Source: Brock International Westport, Conn. (May 29, 2012) - Environmental stewardship, along with outstanding academics, is a key value for Greens Farm Academy in Westport, Connecticut. Determined to create the first completely sustainable high school synthetic turf field in the state, the independent school selected Brock PowerBase, the only Cradle to Cradle Certified CM product in the synthetic turf industry, as the underlayment for their new athletic field.

"A great deal of research went into finding a type of synthetic turf field that would address environmental and safety concerns," explained Mandy Argenio, Director of Development, Greens Farms Academy. "Our field is constructed with the latest state-of-the-art technology. The Brock underlay is a green building product--both it and the infill are themselves recyclable. In keeping with our sustainability efforts, we are the first school in Connecticut to put in an environmentally responsible synthetic turf field."

Greens Farms Academy (GFA) began as an independent day school in 1925 in Westport, Connecticut. Today it's a K-12 school with 685 diverse students from 30 surrounding towns. The campus covers 42 acres bordering three ecosystems--Long Island Sound, a salt marsh and an Audubon wilderness--all of which serve as outdoor classrooms. In 2010, GFA launched a school-wide initiative, the World Perspectives Program, which exposes students to global issues confronting the world and to ways of creating a more sustainable future. Working to ensure its ecological sensitive natural resources are sustained for the future, the school fosters this awareness and compassion with students, graduates, faculty, staff and the parent body. For more information, visit www.gfacademy.org.

The 80,000 square foot, multipurpose synthetic turf field was created by FieldTurf. Since its installation last September, the playing surface has been used for field hockey, soccer, lacrosse and other student activities. About Brock International Brock International is the leader in performance base systems for synthetic turf. With over 20 million square feet of Brock Performance Base in play underneath athletic fields worldwide, the company engineers the best, safest and most sustainable playing surfaces in the world for athletes at all levels. Brock has handled hundreds of successful installations for clients ranging from NFL teams and major universities to community parks. In October 2011, Brock became the first company in the industry to have a Cradle to Cradle Certification CM for its combined drainage and shock pad product. Offering the only product in the market that can be closed loop recycled, the company's technologies reduce the overall energy cost of constructing a field by 50%. In addition, scientific testing proves the product reduces the likelihood of traumatic brain injury by up to 50%, provides the same G-Max and playability as a pristine natural grass field and mitigates field hardening over time. Visit www.brock-international.com to learn more.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.