The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a partnership agreement with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America pledging a commitment to environmental stewardship and environmental sustainability on golf courses everywhere.
“Our biggest advances in protecting human health and the environment come from working together,” EPA mid-Atlantic regional administrator Adam Ortiz said. “This partnership with GCSAA will go a long way in benefitting surrounding communities while also enhancing our ongoing dedication to greenspaces, clean water and healthy air.”
During an event at the Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C., officials from the EPA and the GCSAA signed a Memorandum of Understanding that enhances their joint commitment to share information on environmental issues, best practices and industry challenges to promote best management practices on golf properties to protect and enhance the environment.
“This partnership between the EPA and GCSAA is the culmination of decades of collaboration and environmental stewardship on golf courses,” GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans said. “By implementing science-based best management practices, golf course superintendents have made theses public greenspaces more sustainable than ever before.”
The MOU outlines partnership opportunities for the following priority EPA areas:
- Environmental stewardship, including controlling stormwater run-off and sustainability
- Environmental justice
- Improved pollinator sites
- Children’s and public health
- Environmental and STEM education