School IPM Outreach and Research Activities, NYS IPM Program, 2012
Project Leaders: Lynn Braband, Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, and Jennifer Grant, NYS IPM, Cornell University
Cooperators: Brain Eshenaur (NYS IPM Program). Frank Rossi (Department of Horticulture, Cornell University). Monika Roth and Patricia Curran (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County), Tamson Yeh and Marie Camenares (Cornell Cooperative Extesnion of Suffolk County). Elizabeth Poole and Laurie VanNostrand (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County), Russ Welser (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County). Julie Seghrouchni (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County), Walt Nelson (Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County). Mary Roy (NYS Department of Environmental Conservation). James Leach and Karen Wilson (NYS Department of Health). Carl Thurneau (NYS Education Department). Sandra Yorke (Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES). Jonathan Hark (Eastern Suffolk BOCES). Peter LaDuca (Nassau County BOCES). Yvette Gordon (Buffalo City Schools). Paul Alexander (Ithaca City School District). Andrew Ward (Seaford Central School District). Michael Siciliano (NYC Department of Education). Steven Panno (Babyon UFSD). Erik Karlund (Brentwood UFSD). James Saitta (North Merrick School District). Robert Portness (Tully School District). NYS Association of Superintendents of School Buildings & Grounds. Nassau County Bed Bug Task Force. Kathy Murray, (Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources). Carol Westinghouse (Informed Solutions). Roger Young (Facilities Masters). Members of the Northeast School IPM Working Group and the National School IPM Steering Committee.
Integrated pest management in schools is needed to reduce risks to children and others from both pests and the overuse of pesticides. The NYS IPM Program was involved in several outreach activities at and for schools in 2012. We continued on-site assessments of the pest management programs of three NYS school districts that are interested in being IPM Institute STAR re-certified. We organized eight IPM workshops, held throughout the state, which targeted, wholly or partially, school personnel and participated in two school IPM webinars. We worked with several school districts on specific issues including demonstrations and other projects with yellowjackets and cockroaches. In 2012, NYS IPM Program staff organized a meeting of the Statewide School IPM Committee. We also finished preparation of a repeat of the statewide survey of school pest management policies and practices and collaborated regionally and nationally toward the goal of having verifiable IPM in all of the nation’s schools by 2015.