Virginia Green is now offering an application specific to Golf Courses! Golf courses are a big part of Virginia’s tourism industry. Golf courses are closely tied with their surrounding environment and properly managed facilities can greatly minimize their impacts on the environment through various best management practices (BMPs). Golf courses have many opportunities to minimize their environmental impact by making simple, common-sense changes, almost all of which can save money.
Virginia Green Golf Courses is a self-certifying program where facilities must verify that they are at a minimum practicing the Virginia Green Welcome Centers “core activities” and hopefully doing much more. The Core Activities are:
- Having a nutrient management plan approved by DCR: have a nutrient management program that has been approved by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
- Minimizing the use of pesticides and other chemicals: minimize use of pesticides and fungicides
- Recycling: have highly-visible recycling containers
- Reducing solid waste: work to reduce its solid waste generation
- Using water efficiently: have taken steps toward reducing its water use
- Conserving energy: have taken steps toward reducing its energy use
- Educating Golfers & Staff: materials describing ongoing green activities should be placed throughout the facility
Guests visiting Virginia Green Golf Courses can expect that the facility has at least these activities in place. Participants are encouraged to tell us about all green activities they’ve undertaken and these are included in the facility’s profile, which appears on our website. Consumers can then choose to play at a facility that offers the green amenities they value.
Approved Nutrient Management Plan
Having an approved Nutrient Management Plan is a requirement of joining Virginia Green as a Golf Course and we ask that you submit a copy of your approval letter from the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) with your application. All Virginia Golf Courses are required to have an approved Nutrient Management Plan by 2017. For more information on DCR's Nutrient Management Program, visit their website.
Getting an approved Nutrient Management Plan
In order to be an official approved Nutrient Management Plan, it must be written by a Certified Nutrient Management Planner and be accompanied by a letter of approval from the Department of Conservation and Recreation. To find a listing of planners certified by the DCR, visit http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/stormwater_management/documents/nmdir.pdf. Once the plan in complete, submit it to DCR for approval. Contact DCR Urban Nutrient Management Specialist Derik Cataldi at firstname.lastname@example.org with plans for approval or if you have any questions.
Participating Golf Courses
Resources for Greening Golf Courses
How to Join
Joining is easy. Membership in the program is FREE. Simply complete the Virginia Green Attractions application (MS Word or Adobe PDF) and email the completed checklist to VirginiaGreen@deq.virginia.gov. Once you are approved, we will send you a certificate for display at your facility and list your facility below. Your facility will aslo be included on the Virginia Tourism Corportation's website as a Virginia Green facility.
The application is a checklist of common-sense, good ideas for you to consider. Please feel free to tell us about any other things you are doing to minimize your environmental impacts. The great thing is that almost every activity on the list has the potential to save your facility money.
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