Monthly Archives: May 2016

Qatar International Golf Club Pioneering New Standards In Sustainable Developments

Doha’s revolutionary new golf project amongst leading projects seeking to become a GEO Certified® Development
Qatar – 16th May, 2016: Qatar International Golf Club (QIGC), a new world-class golfing destination with a revolutionary approach to golf is working to become one of the most sustainability led golf developments in the world as it confirms its aim to become a GEO Certified® Development.
An early adopter of the programme, QIGC began its partnership with GEO (the Golf Environment Organization), a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting the global golf community in sustainable development, in 2012. QIGC is currently working through GEO’s OnCourse® Developments programme to achieve GEO Certified® Development status with the aim of maximising the role of the project in enhancing nature, conserving resources and supporting local communities.
QIGC’s achievements as part of the programme will centre around three main pillars – resource efficiency, nature enhancement and social value. The project is committed to delivering a wide range of net positive benefits in these areas.
Jose Maria Olazabal coaches pupils from Al Sidra Academy at QIGC

Jose Maria Olazabal coaches pupils from Al Sidra Academy at QIGC

Resource efficiency is a key element of sustainability at QIGC. Compared to the regional industry average, QIGC will benefit from 1,400 cu. m. less water utilization per month thanks to factors including large areas of drought and heat-tolerant planting, the minimization of turfgrass areas and smart irrigation and sprinkler systems. A root zone design that creates a perched water table under all grassed areas, the choice of Platinum TE Paspalum as a main grass type due to its salt tolerant capabilities and a drainage system which retains and recycles excess irrigation and rainwater also support the reduction in water usage on site.
Solar panels, energy efficient lighting and a zoned flood-lighting system will also contribute to reduced energy consumption. Wastage on-site is sorted to ensure the maximum amount of material can be recycled.
In terms of nature enhancement, the development will use predominantly native Qatari plant species whilst a series of naturalised lakes and the restoration of an old Wadi will provide resources for migratory birds to colonize in the region. Bird boxes are already installed in the most complete areas of the development to encourage habitation.
The development has already started showing its contribution to the local community through the live Pearl Coaching Programme, which aims to get golf clubs into the hands of 4,000 school children during the construction phase of the project. QIGC continues to provide opportunities for the community to take part in fun golf-themed activities in the lead up to the opening of the development, through various activities such as the most recent event for Qatar National Sports Day.

ISSA Member Companies, ISSA, & HSC Earn EPA Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award

Northbrook, IL, USA May 13, 2016 ― ISSA member companies; ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association; and ISSA green-cleaning partner, Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC), were awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2016 Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award.

The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate commitment to the EPA Safer Choice program and its goal of protecting human health and the environment through the advancement of chemical safety. In addition to related participation efforts, these companies and organizations exhibit exemplary promotion of the Safer Choice label, which identifies products with less invasive ingredients, making the environment healthier and more sustainable for all.

The EPA presented awards to the following ISSA-member organizations in addition to ISSA and HSC:

  • Bissell Homecare Inc.
  • Clean Control Co.
  • The Clorox Co.
  • Jelmar LLC
  • Osprey Biotechnics Inc.
  • Seventh Generation
  • Ecolab
  • Solutex Inc.
  • Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
  • The Ashkin Group

These 12 recipients of this year’s Safer Choice Partner of the Year Award were honored during a public ceremony, May 9, 2016, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

About ISSA
The leading trade association for the cleaning industry worldwide, ISSA includes more than 7,000 distributor, manufacturer, manufacturer representative, building service contractor, in-house service provider and associated service members. ISSA helps its members and their employees make valuable contacts through the industry’s largest cleaning shows, produced in conjunction with Amsterdam RAI, under the brand name ISSA/INTERCLEAN.

ISSA also helps increase members’ professionalism and success through its popular global website, www.issa.com, and by offering business tools, educational products, industry standards, publications, and legislative and regulatory services that specifically focus on the professional cleaning industry. It is through these initiatives that ISSA helps its members demonstrate the true value of clean to their varied constituents.

The association is headquartered in Northbrook, IL, USA, with regional offices in Mainz, Germany and Shanghai, China. For more information, visit www.issa.com, follow ISSA on social media at www.facebook.com/issaworldwide andwww.twitter.com/issaworldwide, or join the discussion at www.issa.com/linkedin.

Contact: ISSA Media Communications & Publications Director Lisa Veeck at lisav@issa.com; phone, 800-225-4772 (North America) or 847-982-0800.

Golf Highlights Innovation and Voluntary Leadership in Sustainability

The R&A, GEO and USGA line up in Washington DC to open global ISEAL Alliance standards and certification event.

Sustainability leaders from around the world are gathered in Washington DC as the annual ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Conference gets underway, and this year will see the sport of golf stepping forward to underscore the event’s focus on innovation.

Representatives from The R&A and USGA, alongside full ISEAL Member GEO (Golf Environment Organization) addressed the Opening Reception on Tuesday evening, alongside Jörg Frieden, Executive Director, Board of the World Bank and Crystal Davis, Director, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute.

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Golf will be prominent among a diverse cross section of over 350 national and international businesses, government agencies, NGO’s, academia and consultancies – the only sport represented during the three-day event.

The opening reception speeches reflected the value and relevance of golf’s presence.

ISEAL Executive Director, Karin Kreider said:  “Representing a growing community of collaborative partners across the sport, we are delighted to see GEO bring this example of sectoral innovation to the conference.  By coming together around a platform of custom built standards, assurance, certification and reporting, golf has established some of the central components of a cohesive and credible strategy – helping define clear expectations, offering a trusted means of recognition, and being able to monitor and report trends and impacts, locally, nationally and globally.  And of course, the added value here to the sustainability movement is the role that this enables golf to play as a valued advocate for change across wider business and society; harnessing its visibility and reach.”

Steve Isaac, Director – Golf Course Management at The R&A, governing body of the sport outside of the USA and Mexico and significant investor in GEO’s work added:  “Sustainability is a key priority for The R&A, and we are fully committed to helping drive evolution and change in and through the sport around the world.  Positive practical action across the nature, resources and community agendas is good for golf, for the people we serve and for the environment we share.  It’s a big opportunity and responsibility, and we are delighted to be here, participating, listening and learning, amongst this alliance of inspiring examples of proactive leadership”.

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