Enforcing Environmentalism

Bronski, Peter
August 2005
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p24
Trade Publication
The article discusses whether municipalities in New York should require developers to join the Signature Program of the Audubon International, a non-profit environmental organization. The Audubon is an independent society that focuses on natural resource protection. The organization's Signature Program is a "design for environment" certification program that works with developers to integrate environmentally sound practices into the planning, construction, and long-term management of a project. Golf courses happen to constitute the vast majority of the program's membership, making certification something of an industry standard for environmentally sensitive developments. To date, 23 government entities, from state agencies to county and local governments, have required applicants to abide by the Signature Program in one form or another, whether through ordinances, amendments to land development regulations, resolutions, or conditions of approval for particular projects. The projects are scattered around the U.S. from Florida to Wyoming, Hawaii to New York.


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