Mark your calendars for June 6: the national introduction of the STMA Environmental Facility Certification Program. Four years in development with numerous pilots and test runs, the certification program that documents your facility's level of environmental stewardship will be ready for you to pursue on June 6.
Assessing your facility is completed using an electronic form. The sports turf manager fills out a short facility information section, then reports on compliance levels in 10 environmental practices areas. An attester reviews the self-reported assessment during a walk-through of the facility and is asked to validate the sports turf manager's results, also through an electronic form.
As with STMA's Certified Sports Field Manager (CSFM) program, an 80 percent "pass rate" in each of the environmental areas must be attained in order to achieve facility certification.
There is no cost to apply. When achieved, there will be a $100 fee assessed to the facility, and the opportunity to select either a banner or a plaque (included in the fee) stating that the facility is certified for environmentally responsible management. Certification will be valid for three years after which the entire process must be repeated.