1999 Audubon International Conference
"Sustainability and Stewardship in the 21st Century"
September 25, 1999, Saturday, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Kapalua Bay Hotel, Ballroom
The important role everyone plays in conserving our natural resources, reducing waste and enhancing and protecting wildlife is discussed during this series of information-packed workshops. Participants will work with experts in the field of land management and sustainable technologies to develop strategies which may be implemented at their own businesses, schools, golf courses and homes.
A great conference for business, golf course, and resort managers, as well as homeowners who want to actively participate in stewardship activities where they live, work and recreate.
Moderator: Ron Dodson, President of Audubon International
Joshlyn Sand, Horticulturist for Honolulu Botanical Gardens
Larry Gilhuly, Northwest Director for United States Golf Association Green Section
Dr. Frank Rossi, New York State Extension Turfgrass Specialist and Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Management at Cornell University
Jim Sackett, President of Seventh Generation Strategies, Inc.
Dr. Miles (Bud) Smart, Environmental Planning Director of the Audubon International Institute for Sustainable Resource Management
The Conservation Movement: A Historical Perspective of Environmental Issues
As moderator, Ron Dodson will provide a foundation for our growing interest in a wholistic approach to environmental issues. In addition to presenting a historical perspective of natural resource use and management, Mr. Dodson will provide an introduction to approaches and strategies that will have a positive impact on the quality of life as well as the environment for future generations.
Bringing The Native Forest Into Your Life
Joshlyn Sand will discuss how to bring native plants successfully into your landscape setting. The loss of habitats, pollinators, and the explosive introduction of alien species have combined forces making Hawai'i's native flora one of the most endangered in the world. Ms. Sand will discuss the status of our flora and offer practical horticultural advice and plant suggestions to help grow these rare and beautiful species.
Seashore Paspalum: The Current and Future (?) Grass of Hawai'i
Imagine irrigating your home lawn with sea water! How about a grass that can naturally resist weeds without herbicides!! Finally, a grass that will cut your fertilizer by more than 50%!!! It's in Hawai'i now, and its only going to get better. Learn from Larry Gilhuly about Seashore Paspalum, a highly adaptable grass suitable for homeowners, resorts and golf courses.
Water, Water Everywhere? Water Quality and Water Conservation Management
Dr. Miles (Bud) Smart, discusses the importance of protecting and managing one of our most precious natural resources, water. Dr. Smart will talk about critical issues regarding water quality and conservation in today's world and will provide insights and practical suggestions about how aquatic resources can be managed effectively to ensure future water resources.
Growing Under Your Feet: The Basics of Turfgrass and Integrated Pest Management
Plants play a crucial role in the human landscape. One of the most common plants is grass, and how we manage it impacts soils, water, and the wildlife that interact with it. Dr. Rossi brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding about how to manage turfgrass and other plants with a reasonable balance between the human desire for "green" lawns and fairways and environmental safety. He will provide guidance in establishing that balance and practical applications that will assist any land manager in attaining their goals.
The Energy Wave of the Future: Sustainable Building Technologies
As the human population grows, we place increasing demands on all of our energy resources. There has been a growing interest in how to best manager and conserve those resources and reduce the amount of waste we generate. "Green" building technology, development of alternative energy generation, and waste management have become critical issues for all of us. Jim Sackett will discuss some of innovative technologies and their "mainstream" application, as well as waste management issues, approaches and technologies.
What Participants Will Gain:
Participants will develop an appreciation of the history of resource conservation and how it impacts all of us today, as well as glimpse into the not so distance future of innovative strategies that will ensure that future generations will have access to all of the bountiful resources available to the present generation. Participants will learn about turfgrass care and integrated pest management strategies that apply to a variety of property types (it's not just for golf courses!), water conservation and water quality management approaches, and the newest advances in sustainable building technologies, energy efficiency, waste management and "green" buildings.
$60/person for full-conference (six sessions); cost includes lunch. $15/person for each individual session. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Kapalua Nature Society's Native Hawaiian Plant Reforestation Project on West Maui. Make checks payable to the Kapalua Nature Society.
Advance registration required. Call Kapalua Nature Society on Maui at (808) 669-0244 to book your reservations. Special room rates available at Kapalua resort.
Program subject to change.
The 1999 Audubon International Conference is coordinated and sponsored by Audubon International, a not-for-profit environmental organization that specializes in sustainable natural resource management.
This Conference is held in conjunction with the 4th Annual Earth Maui Nature Summit, scheduled Sept. 18-26. For more information on this event, contact the Kapalua Nature Society.
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