Audubon Country Club in Naples, Fla. has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.

Through participation in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary program, the private gated Audubon Country Club has been involved in numerous environmental projects, including adopting a comprehensive environmental management program focused on wildlife and habitat management; conserving energy and reducing water use; utilizing integrated pest management techniques; naturalizing areas; managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner; and outreach and education.

Audubon Country Club was first designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2008.  After designation, the must go through a recertification process every three years. Audubon Country Club is one of 900 courses in the world to be designated as a certified ACSP for Golf course.

“Audubon Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program,” said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. “They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the property.”

To reach certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) for Golf Courses, a course must maintain a high degree of environmental quality in several areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.