The Club Foundation pledges support to The Environmental Institute for Golf

The Club Foundation, the non-profit fundraising organization established by the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), has pledged $50,000 over five years to The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

"This pledge to The Institute is a confirmation of our ongoing commitment to maximizing golf's compatibility with the natural environment," said Jim Singerling, CCM, CEC, president of The Club Foundation and CEO of CMAA. "We appreciate what The Institute and GCSAA have done in this initiative, and as soon-to-be participants in the Golf Industry Show we look forward to a long relationship.

CMAA has shown its commitment to the environment through its "Full Facility Environmental Performance Audit," an online audit that covers all the components of a club facility, including buildings and landscaping, dining facilities, golf course and sport amenities. Environmental Performance Indicators, or management practices, have been developed to help managers evaluate performance in areas such as: environmental planning, training, and communication; energy conservation; and waste reduction and recycling.

The Club Foundation supports the advancement of the club management profession through sponsoring research, funding industry education programs, providing financial assistance to educational institutions and awarding scholarships to outstanding students interested in the club management profession. Since its inception in 1988, The Club Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships, faculty research grants, faculty internships and financial support for CMAA educational programs. Visit www.clubfoundation.org for information.

The Environmental Institute for Golf, the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, is a collaborative effort of the environmental and golf communities, dedicated to strengthening the compatibility of golf with the natural environment. The Institute concentrates on delivering programs and services involving information collection, research, education and outreach that communicate the best management practices of environmental stewardship on the golf course. For more on The Institute, visit www.eifg.org.

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