The Colorado Coalition for School Integrated Pest management (IPM) is made up of representatives from
- The Colorado Department of Education
- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
- The Colorado Department of Agriculture
- Colorado State University
- The National Environmental Health Association
- The University of Colorado
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8 and
- Representatives of school districts
The combined focused efforts of these organizations is to make Colorado schools healthiest and highest achieving learning environments in the US.
The initial Colorado verifiable school IPM program started with EPA funding to Colorado State University in 2008. This pilot school IPM was established in several urban school districts, the Boulder Valley School District and the Denver Public School District and the rural school district in Sterling, Colorado. The program focus was to demonstrate that pest problems in schools could be effectively managed using a set of integrated pest management strategies without total reliance on pesticides. The reduction of pesticide applications would result in minimizing unnecessary human exposures to pesticides for students, faculty, administration and staff in schools.
Today, thirteen of the largest school districts in Colorado and three smaller school districts are actively engaged with the Colorado Coalition for School IPM program and working to implement verifiable school IPM programs throughout their districts. These school districts are home to 535,380 students, representing about 60% of Colorado students.
The Colorado Coalition for School IPM encourages more school districts to join our IPM program.