Pesticide News Story: EPA Solicits School IPM Grant Proposal
For Release: June 3, 2011
The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting grant proposals to further the implementation of integrated pest management in and around the nation’s public schools. Approximately $1 million is available for awards under this competitive opportunity.
The grants will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants for projects focusing on IPM approaches that (1) implement verifiable IPM programs that identify and reduce the risks associated with pests and pesticide use in and around kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools and (2) measure and document the impacts of verifiable public and/or tribal school IPM programs on the environment and human health. Eligible applicants include the 50 states, U.S. territories or possessions, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and Native American organizations, public and private universities and colleges, schools and school districts, other public or private nonprofit institutions, local governments and individuals. The project period of performance is limited to 2 years.
Integrated Pest Management is a sustainable approach to managing pests by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimizes economic, health and environmental risks. The EPA promotes verifiable school IPM, which is an ongoing activity that includes:
- Understanding your pests;
- Setting action thresholds for key pests – and knowing when to take action against key pests;
- Monitoring for pests and their locations;
- Eliminating conditions that allow pest infestations; and
- Using one or more effective pest control methods, including sanitation, structural maintenance and non-chemical methods instead of or in combination with pesticides.
For more information about how to apply and available funding visit: www.epa.gov/pestwise/grants/.
The EPA School IPM Funding Opportunity Announcement is available at: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/proposals/2011-school-ipm-grants.pdf