Certification Status Report
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Corporate & Business Properties
Business: University of Florida
Date: July 31, 2003
Categories Achieved: Environmental Planning
Categories Remaining: Resource Conservation
(Applications not yet submitted.) Wildlife Habitat Management
Outreach and Education
Your property has an excellent opportunity to become a successful cooperative sanctuary by providing
valuable wildlife habitat and educating staff and patrons about environmental management. We
appreciate your commitment to managing for environmental quality. By joining with other cooperators in
the Sanctuary System, your efforts are helping to enhance, protect, and connect wildlife habitat and
resources across the country.
This section provides an assessment of current conservation projects you have implemented and provides
recommendations for any additional projects suggested in each of the ACSP certification categories.
Information on how to implement these projects is provided in the Guide to Environmental Stewardship
at Your Business.
You have done a great job of outlining your achievements to date and choosing projects to help you fully
develop your cooperative sanctuary. We are also pleased with your diverse and knowledgeable Resource
Advisory Committee. They can help not only with planning, but spreading the word about your efforts
and obtaining support. The plan that you have developed provides a thorough overview for each of the
other certification categories and should offer a clear sense of direction for your property.
* Comments and Further Recommendations -
1. We recommend that include both commuting and residential student representatives within the
Resource Advisory Committee Students may volunteer time or labor and can help monitor
enhancement efforts. An even more important purpose of your committee is public, employee, and
member relations -- your student reps can help disseminate information and help to publicize your
Cooperative Sanctuary efforts to your largest group of stakeholders.
You may want to reach out to an existing group of students, such as the student chapters of the
Wildlife Society and Florida Water Environment Association, the Wetlands Club, and sororities and
2. Continue to document all of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Projects that you pursue with
photographs. One way to help with documentation would be for each certification category contact
person to keep a Cooperative Sanctuary Journal of the projects s/he implements. Keeping accurate
and thorough documentation will help make re-certification an efficient and timely process and give
you the material you need to demonstrate the benefits your business is to the community.
3. Water quality monitoring is a valuable project that can help you assess the health of surface water
bodies as well as provide a tool that will help determine if the university is having negative impacts
on the watershed. A fact sheet on water monitoring is enclosed.
Wildlife and Habitat Management
4. We suggest that you research and implement projects which protect habitats used on the grounds by
endangered, threatened, and species of special concern. As you probably know, species are listed as
endangered and threatened because there are so few of them left. We are only beginning to learn the
impacts of the loss of a species. When a species becomes extinct, not only is the species gone, but the
biological diversity of the world is lessened. This biological diversity is what maintains the balance
of all healthy ecosystems. For information on endangered or threatened species found in your area
you can contact your local wildlife agency or you can visit EndangeredSpecie.com website at
www.endangeredspecie.com/map.htm or the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
website at floridaconservation.org/pubs/endanger.html#bird to find a list of threatened and
endangered species for your state.
5. You are fortunate to have a natural water sources on your property. Water greatly enhances your
grounds' wildlife value. We have included a fact sheet, Managing a Pond for Wildlife, to give you
more information on this subject.
6. Native vegetation is adapted to your areas' climate and soils, reducing the need for chemical inputs
and extensive watering, and providing a valuable food and shelter source that local wildlife have
adapted to. Exotic species are not adapted to the area and sometimes needing significantly more labor
and inputs than native plants. The importation of exotics is responsible for the introduction of some
devastating plant diseases and insects. In addition, exotic plants can become invasive, replacing
diverse native systems with a single variety of plant, such as has occurred with purple loosestrife in
wetland systems. When incorporating new vegetation into the landscape, we would like to see you
emphasize native plants. We have previously sent you a list of native plant for your region, which is
Southern Mixed Forest within the Southern Coastal Plain. If you need another copy, do not hesitate to
Outreach and Education
7. Placing wildlife gardens (hummingbird, butterfly, and songbird), birdhouses, and naturalized areas
along a trail can create an excellent education project which, along with well-placed seating, would
also allow for quiet contemplation. A pamphlet can be designed to create a self-guided tour through
the property. Your trail can focus on wildlife habitat and projects, the history of the property, and
particularly interesting trees and land formations. We encourage you to be creative.
