“Our outstanding members are constantly looking for ways to improve their facilities," says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. "Through state-of-the-art procedures and practices, we encourage all sports turf managers to identify areas in which they can make their facilities more sustainable, to ensure we are taking care of the fields our athletes greatly depend on.”
To achieve the prestigious certification, the site must attain an 80 percent score within each section. Facilities will remain certified for a three-year period, at which point a recertification process takes place. Complete list below:
- Peter Ashe, CSFM, University of North Carolina Greensboro Sports Turf Groundscare Center (Greensboro, N.C.)
- Nick Baker, CHS Field at the St. Paul Saints Baseball Club (St. Paul, Minn.)
- Paul Burgess, Ciudad Real Madrid (Madrid, Spain); Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (Madrid, Spain)
- John Cogdill, Pleasant View Sports Complex (Boulder, Colo.)
- Joshua DeJong, Platte Valley Schools (Kersey, Colo.)
- Ken Edwards, CSFM, The Gulfport SportsPlex (Gulfport, Miss.)
- Edward Hall, Allen Pond Park, City of Bowie (Bowie, Md.)
- Israel Hinojosa, Minute Maid Park (Houston, TX)
- Zach Holm & Team, Red Bull Arena (Harrison, N.J.); Red Bull Training Facility (East Hanover, N.J.)
- Elliott Josephson, Prairie Ridge Sports Complex (Ankeny, Iowa)
- Jason Koester, Grinnell College Athletic Fields (Grinnell, Iowa)
- Abby McNeal, CSFM, Ruby Hill Park (Denver, Colo.)
- Travis Stephen, Longfellow Park (Oak Park, Ill.)
- Scott Stevens, CSFM, Elon University Sports Complex (Elon, N.C.)
- Bruce Suddeth, USC Upstate Soccer Complex (Spartanburg, S.C.)
- Brian Winka, CSFM, Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex (Chesterfield, Mo.)
STMA’s external focus on outreach for environmental stewardship began in 2010 with the appointment of an Environmental Task Group. By 2013, a general framework for the certification program was formed and, by 2014, the first pilot program was created.
For more information: www.stma.org, 800.323.3875.
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.