Media Advisory: Loading 1 million pounds of artificial turf to be reused throughout region

WUSTL partners with Teamsters, St. Louis Green to find new use for artificial turf, keep it out of landfills

WHAT: In an environmentally friendly and community initiative, Washington University in St. Louis and Teamsters Joint Council 13 will load about 1 million pounds of large rolls of artificial turf from WUSTL’s Francis Field into trucks to be distributed and reused throughout the region in playgrounds, parks and more, instead of ending up in a landfill.

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WHO: This effort is a partnership between Washington University, Teamsters Joint Council 13 and St. Louis Green. Ryan Lynch, project manager in facilities at WUSTL; Marvin Kropp, president of Teamsters Joint Council 13; and Cindy Breth, director of community development for St. Louis Green; will be available for comment at the event.

WHEN: 8-10 a.m. Saturday, June 23

WHERE: Washington University’s Francis Field, corner of Big Bend and Forsyth. Go east on Forsyth from Big Bend and turn left (north) on Olympian Way. Park on Olympian Way. (Forsyth is closed south of Olympian Way for the summer due to construction. For more information on the Forsyth closure, visit

MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Daues, senior news writer, (314) 935-5293,

ON-SITE CONTACT: Ryan Lynch, project manager in facilities at WUSTL, (314) 575-7615

Video of turf being removed from Francis Field May 22.