The Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and Rain Bird have announced Keith Lyall, superintendent from the Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course in Sun Peaks, B.C., as the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year Award winner for 2021.
The CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award recognizes a golf course superintendent member of the CGSA who has distinguished themselves through dedication and contribution to the profession as well to the community.
The recipient must complete an environmental project, program or practice on the course and then document the environmental impact this initiative has had at the facility.
“Thank you CGSA and Rain Bird, I’m very honoured to be the 2021 recipient of this award. With ongoing public/government pressure and with major weather events this past year, the value of environmental programs will increase,” said Lyall.
“I’m very proud to have contributed at all levels. A special thank you to all the association and committee members I have worked with to accomplish so much,” he said.
Lyall has been in the golf industry since 1995 and a CGSA member since 2005. He started at Sun Peaks in 2004 and became superintendent in 2005.
Sun Peaks Resort, the highest elevation golf course in B.C. is very certified ISO 14001* and has continued to update this certification over the years.
Seeking more involvement with the Environmental Management System (EMS), Lyall attended and achieved accreditation in the ISO 19011 Lead Auditors course. He then became the lead EMS internal auditor for the company.
He has also been involved in lobbying on behalf of the golf industry and frequently liaises with all levels of government as it pertains to environmental issues.
As part of the ISO 140012 certification continual improvement is required and as chair of the EMS, Lyall consistently adds to the Sun Peaks program.
Some of the initiatives included at Sun Peaks Resort are greenhouse gas sustainability, restaurant green waste composting, LED lighting and community treated wastewater used for golf irrigation and snowmaking.
“CGSA is proud to announce Keith as the 2021 CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award winner. Keith’s passion for environmental sustainability is apparent in the work he has achieved at Sun Peaks Resort, as well as his provincial roles with the Western Canada Turfgrass Association and the Allied Golf Association of B.C.,” said CGSA president John C. Scott, AGS.
“He is very aware of current issues that the industry faces and has helped in providing legislation to the industry regulations in simplified terms,” he said.
Serge Gauthier, golf senior area manager for Rain Bird Canada, says Lyall’s accomplishments make him a deserving recipient.
“Rain Bird is delighted to congratulate Keith Lyall and his team as the recipient of the 2021 CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement Award,” said Gauthier.
“Keith’s dedication to environmental stewardship and environmental standards sets the example to follow in our industry. Not many courses have achieved the ISO14001 certification in Environmental Management and kudos to Keith for achieving and maintaining this high-level certification,” he said.
As the CGSA/Rain Bird Environmental Achievement of the Year winner, Lyall and two of his team members will receive an “All-Access” registration to the Canadian 2022 Golf Course Management Conference March 1-3 and a Rain Bird prize package in lieu of travel in 2022.