The first National IPM in Schools week will be held during the 2001-2002 school year, modeled after Earth Day, National Safe Kids Week and other successful national outreach efforts. Primary goals are to (1) increase awareness of pest and pesticide risks and of IPM as an effective approach to reducing risks in schools and other sensitive environments; (2) increase participation by stakeholders in IPM-related activities; and (3) improve communication and coordination by government agencies, private industry and non-governmental organizations. Resources produced will include an informational flier, organizerís guidebook, media kit, activities kit, electronic newsletter and Web pages, all designed to facilitate participant-led activities in schools and communities including workshops, presentations, demonstrations, teach-ins, contests, projects and others.
The Week is being coordinated by a steering committee including representatives from the IPM Institute; National Coalition Against Misuse of Pesticides; EnviroSafe, Inc.; New Jersey Environmental Federation/Clean Water Fund; Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources; New York State IPM Program, Cornell University; Wisconsin IPM Program, University of Wisconsin; and others.
The ESA 2001 Annual Meeting - 2001: An Entomological Odyssey of ESA