Friday, March 25, 2011

Upcoming EPA Conference on Promoting Community IPM to Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases

Please join us for a national conference on Promoting Community Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to Prevent Tick-Borne Diseases. The conference will be held March 30-31, 2011 (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time) at the Holiday Inn National Airport, 2650 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia.

Agenda Highlights:
• Protecting Children in Schools and Outdoor Environments
• Creating Institutional Structures for Community Level IPM
• Role of Landscape Planning in Tick Management
• Public Outreach Strategies to Reach Targeted Populations
• Protecting Oudoor Workers Exposed to Ticks
• Population-Based Prevention Strategies
• Research Strategies
• Summary of Research Needs and Knowledge Gaps

The agenda (4 pp PDF) provides additional information on the session and the scheduled presenters.

Participate via Webinar (**Just Added**) If you are unable to join us in person, you can participate via Webinar. You must register for each day of the two day Webinar separately:

• Reserve your Webinar seat for March 30, 2011
• Reserve your Webinar seat for March 31, 2011

(Note: Webinar participants should register using these links rather than through the Register button under the Ticket Information header which is intended for on-site participants.) Webinar presentation of the meeting sponsored by RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment.

EPA Warns: Children Act Fast...So Do Poisons - in Observance of Poison Prevention Week / National awareness campaign planned for March 20-26

WASHINGTON – In ongoing efforts to protect people’s health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is collaborating with the Poison Prevention Week Council to encourage the public to keep poisonous substances out of the hands of children. In observance of National Poison Prevention Week (March 20-26), EPA recommends that locking household cleaners, disinfectants, solvents and other materials is the best way to reduce accidental poisoning among children.

“Because it takes only a split second for a child to be poisoned, we want everyone to remember the theme ‘Children Act Fast…So Do Poisons.’ Most exposures that occur in the home can be prevented or substantially reduced through proper and safe storage, use and supervision of all household products,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. “Poison Prevention Week serves as a reminder for everyone to keep pesticides locked up and away from children, and to read and follow all labels to minimize the potential dangers from pesticides.”

EPA promotes poison prevention each year to increase public awareness of the potential danger to children from pesticides and other household products. In 2009, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that more than half of the 2.4 million poisoning incidents each year involve children younger than six years old. Leading causes of poisonings include cosmetics such as perfume and nail polish, deodorant and soap, household cleaning products and medications.

Adults are also susceptible to poisoning (intentional or unintentional), but from generally different sources, including pain medicines, sedatives (drugs to reduce anxiety), sleeping pills, antipsychotics used to treat mental illness, household cleaning products, antidepressants, cardiovascular drugs (drugs to treat heart disease) and alcohols.

Anyone who has been exposed to a pesticide or other toxic substance and may be experiencing non-life-threatening symptoms should call the National Poison Center hotline at 1-800-222-1222. In case of more serious exposures, call 911. In addition, EPA urges the public to report all pesticide exposures to the product manufacturer (including the registration number found on the product label of all pesticide products registered by EPA). Registered manufacturers are required to report these incidents to EPA, and the agency uses the data to decide whether additional regulatory action is needed.

Radio stations may access audio actualities about Poison Prevention Week at

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Journal of IPM First Issue Announcement

The first issue of the Journal of IPM has been published and is available at Please share this information with others who would find it of interest.

2011 Healthy Schools Hero Dr. Dwight Peavey

Every year, to mark the anniversary of the March 18, 1937 Texas School Explosion, I salute a Healthy Schools Hero whose extraordinary responsibility and inspirational leadership is dedicated to eliminating explosives and other chemical hazards and unhealthy conditions in schools.

The March 18 Healthy Schools Hero Award is an annual call to tell the story of the worst school disaster in American history as a case study and cautionary tale. By example, each Hero is an inspiration to break the silence about school hazards and bring the Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion to today’s schools.

The 1937 story needs telling because the decision-making and false economies that led to the 1937 explosion are too common in schools today. We have widespread school design, building and operations problems, warnings are unheeded, no one takes responsible for safety, and explosives and other hazardous materials and unhealthy conditions in labs, classrooms, closets and storerooms are routinely ignored.

