Artificial Turf: Institutional Decisions & Environmental Impacts

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Amity Doolittle
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Each year, hundreds of artificial turf systems are installed for athletic teams. Every installation requires thoughtful consideration and analysis to optimize its application. This essay will focus on the application of water-based turf for field hockey fields. It will provide an overview of the subject and how the triple bottom line pertains to selecting artificial turf systems. Yale University will be used as a case study to highlight the incorporation of profit, people, and planet into the decision processes. The specific challenges that face Yale will be addressed by providing examples of ways in which other institutions have solved similar obstacles.