Durand, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recognizes Stine Turf and Snow for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. Stine Turf and Snow recently achieved certification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program, a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase environmental compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry.
"Stine Turf and Snow has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment,” said Jim Johnson, MDARD Environmental Stewardship Division Director.
“By implementing best management practices and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources, and reducing their carbon footprint.”
Stine Turf and Snow has implemented best management practices addressing potential risks related to pollution, water quality and quantity resources, and conserving energy collectively benefitting the environment.
“We are very proud to have achieved this certification. While we certainly made every effort on our own to be not only in compliance with State laws but also environmentally friendly, this program guided us through the State of Michigan regulations to where we were not only certain we were in compliance, but in many cases, above and beyond compliance. This is a designation we don’t take lightly and look forward to being an example for the green industry.” Said Marc Stine, Owner of Stine Turf & Snow.
To date, many properties statewide, representing more than 12,000 acres have begun to voluntarily participate in the MTESP. Certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste, and protect water resources.
“We are very pleased that we can now add the Stine Turf and Snow to our list of certified facilities. Stine Turf and Snow should be proud of the commitment the management team has made to protecting and preserving the environment” said Adam Ikamas, MTESP Director. “Stine Turf & Snow is one of only a small handful of Lawncare companies to achieve this level of certification.”
As part of the MTESP certification requirements, an environmental action plan is established during a site visit conducted by program staff and the turfgrass manager or grounds superintendent. The action plan is used as a management tool to prevent potential threats from negatively affecting natural resources with a special focus placed upon the protection of groundwater, which is often the source for irrigation and drinking water.
This program is intended to advance and recognize the environmental stewardship efforts of the turfgrass industry. The program was developed at Michigan State University with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, Golf Association of Michigan, Michigan Golf Course Owners Association, Michigan PGA Section, MI Department of Environmental Quality, MI Department of Natural Resources, and MDARD. The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Program provides the base funding to develop and operate the program.
For more information on the MTESP, visit www.mtesp.org, Twitter @MTESP and Facebook.com/MTESP or contact Adam Ikamas at firstname.lastname@example.org.