A commitment to sustainability!
Conscious of its role locally and in relation to the past, present and future of our planet, Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club has decided to further develop its commitment to sustainability within the core activities of the club. The Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club recognises its social and environmental responsibilities as well as the opportunities associated with the management and promotion of the course, and is committed to continuous improvement in the years to come. To this end, the Golf Club is working with The SHIFT, an expert sustainability agency, to assist in this process.
Through its plans to promote sustainability not only within the club, but also among local communities, and more broadly in business, sport and society, the Golf-Club has set itself the mission of becoming GEO certified, the international benchmark for sustainability by the end of 2022.
Project after project, we want to fulfil all the criteria that will allow us to achieve this label and above all to genuinely promote sustainable golf that can address the challenges of today and tomorrow.
Here are some of the projects that are underway:
- Follow STERF fertilisation guidelines to minimise fertiliser use and reduce nitrogen units
- Install bug hotels and bird houses
- Leave piles of stones and wood on the ground to create habitats for countless insects and reptiles
- Add coloured ribbons to the 'nets' for bird visibility
- Identify wildlife areas to be highlighted on information boards
- Improve water management with a high performance irrigation system
In addition, we are working closely with a specialist in biodiversity conservation, Antoine Sierro [NatureArks], who is responsible for
- Assessing the potential for nature rehabilitation in the whole green zone
- Defining clear landscape and biodiversity objectives for fauna and flora
- Planning areas for regeneration (grasslands, hedgerows)
- Propose major projects (e.g. lake revegetation) and biodiversity initiatives
- Create and implement a sustainable procurement policy with the Golf Club's partners and suppliers
- Formalize an emergency response plan (for fire, storms, injuries, spills)
- Centralize a waste management plan (material reduction, end of life materials and reporting)
- Use 100% renewable electricity
- Reduce the use of PET by installing water fountains
- Reduce paper use (digital media, etc.)
- Create and launch the Golf Club Sustainability Committee
- Engage with schools to participate in small biodiversity initiatives (e.g. insect hotels, bird houses, information boards, etc.)
- Organise the golf club clean-up day at the beginning of each year
- Ensure inclusion and representation of youth, ladies and seniors.
- Set up a web platform where second hand equipment is sold and exchanged
Together with the management of the Golf-Club and the sustainability committee, each action will be reviewed and improved on an annual basis. Corrective measures will be regularly discussed and implemented.