Thursday, March 12, 2009

Greens Go Green: 'Golf and the Environment' Discussed at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Washington College's Joseph H. McLain Program in Environmental Studies will present "Golf and the Environment: Creating Sustainable Relationships Through Common Values," a lecture by golf architect Troy Miller at Litrenta Lecture Hall on Thursday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m.

A golf course represents both potential environmental side-effects and potential environmental benefits. Ecologically minded golf course designers at the vanguard of their profession have become aware of both the pitfalls to avoid—the overuse of fertilizers, pesticides and other polluters—and the great opportunities to pursue—the creation of wildlife sanctuaries, the preservation of fields and trees that otherwise might have been paved over, the support of indigenous plants and animal species.

Troy Miller, Assistant Director of Land Design for Landmark Land Company, has been involved in environmentally aware golf course construction at sites around the country. Former Adjunct Professor in the University of Georgia's School of Environmental Design (Golf Course Architecture/Engineering), he has a Master's in Landscape Architecture, with an emphasis in golf course architecture, from the University of Georgia.

The Joseph H. McLain Program in Environmental Studies was established at Washington College in 1990 to focus attention on and augment study in the fields of aquatic and environmental studies. The Program supports lectures and symposia featuring visiting scientists and other professionals on matters of environmental interest, particularly relating to the Chesapeake Bay.

Litrenta Lecture Hall is located in the John S. Toll Science Center. Admission to "Golf and the Environment" is free and open to the public.

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