Facility Initiatives

U-M Golf Course

U-M Golf Course

Energy Efficiency Measures

• U-M's Blue Course strives for environmental sustainability through the use of moisture meters and a variable frequency drive pump station for more precise water application

• In coordination with U-M Athletics' sustainability goals in 2012, increased naturalized areas by 20 acres, approximately the size of 15 football fields

• Striving to meet President Mary Sue Coleman's 2025 campus sustainability goals with waste reduction, 50 percent of waste from football game day parking at the golf course was recycled in the 2012 season

• In line with Michigan Athletics' waste reduction and recycling initiatives, the golf course composted all organic matter from the golf course and soccer grounds

• Partner in the Washtenaw County Community Partners for Clean Streams Program

• U-M's Blue Course is certified in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP). This certification involved implementing practices which reduce pollution, limit energy consumption, and protect the surrounding watershed. The MTESP certification aligns well with Michigan Athletics' long term sustainability goals, some of which include water conservation and stream protection

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Radrick Farms

Radrick Farms

Energy Efficiency Measures

• Radrick Farms began with the environmental foresight of Fredrick Matthei creating a tradition of sustainability and environmental focus at the golf course

• Recognized for environmental stewardship by Audubon International, Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program, and Guardian Green Site is educating and engaging the community

• Radrick Farms Golf Course is certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This certification requires elevated standards in the following categories: Environmental Planning, Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation and Water Quality Management

• Radrick Farms Golf Course is certified in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP). This certification involved implementing practices which reduce pollution, limit energy consumption, and protect the surrounding watershed. The MTESP certification aligns well with Michigan Athletics' long term sustainability goals, some of which include water conservation and stream protection

• Radrick Farms Golf Course strives for environmental sustainability through the use of moisture meters and a variable frequency drive pump station for more precise water application, as well as implementation of biodiesel fuel in the maintenance equipment

• The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality welcomed Radrick Farms Golf Course to the ranks of the Clean Corporate Citizen (C3) Program in March 2014. Radrick Farms is first golf course operation to obtain designation and the 209th Michigan facility overall to receive this honor.

• In 2012, became a member of the Community Partners for Clean Streams Program (CPCSP) in Washtenaw County (protecting water quality through sustainable business practices)

• Recycled 57.9 percent of waste during Fiscal Year 2012

Excellence in Water Quality Protection Award

The Environmental Excellence Awards Program aims to recognize businesses and non-profit organizations in Washtenaw County that provide leadership in environmental protection and practice environmentally sound behavior in the areas of water quality protection, waste reduction and recycling, and pollution prevention.

Criteria include:

• Compliance with local, state and federal environmental regulations;
• Implementation of innovative environmental initiatives above and beyond legal requirements;
• Submission of necessary plans and reports, e.g. Hazardous Materials and Waste Spill Response plans, Water Quality Action Plan, Solid Waste Generator Reports, Pollution Prevention Status Sheets, etc.;
• A demonstrated commitment to our environment and community

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