Green Landscapes & Structures Campaign - County Level and Beyond
Educate primarily municipalities and residents how to use effective and least toxic solutions, rather than toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers in order to protect public health, pets, wildlife, and our creeks.
We have also worked and helped private clubs, churches, Home Owner Associations, Property Management Companies and the Hospitality Industry.
Local Schools - IPM and other Wellness Policies at county level
Consult & advocate for local school districts (Moraga, Acalanes, Mt Diablo Unified School District, and other East Bay schools) to adopt "wellness policies including nutrition, sustainability, least toxic pest control and cleaning, indoor air quality, and others. Click here for MUSD "Integrated Pest Management Policy," with the most protective language of all CA school school policies to date.
Click here to see the most critical portion of the written policy: the list of approved, limited, and prohibited chemical categories.
Our Research of Goat Grazing to Replace Herbicides along Flood Control Districts that commonly Require Thousands of Pounds of Toxic Herbicides in each County throughout the United States.
Parents for a Safer Environment (PASE) conducted a pilot study in 2009 to assess the contamination from goat grazing along Pinole Creek as goats removed "weeds" along the Contra Costa County Flood Control District (FCD). Thanks to a grant from the Rose Foundation and the collaborative spirit of Mitch Avalon of the FCD, we were given the green light to have our hired 400 goats and herder attempt a study that would monitor the degree of vegetation control and water contamination. To our delight, this modestly funded study was a total success.
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City of Walnut Creek Pesticide Use Reform
The City has begun placing permanent stands that hold slots for postings in the event that they treat with pesticides. They have also stated that 2,4-D usage has ceased since our presentation to the City Council in December. PASE is preparing for Phase II of our advocacy work since the City has still not provided all contractors' usage records and has not committed to piloting least toxic alternatives prior to using chemicals where the public, pets, wildlife and the environment can be exposed. Walnut Creek has not been cooperative nor transparent and accountable, with IPM staff violating the public records act for over 2 years, misleading the community and the City's elected officials with distorted data, and inviting pandering consultants to cover up problems.
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East Bay Regional Parks District Pesticide Use Reform
EBRPD agreed to phase out oryzalin, the Prop 65 known human cancer-causing agent in the product, Suflan, that was routinely applied under picnic benches, at base of trees and drinking fountains where one often sees children play. EBRPD has not provided us with all the contractors' pesticide use reports that they have never tracked. We are preparing for Phase II of our work with EBRPD who have been mostly cooperative.
Contra Costa County - Research, Education & Advocacy
Least Toxic Pest Management Work with County staff, decision makers, and stakeholders to ensure accountability, transparency, and collaboration to minimize pesticide usage along roadsides and creek banks. Reduce rodenticide usage for native ground squirrels in open space by the Agriculture Dept. Although PASE's sustained efforts have been very successful in making major reductions- our county's spraying still exceeds the spraying by THREE neighboring county Departments of Marin, San Francisco and Santa Clara Counties COMBINED. Link to the spreadsheet for FY 14-15 pesticide usage coming soon!
Hands-on rodent trapping Workshop drew 60+ participants from over 30 public agencies in 2013
Protecting Wildlife from Rodenticides
Campaigns to eliminate rodenticides at local and county levels have been successful in eliminating rodenticides at local levels such as the Moraga Unified School District, and decreasing Contra Costa County Department of Agriculture's usage by 30% in its campaign to kill California Ground Squirrels in open space. This is a steady and constant work in progress. We encourage each municipality to preclude the need to use rodenticides as our research and white paper on the risk of secondary poisoning from all rodenticides, whether 2nd generation or 1st generation, show that they impose risk on wildlife. Traps and CO2 asphyxiation have been shown to work well by many municipalities and there is no reason to use rodenticides that kill the very predators that help to control them naturally.
Offer reliable information on how to reduce toxic exposures in homes, work, and schools. We attend local fairs and offer tips on least toxic pest control methods.
We have provided over 70 presentations to service organizations, hospitals, school administrators, elected officials, parents, and private businesses on topics of pesticides and alternatives as well as addressing the dozen oxidative stressor chemicals that we can avoid to improve our health and prevent chronic illnesses. We have also presented at workshops and conferences throughout the Bay Area.
We also provide a pay-for service for a walk-through assessment to identify environmental health hazards and provide least toxic options room to room. All donations are tax-deductible and there's a refund guarantee, if at least ten previously unknown source of avoidable toxic chemicals are not identified during the 1-2 hour assessment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Educating Public Agencies
We have been providing training and education for public agency staff in primarily Contra Costa County since 2004. We have an exceptionally high record of satisfied participants who ask us to provide more training. Most training for pest control applicators focus on how to use pesticides whereas our CA Department of Pesticide Regulation Approved and Continuing Education Accredited training show staff how to succeed with non-chemical alternatives.
We Thank past Funders such as the California Public Health Department and the Rose Foundation for their Support that enabled us to provide quality venues, food, and workshops for our all-volunteer trainings.