Green Awards and Accolades

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Sustainability Awards & Accolades

2010 Bill Evans and Carol Bond Memorial Award for Outstanding Toxicity Reduction

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This award, given by the CRA, is in specific recognition of our initiative to recycle batteries, fluorescent tubes and bulbs, electronic ballasts, as well as e-waste.

Spotlight Award for the 2009 Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon

The CRA acknowledged the waste reduction efforts of the KIGR marathon. 

September, 2009: Kiawah Receives Recycling Award

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has received the Best Large Business Recycling Program from the Recycling Market Development Advisory Council of the South Carolina Department of Commerce. From the everyday bottles and cans, to oysters and wine corks we all do an amazing job diverting these valuable resources from the landfill. Did you know that many studies show that recycling creates more and higher paying jobs than the landfill alternative? Lets help out our local economy and our local environment by recycling!

2009/2010 Golf Digest Green Star Award

The goal of the Green Star Awards is to identify a small number of the most outstanding environmental leaders in golf. In this inaugural ranking, we focused on resorts because they are the facilities that have the hardest challenge: They are most in the public eye, their customers are increasingly asking questions about environmental commitment, and they are where we expected to find the best ideas and the most innovation -- things that ideally every golf facility can emulate.

2009 Outstanding Business/Industry Recycling Program Award from the Carolina Recycling Association

2009 S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program Award

KIGR received honors for the outstanding waste reduction and recycling programs at the first S.C. SBRP, which is a partnership between DHEC and the S.C. Department of Commerce.

2009/2010 Two Palmetto Facility The S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance

KIGR was warded this certification to KIGR for “green practices that protect and preserve South Carolina’s environment.

Green Golf Award

Our long-term commitment to preserving the environment has been hugely successful to the point that GOLF Magazine has named us as one of their Green Award Resorts, calling Kiawah Island Golf Resort one of the leaders in environmental stewardship. We were one of ten properties they said, placed a serious emphasis on resource conservation and protection.

Golf, Inc. Green Golf Award

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been named one of the world's most environmentally sensitive golf resorts by Golf Inc. magazine in its September 2008 issue, winning its inaugural "Green Award."

Runner's World Green Team Each December

Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosts a USATF sanctioned full and half marathon event. As a result of our green initiatives and commitment to environmental stewardship Runner’s World Magazine has designated the Kiawah Island Marathon as an Official Green Team member.

Audubon International

Recognized KIGR for: environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management chemical use reduction and safety, water conservation water quality management, outreach and education. The Audubon Society has certified all five of the Resort’s golf courses and the grounds of The Sanctuary as certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

National Wildlife Federation

NWF has designated Kiawah Island as a Community Wildlife Habitat. Kiawah Island is now one of only three certified habitats in South Carolina and only 29 in the country. The Kiawah Island Community Association (KICA) spearheaded this effort in conjunction with the Kiawah Island Garden Club, the Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy, the Kiawah Island Naturalist Group, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Town of Kiawah Island Environmental Committee, the Kiawah Island Architectural Review Board and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Businesses Honored For Outstanding Recycling Programs

Kiawah Island Golf Resort was recognized for their comprehensive recycling program that accepts numerous items including electronics, pallets, fluorescent bulbs, paint, plastic bags, batteries, fishing line, and oyster shells.

Golf Inc. Magazine Announces Winners of Inaugural Green Awards

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been chosen as one of five winners in the golf club category of the Inaugural Golf Inc. Green Awards. The awards competition sponsored by Golf Inc. is aimed at recognizing golf courses and companies that have adopted programs and practices designed to promote environmental sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship.

"We are pleased to be able to honor the outstanding efforts of these courses and companies in embracing effective environmental programs and practices." said Chase Peckham, associate publisher of Golf Inc. "It is rewarding to see how many operations have incorporated environmental sustainability into their day-to-day operations."