Golf sustainability specialists GEO Foundation have launched a range of new and upgraded resources designed to help golf embrace sustainability and climate action – and also to help golf represent its collective efforts.
GEO Foundation are also asking the golf community to support an annual focal point to champion the sport’s commitments, actions and results for sustainability, with the first Sustainable Golf Day taking place on 18 September 2021.
The actions reflect the wider momentum and sense of urgency across society and business – linked to the UN Decades of Action and Restoration, and the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report which outlines the urgency for climate action ahead of the COP26 Summit in Glasgow this November.
Jonathan Smith, Founder and Executive Director, GEO Foundation said: “A large, influential and high-profile global sport such as golf has a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility to step forward.
“Our future generations need golf to redouble its efforts to foster nature, conserve resources, strive for net-zero emissions and strengthen communities.
“The good news is that this is almost entirely a win-win for a land and community-based sport, where sustainability, great golf and vibrant business are synonymous.”
“One of the key pillars in our Course Planner is to advocate and inform the English golfing community on all elements of sustainability,” – England Golf Chief Operating Officer Richard Flint
Our Chief Operating Officer Richard Flint added: “We are acutely aware of the need to prioritise sustainability and conservation within the sport.
“One of the key pillars in our Course Planner is to advocate and inform the English golfing community on all elements of sustainability.
“We were delighted to see more nominations than ever for the sustainability award at the England Golf awards last year and we are currently recruiting for a Sustainability Manager to drive forward our ambitions in the next few years, which will see us lead by example through our own facility at the National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa and at our championship events.
“We are also encouraging our clubs and golfers to take pride and ownership in the role that golf can play in society’s wider efforts towards reducing our carbon footprint.”
Clubs can access detailed support and resources through GEO’s OnCourse tool – contact your Club Support Officer now to find out more.