Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

Lake Arbor Golf Club is one of 47 courses in Colorado and 912 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2010. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.

This year the recertification process, coordinated by Joe Putnam, Golf Course Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Karen Miller, Director at the Majestic View Nature Center, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International. “The City of Arvada’s Lake Arbor Golf Club is located in an urban setting. The habitat created both naturally and by staff supports an abundance of wildlife and shows commitment to the ACSP certification process,” Miller reported. Of the course’s involvement in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, the staff at Lake Arbor Golf Club wrote: “Receiving the ACSP recertification is an accomplishment the Arvada community can be proud of. This recognition of environmentally sound practices demonstrates a commitment to our environment with its important wildlife and habitat.

“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Pepperman. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”

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.

For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 767-9051, e-mail at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.