Editor’s note: The June issue of Superintendent magazine features a special supplement on golf and sustainability. We were fortunate to have several advertisers/sponsors involved in the supplement to make it possible and to help educate superintendents about sustainability. We asked the sponsors to share their philosophies about sustainability as it pertains to their products. It’s clear these companies take sustainability very seriously and are committed to its economic, environmental and social components. While their stories appeared in the June issue, we’re also sharing them in this newsletter. Today, a look at e-parUSA.

Sustainability is simply about getting better, says Kevin Fletcher, CEO of Albany, New York-based e-parUSA.

To help superintendents get better when it comes to sustainability, e-parUSA offers its Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS helps superintendents document environmental procedures, risk assessments, policies and best practice protocols. Then they are available to download at the touch of a button.

“There’s a need for more effective and efficient approaches to help superintendents [be more sustainable],” Fletcher says. “And that’s at the core of our mission — to try and create a more innovative approach toward environmental management.”

Golf courses can sign up for three-year memberships for the course, the clubhouse and operations.

“Basically, what we’re doing is bringing some tools and techniques to the golf industry that are tried and true in other business sectors,” Fletcher states.

Since the company started in 2012, e-parUSA’s goal has been
to grow environmental management systems throughout the industry, Fletcher says. But this isn’t like debuting a new fairway mower to the industry — superintendents know what a fairway mower can do. Superintendents need more education about what e-parUSA can do, Fletcher says, noting that word-of-mouth has helped spur interest in the technology.

While superintendents have solid intentions toward fulfilling the concepts of sustainability, there’s often a gap between those intentions and putting them into action, Fletcher says, noting that superintendents often don’t have the tools and technology to do so. Superintendents need to identify their expectations and obligations in regard to sustainability, and Fletcher says the EMS can help them do that.

With respect to sustainability in golf, Fletcher says, “This isn’t going away and will continue to evolve.”