Educating and providing certification programs to course managers and developers is an important process to creating a sustainable industry and providing maximum environmental benefits to local communities. This includes continuously improving water conservation, water quality protection, energy savings and pollution reduction.
- Audubon International - Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, protect natural resources, and earn recognition.
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America – The GCSAA is the professional association for the men and women who manage and maintain the game’s most valuable resource – the golf course. The organization provides educational programs in agronomy, business management, communication, environmental management and leadership. Founded in 1926, the GCSAA has 19,000 members in 72 countries.
- United States Golf Association (Green Section) - The USGA supports the largest, private turfgrass and environmental research effort in the history of golf. Since 1920, the USGA has placed more than $40 million in funding university research projects. The goal is to achieve a significant reduction in water use, pesticide use, and maintenance costs. USGA recently launched its "Golf's Use of Water Resource Center" with solutions for a more sustainable game.