This Month’s Newsletter Features:
Statewide School IPM Meeting
For more information contact Deb Young at: Deborah.Young@colostate.edu
Two New School Districts Added To The Program
The Colorado School IPM program is growing. We visited four schools last month with David Collins and the Monte Vista School District. We visited three schools in the Douglas County School District; our contact is David Crowe. Thanks to everyone who participated in the pest assessment
Colorado Green Ribbon School Winners!
The U.S. Department of Education is collaborating with other agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Interior and Energy; and other natural resource agencies, to recognize schools and school districts who are working to reduce environmental impact and costs, improve health and wellness, and provide effective environmental education.
Congratulations to the Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees for Colorado.
Larkspur Elementary School – Sustainable Change in the Community at Large
Douglas School District
Lesher Middle School – A Brown and Gold Seven-time Energy Star
Poudre School District
Mesa Elementary School –The Wee “We Cycle” Where Desert Meets Mountain
Montezuma-Cortez School District
Boulder Valley School District – Board of Education Mandated Sustainability Management Policy
For more information about our winners and the Green Ribbon School program, check out Highlights from the 2014 Honorees.
Greening Colorado Schools is a website dedicated to providing schools with information and tools they need as they consider “greening” their facilities. Take a minute to check it out.
IPM & The National PTA
School Smart IPM: The Sensible Way to Work the Bugs Out is a blog post on the National Parent Teacher Association website, One Voice. The post is written by Dr. Dawn Gouge, University of Arizona Entomologist and IPM Specialist, outlining why she supports IPM.
National Nurse’s Week Starts May 6
We appreciate all the school nurses and health clerks who are essential members of the IPM team. The roles of the school nurses include being aware of any children with asthma or chemical sensitivities and considering any potential pesticide exposure when evaluating a child’s health complaint. It’s important that nurses as well as staff have access to MSDS sheets for any chemical used on school property. Some schools have an approved list of pesticides, which have the lowest risk to human health and environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for regulating pesticides; they review and approve the manufacturer’s application for registration and determine that use of the product will not present an unreasonable risk to humans or the environment.
The Role of School Nurses in Integrated Pest Management is a recent report about the important role school nurses play in advancing school IPM.
Summertime Means Deep Cleaning; Why Go Green?
Why go green?
1. Green Cleaning Helps Students Stay Healthy and Learn: EPA estimates that children miss more than 14 million school days each year due to asthma exacerbated by poor indoor air quality. Green cleaning can help reduce the environmental hazards produced from certain chemical combinations.
2. Green Cleaning Protects the Health of Custodial Staff: Research shows that, six out of every 100 custodians are injured on the job each year. Choosing safer products and training staff in proper usage can help reduce the number of injuries caused by caustic chemicals, respiratory irritation, and inappropriate or dangerous equipment.
3. Green Cleaning Increases the Lifespan of Facilities: Proper maintenance and effective cleaning extends the longevity and performance of school building materials and furnishings by preventing damage and premature aging. A square foot of typical carpet can hide as much as three times its weight in dirt and sand, which act like thousands of small knives, cutting and wearing our fibers in a few short years – long before its useful lifespan and before the district has budgeted to replace it.
4. Green Cleaning Preserves the Environment: According to ISSA, the cleaning industry consumes six billion pounds of chemicals, including non-renewable natural resources such as petroleum, and generates 4.5 billion pounds of paper products, requiring the cutting of 35 million trees annually.
For more resources on Green Cleaning check out these links:
NEA Health Information Network – Environmental Health – Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Targeted Disinfecting Fact sheets for classrooms, cafeterias, kitchens, athletic departments, and school buses.
EPA Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Household Products Database
Highlights From The IPM On School Grounds Workshop
Grounds supervisors from all over Colorado attended the Integrated Pest Management on School Grounds workshop on April 21st. Here’s what you missed.
ADVICE FROM A SCHOOL IPM COORDINATOR, Kent Holle, St. Vrain School District
Six reasons why schools should embrace IPM:
6. Bragging rights – parents, students, administrators and neighbors see that school districts are using methods to manage school grounds and facilities that are healthy for people and the environment.
5. Long term cost reduction – although there are start-up costs to correct problems, using IPM results in turf that requires less maintenance and little or no re-sodding.
4. Compliments instead of complaints – coaches, athletic directors, principals, parents and students are happier when the turf is healthy.
3. Efficient use of irrigation and fertilizers – soil and water analyses help grounds managers grow and manage healthy plants that overcome insects, disease and abiotic problems.
2. Safer environments – there is no place on the school grounds where students or community members aren’t; no place is sacred, so everyplace needs to be safe.
1. Improved morale – coaches, players, and even the mowing crews are proud of healthy turf and grounds.
PREPARE YOUR SCHOOL GROUNDS FOR SPRING USING IPM, Deborah Young, CSU
Use our checklist to see if your facilities are ready.
CALIBRATE YOUR SPRAY EQUIPMENT NOW TO PROPERLY APPLY FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES, Jim Krick, City of Longmont,
stressed the importance of calibration and demonstrated how to do it.
MORE ABOUT EMERALD ASH BORER – www.eab.colorado.gov
Mary Small, CSU Extension, Jefferson County, showed us what to look for in decliing ash trees – and other insects that look like Emerald Ash Borer.
MODIFY HABITAT TO DECREASE STINGING INSECTS, Ryan Davis, Utah State University
Ryan Davis helped us understand the role of these insects. The objective of stinging insect management in schools is to reduce child encounters by eliminating prime foraging habitats through good sanitation practices and awareness.
If there is a chronic problem with bees and wasps around playgrounds, outdoor lunch areas, or school athletic fields, inspect the area to locate the nests. Reduce the access to food, and use physical controls such as trapping and nest removal. Garbage cans on school grounds should have removable lids with vertical spring-loaded swinging doors.
May 18 -21,2014 National Conference on Urban Entomology, San Antonio, TX
June 30, 2014 Colorado School IPM Statewide Meeting, Aurora, CO
June 29, 2014 – August 15, 2014 Integrated Sustainability Management Certificate Program, Fort Collins, CO
From Colorado State University, Institute for the Built Environment, New Integrated Sustainability Management Certificate Program, Recommended for school facility managers, 20% discount to individuals who register by May 24th
August 24-27, 2014 Association of Structural Pest Control Regulatory Officials (ASPCRO), Missoula, MT
November 16-19, 2014 Entomological Society of America (ESA) National Meeting, Portland, OR
March 24-26, 2015 8th International IPM Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT
Colorado’s New State Public Health Veterinarian
Jennifer House is Colorado’s new State Public Health Veterinarian. Colorado’s Public Health Veterinarians play an important role in protecting public health. Dr. House will lead the Colorado Zoonotic Disease Program. Dr. House and her staff will work with a wide variety of health care professionals including school nurses and the general public on preventing exposures to and diseases that humans can get from animals and animal products. If you have any questions or concerns about these topics, Dr. House and her team can be reached at 303-692-2628.