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Science of (the) Green® Initiative: An Overview

At the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences we are driven to discover solutions to the world’s problems. The game of golf is a world-wide sport with a significant economic, environmental, and social impact on society. The Science of the Green® Initiative is a research initiative focused on the long-term sustainability of the golf industry, exploring the role golf courses play in ecosystems and how science and design can be utilized to increase the ecosystem services and value that golf courses provide society.

This initiative builds off of fifteen years of research and work on sustainability of turfgrass management. Creation and utilization of the Turfgrass Research, Outreach, and Education Center. Foundation of this program comes from long-term research and an interest in developing broad collaborations across the institution (other departments). Broader look at the sustainability of the game led to five year partnership looking at golf’s greatest challenges.

Read more about the partnership HERE

The goal of the Science of the Green® Initiative is to inform the golf industry of the critical importance of sustainability within the industry; why it is important (and profitable) to incorporate environmental initiatives into a facility, why engaging the surrounding community will increase the value of a golf course, why looking at management decisions with a holistic sustainable lens adds economic, environmental, and societal value to the golf business.