Jess Tonn, Perfect Earth Project
Marsha Kenny, Southampton Hospital
(631) 726-8700 ext. 4
NY—Perfect Earth Project has named Southampton Hospital a PRFCT Place, the
first healthcare facility to earn the designation from the East Hampton-based
nonprofit. The PRFCT Places program honors public spaces that are committed to maintaining
their gardens and lawns without toxic, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
that Southampton Hospital has pledged to end the use of synthetic lawn and
landscape chemicals on their property,” said Edwina von
Gal, Founder/President of Perfect Earth Project. “We hope their commitment to
protecting their patients, visitors, and staff from toxic landscape chemicals will
serve as an example for other healthcare facilities on Long Island and across
and landscape chemicals have been linked to a range of serious health issues in
humans and pets, including cancers, asthma, neurological disorders, and
endocrine disruption. The most vulnerable to these chemicals are children,
pregnant women, and pets.
the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, is classified as a probable
human carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
and 2,4-D, two commonly used herbicides, are known endocrine disruptors,
chemicals that interfere with the development and functioning of the
reproductive and nervous systems.
recent study by researchers at the University of Buffalo revealed that common
insecticides disrupt circadian rhythms, a condition that creates higher
potential risks for diabetes.
“We are pleased to be on the vanguard of support for PRFCT Places. The health of Southampton Hospital’s staff, volunteers, patients, visitors, and pet therapy dogs is critically important and joining the Perfect Earth Project is another opportunity for us to maintain a healthy environment on our campus,” said Robert Chaloner, Hospital President & CEO. The 6.5-acre
Southampton Hospital grounds include volunteer-tended plots such as the 20-year
old Garden of Hope honoring patients and community members and garden beds at
the entrance of the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center. The grounds will be managed
by a private landscaping company.
and summer, Perfect Earth Project will provide consulting for Southampton
Hospital staff and landscape contractors, training for volunteers in the
hospital’s gardens, and educational materials to help staff eliminate their use
of landscape chemicals at home. The hospital will post signs and posters to
inform visitors about the benefits of toxin-free landscaping for the health of
people, wildlife, and local bodies of water. Signage will include Leif, the
icon developed by Perfect Earth Project to honor and celebrate PRFCT Places.
list of PRFCT Places on the East End include The Village of East Hampton, Parrish
Art Museum in Southampton, Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton, and Madoo
Conservancy in Sagaponack. In the region, The Phillip Johnson Glass House in New
Canaan, Conn., and The High Line, The Battery, and Four Freedoms Park in New
York City are all PRFCT Places.
Hospital will be one of the organizations honored at a celebration of
Southampton’s PRFCT Places at Southampton Arts Center on March 19 at 2PM. Perfect
Earth Project Founder/President Edwina von Gal will present Leif lawn signs to
representatives of Southampton’s PRFCT Places, including Southampton Hospital,
Parrish Art Museum, and the Southampton Arts Center. The event is part of A Sense of Place, Southampton Arts
Center’s six-week exhibition featuring East End artists reflecting on their
About Perfect Earth Project
Project, based in East Hampton, NY, promotes PRFCT (toxin-free) lawns and
landscapes for the health of people, their pets, and the planet. Perfect Earth
Project raises consciousness about the dangers of synthetic landscape chemicals
and educates homeowners, landscapers, and businesses in nature-based
alternatives that achieve beautiful results at no extra cost.
About Southampton Hospital
An affiliate of Stony Brook Medicine, Southampton Hospital offers a full range ofinpatient and outpatient services and is staffed by more than 280 physicians, dentists, and allied health professionals representing 48 medical specialties.