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Colonial Acres Golf Course

Location: 15 Saybrook Drive, Glenmont, NY 12077

Picture of Colonia Acres bird houses

Type of Facility: Golf Course

Number of Employees: Less Than 50

Member Since: 2010

Membership runs Through: 2018

NYEL Contact: Ron Dodson, Chairman of ISC-Audubon

Facility Overview:

Colonial Acres is a 9-hole golf course located in Glenmont, NY. They also have facilities for disc golf and a nature trail to learn about the region's ecosystem. In the winter months the course is open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding. The course also hosts multiple community events each year that teach the public about the outdoors, including bird watching, fly fish tying, and star gazing.

Colonial Acres has been a member of NYEL since 2010 and has demonstrated their commitment to sustainable operations by decreasing their electricity usage by 2,647 kWh a year and also re-using 1,635 lbs. of materials from their old maintenance building when constructing a new one.

Colonial Acres also participates in the Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, which focuses not only on increasing the environmental performance of the course, but also ensuring that the course provides suitable habitat for local wildlife.

Sustainability Commitments:

1. Continue to Utilize a 90% Organic to 10% Synthetic Mix of Pesticides

One of the largest environmental impacts from golf courses is the runoff of pesticides used to maintain the playing surface into local water bodies. Colonial Acres has been a leader in both developing, and deploying, organic solutions to managing pests on their turf as they have been able to maintain a 90% organic to 10% synthetic mix of pesticides. Maintaining this level of performance for over 10 years now has taken hard work and dedication, especially when managing for changing weather conditions season to season.

2. Provide Sustainability Training to Over 300 People

Colonial Acres is committed to not only ensuring that their operations are sustainable, but that the entire community becomes more sustainable as well. Over the next three years Colonial Acres will provide instruction on how to live more sustainably to over 300 people who attend their nature clinics each year. A large number of the individuals participating in the training are youth that come from underprivileged communities that take group trips to the course to get outside and learn about nature. By incorporating sustainable living training into their nature outreach clinics, Colonial Acres will be expanding the reach of their sustainability efforts by helping their neighbors go green as well.

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