North Central Region School IPM Working Group
IPM implementation in ten school districts spanning seven states averaged 71% reduction in pesticide applications and a 78% reduction in pest complaints (Gouge et al. 2006).
Our working group's goal is to reduce pest and pesticide hazards to children, school staff and visitors. To achieve this goal, we are working to create a network among school IPM programs in the Midwest to facilitate the sharing of resources, information, and tools in order to minimize duplication of effort. We are also making an effort to identify current and emerging regional needs, and improve documentation of current status and progress towards full implementation of high-level IPM in schools.
Finally, we are working with several other School IPM Working Groups representing regions across the nation to implement the National School IPM Strategic Plan. The goal of this plan is to have high-level IPM programs implemented in all school districts nationwide by 2015.
Please contact the project coordinator, Zach Bruns at email@example.com if you have any questions about the North Central Region School IPM Working Group.
North Central Region
2012 Member list updated 1-4-13
2011 Priorities have been finalized - click here to view.
Read 2010 PRIA grant executive summary here.
Third annual development meeting, Nebraska City, NE - August 5-6, 2010.
Second annual development meeting was held in Centralia and Columbia, MO - June 9-10, 2009. Minutes are posted on the meeting notes page.
School IPM Symposium at the Entomological Society of America's 2008 meeting - more info here.
Read 2008 PRIA grant executive summary here.
|Funded by the USDA North Central IPM Center|
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*Also see Florida's working group.
|“This project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational working group that will address school IPM issues. The group will create an opportunity for interactive discussions and resource sharing among fragmented school IPM programs in our region, and coordinate with a new national school IPM working group and two other regional groups working with support from two of the other regional IPM Centers. Our project will reduce pesticide use and pest and pesticide hazards to children, school staff and visitors; result in greater collaboration and sharing of resources and information among all active school IPM programs in the Midwest; build greater awareness of existing tools and expertise, efficient use of limited resources and reduced duplication of effort; focus attention on current and emerging regional needs; and improve documentation of current status and progress towards full implementation of high-level IPM in schools.”|
Beyond Pesticides. 2005. Asthma, Children and Pesticides: What You Should Know to Protect Your Family. Washington D.C. 10 pp.
Green, T.A., D.H. Gouge, L.A. Braband, C.R. Foss and L.C. Graham. 2007. IPM STAR Certification for School Systems: Rewarding Pest Management Excellence in Schools and Childcare Facilities. Amer. Entomol. 53 (3): 150-157.
Gouge, D.H., M.L. Lame and J.L. Snyder. 2006. Use of an implementation model and diffusion process for establishing Integrated Pest Management in Arizona Schools. Amer. Entomol. 52 (3): 190-196. http://cals.arizona.edu/urbanipm/schoolipm/azmodel.pdf