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.
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.
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!
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
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.
PO Box 6806
Falls Church VA 22040
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.
Healthy Schools Network
773 Madison Avenue
Albany NY 12208
School Health and Safety Committees: How to Promote Child and Adult Environmental Health Protection
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
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
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.
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.
Focuses exclusively on protecting California's environment, speaking out and taking effective action to improve the quality of our natural environment and our lives.
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
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.
California Safe Schools
PO Box 2123
Toluca Lake CA 91610
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.
Environment and Human Health, Inc.
1191 Ridge Road
North Haven, CT 06473
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.
Safer Pest Control Project
25 E. Washington Street, #1515
Chicago IL 60602
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.
Improving Kids' Environment
5244 Carrollton Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Maine Toxics Action Coalition
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.
Maryland Pesticide Network
544 Epping Forest Road
Annapolis MD 21401
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.
Toxics Action Center
29 Temple Place
Boston MA 02111
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.
343 South Main Street, Suite 206
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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.
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.
Mississippi 2020 Network
Jackson MS 39236
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.
NJ Environmental Federation
223 Park Ave
Marlton NJ 08053
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
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
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.
Agricultural Resources Center, Pesticide Education Project
206 New Bern Place
Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 833-5333
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
NCAP works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.
Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides
PO Box 1393
Eugene, OR 97440-1393
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
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.
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.
PA CleanWater Action
33 East Abington Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
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
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.
141 Main Street
Montpelier VT 05602
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.
Virginia Health and Environment Project
P.O. Box 1434
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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.
Washington Toxics Coalition
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 540E
Seattle WA 98103
206-632-1545 ext 11
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