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“One of the ways the Governor and state legislature can achieve their worthy goals of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 is capturing and sequestering carbon in healthy lawns, both at home and in our public and private golf courses using non-quick release fertilizers.”
Jack Clarke
Director of Public Policy & Government Relations
Mass Audubon  www.massaudubon.org 
“Increasing carbon storage in soils is one of the most effective ways to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Grasses with strong, deep root systems put carbon back into the soil as organic matter, require little to no watering and are far more resilient in droughts, and can out-compete weeds more successfully.  While established lawns rarely need fertilizer, when they do, using a slow-release fertilizer or compost once per year will reduce nutrient run-off and pollution of our waterways. This is a simple and cost-effective action people can take to make a difference!”
Alison Field-Juma, Executive Director
OARS: For the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers www.oars3rivers.org


“Nitrogen has disrupted more ecosystems than any other chemical. Lawns for Climate Restoration Challenge makes clear why we must and we can stop nitrogen pollution!”
Frances Moore Lappé
Acclaimed author of Diet for a Small Planet
Co-founder of Small Planet Institute   www.smallplanet.org


“Nutrient pollution is a serious problem for rivers and streams throughout Massachusetts, and lawn fertilizer is a significant source of that pollution.  We applaud the Ocean River Institute taking a creative, hands-on approach to this problem, and look forward to the success of this project.”
Julia Blatt
Executive Director
Massachusetts Rivers Alliance www.massriversalliance.org 


What we put on our lawns gets into our environment and lawn chemicals are a major source of nutrient pollution in the Charles River. Nutrient pollution leads to overgrowth of invasive species, algae and cyanobacteria blooms, fish kills, and an abundance of unsightly foam in the river. The Ocean River Institute’s campaign to promote healthy, natural lawns that are free from fertilizers will help improve water quality in the Charles.”
Heather Miller, Esq.
General Counsel & Policy Director
Charles River Watershed Association www.crwa.org  


After degrading the soil with excessive harmful chemical practices, regenerating lawn ecosystem’s natural function to good health is critical and restores nature’s capacity to draw carbon from the atmosphere.
Mothers Out Front, Cambridge https://ma.mothersoutfront.org/cambridge  
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