Scottish Golf was recently shortlisted at the Scottish Environment Business Awards, an event dedicated to recognising and rewarding businesses that are contributing to Scotland’s sustainable environment.
With the awards now in their 18th year, Scottish Golf made it to the shortlist of the Environment Product or Service category.
Research has shown that sound environmental practice is also good for business. The awards therefore aim to encourage efficient use of resources, enhance business competitiveness, improve environmental performance and support wider sustainable development goals, by showcasing examples of some of the small steps businesses are taking that can have a big difference to their bottom line as well as the environment.
“Being a finalist in the Environmental Product or Service category is a real testament to the hard work and commitment from Scottish Golf and our affiliated member golf clubs towards reducing our impact on the environment. We are proud to take our place amongst many excellent companies working hard to deliver a sustainable future and we hope it inspires more organisations to make a difference.”
Since 1998 Scottish Golf (previously through the Scottish Golf Union subsidiary the Scottish Golf Environment Group) has been providing assistance to affiliated clubs on environment and sustainability issues.
Whilst environmental awareness and enthusiasm in the sector is ever increasing, golf clubs are, like all small businesses, facing increasing legislation, climate change, economic and social challenges. The success, profitability and long term sustainability of clubs is of paramount importance as grassroots clubs are the bedrock of the golf industry.
Scottish Golf adds value to clubs by providing practical guidance and support to address these challenges in areas such as environmental legislation, nature and turf management, water and energy efficiency, waste management and community involvement.
Scottish Golf also encourages clubs to see sustainability as an opportunity for business growth with case studies, action planning tools and templates and provide assistance with industry recognition programmes such as OnCourse and GEO Certified.
Working with many partner organisations in the environment sector enables the governing body to continuously improve the advice, support and tools we can give to our clubs.
For more information on the Environment and Sustainability support available go to www.scottishgolf/environment, contact Carolyn Hedley at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on twitter @EnvironmentGolf
For more information on the VIBES – Scottish Environment Business Awards and how your golf club can enter next year go to http://www.vibes.org.uk/