Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work! We have a webinar video and two articles to share.
A video recording, Lawn Care Best Management Practices featuring Shane Evans, from our Watering Wisdom webinar series has been posted. If you are interested in growing a healthy lawn with less water, please consider watching the other webinar recordings in our series!
Tue, 09/15/2020 - 12:26
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work! We have two webinar videos and an article to share.
A video recording, Outdoor Water Use in the Twin Cities: Am I Using Too Much? featuring Shane Evans, from our Watering Wisdom webinar series has been posted. If you are interested in growing a healthy lawn with less water, please consider joining the other webinars in our series still to come!
Wed, 07/15/2020 - 11:34
By Gary Deters
When I was a golf course superintendent, I frequently used before and after photos to show progress. The key, of course, was to remember to take the “before” photo. I can remember many times wishing I had a particular photo because either I couldn't remember how something looked, or knew that we made progress but wasn't sure how much. With the smartphone, it has become significantly easier to get that important first photo. It is nice to be able to look back at my gallery and realize I have a good shot of an area, now I just need the "after" shot.
Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:57
Rethinking the value of golf using an ecosystem services approach: From the Minneapolis-St. Paul Region to cities in general
There are approximately 16,000 golf courses in the United States spread over many ecoregions and within a large variety of social contexts, from urban to rural, from forest to swamp, grassland to desert. Economically, golf courses contribute billions of dollars collectively to the economy and create jobs for local communities. Environmentally, golf courses require inputs of water, nutrients and pesticides and can be expensive to maintain.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:31
By Parker Anderson
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:14
By Parker Anderson
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
In order to achieve sustainability in the golf industry it is important to create a working definition of sustainable golf around which to frame specific research and recommendations for the industry. As an industry with a wide range of stakeholders and influences, the golf industry requires a holistic definition of sustainability in order to capture the many facets of influence and impact. In this definition the ethics of permaculture are used as guiding parameters for defining sustainable golf.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:58
Historically the golf industry has fought against the incorporation of sustainability goals into their management strategies for fear of short-term costs and risks to quality of play. This resistance is often unfounded because environmental sustainability and economic profitability in the golf industry are not mutually exclusive.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:43
It is critically important, and at the heart of what it means to be a sustainable golf course, to provide a healthy environment for human and non-human inhabitants of the course.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:30
By Parker Anderson
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
What is a GolfLABSM?
The University of Minnesota (UMN), founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people. UMN has an incredible resource on its campus, the UMN Les Bolstad Golf Course. The Science of the Green® initiative is focused on developing this resource as a collaborative multidisciplinary laboratory known as GolfLABSM.
Fri, 06/26/2020 - 12:15