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Rain Bird Supports European Golf Architects’ Sustainable Development Programme

12.21am 30th January 2013 - Sponsorship

EIGCA logoThe European Institute of Golf Course Architects (EIGCA) has announced that Rain Bird is to be the technical supporters of the Introductory Session of their ‘Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Design’ programme.

‘Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Design’ is a three stage programme which will start in April 2013 during the EIGCA’s AGM in Malmö Sweden. The programme, which has been developed in partnership with the Golf Environment Organization (GEO), will be the first Continuing Professional Development course on sustainable golf in the world and will provide EIGCA Members with knowledge on sustainable development principles. They will then need to demonstrate their understanding through the submission of a real case study.

Rain Bird logoChairman of the EIGCA’s Environment Committee, Tom Mackenzie, said; “We are delighted that Rain Bird have agreed to support the Introductory Session for this exciting new programme that aims to improve sustainable golf development. The session will involve a two day briefing to introduce the contents of the education programme, explain the principles of sustainable development and how GEO certification works, and to give an overview of the Institute´s aims and commitments with regard to environmental questions. As part of this session we will be looking at the six main action areas that comprise Sustainable Golf – Landscapes and Ecosystems, Water, Energy, Products and Supply Chains, Environmental Quality and People and Communities.”

On behalf of Rain Bird, Global Specification Manager, Stuart Hackwell commented, “Rain Bird is honoured to be an Industry Partner with the European Institute of Golf Course Architects and applauds the EIGCA initiative to develop a new sustainable golf design program. This ground breaking program demonstrates the high value placed in sustainable golf course design and development. The conservation of water is at the core of Rain Bird’s belief in “The Intelligent Use of Water” and this new programme will help further that cause in the golf industry. This initiative is good for the game, good for the environment, and good for everyone!”

For more information on ‘Raising the Standard of Sustainable Golf Course Design’ please contact Julia Green, Executive Officer, EIGCA at

European Institute of Golf Course

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