Looking forward, UCLA has plans to incorporate BioCel AstroTurf into other areas of campus. There are discussions about converting some of the parkways and small areas and courtyards throughout the campus. The university intends to promote the idea of sustainable space use, “that by creating the right built environment and the right products which provide savings, we could also enhance the campus.”
In El Nino years when California gets more rain than usual, grass areas around campus get worn down and it can take those spaces out of commission for weeks to months at a time. If we inserted some sort of natural products, some hardscapes, and a turf product we could get 365 days of use out of it.
The UCLA IM Field offers a space for recreation and activities that also showcases the university’s commitment to water conservation and sustainability. In addition to being a statement on preserving resources for future generations, in our case I think applications like this embed the values of an active healthy lifestyle which benefits the youth, the country, and it really becomes both a sustainable initiative and health initiative.
The goal here was to create a safe, reliable open space area that had positive impact on the environment and made a statement to the University of California school system. This statement is to prove that you can create quality university playing fields while having a commitment to the environment. This is something that used to be at odds with each other but now this could not be further from the truth.
Former student and current Sustainability Coordinator of Recreation Sport Venues added that the location of the field, in the middle of campus is important as well, “It is something to be proud of because it is very much a visible space. Students pass it all the time – even if they don’t use it. It’s definitely something you can’t miss.”