College Planning & Management

FEB 2013

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ATHLETIC FIELDS AS AN INVESTMENT THE HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF SYNTHETIC TURF Q: Is synthetic turf safe? A: During the past few years, more than 75 independent, credible research and studies from groups such as the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and statewide governmental agencies such as the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Department of Health, and the California Environmental Protection Agency have validated the safety of synthetic turf (many of which can be found at For 40 years, under EPA oversight and OSHA-regulated manufacturing, not one person has ever reported ill effects • • • • • • related to any materials associated with synthetic turf. Q: How does synthetic turf impact the environment? A: Synthetic turf has a measurable, positive impact on the environment. Depending on the region of the country, a typical grass sports field can use between 500,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of water or more each year. During 2010, between three to six billion gallons of water were conserved through its use. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. Therefore, a sav- Environmentally sustainable One time training for staf Works with existing processes & equipment Reduces chemical handling & storage No chemical residue Cost efective Approved. Proven. Powerful. 46 ings of three billion to six billion gallons of water equates to the annual water usage of over 20,000 to 40,000 average American families of four. Tax credits and rebates are being offered to residential and corporate users by an increasing number of local governments in light of the tremendous impact on water conservation. The estimated amount of synthetic turf currently installed has eliminated the need for nearly a billion pounds of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, which has significant health and environmental implications. For example, according to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / FEBRUARY 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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