There is no cost to participate, but registration with Experience Green and in the GEO OnCourse® program is requested.
Workshop 1 of 4: Tuesday, December 8th, 3-5pm
Sea Pines Resort Testimonial and Case Study
Presented by Tony Wartko, Director of Facility Services, Sea Pines Resort and Mike Bennett, i2recycle
Sea Pines Resort is home to the RBC Heritage PGA TOUR event and is the first golf facility in South Carolina to become GEO Certified® at all three courses. Among its successes is the impressive gain of 90 tons of waste diverted from the landfill in 2011, to 425 tons in 2014 through vermin culture, recycling, and other waste diversion methods.
Workshop 2 of 4: Tuesday, January 5th, 3-5pm
The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Case Study
Presented by Paul Carter, CGCS, The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay
As recipient of the 2015 President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship from the GCSAA, Paul has achieved specific success in reducing energy consumption. In 2013, the facility’s innovative electric equipment initiative reduced annual gasoline consumption by over 9,000 gallons, point source carbon dioxide emissions by over 182,000 pounds of carbon and operational expenses for the State of Tennessee by over $21,000.00 annually.
Workshop 3 of 4: Tuesday, February 23rd, 3-5pm
Building Consensus for Sustainability in Golf
Presented by Clyde Johnston, ASGCA, Clyde Johnston Design, and Teresa Wade, MBA, CT Graduate Studies Sustainability, Sustainable Solutions
Learn how the parts of the golf facility affect the whole, via a case study of the River Landing facility in Wallace, NC. Learn how minor alterations to design, turf area and vegetation choices can reduce environmental and financial costs, and also enhance brand and member relations. The workshop will also provide simple but effective strategies to strengthen your internal team and how to communicate to members, visitors and the community, the what, why and how for changes to advance sustainability.
Workshop 4 of 4: Wednesday, March 16th, 3-5pm
Documentation that Delivers
Presented by Anthony Williams, CGCS
The value of sustainability initiatives is often difficult to communicate; decision makers need to “see the numbers” to consider ROI for projects. It is often said that “without proof, there is no truth”, hence, the need to document what, why, how and more of resource consumption, pilot projects, community response, etc.
Learn from Anthony’s 30 years of experience about documentation to support sustainability initiatives, reduce risk, support government relations and policy adherence, garner media, qualify for awards, communicate to stakeholders and more.
*GCSAA, CMAA and PGA continuing education credits available. All sessions held at The Sea Pines Resort Welcome Center on Hilton Head Island.
Contact Teresa Wade to confirm your participation.
Include in the email if you have signed up for the GEO OnCourse program (no cost, takes about 15 minutes - click here). Your familiarity with the program will enhance the Dec workshop value for you. Once you are registered with GEO, we'll add you to the website as a program participant.
In your email, send names and email addresses of your team members that will be contributing to your progress so we can include them in communications.
We invite the Hilton Head Island Area golf community to join this effort (includes all of Beaufort County), and local golf associations, golf facility suppliers, community groups and individuals’ to support of this important effort. This program is supported by sponsorships, grants and donations.