Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the professional organization for 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide, renews its partnership with the 2015 Green Sports Alliance Summit.

More than 800 industry stakeholders, including several STMA members and representatives from 100 professional and collegiate sports teams, will participate in the fifth annual Green Sports Alliance Summit in Chicago from June 29 – July 1, 2015. The Summit will create a platform for attendees to engage with peers regarding environmental practices and proven solutions to advance the green sports movement.

STMA and the Green Sports Alliance are committed to improving and protecting the environment by reducing waste, conserving energy and water and eliminating toxic chemicals. The goal is to integrate sustainability into core sports operations, engage fans and save maintenance costs in the process.

“We are thoroughly impressed by the Green Sports Alliance’s leadership to increase awareness regarding environmental sustainability,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “Our partnership provides valuable networking opportunities for sharing information and continuing to produce safe and playable sports fields, while supporting athletes to perform at the highest level.”

STMA member Jon DeWitt – a Certified Sports Field Manager and Sports Turf Manager at the Georgia Institute of Technology – will present “Innovative Irrigation Solutions During Water Restrictions” at this year’s Summit.

“Environmental sustainability is a top priority for our sports turf team at Georgia Tech,” says DeWitt, STMA’s 2014 “Field of the Year” winner for college baseball. “We work tirelessly to create innovative and renewable practices, such as our cistern-based irrigation systems, and I am excited to share unique tactics with attendees at the annual summit.”