Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of the 2016-2017 Resilient Communities Project (rcp.umn.edu) partnership with the City of Brooklyn Park. Due to the high popularity of recreational athletics and the nature of the sports themselves, Brooklyn Park’s athletic fields receive a large amount of high-impact foot traffic. This causes the fields to take on damage and, in some cases, fall into a state of disrepair. Because of this, the city is considering converting two of their fields to artificial turf fields that utilize crumb rubber as an artificial soil. There is some evidence, however, that the chemicals contained in crumb rubber are harmful to children. Sheena Ahrar, under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Wattenberg, performed a literature review of the toxicity of crumb rubber in recreational athletics. She ultimately found that the risk of exposure was low, and recommended the city move forward with their plans. Ahrar’s final report and presentation are available.
Report and presentation completed by a student enrolled in PUBH 7194, Culminating Experience: Environmental Health, taught by Betsy Wattenberg in spring 2017.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative,
course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.
Crumb Rubber Use in Artificial Athletic Turf.
Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.
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