Environment Council of Rhode Island

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Brownfield to Greenfield Golf Course for Urban Children

The Button Hole Short Golf Course and Training Center is not your typical golf course. The project's creator, Mr. Edward Mauro, Jr., accomplished turning a “brownfield into a greenfield” with the help of RI DEM and the RI Economic Development Corporation. The nonprofit organization is focused on teaching urban children life-shaping lessons via golf for low cost. They have succeeded in protecting the environment in ways such as: a recycling program, an integrated pest management program to eliminate unnecessary spraying, use of organic fertilizers, mulching of grass clippings, irrigation of the course utilizing stormwater runoff, installation of bird houses, wildlife habitat improvement, and planting of wetland tree species. In the future, the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Project will provide easy access to the course.

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John H. Chafee Outstanding Conservation Project/Program
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