Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake City, UT
IPM STAR Certified 2008-2010
May 5, 2008
The Salt Lake City School District has earned IPM STAR certification after passing a rigorous, 37-point inspection. IPM STAR evaluates school systems and childcare centers for Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, a common sense approach to solving pest problems with a minimum amount of pesticide use. IPM STAR Certification is presented by the IPM Institute of North America in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program. Salt Lake City is the 28th district in the nation to earn this distinction and the first in the Rocky Mountain area.
“In pilots across the country we’ve shown that both pesticide use and pest complaints can be substantially reduced through IPM,” reports Dr. Marc Lame, who worked with the district to implement the program. In Salt Lake City School District, both pesticide applications and pest complaints have dropped by over 90% since the program began three years ago. US EPA Region 8 provided funding for the Salt Lake City effort under the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship grants program run by Jaslyn Dobrahner, EPA Region 8’s School IPM Coordinator, from her office in Denver.
“We are thrilled that the Salt Lake City School District received IPM STAR certification,” says Dobrahner. “Through their innovative practices and strong leadership, the District exemplifies a strong commitment to school IPM and reducing pesticide risk to children. The Salt Lake City School District is also the first district in our EPA Region to achieve IPM STAR and have been instrumental in training other states & districts.”
“Everyone has a role in making IPM happen,” according to Ricardo Zubiate, who serves as IPM Coordinator for the district. Gregg Smith, Director of Facility Services, agrees. “The IPM training we’ve put in place for our custodial, maintenance and food service staff has resulted in not only better pest awareness and control but cleaner, safer and healthier schools all around.” Smith also heads up the IPM committee for the district.
In addition to forming an IPM committee, Salt Lake City School District had drafted an IPM plan, documenting the best way to solve common pest problems. The committee oversees implementation of the plan and evaluates results. In addition to Smith, the committee includes Zubiate, IPM Trainer and Coordinator Robin Anderson, Assistant Custodial Supervisor Mervin Brewer and Grounds Supervisor Mark Ruff.
Prepared as part of the IPM STAR Certification Process by the IPM Institute of North America for posting on its website with permission from the Salt Lake City School District.