Artificial turf is bad for the environment
Artificial turf absorbs less water than natural grass and will increase run off (including plastic grass blades) downhill, affecting neighboring properties and the Hudson River Watershed.
The chemicals used to disinfect the field are toxic to animals and humans.
No artificial turf plastic carpet has ever been recycled in the United States, and current technology and economics make it extremely unlikely that the field an be recycled. Even if it is possible to recycle a FieldTurf plastic field, it is impossible to predict whether doing so will be technologically or economically feasible 8 years from now, when the warranty expires.
It is irresponsible of district administration to state as fact that the field WILL be recycled at the end of its 8-year life. We can't count on it.
In any event, the manufacture, shipping, and recycling of FieldTurf will add to our carbon footprint.
Natural grass will lower our carbon footprint.
"[Properly] managed [grass] lawns sequester, or store, significant amounts of carbon, capturing four times more carbon from the air than is produced by the engine of today’s typical lawn mower."
Technical Assessment of the Carbon Sequestration Potential of Managed Turfgrass in the United States, Dr. Ranajit (Ron) Sahu, UCLA