Make tree hugging a lost art

Validate your environmental best practices through certification. Go beyond documenting your environmental best management practices. Achieve STMA’s Environmental Facility Certification for a single field or for a complex. This two-stage certification program involves an assessment of a facility’s environmental practices, which must score 80 percent or higher before moving on to the second stage: engaging an on-site attester to confirm those practices.

Be proactive by achieving certification before uninformed local governing bodies force unreasonable controls on the products you use and the practices you follow. Having this program in place can help to ease misconceptions that the sports field managers are harming the environment.

Twenty-eight facilities have achieved this certification; three sports turf managers have achieved the certification for two of their fields or complexes. These are Paul Burgess for Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and Cuidad Real Madrid, Madrid, Spain; Chris Bolender for Pioneer Community Park and Rio Vista Park, Peoria, AZ; and Zach Holm and team for Red Bull Arena and Red Bull Training Facility, Harrison, NJ.

Join these peers in telling the true story of environmental stewardship by sports field managers. Click here for more information.