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Celebrate the 16th Annual National Healthy Schools Day on Tuesday, April 3

EPA’s Indoor Environments Division supports National Healthy Schools Day on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Join school administrators, facility managers, custodians, teachers, school nurses, parents and community advocates from schools across the country in celebrating National Healthy Schools Day. Use the day to take the necessary steps to effectively manage the indoor air quality in your… Read more »

A new issue of IPM Insights now available online.

New issue of IPM Insights now available online. In this Issue you will find the following articles and information: How IPM Works as Risk Management IPM can reduce actual risks—not just the financial effects of risks after a loss. Risk Management Case Study: School IPM Since children spend much of their time at school, it… Read more »

Available NOW to Watch On-Demand— IAQ Training and Expertise Whenever You Want It!

The webinar Making the Connection: Linking IAQ, Energy Efficiency and Preventive Maintenance Together for Healthy Schools now can be viewed online! This webinar will demonstrate how to— Explain the critical connection between IAQ, energy efficiency and preventive maintenance, as well as the importance of properly integrating them for optimal occupant health and building performance during… Read more »

2018 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference Highlights

Dr. Tom Green of the IPM Institute of North America and Dr. Rebecca Baldwin of the University of Florida conducted Stop School Pests training for introductory IPM, custodial services and food services personnel at the NEA ESP Conference on March 24th. Participants received certificates for their respective training. The NEA ESP conference is the premier… Read more »

States Post CIG Opportunities Available Now

NRCS administers Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) through both national and state grant competitions. The national competition closed in late February but in 2018, 20 states are offering CIG funding opportunities and many state competitions are still open. These state CIG competitions target small projects (maximum award size is $75,000) that address natural resource concerns at… Read more »

EPA Announces Draft Pesticide Label Revisions on Respirators to Ensure Consistency between EPA and NIOSH

EPA is requesting public comment on revised respirator descriptions for pesticide labels. EPA is making these revisions, with the encouragement of state regulatory agencies, as part of the efforts to: Bring the respirator descriptions on pesticide labels into conformance with the current National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) respirator language; Ensure that pesticide… Read more »

Single Intervention Cockroach Bait-Trapping Can Improve Clinical Asthma Outcomes

The low economic income areas of New Orleans and New York City have some of highest childhood asthma burdens. At the 2018 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Congress in Orlando, FL,  Felicia A. Rabito, PhD, an epidemiologist Associate Professor at Tulane University, described strong preliminary clinically significant data supporting single intervention (cockroach… Read more »

Apply now for the 2018 Environmental Education Local Grant Program

Proposals are due March 15, 2018 Up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available. EPA expects to award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due… Read more »

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in Exploratory Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded grants to support the initial development of innovative ideas in agriculture and food production through the Exploratory Research Grants (ERG) program. Funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill…. Read more »

Request for Proposals in Community Integrated Pest Management

The New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYS IPM) Program helps New Yorkers address pest problems while minimizing environmental, health, and economic risks through the use of innovative biological, cultural, technological, and educational practices. Community IPM takes place in settings other than agricultural production—including, but not limited to school buildings, grounds and curriculum; structures; child… Read more »