About Us


Our Approach

Improving Sustainability in Agriculture & Communities

The IPM Institute is an independent non-profit formed in 1998 to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities.

We have over 20 years of experience in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and reducing pesticide use and risks. Anticipating a growing demand for sustainability programs that go beyond a focus on IPM, our focus expanded over the years to encompass a broad range of agricultural sustainability issues.

Our work grew to include partnerships and projects with food and agricultural companies along the supply chain, from growers to packers and processors to retailers. For instance, Partnership for Ag Resource Management was formed in 2010, focused on our work with ag retailers, and Sustainable Food Group was formed in 2014 to focus specifically on developing and implementing programs to advance sustainability in food and agriculture.

Our work includes a range of projects to increase practices that improve working conditions, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality, water quality and soil health and reduce risks to health and the environment from pesticide and nutrient use in agriculture and communities.

2014 Whole Foods Market Supplier Award for Outstanding Quality Assurance
2012, 2009 Sustained Excellence in IPM Award
2009, 2008, 2005, 2004 Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program National Champion
2005 Children’s Environmental Health Recognition Award

About the IPM Institute

We turn ideas into action


We envision a world where we grow food and sustain our communities in sync with natural processes. Where the actions of agriculture, food companies and communities directly benefit workers, consumers, vulnerable populations, water, air, climate, biodiversity, pollinators and soil.


Our mission is to improve sustainability in agriculture and communities by using the power of the marketplace: buyers want to support products and services that work to protect the environment and reduce health hazards.  Marketplace demand is a powerful incentive for increasing the adoption of sustainability best practices in agriculture, landscapes and public and private facilities.

Climate Commitments

  • Partner with food and agriculture industry leaders to create sustainable outcomes for companies, communities and the climate
  • Promote sustainable food supply chains through education and collaboration by tracking, analyzing and reporting on natural resource management
  • Develop, launch and manage impactful tools, strategies, certifications and programs for industry leaders to achieve sustainability goals
  • Apply organizational expertise on pesticide risks in community greenspaces to benefit people and pollinators
  • Exemplify organizational sustainability through office decentralization and promoting health, balance and happiness among our staff

Our Team

Experts in Agriculture & Communities

Our team currently works on more than a dozen projects to increase adoption of IPM and other best practices that improve working conditions, reduce greenhouse gases, improve air quality and reduce pesticide risks to children, pets and pollinators.

Nick Speckman

Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Adams


Ariel Larson

Senior Project Manager: Sustainable Food Group

Peter Werts

Senior Project Manager: Sustainable Food Group

Josie Talbert

Project Manager II: Sustainable Food Group

Marnie McMullin

Project Manager I: Specialty Crops

Josie Dillon

Specialist I: Specialty Crops

Hannah Kasun

Project Manager I: Sustainable Food Group

Baillie Stein

Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group

Aubrey Schoff

Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group

Angelina Mico

Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group

Brenna Jones

Coordinator: Sustainable Food Group

Ryan Anderson

Specialist II: Sustainable Communities Group

Ryan Nolan

Coordinator: Sustainable Communities Group

Nikki Blunier

Coordinator: Sustainable Communities Group

Daniel Skolnik

Senior Software Engineer


Project Manager I: Human Resources


Project Manager I: Leisure Services

Our Board Of Directors

Led by the Foremost Leaders in the IPM Industry

Dr. Thomas A. Green

Board President & Co-Founder of the IPM Institute

Nick Speckman

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Dawn H. Gouge

Board Member

Mr. Robert S. Kallen

Board Member