EastSide Center does sports.

But the East Peoria facility also does environment.

The center has earned an Environmental Facility Certification from the Sports Turf Managers Association.

There are only 34 facilities with that certification in the United States. Three of those are in Illinois, and EastSide now is the only one south of the Chicago area.

​"I’m very excited to be presented with the STMA facility certification," said EastSide grounds manager Joel Rieker in a statement from the facility. "The STMA plays a vital role in educating its members to provide safe and environmentally friendly playing surfaces and it is an honor to be recognized.

"It is very important for me and my staff to show our commitment to the environment and provide safe playing surfaces for the thousands of people that use them every month."

The certification program consists of a facility self-assessment on storm water management, fertilization, pesticides and integrated pest management, recycling and educational outreach, mowing, energy conservation, shop buildings and storage, and irrigation. Each area must receive an 80 percent pass rate to move to the next step of the certification process.

Once the self-assessment has been successfully completed, an attester completes a walk-through of the facility. The attester is either a certified sports field manager or an academic in turfgrass management and verifies that best management practices noted on the assessment form are in place.

The attester then recommends the facility for certification.

Congrats to EastSide.

And that's all for Cleve In The Eve on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

Here's your sports quote of the day:

"... When you watch TV, when you go out to (a stadium) and you see players making all of these great plays, it’s because of (groundskeepers). I take my hat off to all of you."

— baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew.

Dave Eminian covers the Rivermen and Chiefs for the Journal Star, and writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Reach him at 686-3206 or deminian@pjstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @icetimecleve.