The UGA Golf Course has taken a strong stance on being environmentally friendly.
It has become a certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, and in doing this, the leadership are looking to shed the environmentally unfriendly stigma.
“For me, it was a prerequisite,” said Scott Griffith, UGA Golf Course director of agronomy and superintendent. “To do those environmental sustainability things to show everyone what UGA is all about and what our mission is.”
In order to maintain this certification, the UGA golf course puts special emphasis on protecting wildlife habitats according to Griffith. Right now, there are numerous habitats for animals, such as bird houses and turtle pond homes, with future plans to add a bee colony and butterfly sanctuary.
Employees also monitor water quality through frequent water testing to ensure its cleanliness.
“I don’t think I’ve met a golf course superintendent yet in my almost five years in this job of somebody who really doesn’t care about the environment,” said Frank LaVardera, Director of Environmental Programs for Golf, Audubon International.
Owen Burtt and McGregor Rowland are journalism majors at the University of Georgia.
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