Synthetic Turf Council announces 1st annual award winners
Held from March 12-14, the Synthetic Turf Council’s Spring Membership Meeting in Rancho Mirage, CA attracted 183 individuals representing companies located throughout the world and of all types in the synthetic turf industry, including manufacturers, suppliers, installers, landscape architects and engineers, testing labs, and maintenance equipment and service companies.
The general session program included industry updates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CalRecycle, and international sports governing bodies World Rugby and International Hockey Federation. Concurrent breakout sessions focused on industry related topics, including Field Failures & Owners’ Expectations, Infill End of Life, Hybrid Turf Systems, Strategic Planning Models and more. Discussions on environmental responsibility continued with a closing general session panel on conserving water in the desert and the new norms due to drought.
Shining a spotlight on industry excellence, innovation, and volunteerism, the First Annual STC Awards were announced March 14. The STC Awards is a member program designed to honor STC members that help to promote the association’s values and advance the synthetic turf industry.
Volunteer of the Year Award: Amy Brackin, Liberty Tire Recycling LLC
Rookie of the Year Award: Shaun Garrity, USGreentech
Innovator Award: USGreentech
Philanthropy Award: Act Global
Sustainability Award: USGreentech
Sports Project of the Year: Hellas Construction, Portland Sports Complex
Landscape Project of the Year: SYNLawn, Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience
In addition, the following companies received Merit Awards for their outstanding projects: AstroTurf, ForeverLawn Inc., ForeveverLawn of Tampa Bay, FIELDS, and The Motz Group.
The STC concurrently launched its new Certified Turf Installer – Landscape Program designed to help promote industry-recognized best practices for landscape synthetic turf installation. The one-day classroom-based course and exam is offered at STC Membership Meetings every March and October.
The 2018 STC Annual Membership Meeting will be held on October 22-24, 2018 in Cleveland.