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What do athletes think?

NOTE: This page will be updated with findings from the research done in the winter & spring of 2015. Check back at the end of May or contact us by email. Another surprise for us was that we learned that … more

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What Is Synthetic Turf?

The “grass” is made from plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. They are attached to a blanket or membrane, and supported by the infill material (usually coarser at the bottom with finer particles in the top layer) that holds … more

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Synthetic Turf Overview

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

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Health & Safety Concerns

Synthetic or artificial turf and infill includes many substances that are known to cause irritation, birth defects, reproductive disorders, infertility, and developmental disorders. The risks increase because there are three major pathways for toxins to affect athletes and spectators bodies … more

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Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

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 exceptions are planning … more

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Food & Health – Research citations

References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more

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School District Climate & Sustainability Commitment

Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more

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Personal Takes on the Challenges of Climate Change

Four folks share some of their thoughts on this daunting matter. Dork Sahagian, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Lehigh University: Two things to consider in meeting the challenge: mitigation and adaptation. 1. Mitigation is what we need to … more

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Sustainability Tracking & Assessment

The STARS [Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System] developed by AASHE uses a detailed checklist to rate campuses in each of the following areas [based on STARS 2.0]: Education & Research Curriculum: It is important for institutions to have education programs … more

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Elements of Campus Sustainability

There are many inter-related and interdependent factors that contribute to campus sustainability.  This section looks at two ways to organize the different aspects of sustainability for campuses. The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future, outlines four interdependent … more

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