NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA), at its annual conference here in May, named Dr. Frank Rossi, associate professor and extension turfgrass specialist at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., its Environmental Communicator of 2012. Project EverGreen sponsors the award.
Rossi also is a contributor to TurfNetTV, providing regular video segments, and he writes the "Frankly Speaking" blog on He also is a regular speaker at major conferences on environmental issues throughout the year.
Rossi is the 14th recipient of this award, which selects a green industry communicator for "outstanding efforts in communicating the benefits of environmental stewardship to a particular audience within the turf and ornamental industry."

Previous winners, from year one to present, include:
. Mark Welterlen, former Grounds Maintenance magazine publisher
. Bill Love, W.R. Love Golf Architecture
. Tim Doppel, Atwood Lawncare, Inc.
. Doug Fender, former executive director, Turfgrass Producers International
. Allen James, RISE CEO
. Rod Dodson, Audubon International
. Jeff Gullickson, Spokane Country Club
. Kevin Trotta, grounds manager, IPM specialist, Cornwall, N.Y.
. Helen Stone, publisher, Southwest Trees & Turf magazine
. Allied Golf Associations of Colorado
. Drs. Larry Stowell and Wendy Gelernter, PACE Turf
. Christopher Gray, Precise Path Robotics (formerly Marvel Golf Club in Kentucky)
. Anthony Williams, director of grounds for Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, Ga.