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Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum Working Group

Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), a Midwest-based organization focused solely on reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides by advancing safer alternatives in urban residential areas, has established a turf grass working group. The Midwest Grows Green (MGG) Lawn & Land Forum is a working group using a bottom-up meets top-down behavior and policy change approach. Ultimately, this working group intends to create an interconnected policymaking system to protect land, water, wildlife, and people by scaling the educational outreach successes of MPAC’s Midwest Grows Green natural lawn care initiative. The system aims to achieve improved outdoor Integrated Pest Management policies and practices at park districts, school districts, and local governments in the Midwest and nationwide. Representatives from the University of Wisconsin, Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association (ILSTMA), University of Chicago, and University of Minnesota will participate in this Working Group to create informative and engaging activities for the community of large turf managers in the Midwest and beyond.

Members and Collaborators

Lead Institution- Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC)
Partner Institution- University of Wisconsin Turf Grass Science Program, Dr. Paul Koch, Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology
Partner Institution- University of Minnesota Department of Horticultural Science, Dr. Eric Watkins, Professor of Horticultural Science
Partner Institution- University of Chicago Environment, Agriculture, & Food (EAF) Working Group, Dr. Sabina Shaikh, Director of the Environmental Studies Program and the EAF
Partner Institution- Illinois Sports Turf Managers Association (ILSTMA)

Ryan Anderson, MPAC IL  randerson@pesticideaction.org
Ruth Kerzee, MPAC IL  rkerzee@pesticideaction.org
Paul Koch, University of Wisconsin  plkoch@wisc.edu
Eric Watkins, University of Minnesota   ewatkins@umn.edu
Sabina Shaikh, University of Chicago  sabina@uchicago.edu