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"Global Reach, Local Focus"


As an approved provider of education with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the STC qualifies the educational content of its Spring Membership Meeting so licensed landscape architects may earn a maximum of 8.0 CE credits.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Keynote Address: Player Safety: Concussions and their Effect on the Brain

Chris Nowinski, Co-Founder and CEO, Concussion Legacy Foundation

Chris Nowinski is frequently credited with being the person most responsible for bringing the concussion and CTE crisis to the forefront of global consciousness. Over a decade of his aggressive advocacy has reshaped how we understand, research, and treat the effects of brain trauma, and how we play sports, from professionals down to children. A leading expert on and victim of concussions explains the science about concussions -- what a concussion is, its effect on the brain, and the effect of multiple concussions on the brain.  Objectives include:

  • The cumulative effect of concussions on the brain
  • Statistics on concussions in sport, particularly in our young athletes, and the number of concussions caused by the playing surface
  • As an engineered playing surface, synthetic turf sports fields can be better designed to maximize player performance and minimize the risk of injuries

General Session: Global Market Update from International Sports Governing Bodies & Other Industry Organizations

Alastair Cox, Int’l Hockey Federation (FIH); Marc Douglas, World Rugby; Nicolas Evans, FIFA; Moderator: John Baize, Act Global

 This session will provide a global market update from various international sports governing bodies with updates on manual changes in sport specific requirements and updates from industry related trade organizations and associations. Objectives include:

  • Gain a robust and comprehensive look at quality standards for hockey turf
  • Overview of the 2017 FIFA Quality Programme and its new manual requirements
  • Review an update on significant changes and innovations in the EU
  • Industry and market updates from European Synthetic Turf Organization and Small Sided Soccer Association

1A: Bio-based and Natural Infills

Lee Hanson, Guardian Innovations; Adam Coleman, USGreentech

 This session will provide an overview of the latest in bio-based and natural infills for synthetic turf systems. Objectives include:

  • Learn about the chemistry behind bio-based infills
  • Increase awareness around materials within the bio-based and natural infill category
  • Learn about turf systems that can incorporate these infills

1B: The Key Components of an Effective Digital Marketing Plan

Troy Scott, Heavenly Greens/Complete Online Strategy

 Discover the key tactics and marketing strategies used by an STC member builder & installer to generate leads, create more qualified buyers and close more sales in the residential & commercial artificial grass markets of Northern California. Objectives include:

  • The 5 Required Elements of Today's Effective Websites
  • Three Online Tactics Every Business Should Be Leveraging
  • How Marketing Automation Becomes Your Secret Weapon

1C: Overview of Irrigation Systems as it Relates to Synthetic Turf

Jeffrey Graydon PhD, Princeton University; Greg Parker, Underhill International; Rich Dunn, Hunter Industries; Andy Belles, AstroTurf

 An overview of the modern-day irrigation system as it relates to synthetic turf installation + specification. Objectives include:

  • Why synthetic turf irrigation?
  • The types of products available/ configurations
  • New technologies that can be incorporated into these systems

2A: Federal and State Legislative Updates on Crumb Rubber Infill

Danielle Waterfield, ISRI; Steve Bigelow, Recycled Rubber Council; Luke McCoy, Kaestle Boos Associates Inc.; Moderator: Chairman Amy Brackin

Receive a full briefing on the federal and state level legislation activity, plus a status update on the current EPA study. Objectives include:

  • An overview of the available tools and resources that our members can use to advocate with their elected representatives on behalf on the industry, their company, and their business
  • Receive a state-level regulatory and legislative update pertaining to the issue
  • STC's response to media and public relation inquiries

2B: Overview of Synthetic Turf Maintenance Equipment and Their Functions

Kevin Dorney, SMG Equipment; Stan Moscrip, Wiedenmann North America

An overview of the different units and components of synthetic turf maintenance equipment and their functions. Objectives include:

  • Typical synthetic turf field maintenance procedures
  • Types of synthetic turf maintenance equipment and their functions (e.g. field sweepers, magnetic pick up bars, grooming brooms, drag mats)
  • Open discussion and Q&A

2C: European Section Committee Meeting & Work Group Session – Open to all attendees

This work session will identify three urgent actionable objectives for the new fiscal year.  They should be specific, measurable, consistent with the STC’s mission and achievable substantially or completely by the Annual Membership Meeting in 2017.  They will require an adequate number of volunteers, and possibly some financial resources.  The Board leaders will moderate the session, participate in the discussion, and provide input on the feasibility of all proposed actionable objectives, particularly from the standpoint of cost and available resources.

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Consumer Panel for Landscape & Recreation Synthetic Grass

 Toby Bickmore, Southern Nevada Water Authority; Freddy Cordon, Wynn Las Vegas

 Panelists with varied responsibilities and backgrounds will offer a broad perspective to educate members about their experience with synthetic turf and other topics such as:

  • Turf conversions and utilization of synthetic turf
  • The benefits, including environmental benefits, of the turf, and the downsides
  • Cost savings achieved;
  • Issues that are particularly troublesome for their constituents
  • STC or industry resources that are helpful and what resources are needed
  • The question of: What developments do you hope to see in the turf itself or from the industry?

3A: From Water Conservation to Water Harvesting

Andy Shuttleworth, Permavoid Ltd.; Joris Voeten, Permavoid Ltd.

 An overview of urban water management systems, including new opportunities for synthetic turf as an integral part of water harvesting and irrigation of adjacent green space. Objectives include:

  • Circular water management
  • Water conservation
  • Evaporative synthetic turf cooling

3B: Yarn & Fiber Technology

Axel Hinrichs, Turfstore.com Inc.; Enrico Buriani, Radici Group - Tessiture Pietro Radici SPA

 An educational overview of the chemistry of synthetic fibers and principles of fiber manufacturing process. Objectives include:

  • Polymers: What are they and how do they work?
  • Fiber quality control: mechanical characteristics and fiber wearing
  • UV light resistance

3C: A Proactive & Profitable Approach to Pet Turf Odor Control

Larry Shively, ProVetLogic

Offering of ideas and solutions for effectively degrading subsurface odor and disease causing organic matter and discussions on the effectiveness of disinfectants for synthetic turf applications. Objectives include:

  • Topical Versus Subsurface Treatment
  • Perfecting the Turf Cleaning Process
  • Understanding the Cost & Profitability of Cleaning and Deodorizing Pet Turf

4A: Technical Turf Talks

Troy Carson, The Toro Company; Mike Gentile, Sports Labs USA; Craig Honkomp, Sportworks Field Design

Talented STC members will present a 15-minute technical talk about lessons learned, experiences created, and other anecdotes from the synthetic turf industry.

  • The Maintenance Dilemma
  •  Testing at Key Stages in Surface Life Cycle
  • Why Does Your Synthetic Turf Field Float?

4B: Landscape Committee Meeting & Work Group Session – Open to all attendees

This work session will review the new plans for an STC Certification training program. The Board leaders will moderate the session, participate in the discussion, and provide input on the feasibility of all proposed actionable objectives, particularly from the standpoint of cost and available resources.

 

STC is an Approved Education Provider of the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES)

As an approved provider of education with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the STC qualifies the educational content of its Spring Membership Meeting so licensed landscape architects may earn a maximum of 8.0 CE credits.

Please see a staff administrator for the sign-up sheet and evaluation survey for each course you attend (required).

 

 

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