As we roll past the first year of this decade I've asked two standard questions to a few key players in our industry. I wanted to know their thoughts, from their unique role and perspective, on what we saw over this last ten years and what to expect in the ten to come.
|Jonathan Smith taking photos of a golf course meadow|
Turfhuggers covered GEO many times already, but Jonathan isn't just about "his" program. I truly feel his push towards sustainable golf reaches beyond the confines of a certification program. I see Jonathan speaking out about negative developments, expanding our idea of the footprint and waste stream of the industry and uses the most watched golf event in the world to bring the discussion and an example to the public. I applaud the efforts of Jonathan, the GEO staff and look forward to their continued success.
- understand the subject;
- deliver in the field; and,
- generate public and regulator recognition.
of sustainability, and at the same time get credible and meaningful recognition.
The bottom line is that golf would hugely benefit from telling the full range of real world, practical, sustainability stories that it generates. In the same way as sustainability is a continuum, so too is the journey for individuals and entire global industries. In this light, golf should be objective enough to reflect on the adequacies, (the successes and failures) of work done to date and ask itself - Where does this leave us in terms of what we invest in, what we prioritise and what we set as our real goals going forward? And perhaps most importantly - how do we support our practitioners with the resources, tools and programs they really need.