How to Join the Vermont Green Links (VGL) Program
A golf course that wants to be a member of the VGL program must meet eight environmental standards in resource conservation and waste reduction. They also must be in compliance with all applicable DEC regulatory requirements. These may include:
- hazardous waste management
- aboveground and underground petroleum storage tanks
- water supply
- solid waste management
Program representatives provide free technical assistance through an on-site visit and by phone.
- Read the VGL program standards.
- Call a VGL program representative with any questions and to schedule an on-site assessment. The assessment generally takes half a day, and helps identify new and existing measures that can be used to meet the standards. An environmental compliance check will be done during this visit or at a subsequent scheduled visit.
- After the visit, you will receive a letter that outlines any action(s) that need to be taken by the golf course for admission to the Program, including compliance issues that need to be addressed.
- Complete and submit the VGL Achievement Form.
- Resolve any compliance issues.
- Complete and submit an Environmental Action Plan, which includes a brief description of proposed reduction initiatives (for example, energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste reduction, and stormwater runoff improvements), target dates, expected savings, and reduction goals.
Obtain full certification in the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.
- Complete and submit the Green Links Checklist with certification statement.