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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- August 2015

Bonita Bay Community Association Recognized for Environmental Excellence

BONITA SPRINGS, FLORIDA – Bonita Bay Community Association has retained its designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP), an Audubon International program.

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 a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Water, and Resource Management. Bonita Bay was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2000. After designation, properties go through a recertification process every three years.

“Bonita Bay has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife,” said Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.

Earth Day Butterfly Garden Project - kids plantingBy participating in the ACSP, Bonita Bay Community Association 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, utilizing integrated pest management techniques, naturalizing areas, and managing resources in an environmentally responsible manner.

“The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program benefits both people and wildlife,” said Pepperman.  “It’s a great way for businesses and environmental organizations to work together to become better stewards of the land and natural resources.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program provides information and guidance to help businesses and organizations preserve and enhance wildlife habitat, and protect natural resources. Businesses, schools, parks, and other properties from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program.

Audubon International also includes programs for golf courses, businesses, hotels, communities, and new developments.  For more information, contact Audubon International, 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, (518) 767-9051, acsp@auduboninternational.org or visit their website at www.auduboninternational.org.

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