Friday, May 31, 2013

A unique opportunity for IPM professionals

In case you haven't already heard, Texas gets to play host to a major event in the world of entomology and pest control this year.  The annual conference of the Entomological Society of America will be held November 10-13 in Austin.  The theme of this year's meeting is Science Impacting a Connected World and approximately 3,000 entomologists from all over the world are expected to attend.
Many of you might be asking, "What's in it for me?"  In our opinion, plenty. The ESA meeting draws urban entomologists from all over the country to hear the latest in structural pest control research and activities. For a taste of the kind of information that you can hear at ESA, check out my past posts on ESA meeting highlights. In recent years, ESA has become very welcoming to the pest control industry, even to the point of sponsoring special sessions for ACEs and other PMPs.

Rates for attending the meeting include early bird and on-site registrations.  If you register before September 23,  ACEs can register for $455 (comparable to the member rate of $430).  Others pay $635 for early-bird and $765 for late registration.  The meeting will be held at the Austin Convention Center.

This year the Texas IPM Association for Public Schools (TIPMAPS) will be holding their annual meeting jointly with ESA. The TIPMAPS group is Texas' professional association for Public School IPM Coordinators.  They and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be sponsoring a daylong program called Under the Lens, a CEU granting educational program and annual meeting featuring entomologists speaking on various topics including delusions of parasitosis, mosquitoes, pyrethroid label changes and fire ants, bed bugs, and rodent management around schools.  Advanced registration for the day is $100 (includes lunch) and $125 for onsite registration. Although the program is designed for school IPM professionals, PMPs should also find the presentations and speakers of great interest.  Registrants for the program will get access to the meeting exhibits and limited access to some of the scientific paper sessions.  If you are interested in registering, or just want to learn more, click here.  There is also a chance to become a sponsor or vendor for this event – hurry space is limited.  

A few of the symposia and paper sessions at the ESA meeting that might be of special interest to you as a PMP include:
  • Applied Research on Bed Bug Management
  • Arthropod Associated Allergy 
  • Healthy Schools: Research, Benefits and Impacts in the Classroom (Sponsored by the U.S. EPA School IPM program)
  • The Impact of Repellent Research and Development of New Arthropod Repellents 
  • Chagas Disease in the USA? A New Risk?  
  • Transmitting Mosquito Information: From Laboratory to Surveillance and Management in the Field 
  • How Cool is Entomology?
  • Stored Product Entomology: Impacts on a Connected World 
  • Urban Entomology Presented Papers
  • Medical/Veterinary Presented Papers
  • Informal Conference on Insects of Ornamentals
  • Click here for a full listing of special symposia topics
Though some of the papers are highly technical, most of the urban entomology sessions should be accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of entomology and an interest to see the latest science behind the craft. Dr. Mike Merchant and I hope many of you will consider attending. 

Delaware Valley Green Schools Symposium

Delaware Valley Green Schools Symposium

Connecting people and resources to grow greener schools

July 23, 2013, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
School Administrators, Teachers and Facilities/Operations staff

Spend a day with colleagues from the region learning successful strategies for implementing green initiatives at your school.
·         Connect with leadership from regional Green Ribbon Schools and green industry professionals (SMP Architects, Greenroofs, Inc, Re:Vision Architure).
           Panel discussions and breakout sessions that focus on sustainable building operations
·         Learn how to get green building projects off the ground and running.
·         Gather ideas and strategies for integrating green technologies into your curriculum.
·         Be inspired by keynote speaker Stephen Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine. See him in action.
·         Earn Act 48 credit hours.
Symposium partners include the Delaware Valley Green Buildings Council and the PA Association of Environmental Educators.

This symposium is FREE thanks to the support of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Green Your School Workshop: Take your energy and sustainability programs to the next level

Green Your School Workshop: Take your energy and sustainability programs to the next level

Friday, 06/07/2013 - 11:00am - 2:00pm (Lunch included)
Corbett, Inc. 56 Buttonwood St., Norristown, PA 19401

Program follows a meeting of the Delaware Valley School Facilities Manager Association at the same venue.

Session 1: Funding Resources for Energy Projects
  • Review of PECO's Phase 2 Act 129 Program
    • Steve Saile, Supervisor of Facilities, Abington School District
    • Yvette Brown, Executive VP, Clean Market, PECO
  • Performance Contracting: A New Look
    • Steve Saile, Supervisor of Facilities, Abington School District
    • Bruce Stultz, Director of Energy Management Services, Whitman Company
Lunch Keynote: "The Energy in Schools:  Hidden in Plain View"
Robert Diemer, PE, Founding Partner, In Posse LLC, will talk about lessons learned from designing net zero energy schools and in particular the lesson that the most impactful way to reduce energy use in schools is not by installing new technology but rather, by changing the way people think about energy.
Michael Pavelsky, Director of Sustainability at The Sheward Partnership will speak briefly about other Federal and State level funding opportunities for school energy efficiency projects. He will cover Act 179D of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Pennsylvania's new funding for the High Performance Buildings and Alternative Clean Energy programs.
Session 2: Using Student Engagement to Energize Resource Conservation Programs
  • Energy Conservation, Recycling, Composting and Meadow/Stormwater programs
    • Tom Schneider, Manager of Energy and Operational Efficiencies, North Penn School District
    • Surprise visit from student representatives
Moderated by: Paul Spiegel, President, Practical Energy Solutions

Green Your School Workshop Flyer

The School Operations Academy: 30 sessions provide a broad-based learning opportunity

PASBO SCHOOL OPERATIONS ACADEMY                                                      
July 25-26, 2013
Penn Stater Conference Center, State College, PA         
Tracks in Business, Facilities, Food Service, Transportation
For more information, visit                  
Getting new school operations staff up to speed on job responsibilities will save your school district both time and money!  The School Operations Academy is a “must attend” for all people new to a position in school business. More than 30 sessions provide a broad-based learning opportunity not to be replicated for another year.

Academy participants will learn proven techniques from experienced practitioners, gain ideas to create efficiencies and reduce costs, exchange challenges and solutions with peers, and build a network of contacts across the state. This conference provides a blend of general and function-specific topics in four tracks – Business, Facilities, Food Service and Transportation.

In addition to new school operations staff, the Academy will be of interest to:                                
- School business officials about to take on a new area of responsibility              
- Established managers looking for a refresher on the basics                                     
- Education support professionals                                                                                                                                          
- New Superintendents seeking a basic understanding on school business issues                           

Register AND pay online with a credit card by July 1 and receive a 5% discount on your registration. In addition, take advantage of the PASBO Economic Stimulus Incentive – for every full registration, a second person from the same LEA can attend at half price. For more information on the School Operations Academy and to register online, visit 
Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials
Smart Business + Informed Decisions = Great Schools
P.O. Box 6993 | Harrisburg, PA 17112-0993
(717) 540-9551 | Fax (717) 540-1796 |