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Author: Thomas Green

EPA’s Strategic Plan Includes an Unprecedented Investment in Taking Decisive Action to Advance Environmental Justice and Civil Rights

EPA Region 5, based in Chicago, is soon going to be hiring people to join us in meeting this commitment. This work calls for scientific capacity to help the Agency identify and address disproportionate and cumulative environmental and human health impacts as we carry out our programs. It also calls for partnership and coordination –… Read more »


Field to Market and USDA-NRCS Announce Renewed MOU to Advance Science-Based Sustainability Measurement

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) renewing a partnership to integrate NRCS tools and models into Field to Market’s Fieldprint® Platform. The renewed MOU, which updates an agreement originally executed in 2014, advances a long-standing collaboration between… Read more »


Green Shield Certified Launches Sustainable Landscaping Standards

GSC for Landscapes expands sustainable pest control certification and evaluation services to outdoor spaces. Madison, Wisconsin, May 3, 2022 – This May, the sustainable standard for premium pest protection, Green Shield Certified (GSC), will introduce GSC for Landscapes that identifies and promotes safer greenspaces for: Pollinators-Habitat destruction and overuse of pesticides has triggered an unsustainable population decrease of pollinators which collectively… Read more »


Pesticide Approval System to be Revamped, According to EPA

On Tuesday, April 11, EPA released its first-ever workplan to protect endangered species from pesticides.  This comprehensive plan, EPA says, meets at the intersection of opportunity and obligation in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), while maintaining pesticide access to farmers and other users. EPA believes the current pesticide approval system has major setbacks that make the process… Read more »


How Illinois’ ‘Fragmented System’ of Monitoring Pesticide Exposure ‘Allows Individuals to get Poisoned Over and Over Without Any Brakes’

The farmworkers flocked to the two emergency rooms in Urbana, Illinois, the night of Aug. 5, 2019, their kids in tow. Numbering about 20, their skin had rashes, their eyes were red and they were vomiting. Though at two different hospitals, doctors arrived at the same conclusion: “chemical exposure.” The doctors had a litany of… Read more »


Learn about IPM from the Entomological Society of America and Green Shield Certified!

Hear how training your staff in integrated pest management can improve the effectiveness of your sustainable pest control programs on April 27th from 10 – 11 AM CST. Green Shield Certified (GSC) and the Entomological Society of America (ESA) cover the IPM training programs available including ESA’s new Certified IPM Technician Program. Register at https://bit.ly/GSCapr27.


Interview with Dr. Bobby Corrigan

Dr. Claudia Riegel will interview Dr. Bobby Corrigan about his career in pest management and urban rodentology. This will be a personal look at his life and his career. The webinar will be held on April 18th from 2-3:30 pm CST. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/NOLACorrigan.


Registration now open for AppleTalk!

Are you an apple grower in the upper Midwest? Consider registering for AppleTalk! AppleTalk supports sustainable and organic apple producers with information needed to tackle tough pest management and production issues from green tip to harvest. Each subscription includes the weekly call, emails and access to the blog and call recording. Visit https://bit.ly/AppleTalk2022 to register.


Climate Action Must Include Nature. Act Now!

The Nature Conservancy is putting everything they have into getting our planet on the right path. And they need you standing with them to urge the world to act. We need a climate action plan that can stop catastrophic climate change by: Investing in nature’s solutions. Restoring forests and other ecosystems could contribute more than… Read more »