By Jessica Latus
FORT COLLINS, CO – Grandview Cemetery (1900 W. Mountain Ave., Fort Collins) has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program.
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Participation is designed to help property managers plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a property must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in many areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, and Water and Resource Management. Grandview Cemetery was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2014. After designation, properties go through a recertification process every three years.
“Grandview Cemetery has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. [The City of Fort Collins is] to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife,” said Christine Kane, Executive Director at Audubon International. “The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program benefits both people and wildlife,” said Cane. “It’s a great way for businesses and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of the land and natural resources.”
By participating in the ACSP, Grandview Cemetery has been involved in projects that enhance habitat for wildlife and preserve natural resources for the benefit of the local community. These projects include: conserving energy and reducing waste, the addition of an electric powered utility vehicle, naturalizing areas, and managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner.
Audubon International is an environmental organization dedicated to educating, assisting, and inspiring millions of people from all walks of life to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them. In fall 2017, ACSP for Golf Courses recognized Southridge Golf Course as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. For more information about Audubon International, visit auduboninternational.org. For more information about Grandview Cemetery and City of Fort Collins parks, visit fcgov.com/parks.