8. A valuable reference containing information about natural landscaping and community education is A
Sourcebook on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials found at:
9. Continue to educate the community about your commitment to environmental quality and sustainable
10. Reducing the amount of irrigation water used can be accomplished several ways.
converting to a drought-tolerant turf, xeriscaping, and naturalization can reduce the amount of
turf maintained at a higher mowing cut needs less water
using alternative irrigation sources, such as effluent water, can minimize impacts on local water
8. One project that we would like you to consider working towards in the future is raising mowing
heights as high as possible. Research has shown that 20 feet of three inch turf (adjusted for slope)
provides a good filter for runoff. Also, higher mowing heights decrease turf stress increasing turf
health and decreasing pest problems. Along with decreased pest problems comes decreased chemical
use. A key component to a solid IPM program is maintaining turf health and reasonable mowing
heights are an important factor in turf health.
9. Continue to pursue existing and new Resource Conservation methods. Audubon will try to keep you
informed of advancements in these areas.
10. Continue to document your Resource Conservation efforts including the results of your energy and
water conservation measures. Specifically, document any reductions of water and energy
consumption. These results will help to publicize the efforts and achievements of your company and
your position as a role model for other businesses.
11. Contact your local Solid Waste Authority to determine what can be recycled in your area. Purchase
items which can be reused or recycled.
12. We have included information about the maintenance facility, equipment washpad, and pesticide
mix/load area standards that properties in the Signature Program must meet. This information may
help you while you are evaluating buildings where chemicals are stored and handled and vehicles are
maintained. We do not require that ACSP participants meet these standards, but we do
encourage you to include as many of these features as possible into your facilities.
13. Continue to pursue existing and new Waste Management methods. Audubon will try to keep you
informed of advancements in these areas.
14. Continue to document your Waste Management efforts. Specifically, document any declines in solid
waste production. These results will help to publicize the efforts and achievements of your company
and your position as a role model for other businesses.
15. We highly recommend involving employees and students in evaluating the waste produced in the
office, production floor, and cafeterias. Create incentives to reduce waste. These incentives can be
paid for with the savings accrued from reducing the need for the garbage service.
16. As there will be further development on the property, you may want to look into the Audubon
Signature Program, which provides comprehensive environmental planning assistance to landowners
with projects in the design and development stages. You can learn more about the Signature Program
by contacting Nancy Richardson, Program Director at 270-869-9419 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or by visiting our website at www.audubonintl.org/asp/index.htm.
17. We are always looking for promotional-quality pictures and slides to use in slide presentations,
documents, and our website. Pictures should be clear, in-focus, and have good contrasts. They can be
in color or black-and-white. We cannot use Polaroid pictures or color copies of photos for our
promotional materials, although we can use them to review certification requests. The subject matter
we need includes: naturalized areas, vegetative buffers, close-ups of wildlife and native plants, before
and after pictures of projects, and people involved in projects such as planting or monitoring nest
Audubon Information, Support and Guidance
We are available to provide additional information, support, and guidance to help you implement ACSP
projects. If you have questions or need more information, feel free to call us. Also remember that your
experiences, both positive and negative, may be very helpful to other properties involved in the
Cooperative Sanctuary System. If you are encountering problems with your management efforts, we'd
like to know that too. Cooperative Sanctuary staff are in the office on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We can also be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Local support for your Audubon efforts is also available. Our Stewardship Network is made up of
individuals who have brought a property through certification in the Audubon program. These stewards
are eager to share their knowledge and help others implement the program. Your state Stewardship
Network contacts are:
* Garth Boline, Superintendent at Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Course, 813-796-5499
* Shelly Foy at the USGA, 561-546-2620
* Bob Karnes, Superintendent at Disney's Osprey Ridge Golf Course, 407-824-2886
* Buddy Keene, Superintendent at Gainesville Golf and Country Club, 352-376-8174
* Jeff Klontz, Superintendent at Country Club of Florida, 561-732-8317
* Todd Lowe, USGA Agronomist, 941-828-2625
* Don Merritt, Principal at Hobe Sound Elementary School, 561-219-1540
* Lyne Page, Compliance Coordinator with IGM, 407-676-6125
* Matt Taylor, Superintendent at Royal Poinciana Golf Club, 941-261-4987
* Fred Yarrington, Member at Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Course, 239-261-8317
Thanks for your commitment to environmental quality. We are excited about all of your plans. Enclosed
is our Certification Workbook for the remaining four categories. If you have any questions about
certification or completing projects, please feel free to give us a call. Keep in touch!