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Golf courses offer a number of greening opportunities, particularly in the areas of water reduction and chemical use. Opportunities abound for making smart purchasing choices that can reduce the amount of toxins to which both workers and patrons are exposed, as well as for changing how green waste is managed. This will help reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

Smart landscaping practices can lead to significant savings. EPA’s GreenScape website promotes a set of landscaping practices that embrace the resource conservation principles of "reduce, reuse, recycle, and rebuy." Applying these principals can improve the health and appearance of your large-scale landscape while protecting and preserving natural resources. This site provides information about the cost savings that can be achieved by reducing material use and waste; resource conservation; and the performance and durability of environmentally preferable products such as recycled-content and bio-based products.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. For more information see: EPA’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Principles website.

In order to make your long-term operation more environmentally friendly, you may want to create a plan that includes all aspects of greening your operations and one which is easy to understand and implement. This can be done through the creation of an Environmental Management System.

For examples of facilities doing work to reduce the impact of their golf courses, please visit the casino landscaping page.


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