From the Field: Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region 

From the Field:

Jeff Jensen, GCSAA Field Staff, Southwest Region 

GCSAA recently announced changes to the annual Environmental Leaders in Golf Awards (ELGA). The changes will be effective immediately. In past years, categories were established based on facility type including Overall, National Public, National Resort, Chapter and Merit winners. The 2018 addition of the awards will feature four categories: Natural Resource Conservation, Healthy Land Stewardship, Communications and Outreach and Innovative Conservation. There will be one winner and two runners-up recognized for each of the four awards.

The Natural Resource Conservation Award will recognize individuals who employ effective strategies for water conservation, energy conservation and sound wildlife management. The Healthy Land Stewardship Award will recognize individuals who employ effective strategies for efficient use of pesticides and nutrients as well as pollution prevention. The Communications and Outreach Award will recognize individuals who effectively communicate conservation strategies with facility employees and others as well as share their efforts with golfers and other members of their community. The Innovative Conservation Award will recognize individuals who utilize or invent unique and innovative strategies for conservation at their facility.

The changes were made to encourage more superintendents to apply for the awards. Superintendents who may not have met the overall requirements in the past can now apply for a single category while they work on weaker areas through the use of GCSAA’s Best Management Practices template. Applicants are encouraged to include photos and limited-size videos to help demonstrate their environmental efforts.

California superintendents have dominated the awards over the years with Terry Stratton, Tim Powers, Gary Ingram and Mark Condos all claiming Overall National awards.

The 2018 ELGA application period closes Sept. 30. Applications will be accepted online at www.gcsaa.org/ELGA.

I hope to see some additional applications this year as many of you have done numerous projects to reduce your environmental footprint. It’s great recognition for your career, facility and the industry as a whole.

I hope your fall season is off to a great start and if I can be of any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] and visit my website at https://www.gcsaa.org/resources/regional-resources/secure/southwest for updates from around the region as well as a calendar of events.

As always, thank you for your support and if I can be of any assistance, please contact me at [email protected].

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