Area of focus: energy use
There are some great opportunities at golf courses to reduce the carbon footprint, conserve energy, improve efficiency, and much more. Many golf courses are implementing alternative energy projects, such as geothermal heating/cooling, solar panels and wind generators. Water efficiency for irrigation can also mean energy efficiency.
Depending upon age and the surrounding environment, turfgrass has the potential to sequester carbon as well. On-going research into carbon sequestration is an important element of golf’s research. The EIFG supports turfgrass research, energy management practices and related education.
Information about golf courses and energy use
To provide a comprehensive look at the way energy is used at golf facilities, the EIFG – with the help of the Toro Giving Program –- funded the GCSAA Environmental Profile. The fourth report in the series outlines the types of energy used, energy audits and conservation methods, behavioral changes, and renewable energy sources.