MRTF Green Award winners announced

Winners of the 2016 Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) Green Awards were announced just last month at the Indiana Green Expo in Indianapolis during the educational sessions and the MRTF Distinguished Service Award Reception.

The purpose of the annual MRTF Green Awards is to recognize MRTF member facilities that show outstanding environmental stewardship, who implement the highest standard of management practices and who continue to improve the quality of the Turf Industry. The Green Awards Committee was privileged to get an in depth look at several excellent MRTF member facilities. Several of these were quite impressive, with winners in the following industry categories:

Athletic Field division – Public
City of Fishers, IN – Mike Weir, Facilities Superintendent and team leaders: Ben Chesney, Shawn Martz, Jason Stevens, Juan Puente, and Don Szemko

Athletic Field division – Private
Bishop Chathard High School Softball, Indianapolis, IN – Thomas Mahaney – Grounds Manager

The winning submissions can be found on our website,

The submission webpage for this year’s Green Awards will be open soon to accept applicants in the golf, lawn care/landscape, and athletic field divisions. You can self-nominate, or nominate a peer facility that you feel deserves such recognition. It could be your facility that is being honored next year at this time.

The Midwest Regional Turf Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. The mission of the MRTF is to support turf research and education at Purdue University for the advancement of the turfgrass industry.