Organizational Resources

School community members and activists, policy decision makers, and pest management practitioners all play vital roles in the adoption of an effective IPM program. Changing a school's pest management program requires perseverance. Since pest control is not often a large part of the school's budget, many administrators do not consider it a focus and are likely to be uninformed about their school's policy and any available alternatives. With your help, they can learn.

Beyond Pesticides and state and local organizations provide you with the resources necessary for developing, adopting, and implementing a school IPM program. Whether you are a parent, community activist, pest manager/pest control operator, or school administrator or employee, the following resources will guide you throughout the process. The following is a list of organizations that provide a wealth of information on school pesticide issues. Scroll down to find needed resources and/or an organization in your area. Below each organization you will find their contact information and a selection of resources they provide.

National Organizations

Beyond Pesticides
A non-profit membership organization, which serves as a national network committed to pesticide safety and the adoption of alternative pest management strategies which reduce or eliminate a dependency on toxic chemicals.

Pesticides and Playing Fields (New)

Children and Pesticides DON'T Mix

School Pesticide Monitor Bimonthly Bulletin Archives

What is School IPM?

Facts and Figures-Pesticides & Schools

Select Studies on Pesticides and Children's Health

48 Most Commonly Used Pesticides in Schools and their health affects

School Organizing for Safer Pest Management * How to get your school to adopt an IPM program

Are Schools Making the Grade? School districts nationwide adopt safer pest management policies

Building Blocks for School IPM: A Least-toxic Structural Pest Management Manual (hard copy only)- please inquire here today!

Schools Save Money with Integrated Pest Management

Schooling of State Pesticide Laws 2002 Update

10 Myths About Pesticides in Schools

School Pesticide Poisoning Incidents from Around the Country

Expelling Pesticides From Our Schools: A How to Guide to Reducing Children's Pesticide Exposures at School

Information on the School Environment Protection Act (SEPA), pending federal legislation

State and Local Policies A list of 33 state laws and over 400 school districts that are known to have policies or programs regarding integrated pest management, pesticide bans, and right-to-know; includes summaries and links to copies of state laws and local policies

Model Laws and Policies

Poison Playgrounds: CCA Risks and Alternatives

Beyond Pesticides Daily News Archive on Children and Schools

Center for Health Environment and Justice (CHEJ) - Childproofing our Communities Campaign
The Childproofing our Communities Campaign is locally based with a grassroots focus geared to protect children from exposure to environmental health hazards in schools and other childcare settings that is coordinated by CHEJ.

Stacey Gonzalez
PO Box 6806
Falls Church VA 22040
[email protected]

Green Flag Program awards for student run school environmental achievement programs.
Poisoned Schools: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions
Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats and Visible Actions
Creating Safe Learning Zones: The ABCs of Healthy Schools Primer


Healthy Schools Network (HSN)
HSN is a national environmental health information, advocacy and research organization, with more than 20 fact sheets, guides and reports available online.

Claire Barnett
Healthy Schools Network
773 Madison Avenue
Albany NY 12208
[email protected]

Healthy Schools/Healthy Kids ABC's

Protecting Vulnerable Students in "Sick" Schools

Parent Guide to Indoor Air Quality

Sanitizers & Disinfectants Guide

School Health and Safety Committees: How to Promote Child and Adult Environmental Health Protection

Healthier Cleaning and Maintenance Practices and Products for Schools

Green Squad: an environmental education site for middle-schoolers that shows how to investigate their own school, and publish the results in the school paper

504 Accommodation Plan (ADA/IEP)

Allergies, Asthma & Chemical Sensitivity

Mold Packet

The Guide to Playgrounds and Arsenic Wood

IPM Institute of North America
The IPM Institute serves as a clearing house for information on school IPM and IPM certification in agriculture and communities.

