Resources

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General Information on Natural Grass and Synthetic Turf

TURI: Artificial Turf and Safer Alternatives Webinar https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mel-tIUQImY&feature=youtu.be

 

TURI: Athletic Playing Fields and Artificial Turf: Considerations for Municipalities and Institutions https://www.turi.org/content/download/13271/203906/file/Factsheet.Artificial_Turf.September2020.pdf.pdf

 

TURI: Athletic Playing Fields Choosing Safer Options for Health and the Environment

https://www.turi.org/content/download/11980/188623/file/TURI+Report+2018-002+June+2019.+Athletic+Playing+Fields.pdf

 

Sports Field Management Association: Environmental Facilities Certification Program

https://www.stma.org/environmental-facility-certification-program/

 

Safe Health Playing Fields: Cost Natural Grass vs. Synthetic Turf

https://www.safehealthyplayingfields.org/cost-grass-vs-synthetic-turf

 

Sports Field Management Association: Natural Grass Field Maintenance

https://www.stma.org/natural-grass-athletic-fields/

 

Safe Healthy Playing Fields: Fact Sheets

https://www.safehealthyplayingfields.org/fact-sheets

 

Heat Islands

National Recreation and Park Association: Synthetic Sports Fields and the Heat Island Effect

https://www.nrpa.org/parks-recreation-magazine/2019/may/synthetic-sports-fields-and-the-heat-island-effect/

 

EPA: Heat Island Impacts

https://www.epa.gov/heatislands/heat-island-impacts

Flooding

The Ridgewood Blog: Turf Field in a Floodplain, Not Getting Any Smarter all these Years Later

https://theridgewoodblog.net/turf-field-in-a-floodplain-not-getting-any-smarter-all-these-years-later/

 

The Ridgewood Blog: Ridgewood Repairs Artificial Turf Fields After Costly Flooding

https://theridgewoodblog.net/ridgewood-repairs-artificial-turf-fields-after-costly-flooding/

 

Patch: Update: Fields Closed After Flood; District’s Cleanup Costs Not Yet Known

https://patch.com/new-jersey/ridgewood/big-floods-again-damage-fields

 

Health and Safety

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Letter to Lake Forest Officials

***The current link is the letter to Sharon, please swap with LF letter

 

Endocrine Society and IPEN: Plastics, EDCs & Health, A Guide for Public Interest Organizations and Policy-Makers on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Plastics https://www.endocrine.org/-/media/endocrine/files/topics/edc_guide_2020_v1_6chqennew-version.pdf

 

Turfgrass Producer’s International: Higher Rates of Lower Extremity Injury on Synthetic Turf Compared with Natural Turf Among National Football League Athletes https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ogUE4lOnWvRi7ZGfren3PRssvZxoVK7q/view

 

PFAS (Forever Chemicals)

PFAS in Consumer Products: Kristen Mello (WRAFT) and Graham Peaslee (Notre Dame University) speak on PFAS in synthetic turf at NEWMOA on Apr 6 in MA.  @19:55

https://youtu.be/hoipI2Yj1DA

 

Chemical Leaching

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: An Assessment of Chemical Leaching https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/crumbrubfr.pdf

Recycling

PEER: Filed FTC Complaint on False Artificial Turf Recycling Claims

https://peer.org/false-artificial-turf-recycling-claims-ripped/#:~:text=

 

The City of Lake Forest and Local Organization Documents

Athletic Fied Assessment https://lfparksandrec.com/upload/AthleticFieldAssessmentWeb3.pdf

 

Green Mind’s Letter to The City of Lake Forest https://drive.google.com/file/d/14GWMHmLr6Ve58HA28w3KnrutVGHfaCw-/view