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Synthetic Turf update

Because synthetic turf has been identified as a serious health concern that’s present at almost every school, college, and university in the Lehigh Valley, we’ve added some additional material. If you have questions or want more information, email us at turf@sustainlv.org. Synthetic … more

Posted in Air, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Landscaping, Soil, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Maintenance of Synthetic Turf Fields

Proper maintenance is essential for playability and also prolongs the usable life of the field. Regular brushing is essential for a good playing surface. Without proper maintenance, the ball can roll unevenly, gain or lose speed, or bounce unpredictably. Infill … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Landscaping, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

Synthetic Turf Overview

In the last couple of years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf is a serious health concern. In 2013, the EPA even took the unusual step of withdrawing their assurances and called for new studies; Environment & … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Landscaping, Place & Infrastructure, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Health & Safety Guidelines for Synthetic Turf

Enough information is now available to provide some guidelines so those who must use synthetic turf fields can reduce the risks. While these guidelines are written in terms of individual action, it is essential for institutions to provide training to … more

Posted in Air, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Synthetic Turf Health Concerns

Synthetic turf may have advantages in some situations, but it also is linked to several very serious health concerns. Because most of the high schools, colleges, and universities in the Lehigh Valley have synthetic turf fields and at least two … more

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Turf Burns – First Aid & Treatment

One of the many health concerns connected with synthetic turf is its tendency to cause serious turf burns. Prevention & prompt treatment of these burns can prevent dangerous infections and scarring. Here’s some information we found online: GoHockey – Treatment for … more

Posted in Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Local Health Issues, Synthetic Turf |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

[Updated March 18] The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Times and Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

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Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Climate, Community – Empowerment, Community – Government & Rights, Economy, Business, & Money, Energy, Environment & Ecosystems, Food, Health, Media, Place & Infrastructure, Schools & Learning, Transitions |

Sustainability Doings, 3 February 2015: ‘It ain’t broke?!’

The system IS working?! In the last issue of Sustainability Doings, dated 1/5/15, I blithely asserted: ”The system is broken. Everyone knows that.” But then, bright and early on 1/6/15, Karen Henninger responded: . “I do not agree that the *system* is broken. … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Capitalism, Climate, Collaborative Efforts, Community Rights, Distribution, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food, Fossil Fuels, Land Use, People Power, Pipelines, Quality of Life, Resource Extraction, Shale gas, Sustainable Growing, Waste |

Sustainability Doings – 5 January 2015 – “Riddle”

How is capitalism like an elephant? The system is broken. Everyone knows that. But do you know that no one knows what te hell the system is? We may be missing the obvious, like the proverbial elephant in the room, … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Air, Capitalism, Climate, Climate, Community Rights, Cooperatives, Demand Reduction, Distribution, Economic Justice, Energy, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Farmers, Food for Health, Fossil Fuels, Pipelines, Shale gas, Soil, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Water & Watersheds, Wildlife |