Thomas A. Green, Ph.D.
IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
1914 Rowley Ave.
Madison WI 53726
608 232-1528
[email protected]

Integrated Pest Management for Schools - includes numerous links and resources:
o IPM Administration & Policy
o Starting Your IPM Program
o IPM Planning and Communication
o Inspection, Sanitation and Exclusion
o Pest and Pesticide Risk Management
o General Resources for School IPM
o School Pesticide Use Surveys
o IPM Curricula and Workshop Ideas
o School IPM and Related Resources in Spanish
o School Pest Management in the News
o Landscape Management
o Pest-Specific Links & Resources

IPM Standards for Schools - this is a compendium of information including the above

Who Wants to be an IPM Super Sleuth?· Explore this interactive set of IPM learning games for kids of all ages.

Local Organizations and Resources

Alaska, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington

If an organization is not listed in your state, please contact Beyond Pesticides.


Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)
ACAT is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the toxic effects of contaminants, environmental justice, responsible cleanup of contaminated sites, empower community involvement and to stop the production, proliferation, and release of toxic chemicals.

Pamela Miller
Alaska Community Action on Toxics
135 Christensen Drive, Ste 100
Anchorage AK 99501
[email protected]


Environment California
Focuses exclusively on protecting California's environment, speaking out and taking effective action to improve the quality of our natural environment and our lives.

Yana Kucher
Environment California
3486 Mission Street
San Francisco CA 94110
415-206-9338 ext 304
[email protected]

Californians For Pesticide Reform (CPR)
CPR is a coalition of over 170 public interest groups dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the dangers of pesticide use.

49 Powell Street, Suite 530
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 981-3939, ext. 5
[email protected]

Resources from Environment California and CPR

Learning Curve (California Public Interest Research Group Charitable Trust, 2002)- Follow up on implementation of the Healthy Schools Act of 2000

Healthy Schools Pesticide Action Kit (Healthy Schools Campaign, 2001) - general info on pesticide use in schools, the Healthy Schools Act, children's vulnerability, IPM, and how to organize a district to pass an IPM policy

Healthy Schools brochure (Californians for Pesticide Reform)

P is for Poison (California Public Interest Research Group Charitable Trust, 2000) - Update on Pesticide Use in Schools

Failing Health (California Public Interest Research Group Charitable Trust, 1998) - Pesticide Use in Schools

Pesticides and Human Health (Physicians for Social Responsibility and Californians for Pesticide Reform, 2000) - Resource for health care professionals

California Safe Schools
California Safe Schools, a coalition of over 45 organizations was established in 1998 by Robina Suwol, parents, students, environmentalists, physicians and concerned community members, after Robina's sons and other students were sprayed by a Los Angeles Unified gardener in a hazardous material suit. In 1999, one year from the date of spraying, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the 2nd largest district in the nation, unanimously adopted one of the country's best school pest management programs. This policy was the first to embrace the "Precautionary Principle" and includes parents right-to-know about chemicals being used on school sites. This grassroots effort later led to the California Healthy Schools Act 2000 legislation. Today California Safe Schools helps others around the state with school chemical use issues and is vigilant in watch dogging the LAUSD policy implementation.

Robina Suwol
California Safe Schools
PO Box 2123
Toluca Lake CA 91610
[email protected]

LAUSD's school pest management policy

Forum of articles on school, children and toxins


Environment and Human Health Inc. (EHHI)
EHHI is a nonprofit organization made up of doctors, public health professionals and policy experts dedicated to the purpose of protecting public health from environmental harms through research, education and the promotion of sound public policy.

Nancy Alderman
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
1191 Ridge Road
North Haven, CT 06473
[email protected]

12 Steps to Healthier Schools

Parents Urged to Help Enforce New Law Regulating Pesticide Use at Schools

Pest Control Practices in Connecticut Public Schools - An EHHI Report (1999)


Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP)
SPCP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of pesticide use and the implementation of safer alternatives in urban and rural Illinois.

Julie Wagner
Safer Pest Control Project
25 E. Washington Street, #1515
Chicago IL 60602
[email protected]

SPCP's School Video on IPM

Results of School IPM &Notification Surveys (2001)

Pesticides in Schools: What are the Health Risks?

