US Army Golf Courses Commit to Audubon International’s Environmental Program

The US Army has enrolled its 45 golf courses in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program. US Army golf courses are found throughout the US, Hawaii, Alaska, and overseas locations such as Japan, Korea, and Europe.

Troy, NY, January 09, 2016 --( Audubon International is pleased to announce that all the golf courses in the US Army’s Program for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (US Army MWR) will pursue environmental certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP for Golf). The Army’s MWR Program maintains and operates 45 separate golf courses around the globe for enjoyment by golfers of all levels. US Army golf courses are found throughout the US, Hawaii, Alaska, and overseas locations such as Japan, Korea, and Europe.

The enrollment of the US Army MWR golf facilities in the Audubon International program demonstrates the Army’s continued pursuit of sustainability to enable its current and future missions, safeguard human health and the well-being of soldiers, families, and civilians, control costs, and protect the natural environment. The US Army golf facilities function at high levels of participation, accommodating nearly two million rounds of golf each year. “We are excited to work with the environmental organization Audubon International,” said Michael McCoy, Golf Program Manager for the US Army, IMCOM, G9 “They help courses protect the natural assets that are part of the golf experience - nature, coastlines, rivers, grasses and trees.”

Audubon International works to protect and enhance the natural resources of properties and improve the environmental sustainability of each facility’s overall design and operations. In the ACSP for Golf program, each golf course will undergo a review process including environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation, and water quality management - with a goal of making voluntary improvements toward greater sustainability. In addition, outreach and environmental education are required components of the program. This emphasis on community outreach and education in the ACSP for Golf program supports the US Army MWR’s focus on increasing family participation, promoting accessibility, and growing the game of golf.

“The US Army has really advanced their commitment to environmental concerns, while also improving recreational and family programs,” said Doug Bechtel, Executive Director for Audubon International. “We are so thankful that the Army is taking action to improve their environmental performance on golf courses. This commitment is perfectly aligned with other Army efforts to improve the environmental quality on lands they own and manage. As with all golf courses in this program, the Army can help demonstrate that environmental responsibility goes hand in hand with offering the highest level of playability and guest experience.”

About US Army MWR
The Installation Management Command (IMCOM) delivers quality Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation programs and services supporting the readiness and resilience of the All-Volunteer Army. Family and MWR headquarters staff is comprised of more than 500 Family and MWR professionals who provide support to Soldiers, Families and the more than 33,000 personnel who comprise the Family and MWR workforce, worldwide.

Family and MWR programs, services and activities offer Soldiers and Families opportunities to enrich their lives culturally and creatively. MWR programs relieve stress, build strength and resilience, and help the Army Family stay physically, mentally, and financially fit.

The Army’s investment in delivering the highest quality programs and services – from Family, child and youth programs to recreation, sports, entertainment, travel and leisure activities – reflects its commitment to Soldiers, Families, Civilians and Retirees. Efforts are being made at each of the facilities to promote play for veterans as well.

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 Joe Madeira at Audubon International, (518)767-9051 ext. 105, e-mail at, or visit the website at
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