World Environment Day

Wednesday 5 June 2019

As part of golf's contribution to World Environment Day, we have compiled a short video which highlights the role that golf can, and is playing, in helping to improve air quality.

The video draws upon a selection of real-life ’Sustainability Highlights’ from golf courses around the world. They are shared by clubs using the online, OnCourse® program for sustainable golf which is developed and managed by GEO Foundation in collaboration with numerous international and national golf associations.

World Environment Day

The video focusses on both sides of the air quality equation:

1) Golf greenspaces

Golf courses are greenspaces, acting as urban lungs which oxygenate, absorb gases and trapping particulate matter. They are increasingly being naturalised in a bid to save time and money; enhance the playing experience, and maximise their overall ecosystem services.

2) Clean energy, efficiency and reduced emissions

In tandem with naturalisation, many golf facilities are also working to reduce emissions. They are doing this by transitioning to clean, renewable energy sources; by utilising new clean fuel technology; and through energy efficiency measures.

The film seeks to acknowledge the positive impact golf courses can have, and the role that course managers and designers are already playing by naturalising their landscapes and reducing fossil fuels. At the same time, it seeks to encourage others to see what more they can do.

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, GEO Foundation, said: “Locally, regional and globally, golf can play a meaningful part in addressing key environmental and social issues such as air pollution. Every patch given over to nature is money saved, a potential course enhancement and a valuable new ecosystem service. We are inviting all clubs and facilities to get OnCourse, to deliver as much environmental and social value as they can, and to share the inspiring stories that do so much to show that golf is part of the solution to issues such as this.”

The video finishes with a final call to action to all clubs - to Play their Part, get OnCourse and help beat air pollution

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