A Parent's Guide to Safer Pest Management in Schools in SPANISH

Cost of IPM in Schools

Summary of the 1999 Legislation Reforming Pest Management Practices in Illinois Schools

The ABC's of IPM Implementation

Testimonial from IPM Coordinator Sue Kamuda

Guideline for IPM in School Pest Management Contracts

Guidelines and Sample Notification

New School Pest Management Policy-SPCP's model school IPM policy

Kids' Guide to Pesticides

Raise awareness of School IPM with the SPCP poster!

Illinois Healthy Schools Campaign


Improving Kids' Environments (IKE)
IKE is a non-profit, advocacy coalition that facilitates tangible and significant improvements to children's health through reductions in environmental threats to children.

Tom Neltner
Improving Kids' Environment
5244 Carrollton Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
[email protected]

Indiana School Board Association Model School IPM Policy

Results of IKE's 2002 School Survey


Maine Toxics Action Coalition

Kathleen McGee
Maine Toxics Action Coalition
643 Brown's Point Road
Bowdoinham ME 04008
[email protected]


Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN)
MPN is a grassroots coalition of twenty-eight organizations in the State of Maryland concerned about the impact of pesticides on human health (particularly children) and the environment.

Ruth Berlin
Maryland Pesticide Network
544 Epping Forest Road
Annapolis MD 21401
[email protected]

Summary of Maryland IPM Law

Survey of Outdoor Pesticide Use in Maryland Schools

GAO Report: Use Effects and Alternatives to Pesticides in Schools


Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center helps residents and neighborhood groups work to address toxic hazards that threaten the health and safety of their communities.

Jamie Cervetti
Toxics Action Center
29 Temple Place
Boston MA 02111
[email protected]

The Children's and Families' Protection Act Implementation Guide

Overkill: Why Pesticide Spraying for West Nile Virus May Cause More Harm Than Good (2001)


Raises public awareness about the links between environmental toxins and negative health consequences, including cancer, in an effort to influence personal and industrial behavior to promote improved health and quality of life.

Robin Heller
Local Motion
343 South Main Street, Suite 206
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 623-0773
[email protected]

What is IPM?

How Integrated Pest Management will Reduce the Needs of Pesticides in our Schools (2001)

Did You Know -Facts and figures about IPM, pesticides use and Michigan schools


Kids for Saving the Earth (KSE)
KSE is to educates, inspires, and empowers children to protect the Earth's environment, they work worldwide to provide action-oriented educational materials to kids, families, groups, classrooms and schools.

Tessa Hill
Kids for Saving the Earth/MN CHEC
5425 Pineview Lane
Plymouth MN 55442
[email protected]

Learn How We Can Make our Schools Healthier

Children's Environmental Health at the Minnesota Department of Health

The Children's Health Environmental Coalition


Mississippi 2020 Network
Mississippi 2020 Network is dedicated to making Mississippi the first sustainable state in the South through youth and community revitalization, with a strong emphasis on environmental stewardship, human relations, and ecological sustainability.

Melanie Dickersbach
Mississippi 2020 Network
Box 13506
Jackson MS 39236
[email protected]

New Jersey

New Jersey Environmental Federation (NJEF)
NJEF is a non-profit organization fighting to protect natural resources and clean up pollution in New Jersey. It is the New Jersey chapter of Clean Water Action.

Jane Nogaki
NJ Environmental Federation
223 Park Ave
Marlton NJ 08053
856-768-6662 fax
[email protected]

Lawn Care Without Toxic Chemicals

Safe Pest Control for New Jersey Schools

Protecting Our Schools, Our Children: Basic Steps to Indoor Pest Control Without Pesticides

New York

New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NYCAP)
NYCAP is a non-profit grassroots organization that seeks to improve public and environmental health by promoting safer alternatives to pesticides, and campaigning for environmentally-sound public policy.

Pam Hadad Hurst
NY Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
353 Hamilton Street
Albany NY 12210
[email protected]

All resources available in hard copy only:

Safer Control of Head Lice

IPM Resources for Schools

Quick Guide to IPM for Schools

Model IPM plan and Policy for Schools

Reducing Pesticide Use in Schools

Pesticides and Children's Health

Pesticides in Schools: Reducing the Risks

North Carolina

Agricultural Resources Center, Pesticide Education Project (ARC)
ARC is a nonprofit public interest organization which engages in research and public education on issues and policies related to safe food, family farm agriculture and preservation of natural resources with a special interest in pesticides.

