Sixteen school districts, serving 58% of the students in Colorado public schools, participate in IPM.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a prevention-based, highly effective approach proven to reduce pest complaints and pesticide use by up to 90% in schools and other public buildings. IPM practices such as sanitation and exclusion also improve food safety, fire safety and energy conservation. The IPM Institute of North America School newsletter can help you start an IPM program in your school district. For more information, visit www.schoolipm2015.com.
School IPM is facilitated by the Colorado Coalition for School IPM (CCSIPM) and meets twice a year. It’s a great opportunity to learn what’s happening with school IPM in Colorado and around the nation.
School IPM in Colorado is funded by Colorado State University, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Leaders from Colorado State University, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, school districts, National Environmental Health Association, and private pest control companies all contribute to furthering school IPM’s mission in Colorado.
Other Educational Materials
A Classroom InPESTigation, Life Science IPM Curriculum for Grades 3-5
IPM in the Classroom, teaching biology using real world pest management strategies. Life science curriculum for grades 9 – 12