The 1937 explosion resulted in a law that required adding a warning odor to natural gas thus saving millions of lives all over the world. However, other important recommendations of the 1937 Court of Inquiry have yet to be used so that schools are teaching safely and teaching safety to students in 21st century schools. Read more: What was the 1937 Texas School Explosion? What went wrong?

Meet the 2011 Healthy Schools Hero Dr. Dwight Peavey

Friday, March 11, 2011

PRIA2 Partnership Grants Announcement

On March 8, 2011, the U.S. EPA posted an announcement for the next rounds of the PRIA2 Partnership Grants. The RFAs are due April 22, 2011. For more information, click here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

EPA Accepting Applications for Environmental Education Grant Funding

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting grant applications for $1.9 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs. The purpose of the grants is to promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. EPA expects to award at least 20 grants nationwide ranging from a minimum of $15,000 to a maximum of $100,000 and will accept applications until May 2, 2011.

The grants provide financial support for innovative projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Projects should involve environmental education activities that go beyond disseminating information.

EPA will be hosting two conference calls for potential applicants interested in additional information about the application process. The conference calls will take place on March 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and April 6 at 2 p.m. (EDT). To participate in the conference calls, dial: 1-866-379-5082, and use conference ID number:
48699133 for the call on March 21. Use conference ID number: 48696117 for the call on April 6.

The Environmental Education Grant Program provides funding to local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges or universities, not-for-profit organizations, or noncommercial educational broadcasting entities. Tribal education agencies, which are controlled by an Indian tribe, band or nation, may also apply, including a school or community college.

Since the program began, EPA has provided more than $50 million in funding to more than 3,000 agencies and organizations.

More information on eligibility and application materials:

Communities in Action - National Asthma Forum

Registration for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2011 National Asthma Forum is now open!

Visit for more information and to register.

This year, the Communities in Action National Asthma Forum will be held June 9-10, in Washington, DC. Join hundreds of asthma professionals from across the country and gain knowledge on how to:

• Apply the tools and strategies best-in-class asthma programs utilize to create healthy environments and achieve asthma control in their communities.
• Use national, state and local data to determine your community's greatest needs and help define the proper interventions through community collaboration.
• Develop your program's unique value proposition to help fund and sustain your program.
• Obtain the practical knowledge to help launch, improve and expand an asthma program's reach into a community through its 'on-the-ground' personnel.
• Achieve breakthrough asthma outcomes through the collaborations and partnerships within your community by bridging environmental interventions and integrated health care.

Past participants rave about the Forum:

"People who are starting up programs are in for a great treat because this is very much about sharing best practices. I find that the whole approach to the Forum is about collaboration, about learning from each other and it's very interactive...They really walk you through a work plan so that you can come back to your individual programs with some very distinct goals of what your next steps should be in terms of moving your program forward."
-- Cindy Cookson, Neighborhood Health Plan

You don't want to miss this event. Add the 2011 National Asthma Forum to your calendar today.

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7th International Integrated Pest Management - Call for Proposals

The 7th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Memphis, Tennessee USA on March 27-29, 2012.

You are invited to submit a program proposal related to effective pest management. Symposium sessions will address IPM across disciplines, internationally, in the market place, agricultural, structural/community settings, horticultural, and natural environments. The program committee has organized the symposium around four themes: management, research, best practices, and outreach. The deadline for full consideration is April 29, 2011.

Join us to celebrate and realize the theme, “IPM on the World Stage: Solutions for Global Pest Challenges.” Stay informed by following @IPMSymposium on Twitter, and liking our Facebook page. Please share this invitation with your colleagues. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Natural Lawn Care for Landscape Professionals and Municipalities

A one-day workshop on techniques, products, and resources. Don't miss out on this opportunity to implement a natural lawn care program successfully and cost-effectively.

Presented by:

* Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA)
* Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association (MELA)
* Safer Pest Control Project (SPCP)
* Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
* Sea Grant Great Lakes Network
* University of Illinois Extension

Hosted by:

* Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL

Quick Links:

* Registration
* Directions
* Sponsorship Opportunities
* Workshop Agenda
* Session Descriptions
* Speakers

March 23, 2011
Oakton Community College
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
8am - 4:30pm