The STMA Board of Directors adopted a statement that includes an environmental mission, vision, principles and goals. This policy lays the groundwork for STMA's efforts in developing environmental programs for members and in creating partnerships with other organizations.
STMA adopts Environmental Policy Statement
At the Fall Board Meeting, the STMA Board of Directors adopted an Environmental Policy Statement that includes an environmental mission, vision, principles and goals. This policy lays the groundwork for STMA’s efforts in developing environmental programs for members and in creating partnerships with other organizations.
The statement was developed by the Environmental Committee during the previous eight months under the leadership of Chairman Kevin Trotta. Members of the committee include Pam Driver, Beth Guertal, Ph.D., Mark Lucas, Scott MacVicar, David Minner, Ph.D., Kevin Mercer, Paul Patterson, Jim Sluiter, John Sorochan, Ph.D., Gwen Stahnke, Ph.D., Mike Tarantino, CSFM, Waldo Terrell, Vickie Wallace, Clint Waltz, Ph.D., and Rich Watson. The Committee’s next steps are to develop action plans that will provide a roadmap to achieving the set goals.
ENVIRONMENTAL VISION STATEMENT: An environmentally sustainable sports field industry for present and future generations.
ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION STATEMENT: To practice and promote environmental stewardship and education in the management of sports fields and facilities.
Education is a key to continued improvements in environmental performance Leadership means performance beyond compliance Sustainability is not an established set of practices. It’s a goal. Natural resource stewardship benefits current and future generations We can reduce, reuse and recycle Prosperity and pollution can be disconnected Sports turf provides communities with social and economic benefits Appropriately managed turfgrass enhances air and water quality Best Management Practices are tools for reduced environmental impact IPM affords a sensible approach to managing turfgrass pests Trends in equipment and vehicle development promise continued reduction in environmental impact
Sustainability – Ecologically compatible, socially desirable and economically viable sports turf To advance environmental awareness and provide educational opportunities for sports field managers Pursue alliances and collaborations that foster the STMA’s Environmental Mission Encourage participation in stewardship and certification programs Openly communicate our actions and intentions Encourage research that integrates environmental stewardship and sports field management Continual improvement in STMA’s environmental performance and leadership
STMA members are invited to use these principles as appropriate and promote their stewardship within their facilities and their communities