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2012 PestWise Awards


EPA is honored to recognize four outstanding organizations for their extraordinary commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) through the 2012 PestWise Awards. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. PestWise is a collaborative suite of Agency programs that promote environmental innovation in pest management where we live, work, learn, play, and farm.

PestWise Awards were established to encourage participation of IPM-related organizations, promote IPM accomplishments, and recognize organizations that foster collaborative solutions to pest management challenges. The competitive awards highlight extraordinary commitments to IPM that result in improvements in human health and the environment. The three categories of awards are the IPM Innovator Award, PESP Shining Star Awards, and Sustained Excellence in IPM Award. 

IPM Innovator

Recognizes an organization’s accomplishments in risk reduction and IPM promotion that extend beyond their own internal operations. Awardees have demonstrated substantial impacts through the promotion of environmental stewardship and supports for IPM by:

  • Increasing public understanding of pests and pesticide risks,
  • Promoting reduced-risk practices and IPM adoption,
  • Expanding biopesticide use and technology transfer,
  • Promoting IPM adoption by implementing the IPM Roadmap, and
  • Achievements in regulatory transition assistance

  • National School Demonstration Project
    Recognized as an IPM Innovator for increasing public understanding of pest and pesticide risk using high-level IPM practices to reduce pest complaints and pesticide use in schools and other public buildings by 71% to 93% without acquiring long-term cost increases. The National School IPM Demonstration Project districts have initiated several projects that have collected verifiable IPM metrics and held over 50 workshops and training sessions educating hundreds of school staff and administrators across the country impacting over 400,000 students and 26,000 faculty and staff within 14 states.

PESP Shining Star

Recognizes a Silver and Gold tier member of EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) for accomplishments in implementing IPM principles. PESP is the Agency’s premier partnership program dedicated to pest and pesticide risk reduction through IPM. The award is based on evidence of impacts in risk reduction, education/promotion, and economic benefits.

PESP Gold Tier Shining Star
University of Arizona - Arizona Pest Management Center
Recognized as a PESP Shining Star for its extraordinary level of commitment to IPM. The Center has participated in several PESP workshops, served on the EPA School IPM Tool Box Committee, and currently is a member of both the School IPM Stakeholder Group and Agency's Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee IPM Sub-Work Group. The University’s school IPM programs have impacted 390,841 students, 587 schools, and 41 school districts in Arizona by reducing pests and pesticide risks to students, teachers and staff.  Through their educational programs, they have improved compliance to pesticide regulations, personal safety, and encouraged IPM adoption with five Arizona school districts receiving IPM STAR certifications. Their IPM in Public Housing Program has supported IPM education and implementation in 2,908 homes and improved the lives of more than 5,200 residents. In 2011, the Center’s Community IPM Team sponsored 22 meetings, workshops, and presentations reaching 668 stakeholders, including school personnel, homeowners, and turf and landscape professionals. The cotton IPM program has resulted in cumulative statewide savings to growers of over $223 million by reducing pesticide costs and yield losses.

PESP Silver Tier Shining Star
County of Santa Clara, California
Santa Clara County, at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay, serves a population of approximately 1.8 million people. The County is being recognized as a PESP Shining Star for its continued commitment to education and the adoption of a reduced-risk approach to park and urban landscape management. In the 50,000 acre County park system, approximately 83% of road right-of-way vegetation and 75% of its 27 parks are managed using non-chemical methods. The County has demonstrated the effectiveness and cost savings of using rubber and wood mulches for weed control in recreational landscapes and right-of-ways.

Sustained Excellence in IPM

Recognizes a member of EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program who has received multiple PESP awards for their continuing commitment to demonstrate the economic benefits associated with IPM, participated in education and outreach activities, reduced risk to human health and the environment through IPM implementation, and promoted environmental stewardship through the adoption of best management practices.

IPM Institute of North America
The IPM Institute was founded in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice Integrated Pest Management. EPA is recognizing the IPM Institute as a Sustained Excellent awardee for creating and marketing its innovative program for IPM certification for schools and pest control companies. Through the Institute’s IPM Star program, many schools are adopting IPM practices and reducing pesticide risk and its Green Shield Certified program for pest control companies is certifying verified practitioners of advanced IPM methods.

Agency Contact

Should you have questions concerning these awards, please contact Raderrio Wilkins (703-308-1259; wilkins.raderrio@epa.gov).

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