Sustainable Slopes Partners
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources, thus leading to more sustainable communities. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. The organization has been in existence for over 25 years and has helped over 3,000 facilities and communities across the world work toward certification. AI presently administers four distinct programs, the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), the Signature Program, the Green Lodging Program, and the Sustainable Communities Program. The most widely known program (and largest by membership) is the ACSP. The ACSP is an education and certification program that helps organizations and businesses protect our environment while enhancing their bottom line. The "plan-do-check-act" approach of the program offers information and guidance to implement an environmental management plan that improves efficiency, conserves resources, and promotes conservation efforts. AI awards certification to publicly recognize and reward the environmental achievements and leadership of ACSP members. The ACSP for Golf Courses is a widely recognized and highly-regarded education and certification program that helps protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf. The ACSP and other AI programs serve as valuable resources by facilitating the conservation and restoration of wildlife habitat, enhancing environmental health, improving economic efficiency by reducing operating costs, minimizing potentially harmful impacts of management operations, and providing facilities and communities with valuable communications and marketing tools.
For more information on Audubon International visit http://www.auduboninternational.org.
The Forest Stewardship Council is a third-party certifier of forest products. FSC certifies responsibly managed forests so that consumers can have confidence that wood and paper products carrying the FSC logo come from well-managed forests. In addition to building materials, FSC certifies the types of paper products that the ski areas depend on, from trail maps and brochures to paper plates. In furtherance of achieving the goals identified for ski areas in the Sustainable Slopes Charter, NSAA is partnering with the Forest Stewardship Council to advance sustainable practices at ski areas. FSC can help educate ski areas on the benefits of using FSC-certified products as means of fulfilling the Principles of the Sustainable Slopes Charter and about FSC-certified products in general. Both NSAA and FSC are committed to working together to improve the environmental sustainability of resort operations. We both recognize that the long-term sustainability of natural resources is essential to maintaining the quality of the recreation experience for resort visitors. For more information about Forest Stewardship Council, visit www.fsc.org.