Audubon Signature Programs
The Audubon Signature
Programs provide comprehensive environmental planning assistance to new
developments. The programs help landowners and developers design for the
environment so that both economic and environmental objectives are
achieved. Once construction is complete, involvement in an Audubon
Signature Program ensures that managers apply sustainable resource
management practices in the long-term stewardship of the property.
Three programs, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, are
available. Membership is
based on the stage at
which the project applies for membership, the
complexity of the project, and the level of
Audubon International involvement in planning,
design, and oversight.
Who can join?
Projects in the planning, design or earliest
stages of development may apply for membership.
Gold Program members must join prior to the
completion of the design of the project.
Audubon Signature Program members currently
include golf courses, residential communities,
churches, schools, and multi-faceted
developments (e.g., commercial,
residential, and recreational components).
The program begins when the development project
registers and continues through construction,
grand opening, and long-term management. The
An initial site assessment conducted by
Audubon International staff
The development of a
Management Plan (NRMP)
that serves as a construction and operations
manual for the property
Implementation of the NRMP
Site visits during major phases of the project
Training and education for construction and operational personnel
An on-site Environmental Audit to assess compliance with program
and site-specific requirements
Certification as an Audubon Signature
Long-term management in accordance with
Audubon Signature standards
*Audubon Signature services and requirements
vary in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Programs.
See the program specific information for
Get involved and get results!
Audubon International works closely with owners,
planners, architects, managers, and key
stakeholders to apply sound environmental
conservation and sustainable development
practices while planning, designing, building,
and managing the development. A
project that complies with the minimum
requirements for all Signature Projects and
meets applicable site-specific requirements is
designated as a Certified Audubon Signature
Sanctuary. This prestigious honor recognizes
sustainable design and development, while adding
market value to the project.
Audubon Signature members get results: marketing
edge, operation and maintenance cost savings,
reduced risk, recognition for environmental
leadership, and environmental protection and
What does it cost?
Program fees start at $9,500; additional
expenses vary among Gold, Silver, and Bronze
Programs, and with the size, location, and
complexity of each project. See program
specific information for details.
For more information, contact Nancy E.
Richardson, Audubon Signature Programs Director,