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Colorado Golf Carbon Project Announces Signing of Two Courses
Golfpreserves announces that two Colorado courses, Applewood in Golden and Breckenridge Municipal in Breckenridge, have signed on to be part of the first-ever comprehensive emission and sequestration project for the golf industry.
"There is such great momentum around the project right now. We are excited to welcome Applewood and Breckenridge Golf Courses on board. And the letters of support are continuing to arrive, most recently from the Office of the Governor of Colorado," says Noble Hendrix, co-founder of Golfpreserves®.
Applewood Golf Course, the "granddaddy of organic" courses, was established for the Adolph Coors Co. in 1961. Situated atop an aquifer that Coors (today MillerCoors) the property still provides water for its beverages. Due to its location, the company decided as early as 1988 to quit running the risk of contaminating the aquifer and ordered personnel to develop a holistic view of maintenance. Today, the course is run without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Applewood is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
"Being environmentally responsible is part of our DNA here at Applewood. The opportunity for the golf industry to create self-sustaining funding for its future research is intriguing and the decision to sign up for with Golfpreserves and the Colorado Golf Carbon Project made a lot of sense: We are proud to be part of the solution," said superintendent Matthew Rusch.
Breckenridge is the only municipality-owned Jack Nicklaus designed 27-hole golf course in the country. Its honors include Best Mountain Course as well as Toughest Mountain Course by Colorado Golfer and it received a 4˝ Star Facility rating by Golf Digest. Breckenridge is also a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
"As a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, the Breckenridge Golf Club is committed to being environmentally responsible. The Colorado Golf Carbon Project and Golfpreserves is a good example of initiatives that are going to make us stronger moving forward," said superintendent Tim Walsh.
"There are approximately 18,000 courses in the U.S. alone and our project is inviting all of them to participate. As noted recently by Jim Hyler, the new president of the USGA, there is a heightened awareness about the environment and golf. We foresee a need for our project and rapid growth in 2010," said William Crispin, co-founder of Golfpreserves.
The Golfpreserves® project is now open to participation for owners of American golf courses. There is no cost to participate. For more information, visit www.golfpreserves.com.
Golfpreserves® is a carbon-sequestration program for the golf industry. As an aggregator, Golfpreserves will facilitate the assessment, quantification and confirmation and create carbon financial instruments (CFI) that will be traded on the carbon market. The proceeds from sold carbon credits are invested into research focusing on carbon sequestration, environmentally improved turfgrass, irrigation and pesticide usage. www.golfpreserves.com In October 2009, Golfpreserves® and the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado initiated the Colorado Golf Carbon Project, where a carbon emissions data collection system as well as document the carbon sequestered at participating golf courses is being developed.
About the Colorado Golf Carbon Project
The Colorado Project is the first ever comprehensive emission and sequestration project for the golf industry. Besides providing the full picture of carbon sequestration and emissions at a golf course, the project presents a built-in funding mechanism for future research and development for the golf industry as a whole. The project is not only unique in what it is setting out to achieve, but also in the diverse group of representatives behind it: Golfpreserves and the Allied Golf Associations of Colorado, including the Colorado Golf Association, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the GCSAA, the Colorado chapters of the NGCOA, PGA, CMAA and Colorado Women's Golf Association. Further, the project is supported by the USGA, Colorado State University, USDA-ARS, Audubon International, the International Sustainability Council, OPEI as well as the Office of the Governor of Colorado.
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