School Pesticide Reform Coalition
Learning Starts with a Healthy Environment
I. Mission Statement:
II. Guiding principles:
Integrated Pest Management. The Coalition urges schools to adopt Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a program of pest prevention, monitoring and control, which eliminates or drastically reduces pesticides used at schools. IPM allows the use of the least toxic pesticide only as a last resort, thus minimizing the toxicity of and exposure to any pesticide products that are used.
Least Hazardous Pest Control Option. The Coalition promotes policies and practices that require schools to choose the least hazardous pest management option. If a school decides it needs to use a pesticide, it shall use the least hazardous pesticide available. It is important to remember that all pesticides are poisons designed to harm living organisms, and should be handled carefully and with respect. Applicators should be state licensed or certified and wear proper clothing, gloves a filter mask, and other protective gear as appropriate to the material being applied.
Pest Prevention. The Coalition promotes policies and practices in which pest prevention is the primary IPM strategy. Reducing or eliminating pests' food, water, shelter and entry are key ingredients. Schools can prevent pest problems through proper sanitation and housekeeping, pest-proofing waste disposal, structural maintenance, good soil health, and other long-term, non-chemical strategies.
Knowledge. Coalition members work to ensure that school community members (staff, students, parents, administration, taxpayers) have a working understanding of the value and practice of IPM, which is a proven effective, economical pest management program.
Self-sustaining Programs. The Coalition works to empower the school community to develop self-sustaining IPM programs. Self-sustaining means that participants understand their roles in the IPM system, and that they will work and communicate effectively with others to enhance the system and improve it over the long-term.
The primary goal of working as a coalition is to build awareness, support,
resources and pressure for national, state and local pesticide reform.
IV. Coalition Members:
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