Friday, December 23, 2016

IGM at Widow’s Walk Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence


CONTACT:               Allie Smith, Program Specialist
                                     (518) 767-9051, Ext. 116

Widow’s Walk Golf Course Recognized for Environmental Excellence

SCITUATE, MA – Widow’s Walk Golf Course has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.
Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"Widow’s Walk Golf Course has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
Widow’s Walk Golf Course is one of 13 courses in Massachusetts and 892 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2002. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by Ryan Cahill, Golf Course Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Stephen Maguire, Professional Educator/Site Quality Evaluator at GO Turnstone, was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International. “Widow’s Walk exceeds the Audubon Certification and is an environmental gem of the South Shore,” Maguire reported.
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Donadio. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”

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 Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 1-844-767-9051, e-mail at, or visit the website at