Many communities are facing a tough decision - do they install artificial turf on municipal and school fields?
Concerns include increased temperatures and health issues related to chemicals contained in the infill.
For more information about artificial turf and safer alternatives, see TURI’s Artificial Turf webpage.
TURI has also compiled a variety of resources to help provide towns with up-to-date information on the technical and political issues, as well as about what other communities are choosing to do. We hope you find this resource helpful and welcome any additional information or questions you may have.
Please feel free to email TURI Community Program Manager Joy Onasch or call her at 978-934-4343.
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Safer Alternatives for Athletic Fields
Municipalities, universities and schools are faced with making decisions on what type of athletic field to install -- natural grass or artificial turf with various infills such as crumb rubber, TPE, EPDM, sand or cork. This video describes what we know, and don't know, about each option.
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) is a multi-disciplinary research, education, and policy center established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989. TURI does not endorse any specific products or services. In response to information requests from municipalities, TURI has researched available information on natural and artificial turf, including information on tire crumb and alternative infills. Based on the information currently available, TURI has identified organically managed grass as a safer alternative.