Fawn Pattison
Agricultural Resources Center, Pesticide Education Project
206 New Bern Place
Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 833-5333
[email protected]


Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
NCAP works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.

Pollyanna Lind
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
PO Box 1393
Eugene, OR 97440-1393
[email protected]

Unthinkable Risk: How Children Are Exposed and Harmed When Pesticides Are Used at School. Includes list of 98 actual school pesticide exposure or misuse incidents.

Unintended Casualties: Five Stories of Children Whose Lives Were Profoundly Affected by Exposure to Pesticides at School

Restoring Health School Landscapes

School Pesticide Use Reduction: Where There's a Will There's a Way

"Hot" New Tools and Time- Tested Natural Methods for Managing School Landscapes

Steps Parents and Teachers Can Take to Reduce School Pesticide Use

School Pest Control Alternatives

Sample Petition to School Administrators

Safer School Pest Control Pledge

School IPM Video List and Ordering Information

Oregon Environmental Council
Founded in 1968, the Oregon Environmental Council (OEC) was the first statewide environmental group to be based in Oregon. It is a non-partisan organization with more than 2,000 members throughout the state, bringing Oregonians together for a healthy environment.

Laura Weiss
Oregon Environmental Council
520 SW 6th Ave Suite 940
Portland OR 97204
503-222-1963 ext 111
[email protected]

Pesticides and Children's Health: What Every Parent Should Know


Pennsylvania Clean Water Action
Clean Water Action is a national citizens' organization working for clean, safe and affordable water, prevention of health-threatening pollution, creation of environmentally-safe jobs and businesses, and empowerment of people to make democracy work.

Bob Wendelgass
PA CleanWater Action
33 East Abington Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
[email protected]

Facts related to Pennsylvania's School Pesticide Notification Act

Survey Results of Schools Complying with the Act

Sample letter to send to school superintendent requesting notification


Texans for Alternatives to Pesticides (TAP)
TAP is a grass roots community education program designed to educate the public and public officials about the harmful effects of pesticides, and about safer alternatives for use in schools, homes, and public areas

Charlotte Wells
3015 Richmond, Suite 201
Houston, Texas 77098
(713) 523-2TAP(2827)
[email protected]


Vermont Pubic Interest Research Group (VPIRG)
VPIRG's mission is to promote and protect the health of Vermont's environment, people, and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing individuals and communities across the state.

Leesa Stewart
141 Main Street
Montpelier VT 05602
[email protected]

Environmental Health in Vermont Schools/1998 Pesticide and Chemical use Survey

2002 Pesticide Use Survey: Reading Writing and Raid

How To Start A School Environmental Health Committee at your School

A Parent's Guide for Improving School Environmental Health


Virginia Health and Environment Project (VaHEP)
VaHEP is the only statewide organization tackling issues that lie at the intersection of health and the environment. A primary area of concern is pesticide use and its effects on human health and the environment.

Julie Jones
Virginia Health and Environment Project
P.O. Box 1434
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 242-6344
[email protected]


Washington Toxics Action Center (WTC)
WTC protects public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution, promotes alternatives, advocates policies, empowers communities, and educates people to create a healthy environment.

Angela Storey
Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 540E
Seattle WA 98103
206-632-1545 ext 11
[email protected]

Healthy Schools Pesticide Action Kit is a comprehensive toolkit for parents and community members on how to get pesticides out of schools and contains several factsheets which can be individually downloaded:
· What is the Children's Pesticide Right-to-Know Act?
· Kids at Risk: Pesticides and Children's Health
· Ten Steps to a Healthy School
· Model Least-Toxic IPM Policy
· What are the Alternatives?
· Notification: Your Right to Know
· Sample Schools Petition
· Pesticide Information Online
· Additional Resources
· Hazards of Common Pesticides: A Quick Reference Guide

Growing Trends: Successful Strategies for Reducing Pesticides in Public Places

Healthy Schools: Getting Hazardous Pesticides Out of Our Schools