Boulder, CO (PRWEB) November 04, 2013
Nearly 100 influential U.S. landscape architects, engineers, testing laboratories, thought leaders and manufacturers met at the Brock International Educational Seminar on October 16 – 18 to learn about the latest trends in building safer, more environmentally-friendly synthetic turf playing fields. The unique conference featured presentations from award-winning experts on eco-effectiveness, injury prevention, and field design.
“Our goal was to create an event that focused on issues of deep importance to the sports field industry,” explained Dan Sawyer, CEO of Brock International. “From making a positive impact on the environment instead of just minimizing damage, to getting value even in a low bid environment, to the severity of the head injury epidemic in youth sports, presenters gave us a broader world view of what a sports field means, and how it ‘impacts’ people around it.”
The Keynote Speaker was Professor Dr. Michael Braungart, one of the foremost international authorities on eco-effective products and closed-loop production processes, which go beyond being not only harmless to man or nature, but actually beneficial. Co-author of the groundbreaking bestsellers “Cradle to Cradle” and “The Upcycle,” Braungart discussed the importance of going beyond sustainability to focus on designing for abundance. Patrick Maguire, MLA, RLA, LEED AP, continued the discussion on eco-effectiveness with his presentation on “LEED, Cradle to Cradle Practices and Synthetic Turf.”
Safety was a major focus of the meeting, particularly in light of the U.S. sports concussion crisis. While much attention is focused on player helmets and gear, it is estimated that about 10% of brain injuries are caused by playing surface impacts. Sports Legacy Institute Founder Chris Nowinski discussed injury prevention trends in his “Safety in Sports” presentation, noting that playing surfaces were recen
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