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EPA Grants Three-Year Extension for Use of Nemacur to October 2017

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Based on a request from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that golf courses will have a three-year extension to use and deplete their stocks of existing pesticide fenamiphos (Nemacur). Prior to the October 1 announcement in the Federal Register, all stocks would need to have been used or disposed of by October 6, 2014.  This extension amends the previous 2011 deletion and product cancellation order.

What Club Presidents Want and Job “Staying Power”

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When you became a club manager, you likely got (and continue to get) plenty of advice about what needs improving. With good intentions, everybody is an expert, especially some board members. Of course, members always talk among themselves how other clubs supposedly do certain things better. Maybe they do, and maybe they don’t, but this speculation often harms management morale and feeds into trial and error changes. more...

Overcoming Sustainability Fatigue

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09_25_14_175wClub management—be it at a country club, golf club, yacht club, city club or tennis club—is fraught with challenges. As a consultant, researcher and educator focused on environmental management and leadership in the club industry, I see one of the biggest challenges in this particular area related to fatigue. This “sustainability fatigue” is not isolated to club managers and owners. A quick history lesson on the environmental movement’s impact on the business sector helps explain where we are now: more...

Are You Ready To Defend Your Club and Yourself? Cyber Threats to Clubs Are Real (Part I)

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09_23_14_175wBefore you can develop a security strategy for your club, you need to know what the risks are. To determine risk, the organization must understand the type of external threats it faces, including the motives, means and techniques of today's perpetrators. Yet, it's becoming harder to identify these threats. In the past few years, the nature of cybercrime has  more...

OSHA Modifies Injury Reporting Requirements

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09_17_14_175wAs announced September 11, OSHA will now mandate a change in reporting for employee injuries. Effective January 1, 2015, clubs will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within eight hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours. Previous OSHA regulations required        more...

DuPont to Pay $1.8M Penalty to EPA for Imprelis

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icon blog blue - 100wThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its settlement with DuPont over violations of federal pesticide laws related to the product, Imprelis. Designed to control weeds like dandelions, clover, thistle, plantains and ground ivy, the application of Imprelis led to widespread tree deaths and damage at residential and commercial properties across the country. more...

House Approves Bill to Block EPA’s Waters of the US Rule

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On September 9, the House of Representatives approved HR 5078, the "Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.”" The measure prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from further "developing, finalizing, adopting, implementing, applying, administering, or enforcing" the proposed Waters of the US Rule that would dramatically expand federal jurisdiction over waters and wet areas in the US, including most bodies of water on golf courses. more...

How to Have Executive Presence: It’s All About the Intangibles

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09_18_14_boardroom_175I recently visited with an elite leader—Paula Costa Bravo—because I was curious to find out how this well-educated, Brazilian-born woman navigated the dicey waters of corporate America, particularly as someone who is relatively new in her leadership role. I asked her how she was surviving since her company had just laid off hundreds of people.

She looked at me and, without missing a beat, said that it’s all about “mastering the intangibles and establishing an executive presence.” I sat staring like a deer in the headlights, then realized that she was about share some pearls of wisdom. I took out my iPhone and feverishly started taking notes.  more...

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