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Six Organizations Selected for $1.1 Million in School IPM Grants

The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has selected six projects to receive $1.1 million in grants to promote use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools. These six projects were selected from a total of 23 proposals in an open, competitive process. These grants will support verifiable IPM programs (i.e., IPM programs that utilize techniques proven to effectively manage pests and reduce exposures to toxic chemicals) to identify and reduce the risks associated with pests and pesticide use in and around kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools. The grants will measure and document the impacts of IPM programs on the environment and human health. IPM is a sustainable approach to managing pests that combines biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health, and environmental risks.

The school IPM grants help expand public-private partnerships and stewardship efforts to promote IPM in schools. For the past 15 years, OPP has been actively involved in the demonstration and implementation of school IPM through the EPA Regional and Headquarters staff and programs, USDA Regional IPM Centers, states, universities, and non-governmental organizations. The school IPM grants are managed by OPP’s Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division, whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship nationally to protect human health and the environment by reducing risks of pests and pesticides through public-private partnerships, education, and other non-regulatory efforts.

The selected school IPM grant recipients are:

  1. Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO): The Rocky Mountain Consortium - Expanding Verifiable Integrated Pest Management in Public Schools: By increasing knowledge and acceptance of IPM, the project will expand verifiable IPM programs, and as a result, 25% more children in Colorado and Utah will attend K-12 schools with verified IPM programs. Colorado State University will collaborate with the EPA Region 8, and pest management, landscape and health professionals.
  2. Improving Kids Environment, Inc., (IKE) (Indianapolis, IN): Midwest US Consortium – IPM in Schools: IKE, in collaboration with Ohio State University and others, will reduce complaints about pests and pesticide use by 70-90% in 10 school districts in two states and achieve verifiable IPM within school districts serving more than 30,000 children in Indiana and more than 35,000 children in Ohio.
  3. University of Florida, TREEO (Gainsville, FL): School IPM Consortium Reaching One Million Children: The project will develop a consortium focused on implementation of IPM in new school districts in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and maintain support for school districts with existing IPM programs. The consortium will include state regulatory departments, school districts, pest management professionals, universities in Alabama, Georgia and Florida, the Southern Regional School IPM Working Group, and National School IPM coalition.
  4. Washington State University (Pullman, WA.): Pacific NW School IPM Consortium: Pest Management in Schools: The project will form a consortium to achieve verifiable IPM in 52 school districts in Washington and Oregon, impacting nearly 500,000 K-12 students. The consortium will be formed by the school IPM programs at Washington State University and Oregon State University, and will include the state regulatory departments, pest management professionals, a school facilities management association, and non-governmental organizations.
  5. City of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA): Implementing School IPM Program – Orleans Parish: The project will develop and maintain a verifiable IPM program within the Orleans Parish public school system, serving 39,877 children. The City of New Orleans Mosquito, Termite, and Rodent Control Board will collaborate with Tulane University School of Medicine, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Orleans Parish School Board and Recovery School District, Louisiana Department of Health, and Texas AgriLife to conduct the project.
  6. Cooperative Educational Services Agency 10 (Chippewa Falls, WI): Expanding IPM in WI Using the CESA Model: The project will seek to implement verifiable IPM programs in 84 Wisconsin school districts. Project partnerships will include school district management and staff, Wisconsin Safety Coordinators Association, and Association of School Business Officials.

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