Rather Than Turfing Its AstroTurf, Bowdoin Recycles Old Playing Field

Rolled-up AstroTurf at Ryan Field

Rolled-up AstroTurf at Ryan Field

This summer, Bowdoin College is replacing its almost 13-year-old artificial field, and instead of throwing it out, is recycling every usable square foot of the synthetic turf.

Nearly 3,000 square feet of the 87,400-square-foot field will be put into use at Bowdoin in the College’s softball and baseball batting cages and pitching areas. The rest of the grassy blanket will be distributed to such places as golf courses, municipal recreational fields, paintball facilities, dog parks, swimming pools, playgrounds and other destinations.

“Our mission is to see that none of the old turf finds its way to the landfill,” said Dave Wheaton, New England’s director of sales for AstroTurf. His company, which is supplying Bowdoin’s new field, is also recycling the old one. Depending on use, the re-purposed fields could last another five to 20 years. Read the full story.

A Day in the Life with Environmental Activist Camille Wasinger ’15

Camille Wasinger ’15

Camille Wasinger ’15

For Camille Wasinger ’15, making Maine a better place to live is all in a day’s work. Wasinger is interning for Maine Conservation Voters with the support of a Bowdoin’s Community Matters in Maine/Psi Upsilon Fellowship.

MCV works in connection with Maine Conservation Alliance to support environmental protection in Maine. MCV has the “political teeth” of the two organizations, as Wasinger said in a recent interview, because they focus on policy and campaign strategy.

Catherine Yochum ’15 recently spoke to Wasinger about a typical day for her in Augusta.