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The High Social Costs of “Cheap” Artificial Turf

Students and their parents pay for artificial turf injuries. A great deal of public money has been spent by school boards and park departments on artificial turf fields over the past decade. The consensus thinking was that the high initial investment would be offset by greatly reduced water use and maintenance costs over the fields’ […]

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Fake Plastic Fields: Not Good for Anyone

Sustainable Silicon Valley strongly recommends investing budget, maintenance and water resources in natural grass athletic fields and replacing synthetic turf fields with natural, living grass as they wear out. This transition is essential to prioritizing the well-being of playing field users– children, teenagers, and adults– and to fostering a healthier environment and aligns with practices adopted […]

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Empowering Future Eco-Minded Citizens: SSV’s Youth Air Quality Advocates Program

Introduction In many communities, poor air quality remains an invisible threat. Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) is on a mission to change this through their Youth Air Quality Advocates (YAQA) program. This initiative, funded by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), is a vital step towards addressing air pollution and its profound impact on communities. In […]

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Seriously Saving Water: From Barrels to Cisterns

Richard Vogel / Associated Press Build your own rainwater harvesting system for outdoor use Let’s start with a quiz: say you have a roof that measures 1700 square feet (average for the US) and your area has a rainstorm that yields half an inch, how much water can you potentially collect with a home rainwater […]

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Under Construction: The Regenerative Communities Project

Acta Non Verba Farm via California Academy of Sciences How can SSV exert its expertise, experience, and influence to promote environmentally friendly, sustainable, livable, and workable new construction in the Bay Area? Answering this question is at the core of our developing project, Regenerative Communities.  We see an opportunity to inform and educate Bay Area […]

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