Pesticide-free places and Urban IPM
Safer places to live, learn and play...
Pesticides are inherently dangerous compounds. They are designed to interfere with the well-being of living organisms. Even with careful application, they can leave toxic residues in our food, water and ultimately our bodies.
Moreover, pesticides are often used in places where exposure to them is virtually certain. Children, who are especially vulnerable to pesticides, may be easily exposed to pesticides in places like neighborhood parks, school buildings, playgrounds, and athletic fields. The same is also true for pets, and adults. That's why NCAP is dedicated to building a movement for pesticide reform in urban spaces
NCAP has been involved with partners throughout the northwest to help establish pesticide-free parks programs in roughly 20 cities, creating enjoyable public spaces that are protective of the environment and people's health. Use the links below to find parks near you, or to learn more about cities that have pesticide-free park programs:
San Carlos, San Francisco, Mill Valley, Fairfax, Sacramento, Marin CountyMontana
Bozeman, Helena, Whitefish
Eugene, Portland, Lincoln City, Oregon City, Milwaukie, Springfield
Everett, Seattle, Shoreline, Snohomish, Redmond
King County, WA has a comprehensive map of pesticide-free and pesticide-reduced places: King County Map
Find a pesticide-free park in your area using NCAP's Google Map.
It is a fact that apartment buildings come with pest control responsibilities, and that residents don't always have say in the pest control choices of their housing providers. The recent bed-bug surge led to an increase in the use of certain pesticides, and an increase in the number of pesticide exposures in multi-family dwellings. This highlights the need to increase IPM practices in these areas as well, reducing pesticide use and the risks it poses to tenants.
In spring of 2011, NCAP began working with two different housing authorities to improve IPM programs through analysis, training and monitoring.
Sustainable Places Information Network
Over the course of 2008-2009, NCAP began working with partners from across the region to identify ways to share effective IPM techniques for parks across the northwest. What emerged was the web-based, peer-to-peer Sustainable Places Information Network (SPIN). The initial goal of this network was to increase the number of city park employees effectively implementing IPM techniques, thus increasing the number of pesticide free parks.
Since the site was launched in May 2010, it has connected around 100 different IPM leaders from across the country, and has expanded its focus from just parks to schools and housing as well.
SPIN offers videos, interviews, blog articles, presentations and webinars demonstrating IPM approaches and alternatives to pesticides. If you are a professional seeking information on IPM techniques or the principles behind IPM, please join SPIN to connect with others from your field.