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New Resource for Eco-Landscaping

Check out this new resource for implementing eco-landscaping. This guide, published by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), will be helpful to homeowners, businesses, schools, and municipalities that are interested in sustainable lawn care and landscaping.


Boulder, Colorado Is Inspired by SPCP's Campaign “A Healthy Park is a Natural Park”

Check out Boulder’s new campaign that uses SPCP’s successful campaign for the Chicago Park District. We are very proud that our messaging on this issue is influencing other communities.

Village of Franklin Park joins local municipalities in passing sustainable pest control policy

In September the Village of Franklin Park approved a new resolution putting in place a sustainable pest control and pesticide reduction policy for village owned property. The Village used the Evanston IPM ordinance as inspiration and as a model, expanding the influence of IPM in Illinois. We would like congratulate and thank the Village of Franklin Park for their foresight and initiative with this issue. Now several communities in Illinois, including the Village of Franklin Park, Evanston, and the Village of Park Forest, have put in place pesticide reduction policies. For more information on the Franklin Park ordinance, read the full resolution text.



This year SPCP has taken an active role in working on bed bug policy in Chicago and Illinois. Our Executive Director, Rachel Rosenberg, has served on the Illinois Bed Bug Task Force, which was tasked with delivering a report by the end of this year with recommendations on the prevention, management, and control of bed bug infestations. This report has been completed, will be provided to Illinois legislators, and is now available on our website.

SPCP also completed a bed bug policy paper, “Battling Bed Bugs in Chicago: Making the Case for a Comprehensive Plan.” This paper has been delivered to the Mayor’s Office and other key Alderman to demonstrate the necessity of taking action on this issue. We have met with the Mayor’s Office and multiple Aldermen and we will continue to engage the City and assist as they develop appropriate policies and programs to battle this formidable foe. 




Maine Towns Restrict Lawn Chemicals

Several municiaplities in Maine have taken steps to restrict the use of lawn pesticides and fertilizers on public property due to concerns for potential environmental and health impacts. Read the full article here.

Communities across the country are increasingly adopting best practices for landscape, including natural lawn care. SPCP is planning a workshop for landscape professionals and public employees this December. Stay tuned for more information.

Municipal Pesticide Reduction Toolkit - Strategies for your Community

Pesticide reduction strategies are easy to implement and can save money. Whether your community has a local environmental commission, green initiative or simply wants to save money, this document will demonstrate the importance of pesticide reduction as a sustainable cost effective choice for municipal operations.


Evanston passes sustainable pest control policy

First municipal resolution in State to reduce pesticides on public property

new_image_400On April 26th, the Evanston City Council passed the state's first municipal resolution creating a sustainable pest control and pesticide reduction policy. The policy requires city agencies and contractors to use sustainable pest control practices - both indoors and outdoors - and bans the most potentially hazardous pesticides from use on city property.

Research has demonstrated that practices such as Integrated Pest Management and Natural Lawn Care can reduce both pest populations and pesticides by eliminating pest friendly conditions first. This approach has also been shown to save money as well.

SPCP was instrumental in authoring the policy, and has been working with city staff and the Environment Board for nearly two years on this initiative. The city is also hosting a natural lawn care demonstration site at Stockham Park. For more details read the latest press here and here.

Growing Weed-Free Without Pesticides

Interview with ED Rachel Rosenberg

In an interview with Rosemary Piser of e-News Park Forest, SPCP Executive Director Rachel Rosenberg discussed how to maintain weed free lawns without pesticides.

Natural Lawn Care: Growing Weed-Free Without Pesticides

Natural Lawn Care Reduces Inputs, Saves Money

Harvard lawn study eliminated pesticides, saved water and recycled landscape waste

An article in the New York Times highlighted Harvard University's efforts to transform 16 acres of heavily used lawn from a sythetic to an all natural lawn care program. The results have been astounding.

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Natural lawns coming to your community

Three local municipalities moving forward with plans

Safer Pest Control Project has partnered with three Chicago-area municipalities to create natural lawn care demonstration sites. The City of Evanston, Village of Lisle and Village of Orland Park have worked with SPCP to develop plans for natural lawn care, including outreach materials for residents.

Natural lawn care creates healthy turf by restoring soil qulaity and using proper maintenance practices - without synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. For more information on what you can do in your community to encourage natural lawn care and sustainable pest control practices, contact Holly Thompson at 773-878-7378 ext. 202.

To get started on a natural lawn, check out our Natural Lawn Care Calendar or any of our Yards & Parks fact sheets.


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Chicago Tenants' Rights and Responsibilities


Municipal Pesticide Reduction Tool Kit


A Natural Park is a Healthy Park


City of Evanston - Sustainable Pest Control & Pesticide Reduction Resolution


Department of General Services (Chicago) - IPM contract


Chicago Park District - Natural Turf Management/IPM Specifications


Reasonable Accommodations for Renters with Pest Problems


Creating a Bee Friendly Garden



U.S. GSA - IPM Program

IPM Institute of North America

Midwest Ecological Landscaping Association

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